Flu + Art = Surprising Google result

After 7 days of self quarantine,  I am finally getting over the flu.  November 2001 was the last time I had the flu, and I hope it’s another decade before I have to go through it again.

moving on…

On Sunday I was racking my brain on what to write about as the only thing on/in my mind was this flu.  So basically I sat down at my computer and googled “flu art” to see if I could get any hits.  Lo and behold I came across an artist on You Tube named Nathan Wyburn.  His video was titled “Swine Flu” Art…obviously this video was made a couple years ago.

Honestly this video is not my favorite, but it led me to some other fantastic work that he has done.  Wyburn reminds me of another artist I blogged about name  Hong Yi (AKA Red…check out her new video HERE where she’s painting with coffee)  Like Red, Wyburn uses various mediums to paint with,  from  ketchup to chocalate syrup to Simon Cowell on toast.

So thank you Google for your wacky search results.  You’ve helped me out of a bind and led me to discover and share another great artist.   I’ve included three of Wyburn’s videos below…and a bonus video.

I hope you enjoy.

The Colonel in Ketchup

Chocolate Syrup

Simon Cowell on Toast


BONUS VIDEO:  Painting with Coffee by Red

Brushes? We don’t need no stinking brushes.

What do fingers, gravity, and a basketball have in common?

If you guessed painting then you guessed right…congrats.  Today I’d like to share with you three artists who have ditched the traditional brush for something a little more outlandish.


Unknown:  The Finger Painter

What may sound like  just a simple kindergarten activity is actually one of the fastest examples of street art I’ve seen.  Imagine the “Joy of Painting” crammed into 3 minutes.  I had a hard enough time believing Bob Ross could paint a landscape in 30 minutes, this artist does it in 3…with just his fingers!  I’ve scoured the internet to try and find who this gentleman is, but have come up empty.  All I have is this video.  If you know his name please let me know.


Amy Shackleton:   The Gravity Painter

Using spray bottles, a mounted turntable, and the gravitational pull of the Earth, artist Amy Shackleton creates a beautiful urban landscape.  This mesmorizing time lapse shows Amy process using a method I had never heard of nor seen before.  After you view this video I highly suggest you check out her site www.amyshackleton.com.  You won’t be disappointed.


Hong Yi  a.k.a RED:  The Basketball Painter

“I love to create art. Not with the usual paintbrush and watercolour and pencils though – I like to grab whatever I can get hold of – rocks, ketchup, milk, salt, shirts – and turn them into art. It’s more fun that way! “

I was going to write more about this artist, but the above quote from her site OhISeeRED pretty much sums it up.   Although I will add that this video time lapse of Yao Ming being painted using a basketball as the brush….well it is beyond comprehension.  I mean how do you come up with an idea like that!