14 April 2014

Provençal land escape

Living in Provence, France Julian Merrow-Smith is a prolific painter. Be welcome to visit his Postcards from Provence, his perfumed landscapes.

 Barleyfield at Sault

 Before the Harvest

 Cabanon and Poppy Field

 Field of Gold

 House with Shadows

 Lavender Fields near Sault

 Mas des Cyprès

 Morning near Sault

 Near Gigondas

 Spring Wheat with Poppies

 Track near Flassan

 Track Through Lavender Fields

Track Through Shadows

11 April 2014

Falcon collection

Offset lithographs printed in 1956 – Oldenburg, Germany.

 Accipiter nisus

 Buteo buteo

 Circus aeruginosus

 Circus cyaneus

 Falco columbarius aesalon

 Falco subbuteo

 Falco vespertinus

 Milvus migrans

Pernis apivorus

Source: Craftissimo

04 April 2014

White peacocks bloom

White peacocks are not albinos; they have a genetic mutation that is known as leucism, which causes the lack of pigments in the plumage. Source: Wikipedia.

Enjoy the beautifully white explosive paintings by Jessie Arms Botke, an American art nouveau painter born in Chicago (1883-1971) and known for exotic, highly decorated bird studies.

The peacocks are shown in natural settings accompanied by carefully painted flora. The artworks are richly adorned with an abundance of detail.

28 March 2014


© Sean Hayes: House of Horta

Victor Horta (1861–1947) was a Belgian architect and designer. He is one of the most important names in Art Nouveau architecture; the construction of his Hôtel Tassel (2014-25-01) in Brussels in 1892-93 means that he is sometimes credited as the first to introduce the style to architecture from the decorative arts.

His house and studio (construction started in 1898; completed in 1901) in Brussels, Belgium is a splendid Art Nouveau heritage.

Living in Brussels, artist and former architect Paul Dmoch was born in Warsaw in 1958. He works with watercolor.

Balustrade (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Cage d'escalier (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Escalier (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Extérieur, Maison Victor Horta

Fenêtre, Maison Victor Horta

Salle à manger, Maison Victor Horta

Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

 Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

« Even as a child, I remember being obsessed with light. On sleepless nights in my room, I would watch the movement of car lights reflecting from the wall to the ceiling and back. Years later, I was astonished when I saw Rembrandt's use of light for the first time. I remarked, This is the LIGHT

Montréal looks like Venice in this Paul Dmoch watercolor today.

La beauté gelée

25 March 2014

Underside garden

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly widespread over much of the palaearctic. Recently it was discovered in Mirabel (off-island northern suburb of Montréal) Canada by amateur entomologist Ara Sarafian.

© Andy Seely (source)

© Arthur Sevestre (source)

© Bob Gibbon (source)

© Gary Stanley (source)

© maryimackins (source)

While the male has bright blue uppersides, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue.


It's filth, I tell you! The male passes sperm packets to the female, which she stores in her ovipositor to fertilize her eggs.


Polyommatus icarus egg © Gilles San Martin (source)

Blue butterflies with a woodblock © Paula Kuitenbrouwer (source)

The female in the middle on the woodblock has just laid her eggs. The slug-like caterpillar of the Blues is already looking for food and crawls over the block.