Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Words

I can describe most of Georges Barbier's work in two words: 
Poetic Sexuality!

Georges Barbier

House of Cards

It's always fun to study the little world of The Teeny Weenies by William Donahey. I would think kids, of the contemplative nature, would get a kick out of a book of their adventures.

This appears to be a 'house of cards', which reminds me of the series 'House of Cards'. Have you been watching that? Here's a quote from Kevin Spacey's ruthless character:

Money is the Mc-Mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn't see the difference."

I see the difference, but I'll take the money, thank you.

William Donahey

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two Studies

A mural, done properly, requires lots of sketches and preliminary studies to determine structure and tonal values, as well as composition. These are but two studies for a mural by Ludwig Zaiser back around 1910. It's unlikely that the mural itself survived two world wars.

The Woeful Dark Prince

"I have heard it related that a a certain time one of the younger cherubim wandered from Heaven in his play and came into the Realm of Hell: and there, it is said, the woeful Dark Prince of that domain, before he bore the youngling back to Paradise, its little wings being weary, nursed it on his knees and warmed it at his fires, remembering . . . . . ."

A remarkable work by Rose O'Neill, she of 'Kewpie' fame

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bad Day

Next time you feel that YOU are having a bad day, think of this guy...

Spirit Shines Through

Here is another paean of the wonder of books, this by Jessie Wilcox Smith. The spirit shines through!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bear Us Leagues Away

Art by someone in the circle of Elizabeth Shippen Green
somewhere around 1900

Annie did some research to find that this post's lovely painting was by Violet Oakley. Oakley was one of the early female muralists, creating an outstanding body of work in 60 some years of productivity. Associated with Elizabeth Shippen Green and the Brandywine tradition, Oakley deserves more recognition. I will post a bit of her mural work sometime.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Have a HAPPY Fourth of July!

This message from 1949 is just as relevant today in 2014!