Day six: Its insect-like appearance startled the breath out of her

Day six: Here is the Victorian era mechanical cherry-stoner that she unearthed in the manky little potting shed, hidden almost entirely by vines and brambles in her new back garden. Its insect-like appearance startled the breath out of her upon pushing the door open. +   +   +

The skills of observation are the same, whether painted or photographed

Here is my other treasure from the Antiquarian Book Fair (which was fairly well-stocked with so-called Ephemera, that I obv adore)— a stellar and skilled portrait, the likes of this level I've rarely seen in my years of collecting Cabinet Card pictures as they're called when mounted and 'framed' on cards like this. This is… Continue reading The skills of observation are the same, whether painted or photographed

Regard me as a Sink

Here's a page from an antique journal or diary of sorts— it's from an old "Autographs" book that I purchased at the Antiquarian Book Fair last Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, and the majority of dates found within are between 1879-1884. It was a sacred collection of sentiments, photographs, and drawings of one… Continue reading Regard me as a Sink

portrait on wood panel

Graphite, ink, solvent-based marker, watercolor and gouache on 5" x 7" wood panel (salvaged from a broken dresser drawer). Drawing on wood has some wonderful advantages; not the least which is the ability to remove everything- or almost everything; to scale it back with sandpaper and begin afresh, with just the ghost of the initial… Continue reading portrait on wood panel

treasures

These are some wonderful small cabinet card photos I picked up in Utrecht in a little store specializing in picture post cards and other ephemera. The top image shows the gilt studio information for the photographer– one of the loveliest I've seen. It's on the back of the first photo card, the oval, which is… Continue reading treasures