Friday, December 31, 2010

Humorous Signs of the Zodiac

THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC. These may be divided into north and south. The first six, from Aries to Virgo, are northern; the latter six, from Libra to Pisces, are southern: this is because the Sun and planets, when in the first six, are north of the equator, and when in the last six they are south of that line. When the Sun is in northern signs he is longer above the Earth than below, and the days are longer than the nights; when he is in the southern signs, he remains longer below the horizon than above, and the nights are longer than the days.

Of course, when any planet is in a mirth sign it remains longer above the Earth than below; and, vice versa, when it is in a south sign its stay is longer below the Earth.

Each point of the zodiac rises and sets once every twentyfour hours, occasioned by the earth turning round on its axis once every day; therefore, when any given point be rising, the opposite point must be setting.

As the zodiac consists of 360 degrees from the first point of Aries until you come to that point again, and as these are divided into twelve portions or signs, they must consist of thirty degrees each.

Humorous Signs of the ZodiacTitle: Merry's museum, Volumes 5-6. Volume 743 of American periodical series, 1800-1850. Publisher: I.C. & J.N. Stearns, 1843. Original from: Princeton University
Digitized: May 19, 2008. Subjects: Literary Criticism / Children's Literature

Signs of the Zodiac. In a former number of the Museum, I have told you about the "Zodiac, but as I wish to make ou remember all about it, I will just give you Mr. Cruickshanks' notions on the subject. ~e is a merry fellow in London, and thus he draws the twelve signs, in his sportive humor :—

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It is found that each of these signs, when it rises at the birth of an individual, possesses a certain influence to produce a particular form of body, and some peculiar mental inclinations. There is no reason to suppose, however, that the influence of Aries, or any other sign, proceeds merely from that sign alone; but it is more probable that when that sign is rising, tlie whole face of the heavens is such as to produce a certain effect. This may be caused as much by the distant stars in the milky way (that large shining band seen in the heavens on a fine night, which consists of innumerable millions of stars, and of which our Sun is supposed to be one) as by any others. In fact, Ptolemy speaks of these effects being produced by the "ambient," which means the entire of the heavens, and not the ascending sign alone.

Good Bye 2010

2010
You were a pretty good one! And for that I am thankful :)

1. Lola's cover, 2. Pocket Planner Giveaway, 3. Wrapped, 4. New Flock, 5. Friends...finished!, 6. Window decals, 7. "Home is where the heart is", 8. Wall bird done!, 9. Autumn, 10. Plumeria, 11. Bird with potted flower, 12. Butterfly stone, 13. At dusk..., 14. Friends, 15. Desk with view, 16. Studio sneak peek, 17. Seaweed Prints, 18. Dogwood finished, 19. Iron-on Elephant, 20. 20 cent Bird, 21. New pages for June, 22. Corals, 23. Around the World, 24. Blue, 25. June page, 26. Un-pinked :), 27. Elephant, 28. Jubal's Kin CD design, 29. Vermillion Flycatcher, 30. Stamped Doily, 31. Embroidered Tea Towel, 32. Faux Specimen Display, 33. Jared Treasures, 34. The best mail day!, 35. Birdies on my mind & on my shelf., 36. New Journal for 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Big hug to each and every one of you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Earlier Today


Music: "Cycling Trivialities" by José González

Horses pulling car stuck in snow

Horses pulling car stuck in snowRescuing a motor car from burial in the snow on a Long Island Highway. One kind of horsepower providing assistance to another kind. In: "Handbook of Snow Removal" by Good Roads Machinery, Inc. 1926. Library Call No. M 1270 G646.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cupid

CupidCupid by Nikolai Ivanovich Argunov (1771 - 1829) - the painter, the academician of the St.Petersburg Academy of arts (1818). The son of I.P. Argunov.

In Roman mythology, Cupid (Latin cupido, meaning "desire") is the god of desire, affection and erotic love. He is the son of goddess Venus and god Mars.

Cupid is frequently shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day. In popular culture he is the personification of love and courtship.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Raphael's cherubs angels Sistine Madonna

Raphael's cherubs angels Sistine MadonnaSistine Madonna, also called The Madonna di San Sisto, is an oil painting by the Italian artist Raphael. Finished shortly before his death, ca. 1513–1514.
A prominent element within Raphael's (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520) painting, Sistine Madonna, are the winged angels beneath Mary.

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Meet Lola!

Meet Lola
Lola's cover
Lola is my beautiful new Singer sewing machine I got from Santa this Christmas!
I named her Lola because it's what I would've named a daughter if I had one ;)
My other machine died (R.I.P.) from a fall a few months ago.
She's the one on my blog banner.
The machine cover I had made for it didn't fit Lola so I'm making her a new one :)
I dyed a yard or so of natural canvas into a military green color that I love
mixing olive green, black & a little bit of brown store bought fabric dye.
I cut patchwork birds out of 100% wool felt and attached them by hand
using blanket stitch and a few french knots
with my favorite stash of vintage crewel wool I bought a few years ago
from my dear friend Carlene's Etsy Shop.
I might turn the old cover into a new pillow. I'm so happy to be sewing again :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10 Times Square

Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10 Times Square. Looking south on Broadway in the wesr 50s towards Times Square. The morning after about 9:30 am.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!Happy New Year!

Wishing all a joyful new year, members of the Cassini-Huygens team offer us their views of Saturn and the Cassini spacecraft. Cassini-Huygens, a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, which is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA.
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EYES, OLD AND NEW

It is a fine thing to view the world with the fresh eyes of a child.


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The colors are brighter and motives are purer.


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No wonder Goethe's Faust was ready to trade his soul to recover his lost innocence:
Give me back youth's golden prime
When my own spirit too was growing
When from my heart unbidden rhymes
Gushed forth, a fount forever flowing;
The world was shrouded in a haze
The bud still promised wondrous powers
And I would cull a thousand flowers
With which all valleys were ablaze
Nothing I had, and yet profusion
The lust for truth, the pleasure in illusion.
Give back the passions unabated,
That deepest joy, alive with pain,
Love's power and the strength of hatred,
Give back my youth to me again.
But it is also a fine thing to view the world through the eyes of experience.


Raphael, the School of Athens

Experience enables us to get past the inanities of youth and start addressing the complexities of life. The world often loses charm in the process, but as James Gould Cozzens warned, it is foolish to try to hide in childish delusions too long:
Refusal to face the verities, though not without immediate satisfactions, carries penalties. There's a fool killer personifying the ancient principle, "Whom the gods would destroy..." in this world, and he has a list. And that's a good way to put yourself on it. Then the question is just one of time, of how soon he'll get around to you.
In the coming year we will receive many invitations to put aside wisdom so we can experience art through innocent eyes. This will always be a risky proposition as long as the fool killer walks, but sometimes surrendering our defenses is the only way to open ourselves to potentially worthwhile experiences.

Looking with new eyes as we travel familiar paths, we sometimes discover exits that our good taste previously prevented us from noticing. These exits may lead directly to the fool killer's prize flower garden, but they may also lead to discoveries of real value. Our challenge for 2011 will be to see with eyes both old and new.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10

The morning after. Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10. Looking north up Broadway from our 6th floor west 77th street window at 7 am on the morning 0f 12/27/10.

Snow Covered Cars. Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10. The morning after 9 am. Just outside our front door at Broadway and 77th street, looking west toward the Hudson River and New Jersey.

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Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10

Snow Covered Cars

Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10

Winter Snow Storm New York City 12/26/10. Looking north up Broadway from our 6th floor west 77th street window.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

President Hu Jintao and First Lady Liu Yongqing

President Hu Jintao and First Lady Liu YongqingChinese President Hu Jintao and First Lady Liu Yongqing land at Andrews Air Force Base Md., Nov.14, 2008, for the two-day G20 Summit at the White House in Washington. The summit, hosted by U.S. President George W. Bush, brought together world leaders to discuss the increasing global financial crisis, its causes and efforts to resolve it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Craig Clapper)

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The Sundblom School of Illustration: "... its best returns came from the mutual sharing of our various abilities."

In his Haddon Sundblom article on the Illustration House website Roger T. Reed writes, "Sundblom gets pigeonholed as the painter of Coca-Cola Santa Clauses..."

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"... but this trivializes his central place in 20th century advertising art. More than any artist including Norman Rockwell, Sundblom defined the American Dream in pictures, proved by his work for virtually the entire Fortune 500."

Often when I'm flipping through the pages of an old mid-century magazine, I'll come across an unsigned piece of advertising art like this example below, and I'll immediately think of Haddon Sundblom. Sunny probably didn't paint this particular illustration, but someone who apprenticed with him - or apprenticed with one of his apprentices - very likely did.

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You really can't overstate Sundblom's influence on the field during that era. Earlier in this series I ran a quote from Sunny where he described how hundreds of people had passed through his studio to take up positions in the graphic arts all across America. The day after that post, TI list member Ferol Smith (whose husband was the painter, William A. Smith) sent a note: "I worked in an ad agency in New York in the '40s called Geyer, Newell and Ganger and my boss was an art director who arrived in New York by way of Sundblom's studio in Chicago... Art Surin. He gave up illustration to tell other people how to do it!"

Sure enough, in the 1956 American Artist article on Haddon Sundblom, author Frederic Whitaker includes Arthur Surin among a list of "the art world luminaries who are the direct offspring of the Sundblom personality and who constitute, in part, the "Sundblom School of Illustration." Below, another example from that school - not by Sundblom - but how many (if any) strokes from his brush touched it up before it left his studio?

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Howard Terpning isn't on Whitaker's list of luminaries but he too was a Sundblom apprentice. Frequent TI contributor, Harold Henriksen, sent this scan the other day from a book called The Art of Howard Terpning. Terpning was in his early '20s when he was at Sundblom's studio and said he "made this painting for fun." The Sundblom influence is evident.

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Two other Sundblom Circle members not previously mentioned; Earl Blossom (father of '60s/'70s illustrator David Blossom)...

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... and Morgan Kane. The bio on Kane's website says "After the war, Morgan moved to Chicago where he worked with well-known illustrators, including Haddon Sundblom and Harry Anderson. During that time he painted many commercial pieces for companies such as Coca Cola..."

For all we know, this unsigned 1947 Coke ad below could have been painted by Kane while working for Sunny.

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As one commenter noted on the last post, Gil Elvgren (below) is probably the most direct (and most famous) descendant of the Sundblom style.

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Today's batch of vintage Coke ads were an early Christmas gift from Eric Bowman, who saved a stack of old National Geographics that had been collecting dust at an art studio where he worked 20 years ago. Eric very kindly scanned a whole bunch of the back covers of those Nat. Geo's and emailed them to me last week. Many thanks, Eric!

Here are some more ads by Sundblom apprentices, courtesy of Eric Bowman.

Jack Wittrup...

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... Nick Hufford...

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... and Harry Anderson.

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Finally, again, courtesy of Eric,a few more Coca-Cola Santas by Sundblom, from 1939...

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... 1947...

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... and 1963.

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When Haddon Sundblom was interviewed for American Artist, he spoke with great affection and modesty about his studio and the artists in his Circle. "All I can say is it was an unusual studio where its members without conscious effort or charitable impulse , but rather with a spontaneous spirit of good will, inspired each other and where we learned that its best returns came from the mutual sharing of our various abilities. The place teamed with a genuine art spirit. Steve [Sundblom's studio partner/co-owner, Howard Stevens] and I were simply the guys who fortunately had hired the hall."

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And with that thought, let's call it a day. If ever I could feel like Haddon Sundblom, its in the sense that I had the good fortune to "hire this hall" for the spirit of good will and mutual sharing. This month-long look at one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century could not have been possible if so many people hadn't jumped in to assist.

* Thanks to Tom Watson for his many early Sundblom scans, to Aron Gagliardo for materials from the archives of the American Academy of Art (including the photo of Sunny directly above), to Heritage Auctions for Sundblom scans from their archives, to Aaron Baker of Playboy Enterprises for information related to Sundblom's "last Santa" (the December 1966 Playboy cover), to Eric Bowman and Harold Henriksen and to everyone who commented here and on Flickr and who retweeted these posts on Twitter and Facebook.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone - see you again on January 3rd, 2011!

Feliz Navidad!

Feliz Navidad!
Luke 2:10-14 King James Version
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

We went for a tiny live tree this year :)
Merry Christmas from Manolo, Israel, Daniel, Turbo and me!
Thank you so much for your continued support of my work and this blog.
You guys make blogging a real joy for me!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nave of the Basilica Church of the Nativity

Nave of the Basilica Church of the NativityBethlehem and surroundings. Bethlehem, nave of the Basilica [Church of the Nativity]. Light-shafts encircling the ancient pillars.

Title: Bethlehem and surroundings. Bethlehem, nave of the Basilica [Church of the Nativity]. Light-shafts encircling the ancient pillars. Creator(s): American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Dept., photographer. || JPEG (48kb) || JPEG (110kb) || TIFF (29.0mb) ||
Date Created/Published: [approximately 1920 to 1933] Medium: 1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in. Part of: G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-matpc-02619 (digital file from original photo)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Call Number: LC-M32- 3072 [P&P] Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Notes:

* Title from: Catalogue of photographs & lantern slides ... [1936?].
* Date from Matson LOT cards.
* Gift; Episcopal Home; 1978.

Subjects:

* West Bank--Bethlehem.

Format:

* Dry plate negatives.

Collections:

* Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Photograph Collection.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Tree 250 w 57th Street

Christmas Tree 250 w 57th StreetChristmas Tree in the lobby at 250 West 57th Street, the Fisk Building named for what was then the Fisk Rubber Company, a major tire manufacturer built in the early 1920s. New York City, New York. December 13, 2010.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse 12/21/10

Total Lunar Eclipse 12/21/10The last lunar eclipse of 2010 is especially well placed for observers throughout North America. The eclipse occurs at the Moon's descending node in eastern Taurus, four days before perigee.

The Moon's orbital trajectory takes it through the northern half of Earth's umbral shadow. Although the eclipse is not central, the total phase still lasts 72 minutes.
At the instant of greatest eclipse (08:17 UT) the Moon lies near the zenith for observers in southern California and Baja Mexico. At this time, the umbral magnitude peaks at 1.2561 as the Moon's southern limb passes 2.8 arc-minutes north of the shadow's central axis. In contrast, the Moon's northern limb lies 8.1 arc-minutes from the northern edge of the umbra and 34.6 arc-minutes from the shadow center. Thus, the southern half of the Moon will appear much darker than the northern half because it lies deeper in the umbra.

Since the Moon samples a large range of umbral depths during totality, its appearance will change dramatically with time. It is not possible to predict the exact brightness distribution in the umbra, so observers are encouraged to estimate the Danjon value at different times during totality. Note that it may also be necessary to assign different Danjon values to different portions of the Moon (i.e., north vs. south).

During totality, the winter constellations are well placed for viewing so a number of bright stars can be used for magnitude comparisons. Pollux (mv = +1.16) is 25° east of the eclipsed Moon, while Betelgeuse (mv = +0.45) is 16° to the south, Aldebaran (mv = +0.87) is 20° to the west, and Capella (mv = +0.08) is 24° to the north.

The entire event is visible from North America and western South America. Observers along South America's east coast miss the late stages of the eclipse because they occur after moonset. Likewise much of Europe and Africa experience moonset while the eclipse is in progress. Only northern Scandinavians can catch the entire event from Europe. For observers in eastern Asia the Moon rises in eclipse. None of the eclipse is visible from south and east Africa, the Middle East or South Asia.

Description: December 21, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse 0805Z.jpg. Now that the umbra has completely covered the Moon, earthshine is starting to become visible. Date: 21 December 2010(2010-12-21) Author: Supportstorm.

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Whoooo?

Whooo?
Whoooo got so excited to see the spectacular lunar eclipse
that she forgot to take out the camera & snap some cool pics at 1:45 am?
um... that would be me. Sorry!
Watercolor and acrylic in on Fabriano paper. 6" x 8"

Monday, December 20, 2010

La Luna

Eclipse of the Moon
La Luna
Moonbirds
Will you be watching the lunar eclipse tonight?
La Luna was quite a show this afternoon when the sun was setting.
It promises to be a spectacular event. Wouldn't miss it for anything!

Haddon Sundblom and the Chicago Pin-Up Artists

In the book, The Great American Pin-Up, co-authors Charles Martignette and Louis Meisel credit Haddon Sundblom with being "recognized today as the inspiration behind the best pin-up and glamor artists from the 1930s through the 1960s." Certainly Sundblom's Circle of apprentices are responsible for some of the most gorgeous interpretations of the female form. Below, a couple of the most famous pin-up artists of that group: Gil Elvgren...

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... and Joyce Ballantyne.

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As you can see from this ad below, taken from the 1946 New York Art Directors Annual, Elvgren, Ballantyne and several other Sundblom Circle artists were represented by Stevens Gross Studios.

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This is where things get a bit confusing for me. The 1956 American Artist article on Haddon Sundblom describes Earl Gross as a "direct offspring of the Sundblom personality" - and Sundblom himself tells interviewer Frederic Whitaker that, "In 1925 Howard Stevens, Edwin Henry and I started our own outfit known as Stevens, Sundblom & Henry." So how and when did Stevens Gross come about? In another book, "The Elvgren Collection," author Marianne Ohl Phillips writes that Gil Elvgren joined Stevens Gross at age 22 and subsequently became a protegé of Haddon Sundblom, suggesting that Sunny was among the artists in Stevens Gross' stable. Very confusing...

Another Sundblom Circle artist, Chuck Showalter, joined Sundblom's studio in 1946 when it was known as "Sundblom and Anderson."  Within 8 months of his joining the studio changed to "Sundblom, Johnston and White."

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Showalter reported that Sunny left the studio in 1956 to partner with a former apprentice, Harry Ekman (below).

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Here are a few more lovely ladies by some of the seemingly countless Sundblom Circle alumni: Al Moore...

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... Euclid Shook...

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... Freeman Elliot...

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... Coby Whitmore, who by the mid-1940s had migrated to New York and became a star at the Charles E. Cooper studio.

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... Ward Brackett...

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... Al Buell...

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... get the picture?

Tomorrow: one more day of Sundblom and his Circle