Pressed Flowers

Pressed Flower artwork

An Older Way of Doing Things: The modern world is slowly waking to a renewed appreciation for an older way of doing things. Pastimes once though to be quaint are now perceived through a more appreciative lens. The wisdom and experience of long-gone generations somehow manages to take us by surprise, but it shouldn’t. Back before there were 24-hour news cycles and click-bait culture, people knew how to breathe deep and focus. Spending time with an idea or a personRead more

Gustave Doré’s Bible Illustrations

Gustave Doré’s Bible Illustrations

The hard-working prodigy: Gustave Doré (1832-1883) was born in north-eastern France near the German border. He was a child prodigy, showing an unusual aptitude for art at as early an age as 5. By the age of 16 he’d already begun his career. Though he died at the age of 51, Doré produced an astonishing volume and breadth of work during his life. The Bible which featured his illustrations was published in 1865 in French, but very soon after reprintedRead more

William Morris’ Textile Designs

Seaweed inspired textile design by William Morris

Embracing Traditional Craftsmanship: William Morris (1834-1896) was a man of many talents and interests, but he is chiefly remembered for his beautiful designs. During his lifetime he produced designs for wallpaper, textiles, embroideries and stained glass windows (to name a few). He is considered the founder of the “Arts and Crafts Movement” in Victorian England, a movement which responded to the mass industrialization of that era with the embrace of traditional craftsmanship. “He emphasized the idea that the design andRead more

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “Religious Realism”

"The Three Marys" by Henry Ossawa Tanner

A Remarkable Man: Born in 1859, Henry Tanner was “the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim” (Wikipedia). His father was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and his mother had escaped slavery through the underground railroad. Tanner’s talent and heritage resulted in unique, insightful and evocative works, qualities that happily were recognized in his lifetime. To this day, however, I believe he is not as well-known as he deserves to be. Tanner’s road was not an easyRead more

Mary Delany’s Paper Botanicals

Botanical artwork by Mary Delany (Source: Pinterest)

The Life of Mary Delany (1700-1788): As a young woman of 17, Mary was forced into an unhappy marriage with a man of 60. The marriage did not last long before her husband died, but her husband had left her no inheritance in his will. In spite of this challenge, widowhood suited Mary and she flourished socially, intellectually, and artistically. She was able to stay with wealthy friends and meet many notable names of her time. When she was inRead more