August – Dorothy Parker and Charles Courtney Curran

Charles Courtney Curran – Lotus Lilies 1888 August When my eyes are weeds, And my lips are petals, spinning Down the wind that has beginning Where the crumpled beeches start In a fringe of salty reeds; When my arms are elder-bushes, And the rangy lilac pushes Upward, upward through my heart; Summer, do your worst!Continue reading “August – Dorothy Parker and Charles Courtney Curran”

The World of Dr Seuss

  This slideshow features some gorgeous art from the hugely talented and, in my opinion, little appreciated Dr Seuss. Really, I know his work is still in demand and all but how often do we pause to think of him as the gifted and surprising artist he was? I always adored his books and theContinue reading “The World of Dr Seuss”

Daft dogs…and daft owners

Brought to you courtesy of Jill of All Trades over at  http://expertofnone.com/ And here’s Lucy! Her daft owners put the scarf on her but the sock in her mouth is all her own doing (gun dogs like the feel of something in their mouths apparently – which explains why she loves meal times so much IContinue reading “Daft dogs…and daft owners”

Henry Tonks – Spring Days 1928

    SPRING DAYS c. 1926–29 Inscr. ‘H. Tonks 1928’ b.l. Canvas, 34×32 (86×81). Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1931. Apparently this painting was begun in 1926 and ‘repainted at various times with different models’ as Tonks was never entirely satisfied with it. Henry Tonks, FRCS (9 April 1862 – 8 January 1937) was a British surgeon and later draughtsman andContinue reading “Henry Tonks – Spring Days 1928”

Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg!

Happy Birthday to Chris Van Allsburg who was born on this day in 1949. Chris is an American author and illustrator of children’s books including Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which won him the Caldecott Medal, and Zathura. “His books often depict fantastic, uncontrolled events and utilize sometimes brutal irony. Van Allsburg breaks out of theContinue reading “Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg!”

Double Arch and Milky Way stars at Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Arches National Park, Utah: “The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.” Source: National Park Service Image source: http://pinterest.com/barbaraafisher/beautiful-portals/ Click here for moreContinue reading “Double Arch and Milky Way stars at Arches National Park, Utah, USA”

Le Rayol – The French Riviera

  If, like me, you adore the rugged beauty and glamour of the Mediterranean then Le Rayol on the French Riviera is the place to be. “Sleepy villas sunk in gardens, an old petrol station, a little grocery shop, a hairdresser with pink neon sign, a wonderful fish restaurant with wooden terrace overlooking the sea. AnyContinue reading “Le Rayol – The French Riviera”

The Recording Angel

Not the most obvious name to spring to mind when mentioning great British artists, yet G F Watts is the man behind many beautifully engaging and recognisable works, and though less than a household name today he has apparently been called ‘England’s Michelangelo’. If the name of George Frederick Watts isn’t instantly recognisable I think thisContinue reading “The Recording Angel”

My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro is yet another unique and mesmerizing film from Studio Ghibli, which follows the adventures of two sisters who discover friendly wood spirits around their new house and garden in rural Japan. The artwork is delectable and the pace of the movie captures the spirit of those endless sunny days of childhood, whenContinue reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Underwater Sculptures

Recently I found a truly amazing picture of this underwater statue, Christ of the Abyss, at the wonderful hauntedshoreline. So I went investigating and found more pictures of underwater statues that have been placed in various sites around the world. These statues were completely new to me and creepily cool, I think. Christ of theContinue reading “Underwater Sculptures”

The Sisters (1900) Ralph Peacock

  Ralph Peacock – Portrait and landscape painter. Born 14 August 1868 in London. Entered the R.A. Schools, where he won a gold medal and the Creswick Prize, 1887. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1888. Won a gold medal at Vienna 1898 and a bronze medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition 1900. Died in London 17Continue reading “The Sisters (1900) Ralph Peacock”

Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon

  “Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon” by A. B. Frost. This illustration comes from Eligible Apartments, the second of Lewis Carroll’s ‘knots’ (mathematical problems which apparently much keener brains than mine consider fun to unravel). These knots (or short stories) form a larger piece entitled A Tangled Tale  which was published serially between April 1880Continue reading “Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon”

Dora Maar – artist and muse.

A small selection of some of Dora Maar’s photographic art.     Maar is these-days best remembered as Picasso’s lover and muse, and as the subject for his painting  Dora Maar au Chat which sold at Sotheby’s for $95 million in 2006, but Maar was an artist in her own right before she met Picasso. She was introducedContinue reading “Dora Maar – artist and muse.”

Max Ernst & Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy The Virgin Punishing the Infant after the painting by Max Ernst He spoke early. Not the goo goo goo of infancy, but I am God. Joseph kept away, carving himself a silent Pinocchio out in the workshed. He said he was a simple man and hadn’t dreamed of this. She grew anxiousContinue reading “Max Ernst & Carol Ann Duffy”

The Gleaners – Jean-François Millet & Economy – Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements ofContinue reading “The Gleaners – Jean-François Millet & Economy – Henry David Thoreau”

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.

Today, I wanted to post a selection of Alices as dreamed up by various illustrators. Some are familiar, some I’d never seen before, but all are decidedly lovely. Famous for its ‘nonsense’ play on words and the shifting, dream-like plot Alice has become a classic, inspiring numerous films, live productions and even comic book adaptations.Continue reading “No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.”

Parce Domine by Adolphe Willette

  Have been meaning to post this beautiful picture by Adolphe Willette (30 July 1857– 4 February 1926), a French painter, illustrator, caricaturist, and lithographer, which I found at http://steelthistles.blogspot.co.uk/ Isn’t it divine? It’s a Parisian scene (notice the Montmartre windmill) depicting what looks to be a wild game of follow-the-leader. The picture is on display at the Musee de Montmartre if you’re lucky enough toContinue reading “Parce Domine by Adolphe Willette”