It's Saturday in New York City for me. Wherever you are, enjoy these fine sites I've left behind for your discovery and viewing pleasure.
✭ Accused sorcerer Hugh Draper could show today's graffiti artists a thing or two. Imprisoned in the Salt Tower, part of the Tower of London, Draper made a number of astrological inscriptions that survive to this day. Go here to view a slideshow of Draper's carvings and inscriptions of others who met their early ends in Tudor England. Art critic Jonathan Jones calls the "black art" Draper left behind both "spectacular" and "strange". Go here for his comments.
✭ Since the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, professional photographer Jeremy Cowart has undertaken to answer, by means of a daily photo essay on Haiti, one question: "What do you have to say about all this?" To learn his answers, visit his Voices of Haiti. Prints of his photographs are available for purchase, with all proceeds going to aHomeInHaiti.org. Cowart is the founder of Help Portrait, a worldwide "movement" of photographers who offer time, equipment, and expertise to give back to local communities; they provide free portraits to those without the means to afford them.
✭ Artist Gustav Troger is the "Mosaic Mirror Man". Just imagine the stories he reflects on during his travels. (My thanks to Mosaic Art Now for this story.)
✭ Anyone who likes to do collage or just enjoys an art-full life should subscribe to this blog, written by Canadian Lani Gerity an artist/art therapist, puppetmaker, and writer. (The blog in a "visually accessible format" also is available here.)
✭ This application for Apple's iPad brings "Alice" to life in new ways. Now, go throw some mushrooms around.
✭ In this TEDTalk, Jonathan Klein tells us why "images that shine an uncompromising light on crucial issues" should provoke us "to step up and do something".