Friday, September 25, 2015

Crane and Palm Trees Drawing

Crane and Palm Trees Drawing

An original drawing of a crane flying by palm trees and a butterfly. Colored pencil on heavy weight, smooth finish, acid free paper. The drawing measures 8.5" x 11". $40.00.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: London Clubland by Amy Milne-Smith

London Clubland by Amy Milne-Smith
London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in Late Victorian Britain by Amy Milne-Smith
A book about the gentlemen's clubs of the late 19th century with a focus on gender and class. It gives a brief history of how the clubs formed from the coffee houses of the 17th century. The book discusses who could become a member of the clubs, how members were chosen and explains how the blackball system worked. It goes on to describe the rules of the clubs, what kind of behavior was and wasn't acceptable and what could get someone kicked out of a club. The author writes about how the club could be like a second home for members. The architecture of the clubs is described as well as the services they offered and the servants who worked there. It describes contemporary attitudes to clubs and perceptions of the effect they had on marriage and the family. This books gives a good idea of the importance of clubs in Victorian society and Victorian gentlemen's lives.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Flying Birds Earrings

Flying Birds Earrings

A pair of birds fly past a tree on these earrings. They are made from polymer clay with surgical steel ear wires. They measure approximately .75" x .75" (20mm x 20mm). $8.00.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

1906 School Yearbook

Scans from the 1906 yearbook of Peru State Normal School in Nebraska. My great grandparents went there. The complete yearbook can be downloaded on mediafire (zip file, 24mb).

Great Grandfather 1906Great Grandmother 1906
 My great grandparents Charles Weigand and Bereniece MacHirron.
1906 yearbook class photo
 Class Photos

1906 yearbook class song
Class song and class yell. 
1906 yearbook girls basketball team
The girls basketball team. 


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Green Bird Earrings

Green Bird Earrings
Green Bird Earrings

A green bird perches by a pink flower on these earrings. They are made from polymer clay and have surgical steel ear wires. They measure approximately .75" x 1.5" (21mm x35mm). $8.00.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Solano Stroll

A few photos from the Solano Stroll in Albany last weekend. More on Flickr.

Solano Stroll pony ride
Pony Ride                                      


Solano Stroll petting zoo pig
Petting Zoo

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dancing Women Brooch

Dancing Women Brooch
Dancing Women Brooch

A brooch of three Regency era ladies dancing. The brooch is made from polymer clay. It measures approximately 1.5" x 1.5"(35mm x 35mm). It has a brass plated pin back. $8.00.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting by Chelsea Foxwell


Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting by Chelsea Foxwell

Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hogai and the Search for Images by Chelsea Foxwell

 An interesting book about how the opening of Japan to the west in the mid 19th century affected Japanese painting. One of the books main focuses are exhibitions, both international and domestic. The other focus is the artist Kano Hogai who started his career under the old system of patronage during the shogunate and then had to transition to the new ways after the shogunate had ended. This book has many color illustrations.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Japanese Women Pendant

Japanese Women Pendant
Japanese Women Pendant

Two Japanese women stand in front of a stone lantern on this pendant. It is made from polymer clay. It measures approximately 1" x 2.5" (28mm x 65mm).  $12.00.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Edwardian Photographs

Edwardian Photos. Family photos from the first two decades of the 20th century. Mostly from Nebraska. See all the photos at flickr.

Edwardian Woman Photograph

Edwardian Woman Photograph

Edwardian House Photograph
 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kingfisher Earrings

Kingfisher Earrings
Kingfisher Earrings

A kingfisher bird flies across a pearl background on these earrings. They are made from polymer clay with surgical steel ear wires. The earrings measure approximately 1" x 1" (25mm x 25mm). $8.00.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V. Holmes

How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V. Holmes

How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V. Holmes

    A drawing book that shows you how to draw a wide variety of things starting with simpler things and progressing to more complicated things. The book is divided into five chapters: the basics, shading, texture and pattern, optical illusions, and cool stuff. The first two chapters start with the basics: drawing simple shapes and shading. The drawing demonstrations in this book are very clear and easy to follow. A good book for a beginner.