Monday, January 25, 2016

Amazing Whimsical Collages

I just couldn't help myself - I've created some great whimsical collages composed of old master paintings, antique ephemera from my books and cards, and lots of great lettering. The result is a beautiful collection of amazing women. I have more to follow!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Crows

While most of Van Gogh's paintings are breathtaking, each and every one is uniquely awe inspiring. Here's his Wheatfield with Crows, shown at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam:

One of Van Gogh's last works created in 1890, it's all about the power of the landscape. Some argue that the landscape is menacing and stormy, and the path leads to nowhere, hinting to Van Gogh's imminent suicide, while others say that Van Gogh felt soothed by the landscape's greatness. Either way, it is a powerful image with striking contrasting colors and brushwork.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Vintage Botanical Amaryllis Drawing

Amaryllis Botanical Vintage Garden Print
Amaryllis Botanical Vintage Garden Print by antiqueart
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Amaryllis is a flowering plant, growing from a large bulb, commonly sold in the winter months because they have bright fresh flowers that grow indoors. This vintage image of an amaryllis has a bright yellow flower, green leaves, and a white bulb with roots.

The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 9 by William Curtis published 1795

This yellow amaryllis is from The Botanical Magazine published in 1795, showcasing botanical flowers like this beautiful yellow amaryllis. Botanicals like this vintage amaryllis are finding a resurgence in modern homes as accent designs. 
Vintage botanical amaryllis flower garden yellow pretty country antique floral

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Beautiful Things

I believe you should surround yourself with beautiful things. Gorgeous wrapping paper for beautiful gifts, sipping your precious morning coffee from a special mug imprinted with a favorite painting, and decorative tableware -- make everything around you a little more precious. Here are a few of my collections of "beautiful things".

Saturday, August 22, 2015

John Singer Sargent Carnation Lily

I've always been inspired by this image, "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" by artist John Singer Sargent. According to the website, Sargent was inspired to paint this picture while boating on the Thames in England in 1885, where he saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. (read more here: Summary from The Tate).

This is an amazing image - one of the few that John Singer Sargent painting in the impressionist style (versus his well-known stunning dark portraits.) The name Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose is after a popular song in the 1880s, which Sargent and friends would sing at the piano.

The painting shows two small children dressed in white, almost fairy-like, softly lighting Chinese lanterns in a wild garden, surrounded by tall white lilies. The sun is in decline, and the mood suggests a magical party is about to begin.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Penny Farthing Bicycle

Penny Farthing High-wheeler bicycle

Mom and I had an antique shop when I was young. We'd go to auctions to buy some of our inventory, and I'd often see a Penny Farthing bicycle sitting in the rafters of the auction house, waiting to come down to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Those days, they weren't so rare as today, and you could buy your own for a couple hundred dollars. Now, if you find one of them out in the country auctions, they tend to be in poor condition - ratty seats and unusable tires, and you'd pay 10 times the price.

The penny farthing bicycle, also called a high-wheeler, was a common fashion symbol for highbrow Victorian ladies and gentlemen who loved to show off the new rage in sports gear.

This image of a penny farthing shows the huge front tire and tiny back tire - a dangerous sport that eventually led to its demise.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Collage

Alice and wonderland - the original images

Alice in Wonderland never looked better! The Alice in Wonderland collages include the original John Tenniel illustration of Alice and the Dodo, Alice and the Rabbit, Alice and the Flamingo, Alice and the Cheshire cat, and the Mad Tea Party! There are also lots of vintage Victorian Alice icons.   

The Alice illustration is by Sir John Tenniel for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll published in 1911.

Alice in Wonderland Flamingo Perfect Poster
Alice in Wonderland Flamingo Perfect Poster by antiqueart
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This lovely Alice's Adventures in Wonderland includes an original illustration with Alice looking through the curtain, the Mad Hatter, and the White Rabbit. The book was written by Lewis Caroll in 1865, where Alice falls down the rabbit hole and is involved in a wonderland of fantasy. It includes this quote by alice, "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense."