Friday, August 31, 2012

More Impressionism

"Bridge" by Claude Monet (1840-1929), the most prolific of all the Impressionist painters.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What's Growing In Summer

As summer winds to a close, the flower borders along the front walkway are blooming abundantly, spilling over onto the tiles.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Once again, two distinct styles - art nouveau for the first two, especially the middle one.

And, below, pure art deco.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Maurice Pillard Verneuil's arrowhead flowers, the upper in print and the lower, interpreted in hand made lace.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Portrait of a young lad looking at his reflection in a tidepool.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

109 Years Ago In California

Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, First & Spain Streets, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA, in 1903, in a ruinous state, prior to restoration.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Fabulous Italian ski poster, circa 1950.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Little House

This tidy little house has long been on my radar. As kids we rode our bikes past it, as teens we drove by it on a shortcut to the beach, as my daughter does now when she takes me along while she surfs. It's just down the street from where my dad grew up. Imagine my surprise to just learn it was my great-grandparents house, moved to this spot to make way for the first "supermarket" in town in the 1950s.

Friday, August 17, 2012

More Impressionism

"Mother And Child By Tree" by French Impressionist Henri Manguin.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

100 Years Ago

The caption by photographer Lewis Hines reads:

"Group working on tags in rear of 196 Highland Street, Roxbury Mass."

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Two charming Italian advertisements. The one below has strong art nouveau influences.

Monday, August 13, 2012

At The Beach

A lone gull takes in the view on a summer afternoon.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Art deco, above, circa 1930s, and below, art nouveau, circa, 1900.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bathing Beauties

Let's take a look at some bathing beauties from the 1920s for the next few weeks.

Friday, August 10, 2012

More Impressionism

"Colorful Fields" by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

Thursday, August 9, 2012

100 Years Ago

Lewis Hine's caption reads:

"Pearl said she was 10 years old and helps her mother in the weave room of the Pickett Cotton Mill, High Point, N.C. She said her brother 8 years old helps too. Location: High Point, North Carolina".

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

The Italians can even make selling tires artistic!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fun In The Sun

When the surf's too small for shortboarding, my daughter, above, likes to make the most of a summer day with her standup paddle board and usually can't resist catching a few waves on it. She rides one of the finest standup paddle boards on the market, made with care and precision locally.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hummingbirds Out The Window

We moved their feeder from one window to the other and all the sudden the patio is Hummingbird Central. They drain the feeder in two days. The little fellow in the pictures is resting in the shade on a shell ginger leaf, waiting patiently to pester any others who approach "his" feeder. The pictures are grainy, taken from a distance through a window that desperately needs washing.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Three posters with three distinct styles. Above, circa 1920.

Above circa 1930s and below, circa 1950.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

"On The Beach", circa 1875, by the great Winslow Homer.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

100 Years Ago

Young oyster shuckers, photographed by Lewis Hine, his caption reads:

"Josie, six year old, Bertha, six years old, Sophie, 10 years old, all shuck regularly. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina."

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vintage Italian Posters

Lush images, ripe with art nouveau style.

These are circa 1900, all from Italy.