Guido and George's incredible art
Amazingly clever, isn't it? We were intrigued when we first saw this image (at left). It reminded us of those comical hand shadows resembling rabbits, cats and other animals that we used to project on to our children's bedroom walls at night.
It's the work of a versatile and talented commercial artist, Guido Daniele, of Milan, Italy.
In the early 1990s he won fame for his "body painting" illustrations for advertisements by several globally-known companies. To produce eye-catching ads for a chocolate maker, he covered the bodies of attractive models with the client's products.
Now he has successfully combined two traditional portrait techniques, photography and oil painting, to produce six enhanced "hand" images, which have to be seen to be believed. Don't just take our word for that. See them for yourself by visiting the Guido Daniele website (listed below).
Asked about those marvellous hand paintings, Guido, using a keyboard without the letter J (J, K, W, X and Y are not part of the standard Italian alphabet) replied:
In the United States, another clever artist, George Witham, of Townsend, Massachusetts, collects rocks along the New England shore, and paints them to resemble various objects he imagines they resemble.
A story on his website says he began painting rocks 12 years ago, after his 13-year old daughter held up one she had found at the beach, and remarked how much it looked like a shoe.
George painted the rock to look like a blue running sneaker, complete with white shoelaces and racing stripes.
He chooses rocks smoothed by the surf and therefore ideal for painting. He doesn't attach anything to the rock or chisel pieces away, preferring to work with the natural shape.
The story continues:
George's work has been sold in crafts and fine art shops. Many of his painted rocks are owned by fellow workers at the Massachusetts company where he works as a graphic artist. Others have been sent to remote corners of the globe.