/// “Sunday, 19 July, slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.”
― Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka. ///


I was having trouble deciding whether to go with red or blue for Deviant Art’s newest contest which has an Edgar Allan Poe theme. Thanks everyone for the comments, ended up submitting the blue one! They announce the semi finalist around August 1st.


“Water Lilies (pink)” by Claude Monet


Incredible Photos Of Muslims Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr Around The World

1. Indonesian muslims women walk on ‘sea of sands’ as they prepare for Eid Al-Fitr prayer at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

2. Indonesian muslims perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer on ‘sea of sands’ at Parangkusumo beach on July 28, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

3. A relative guides a girl in prayer at the grave of their loved one in a cemetery in Gaza city, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Monday marked the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

4. Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Reuters/Junaidi Hanafiah

5Public park in Manila, Philippines.. Photo Credits: Erik De Castro / Reuters

6. Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Credits: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

7. Herat, Afghanistan. Photo Credits: Aref Karimi/AFP / Getty Images

8. Parang Kusumo Beach, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits:  AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi

9. Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo Credits: Romeo Gacad/AFP / Getty Images

10. Bilin, West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Photo Credits: Abbas Momani/AFP / Getty Images

Sources: 1, 2


Stars III
Natalie Foss

by Susan Niezelski

Jan van Os. Detail from Flowers in Terra-Cotta Vase, 1780.

Ghost World

Chinese doctors bowing down to a 11 year old boy diagnosed with brain cancer who managed to save several lives by donating his organs to the hospital he was being treated in shortly before his death.


Syria’s refugees - Time Magazine


Ayu Nakata


A Palestinian man looks through the window of his house to buildings damaged by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on July 22, 2014. (Alessio Romenzi for TIME)

This looks like a scene out of a dystopian sci-fi film. The fact that it’s reality speaks volumes.


Ink and watercolours



Andy Freeberg


In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.

1. Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum

2.Matisse Still Life, Hermitage Museum

3.Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait, State Tretyakov Gallery

4. Veronese’s Adoration of the Shepherds, Hermitage Museum

5. Rublev and Daniil’s The Deesis Tier, State Tretyakov Gallery

6. Michelangelo’s Moses and the Dying Slave, Pushkin Museum

7.Malevich’s Self Portrait, Russian State Museum

8. Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum

9. Petrov-Vodkin’s Bathing of a Red Horse, State Tretyakov Gallery

10. Kugach’s Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery