Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sanford "Sandy" Koufax

Sandy_KoufaxIn June 1959, Koufax set the record for a night game with 16 strikeouts. On August 31, 1959, he surpassed his career high with 18 strikeouts, setting the NL record and tying Bob Feller's major league record for strikeouts in one game.

Born: December 30, 1935 (1935-12-30) Brooklyn, New York Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut June 24, 1955 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Last MLB appearance October 2, 1966 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Description: Publicity still photograph. Source: N.Y. Public Library Picture Collection. Date: circa 1965. Author: publicity still

This work is irrevocably in the public domain in the United States because it was first published in the United States without copyright notice prior to 1978. See Copyright.

Career statistics

Win–Loss record 165–87
Earned run average 2.76
Strikeouts 2,396

Career highlights and awards

* 7× All-Star selection (1961, 1961², 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
* 4× World Series champion (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965)
* 3× Cy Young Award winner (1963, 1965, 1966)
* 1963 NL MVP
* 2× World Series MVP (1963, 1965)
* 4× NL TSN Pitcher of the Year (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
* 2× Babe Ruth Award (1963, 1965)
* 3× Triple Crown winner (1963, 1965, 1966)
* 1966 Hutch Award
* Pitched four no-hitters
* Pitched a perfect game on September 9, 1965
* Los Angeles Dodgers #32 retired
* Major League Baseball All-Century Team

Sandy Koufax: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Banner & A Pillow

Resurrection Fern blog banner
I designed a banner for my dear friend Margie's blog
from some of these elements that I painted inspired by her gorgeous photographs.
You can go check out how the banner looks at her lovely blog by clicking here.
Envelop pillow design
I finally got around to designing a product at Envelop. I plan to design many more.
In the mean time this bird pillow is now available for purchase!

Horace C. Gaffron: "... just incredible"

By guest author David Roach

A few examples of good wholesome apple pie covers from the '30s and '40s for you. The artist is Horace C. Gaffron and in my opinion he’s just incredible – not too far behind Rockwell in sheer drawing ability.


So why am I showing them to you? Because it turns out he’s a Brit! I’m pretty sure he was the first British artist to move to the US as a professional illustrator ( Robert Fawcett was a Brit too of course, but I don’t think he ever actually worked in the UK ).


More than that he was a veteran of the Somme who lost his leg there but actually lived to 102.


He seems to have returned to Britain in the '50s where he drew for various children's annuals and in the '60s he worked for Look And Learn painting religious themes.


What I’d love to know is what else he did in America and why I’d never heard of his U.S. work before. Some websites list him as American but he’s definitely not – his nickname was Jock for heavens sake!


I wonder if anyone else has heard of him – he seems to be something of a lost Illustration giant – I mean just look at that Christmas cover!


One other thing worth mentioning is the very unusual cover layout Gaffron often used, where we have a big image and underneath it a smaller, wider angle that either comments, expands or undermines the main image. Sort of like a two panel comic strip and surely unique in cover design.


I’m really thrilled and very intrigued to hear what, if anything, this post brings out of the woodwork. I’d love it if people could send in any new scans as well if they know of other things by Gaffron. I’m genuinely curious to see what comes up.

You never know what TI's readers will come up with!

* Thanks David! Readers can leave comments or contact me (Leif) via email at leifpeng[at]gmail[dot]com and I will forward your messages to David.

* My Horace C. Gaffron Flickr set

Nuts for Acorns!

"Mighty Oaks from little acorns grow."

I think what I love most about acorns is that they symbolize the quiet potential in all of us to do great and mighty things.

Pictured above from left to right: Earthenwood Studio, Humblebeads, Credit River Art Glass and Diane Hawkey.

Above is my current favorite that sits in my bead stash.  It's a lampwork and copper acorn from Credit River Art Glass, one of my favorite purchases from Bead & Button!  You should have seen Erin and I fondling each and every bead in Julie's booth.

And in my own studio acorns and oak leaves have been beckoning the Autumn season!

Are you gearing up for fall shows and making autumn inspired creations? 

I'd love to see them, leave a link to your latest or favorite fall themed piece of jewelry.

Monday, August 30, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Official portrait

Thurgood MarshallThurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) Marshall was confirmed as an Associate Justice by a Senate vote of 69-11 on August 30, 1967. || View Larger || JPEG (24kb) || TIFF (1.8mb) ||

Title: [Official portraits of the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court: Justice Thurgood Marshall] Date Created/Published: 1976 January 28. Medium: 1 photographic print. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-60139 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Verified with the Supreme Court, 2004.

Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Call Number: No call number recorded on caption card [item] [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

* Color negative by Robert S. Oakes.
* This record contains unverified, old data from caption card, with subsequent revisions.
* Caption card tracings: Photog. Index; BI; Supreme Court, U.S.; Shelf.
* LC-USZC6-31 (color film copy transparency) not found 1990.

A Three Investigators Art Mystery

Daniel Storm writes, "I'm working on an article on the artists of The Three Investigators children's detective series for Illustration Magazine. My article is finished and will appear in issue # 32 at the first of the year, but I'm still on the hunt for any remaining pieces of art that might still be out there. Is it possible for you to make a mention in your blog so I can see if any of your readers might know where some art is? I'm particularly in need of more original Three Investigators art from Ed Vebell, Jack Hearne and Robert Adragna."


"I've pretty much been to the ends of the earth and found a ton of stuff, but I just want to make sure that this is the definitive article on the artists and I've exhausted ever possibility."

"Basically I'm looking for anyone who owns original Three Investigators art or maybe knows someone who owns Three Investigator art. I've exhausted pretty much every source online so this is more of a do you actually know someone that has any or maybe a reader has some themself. The 3 artists I mentioned in the previous emails are the ones that I only have 1-2 examples of original Three Investigators art. I could use a few more pieces from each for the article. I don't want to limit it to just those 3 artists in case someone has something that I an not aware of from someone else."


"Anyone who can point me in the direction of some Three Investigators art will get a special thanks in the article."


If you think you can help Daniel solve "the mystery of the missing Three Investigators art", drop him a line at storm02@sprynet.com

* From top to bottom today, art by Ed Vebell, Harry Kane and Jack Hearne from various volumes of what is one of my most beloved childhood book series; Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.

Unconventional Canvas

Unconventional Canvas
I plan to paint several birds on the walls scattered around the house.
I thought would be fun for my guests to find all of them...like a treasure hunt :)
On the Wall
This is the first one. I'll show you the process...

Designer of the Week: Stephanie's Sammelsurium

Each Monday the Art Bead Scene features the Designer of the Week. One of our editors picks her favorite from the Monthly Challenge entries.

ABS Editor, Cindy Gimbrone chose this week's design winner, It's a Wrap by Stephanie's Sammelsurium

Cindy says this about "It's a Wrap"....Stephanie took up the ABS monthly challenge as an incentive to design outside her usual color palette. The warm colors of the painting inspired her to use orange to great effect. The bracelet is a real eye catcher and is bright and cheery just like the painting. Nicely done!"

You can see more of Stephanie's work on her blog.

If you'd like an opportunity to be featured as the Designer of the Week, there's still time to join in on August's monthly challenge!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Venus and Adonis by Paolo Veronese

Venus and Adonis by the Italian late Mannerist artist Paolo Veronese in 1580. It is currently in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The painting's subject is taken from Ovid. It portrays the hunter Adonis sleeping in the lap of Venus. With her is Eros and two sighthounds, he is portrayed while trying to quench the dog's desire to hunt, as Venus had forecast that Adonis would die during a hunt.
This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1580) are now in the public domain.

and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris in this case Paolo Veronese (1528 – April 19, 1588) and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31st of that year.


Old Wooden Mexican Sugar Cone Mold
Old wooden Mexican sugar cone mold. Perfect vessel for my watercolor brushes!
Found it at Janet & Stu's amazing Three Potato Four shop

Sundays with Cindy

Let's see what our Bead Bloggers have been up to this week....

A Bead A Day
Do you like to mix crafting with jewelry making? Lisa is looking for crafty ideas for using a filigree pendant to create a unique piece of jewelry.

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy announces her first About.com jewelry making video.

Art Bead Scene
While Art Bead Scene Editor, Cindy Gimbrone is on vacation, she's left us a gem from Studio Saturday - her box of inspiration!

Beading Arts
After receiving a wonderful package of crystals from Auntie's Beads, Cyndi set out to make a bracelet that would show them off!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi was at CHA in Chicago and has a fabulous post about Prima Marketing. 

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
While Cindy's off enjoying the bead-ch, let's get ready for the upcoming HalloweenMas newsletters by checking in on a re-wind. It's Barbe Saint John's magic with Cindy's Calaveraz.

Carmi's Art/Life World
The new Katiedids components are responsible for Carmi's new pearl necklace design.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei shows off her loot from her Bead Fest Philadelphia trip!

Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Jean is totally WOWed by the fabulous Margot Potter's latest book: scroll down to read the truly intriguing review of this unique book--it is SO worth it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


These are original student drawings from the 1911 class of the famous art teacher, George Bridgman.

Bridgman, constantly inebriated and chewing on a large black cigar, would rail at his students about the importance of mastering anatomy: "Don't think color's going to do you any good. Or lovely compositions. You can't paint a house until it's built." His students adored him and vied for his approval.

Some of the students in this class would grow up to be stars, such as Norman Rockwell, Mclelland Barclay or E.F. Ward. But in 1911 they were still ambitious teenagers dreaming of the future and striving to develop the kind of academic drawing skill that many illustrators today consider irrelevant.

The crowded classroom was warmed by the stench of tobacco, charcoal, perspiration and turpentine.

Many of the models were girls who had come to the city to work in department stores during a peak holiday season and were laid off after the holidays.  Desperate for money, they would apply for modeling work but once in the classroom some couldn't bring themselves to take their clothes off. Sometimes a young woman would attempt to pose in her slip and stockings, but she would be asked to leave. Recalled one of Bridgman's students, "she'd begin to cry and say she needed the money and what was she going to do."

These girls and their personal anguish are now just ghosts on crumbling paper.  All that remains of them are the images that shamed them.

Bridgman was a highly critical taskmaster, teaching as he did before our era of false praise. At the end of each class, he would designate one student's work as number 1. (You can still see Bridgman's notation, "1st" on E.F. Ward's drawing of the man's back, above.) But Norman Rockwell recalled a story that Bridgman would tell the class whenever he sensed that students were getting cocky about their grades:
Boys, a queer thing happened to me after I left the class last Tuesday. There was a coal wagon backed up onto the sidewalk on 48th street shooting coal into a cellar. As I passed by a fellow stuck his head, all begrimed with coal, out of the cellar and said "hello Mr. Bridgman." I said, "why hello there who are you?" Oh, the fellow said, don't you remember me? I was number one in your class last year.... The story varied; sometimes it was an iceman or a voice from a manhole.

ulnar collateral ligament

ulnar collateral ligamentFrom the 20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, originally published in 1918.

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament (ligamentum collaterale ulnare; internal lateral ligament) (Fig. 329).—This ligament is a thick triangular band consisting of two portions, an anterior and posterior united by a thinner intermediate portion. The anterior portion, directed obliquely forward, is attached, above, by its apex, to the front part of the medial epicondyle of the humerus; and, below, by its broad base to the medial margin of the coronoid process.

The posterior portion, also of triangular form, is attached, above, by its apex, to the lower and back part of the medial epicondyle; below, to the medial margin of the olecranon.
Between these two bands a few intermediate fibers descend from the medial epicondyle to blend with a transverse band which bridges across the notch between the olecranon and the coronoid process. This ligament is in relation with the Triceps brachii and Flexor carpi ulnaris and the ulnar nerve, and gives origin to part of the Flexor digitorum sublimis.

This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1918) are now in the public domain.

Two Windows

"Dragonflies" Watercolor on paper & digital collage.
Two Windows
The small hallway that connects the studio from the living/dining area
has facing windows with beautiful view on both sides.
I took this photo from the little patio just outside the dining room.

Studio Saturday with Cindy Gimbrone

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

Last week's winner is Cetta! Congratulations! You have won a toggle clasp from Lynn! Send an email to Lynn and she will get it right out to you.

Welcome to the Studio of Cindy Gimbrone!

I've done something a little different this week. Instead of still photography, I've created my first Studio Saturday Vlog!

Looking forward to reading your comments!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Winner of The Complete Book of Polymer Clay

Since the original winner couldn't be contacted, I've done a second drawing, and this time the winner is

Elizabeth, I'll be contacting you!

The Battle of Long Island Brooklyn, New York -- August 27, 1776

The Battle of Long Island Brooklyn, New YorkLord Stirling leading an attack against the British in order to buy time for other troops to retreat at the Battle of Long Island, 1776.

Author: Alonzo Chappel (1828–1887)
Colonel Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, a hero of the Revolutionary War and father of Robert E. Lee, once commented that during the war "the state of Delaware furnished one regiment only; and certainly no regiment in the army surpassed it in soldiership." At the Battle of Long Island, the actions of the Delaware Regiment kept the American defeat from becoming a disaster. Indeed, the soldiers from tiny Delaware, fighting alongside the 1st Maryland Regiment, may well have prevented the capture of the majority of Washington's army, an event which might have ended the colonial rebellion then and there.

Organized in January, 1776 by Colonel John Haslet, the Delaware Regiment was noteworthy from the start as the best uniformed and equipped regiment of the Continental Army. Their blue jackets with red facings and white waistcoat and breeches would later become the uniform for all the Continental troops. During the Battle of Long Island, the Delaware and Maryland troops were positioned on the right of Washington's line, defending the most direct route from the British landing site in south Brooklyn to the American fortifications in Brooklyn Heights. Though they faced the fiercest fighting of the day, they held their ground, allowing the remainder of Washington's army to retreat to the safety of the fortifications.

When they in turn were outflanked and forced to retreat, the Delaware Regiment conducted an orderly retreat through marshland and across the Gowanus creek, carrying off with them 23 prisoners. Two nights later, Washington entrusted his Delaware and Maryland soldiers to be the rear guard as he secretly withdrew his army from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Today, the 175th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard, preserves the legacy of the 1st Maryland Regiment. The 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard, perpetuates the proud lineage of the Delaware Regiment.

This Image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1923 are copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 (in this case 1858) are now in the public domain.

and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris in this case Alonzo Chappel (1828–1887) and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31st of that year.

View from the studio & the wind

View from the studio
Views from the studio

Bob Peak: "... when you turn the page it's all over."

In the 1960s the Famous Artists School released an updated version of its multi-binder correspondence course featuring new chapters by then-current illustration stars; among them, Bob Peak. In his chapter (entitled "Advanced line drawing and tonal painting") Peak writes:

"The contemporary illustrator is an artist when he solves the problem of his client. The fine artist is an artist when he solves the creative problem he has set for himself. As a contemporary illustrator, my own primary objective is to satisfy the client."


Then, with a keen understanding of circumstance that could as easily be directed at today's picture makers, Peak writes the following:

"... the accelerated growth of technology causes rapid change... in this age few man-made things last. Airplanes, cars, and clothes change style rapidly. The chrome strip on a car has nothing to do with function other than the function of stimulating sales. Similarly, the woman's magazine changes format when its sales drop or its market changes. This is a phenomenon in which the contemporary illustrator is involved. Solving the problems of rapid obsolescence breeds a unique kind of artist whose premise must be: when you turn the page it's all over."


"Our function is to solve the problems of a temporary, of-the-moment product - the result being a temporary, of-the-moment product! To compete professionally as an illustrator will require all you have to offer and then some. That is what makes commercial art an exciting, vital occupation."


"For me the solving of the problem, the creative process, is more exciting than doing the finish. The finish, of course, is as important as the loudspeaker of a hi-fi rig. It must be good, but if the music that comes out of that speaker doesn't mean anything to the listener, who needs it?"


"Before I start each job these are the things I consider: (1) Have I seen it myself; what experience do I have with the subject? (2) Who is the audience? (3) What is the problem and how can I solve it? (4) What materials should I use? (5) What style is best for the job?"


These last four black & white magazine illustrations are from later in the chapter. Peak uses them as an example of his approach to contemporary illustration:

"Here are illustrations for four stories that appeared in one issue of Cosmopolitan. The problem was to give each a different look. One story, called "predators," was set in Miami. The locale, plus the flamboyant characters, led to a flamboyant interpretation. I cut out pieces of fabric and decorative papers and made a collage depicting the main couple. I didn't use models, but called on the mental image I had formed of these two people at my first reading of the story."


"In the love story "Green Wind" the big love scene began when the girl turned off the light. My reaction was: What remained visible? The Answer: Nothing but a silhouette - which I cut from black paper. On the following page of the story appeared the same silhouette but with the values reversed."


"In the illustration for "Modesty Blaise" I used drawing, silk screen, decorative papers, and photos to get the kaleidoscope look appropriate to this fast moving spy story."


"The heroine of "Subject of change," another love story, is sophisticated and fashion-wise. I showed her, below, in a high-fashion robe. For style I went where many fashion designers were going - to the Art Nouveau of the early 1900's."


I'll return to Peak's intro to his FAC chapter for a concluding thought from the artist. There Peak writes:

"If youth represents the growing force in this country, then the contemporary illustrator should reflect that condition... and take the lead. just as the speaker must know his audience before he writes his speech, the illustrator must know his public before he makes his picture."


"Modern communication has accelerated the changes in fashion. What used to last five years is good for only three nowadays. The outward appearance of art is, in itself, an aspect of fashion, so the involvement of the artist in the contemporary scene, the immediate moment, is obvious. This is what I mean when I define art as an act of doing."

* Special thanks to David Apatoff for providing the two scans at the top of today's post and to Matt Dicke for the scans from Bob Peak's chapter of the Famous Artists Course.

* My Bob Peak Flickr set.

* Bob Peak official website

* Bob Peak official blog

* the Sanguin Fine Art Gallery