Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa Claus for President

Santa Claus for President: Our Claus had wisdom, for his good fortune but strengthened his resolve to befriend the little ones of his own race. He knew his plan was approved by the immortals, else they would not have favored him so greatly.

So he began at once to make acquaintance with mankind. He walked through the Valley to the plain beyond, and crossed the plain in many directions to reach the abodes of men. These stood singly or in groups of dwellings called villages, and in nearly all the houses, whether big or little, Claus found children.

The youngsters soon came to know his merry, laughing face and the kind glance of his bright eyes; and the parents, while they regarded the young man with some scorn for loving children more than their elders, were content that the girls and boys had found a playfellow who seemed willing to amuse them.

So the children romped and played games with Claus, and the boys rode upon his shoulders, and the girls nestled in his strong arms, and the babies clung fondly to his knees. Wherever the young man chanced, to be, the sound of childish laughter followed him; and to understand this better you must know that children were much neglected in those days and received little attention from their parents, so that it became to them a marvel that so goodly a man as Claus devoted his time to making them happy. And those who knew him were, you may be sure, very happy indeed.

The sad faces of the poor and abused grew bright for once; the cripple smiled despite his misfortune; the ailing ones hushed their moans and the grieved ones their cries when their merry friend came nigh to comfort them.

Santa Claus for President

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IMAGE CREDIT: The Santa Claus Club Author: Lewis Jesse Bridgman (1857-1931). Publisher: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1907. Original from: the New York Public Library, Digitized: May 16, 2007. Length: 80 pages. Subjects: Biography & Autobiography › Presidents & Heads of State, Biography & Autobiography / Presidents & Heads of State, Children's poetry, Nursery rhymes, Parades, Presidents, Santa Claus.

TEXT CREDIT: The life and adventures of Santa Claus Author: Lyman Frank Baum. Publisher: The Bowen-Merrill company, 1902. Original from: Harvard University. Digitized: Apr 22, 2005. Length: 206 pages, Subjects: Fiction › Fantasy › General, Christmas stories, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction / Classics, Fiction / Fantasy / General, Religion / Holidays / Christmas & Advent, Santa Claus.

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Snapshots of our home that I've taken with my iPod Touch camera.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Autumn New York City Fall Colors Central Park

The view from the edge of the Terrace is exceedingly picturesque. On the Esplanade, which runs to the edge of the Lake, is the Bethesda Fountain, with its sparkling jets and silvery drip from the upper to the lower basin. Across the Lake is its bold northern shore, with grey rocks, whose ruggedness is softened by deep foliage; then comes the green of the Ramble, with the grey tower of the Belvedere in the background, the whole being half framed in by the soft green mounds that rise on either side of the Esplanade. In the main basin of the Bethesda Fountain are a number of rare water plants. These are all completely labeled and include the Lotus, the beautiful, flesh-colored India water lily, the Papyrus plant and the beautiful South American floating pond-weed.

The Bethesda Fountain is a representation of the story of the Pool of Bethesda, St. John (5, 2-4). Its crowning feature is the figure of an angel who appears to have just alighted on a mass of ro««k, and extends her hands as if blessing the waters which gush from it into the upper basin of the fountain, overflowing this and dripping into the lower basin, throwing a silvery veil over four figures symbolic of Temperance, Purity, Health and Peace. The fountain was designed and the figures were executed by Emma Stebbins.

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Autumn New York City Fall Colors Central Park

Autumn New York City Fall Colors Central Park

Autumn New York City Fall Colors Central Park

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TSXT CREDIT: New York and its environs Author: Gustav Kobbé. Publisher: Harper & brothers, 1891. Original from: the New York Public Library. Digitized: Dec 19, 2005. Length: 282 pages. Subjects, New York (N.Y.)

Night & Day

Night & Day
Painted Leaf
leaves
Vermillion Flycatcher
Acrylic ink on a dry rubber tree leaf (ficus elastica) & my lovely visitor
Mr. Vermillion Flycatcher.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Jaw Harp (Jew's harp)

Jaw Harp: Small and easy-to-carry, the wrought iron jaw harp produced a jaunty accompaniment to campfire songs. This instrument was excavated from a campsite near Winchester, Virginia. Wrought iron. L 7.9, W 5.3, T 0.6 cm Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 3095

Jew's harp, from a Civil War camp near Winchester, Virginia Gettysburg National Military Park, GETT 26368

Jew's Harp — Sonorous Substances. Europe. A small metallic tongue vibrating within an iron frame shaped like a horseshoe. When played it is placed between the teeth, and vibrations of the metallic tongue are produced by striking it with the finger while a tune is hummed. One theory of the name is that it was originally jaw's harp, from its position while being played, and another that it was first made and sold in England by Jews. It is shrill and peculiar in sound, and rather melancholy. Even in the Nineteenth Century the Jew's harp retained its popularity. In 1860 no less than six million are said to have been produced in Steyer, province of Styria, Austria.

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Jaw Harp (Jew's harp)

Jaw Harp (Jew's harp)

TEXT CREDIT: The American history and encyclopedia of music The American History and Encyclopedia of Music, William Lines Hubbard. Authors: George Whitfield Andrews, Edward Dickinson, Arthur Foote, Janet M. Green, Emil Liebling, Josephine Thrall. Editor: William Lines Hubbard. Publisher: I. Squire, 1908. Original from: the New York Public Library. Digitized: Sep 17, 2008. Subjects: Music

An "Illostribute" to Al Dorne

One of my favourite illustrators, Albert Dorne, is the subject of a tribute on one of my favourite blogs, Toby Neighbors' Illostribute.

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Toby describes the Illostribute concept as "a new, collaborative illustration blog. The idea is to pay tribute to “master” illustrators (and occasionally fine artists) by seriously investigating their work, through interpretation."

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Toby has posted many great examples of Dorne's work (I'm happy I was able to help out with that)...

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... he wrote a great biographical synopsis on Dorne...

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... and his contributors created some wonderful, original interpretations of Al Dorne's work (as they always do each time Toby devises a new "Illostribute").

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I hope you'll take a few minutes to get truly inspired - visit Toby Neighbors' Illostribute -- and while you're there, be sure to have a look at the many other excellent posts Toby has assembled for your viewing pleasure!

Offline Life

In the Canyon
Our phone and internet died yesterday and won't be back up until who knows when.
Good thing about not having internet is lots of time to draw :-)
I'm having breakfast at a diner with Manolo and the boys
and the four of us are hooked up to a little device.
It's ok, we'll have plenty of time to talk and interact at home ;-)
Sepia micron pen on paper. 8 x 10 inches.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Santa Got Hops

Santa hits Vandenberg gym before big night - In preparation for a long Christmas night delivering presents and eating cookies, Santa Claus hits the gym. Mr. Claus will make his annual excursion around the world and visit the homes of those on the "nice" list. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

Members of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) will once again track Santa Claus on part of his journey around the world this Christmas Eve,

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Santa Got Hops

The Royal Anjou Bible

"By any definition, it is one of the supreme Bibles of the gothic period"
[Christopher de Hamel*, Cambridge]



Anjou Bible illuminated manuscript page


Anjou Bible - illuminated manuscript parchment


illuminated manuscript page from Anjou Bible


parchment bible manuscript page - highly decorated


14th cent. decorated ms page from Naples


latin text with ornate decoration


Anjou Bible folio with extra-textual decoration


detailed manuscript decoration - 14th century Italian bible


parchment manuscript page (text + decoration)


14th c. Sicilian manuscript page


Anjou Bible folio 305r text and decoration


illuminated bible manuscript page


Anjou Bible folio 309r

"The House of Anjou ruled over Central and Southern Europe for two centuries. The different areas gradually became close-knit states boasting efficient institutions, lucrative trade and a flourishing cultural life. It was the era of great artists and writers like Giotto, Simone Martini, Boccaccio and Petrarch. Music was also given a new lease of life at the Neapolitan court: even under Charles of Anjou (1226-1286), investments were made in more and better musicians.

This healthy artistic climate provided scope for musical experimentation. One of the most gifted musicians at Charles’ court was undoubtedly the trouvère Adam de la Halle, who wrote the celebrated musical pastoral play Le Jeu de Robin et Marion while in service in Naples.

Charles’ successor, Robert of Anjou, was a particularly well-read and sophisticated sovereign and [a] supporter of Pope Benedict XII and patron of numerous musicians from the latter’s entourage in Avignon. [..] The numerous musical instruments and musical scenes in the Anjou Bible are a unique, artistic externalization of this heyday of music." [source]

"The 14th century Anjou Bible, was created at the court of Robert I of Anjou, King of Naples. After peregrinations in royal circles, in 1509 the book ended up on Brabantine soil. During the course of the next 500 years, this unique manuscript fell into oblivion. Until 2008. On March 10th the bible was officially recognized by the Flemish Community as 'a Masterpiece' and that year a major project was launched which involved researching and conserving the book and making it accessible to the public." [source] ::
[The manuscript now resides in the strongroom at the Maurits Sabbe Library of the Theology Faculty at K.U.Leuven]


I recommend (more than usual, let's say) seeing this magnificent parchment manuscript online via the (often tri-lingual) Anjou Bible site [direct link to a flash zoom presentation of 91 illuminated folio pages that allows you to see the details at high magnification]

The manuscript decoration work is said to have been carried out (or overseen) by Cristophorus Orimina, the leading illuminator in Naples, whose signature appears in the Anjou Bible.

'The Anjou Bible: A Royal Manuscript Revealed. Naples 1340 (Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts)' 2010, edited by J van der Stock & L Wateeuw was released at the time of the exhibition last year.


manuscript miniatures


text decoration (detail)


manuscript border decoration


cropped manuscript decoration

{all the images in this post were spliced together from screencaps : the full page images - after clicking through - are at 25% magnification and the details towards the end of the post were spliced from 50% zoom captures}

Saturday, November 26, 2011

HMS Resolute

Her Majesty's visit to the Arctic Ship "Resolute" in Cowes Harbour. The Illustrated London News, December 27, 1956.

The HMS Resolute HMS was a mid-19th century barque-rigged ship of the British Royal Navy, specially outfitted for Arctic exploration.. Abandoned north of the Arctic Circle in 1854, the HMS Resolute was later found by the crew of an American whaling ship, refitted, and sent to Queen Victoria as a token of goodwill. When the ship was later dismantled, the "Resolute" desk was made from timbers of the ship, and Queen Victoria gave it to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880. Every President from President Hayes through President Dwight D. Eisenhower used the desk; it was first placed in the Oval Office in 1961 at the request of President John F. Kennedy.

After being on exhibit for ten years at the Smithsonian Institution, the Resolute was put back into use by President Jimmy Carter. The Resolute was also used in the Oval Office by President Ronald Reagan and for a few months by President George Bush. On January 20, 1993, the historic desk was returned to the Oval Office once again, at the request of President Clinton.

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HMS Resolute

HMS Resolute

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By Illustrated London News [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I Spied

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I spied all of this beauty yesterday afternoon while spending some time outside
with my furry boy Turbo & my camera (Canon Digital Rebel T2i).