Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Face In The Rock

Photos of faces in the rock in Ireland, blog posted by Bernadette Ryan, reminded me of this oil painting I did in the 70s. My post on Berndette Ryan’s blog: Your title caught my eye, as my mother grew up … Continue reading

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Embracing Mid-Century Modern Style

I was born in 1951, and I live in a house built in 1951.  You may recognize this photo from an earlier post about my Fiesta Ware in the corner of my kitchen counter. It has taken me decades to … Continue reading

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Solitude, The Pasture Tree, My Art On Zatista

The livestock graze beneath trees in the pastures, shaping them in to rounded lollipops.  The painting of this lone tree is titled Solitude. Dimensions are 11 inches by 14 inches. Solitude is one of a group of works on canvas … Continue reading

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The Great Northern Freight Agent

This painting is acrylic on canvas, size 24 inches x 36 inches. The wooden grain elevators in the western US and Canada plains are icons of the past.  The Great Northern Railway freight agent was as much an institution as … Continue reading

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My Oil Palette

This is a photo of the old, engraved brass bowl that I use for my oil painting palette.  It has a piece of waxed paper folded inside.  The bowl is so heavy, it has a wonderful solid feeling, staying still … Continue reading

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Pet photographer’s ambitious adoption photos – CBS News Video

Pet photographer’s ambitious adoption photos – CBS News Video. The difference between euthanasia and adoption can be a good photographer.

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“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine

“What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces – Smashing Magazine. Read the article.  I don’t have much to add to this, except don’t forget to look at the pictures!

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Inside Google Search · Search by Image

Inside Google Search · Search by Image. Here is another tool to find unauthorized use of your art and design on the internet. There are 4 ways to search… drag and drop, upload the image, copy and paste the image … Continue reading

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Are You An Artist And Reference Hoarder?

I just listed these vintage vocabulary picture work sheets in my Etsy shop of old stuff, Mistress of Merlin. I am both fascinated and repulsed by the current trend of “reality shows” that depict the lives of hoarders.  Every cable … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration In Old Toys

I have finally decided to give up my vintage croquet set and sell it on etsy.com/mistressofmerlin.  It had been gathering dust in the garage for many, many years.  I don’t even remember the last time we took it out in … Continue reading

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Oil Painting, 11″x14″, Cabin Sweethearts

This painting is the larger finished version of a 3 inch by 3 inch oil sketch done last summer.         Here is a detail close-up.  

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Who Stole My Pictures Is a Firefox Extension That Helps You Locate Copied Images

Who Stole My Pictures Is a Firefox Extension That Helps You Locate Copied Images. This is an extension you add to Firefox to quickly search your images online to see where they have been used.

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The Denial Hits The Fan – YouTube

The Denial Hits The Fan – YouTube. Climate Reality has two new videos (link above) promoting 24 Hours of Reality, a live steam on their web site starting at 7pm Central Time on September 14.  http://climaterealityproject.org/

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“THE MISUNDERSTOOD” by Jeanne Donnadieu – Pastel Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

“THE MISUNDERSTOOD” by Jeanne Donnadieu – Pastel Portrait of Vincent van Gogh. I found more images of work by Jeanne Donnadieu here: http://vincentvangoghportrait.com/other-works.html Living in the same location where Degas had found a room for Mary Cassatt, this artist was in … Continue reading

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The blood and sweat behind Labor Day – CNN.com

The blood and sweat behind Labor Day – CNN.com. When my father was a child, he worked at the coal mines in Scranton, PA.  He was born in 1902.  He told me of seeing one of his little friends killed … Continue reading

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