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Listening To: BBC In Our Time: Albrecht Dürer [Podcast]

November 20th, 2020 No comments

What I'm Listening To: In Our Time: Albrecht Dürer [Podcast]

Albrecht Düre – BBC In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) who achieved fame throughout Europe for the power of his images. These range from his woodcut of a rhinoceros, to his watercolour of a young hare, to his drawing of praying hands and his stunning self-portraits such as that above (albeit here in a later monochrome reproduction) with his distinctive A D monogram. He was expected to follow his father and become a goldsmith, but found his own way to be a great artist, taking public commissions that built his reputation but did not pay, while creating a market for his prints, and he captured the timeless and the new in a world of great change.


Susan Foister
Deputy Director and Curator of German Paintings at the National Gallery

Giulia Bartrum
Freelance art historian and Former Curator of German Prints and Drawings at the British Museum

Ulinka Rublack
Professor of Early Modern European History and Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge

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Links and Further Reading on the BBC Web Site

OMG! Adorable Animal Characters from Pameloo on Redbubble

November 10th, 2020 No comments

Halloween 2020 – 10 in a series – Witch Illustration from Alex T. Smith

September 13th, 2020 Comments off

Halloween 2020 - 10 in a series - Witch Illustration from Alex T. Smith

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Halloween 2020 – First in a series – Famous Cat Merlin with Witch (1950)

September 4th, 2020 Comments off

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Famous Cat Merlin with Witch

”New York is a magic city where almost anything can happen – especially if you live on the 13th floor of an apartment house on Central Park West. Now of course, since most people are superstitious there is no real 13th floor in hotels or apartment houses, and the one where Ronnie and Gillian live, although it is right above the 12th, is called the 14th. It is not until the day they find the black cat Merlin that they discover the magical 13th floor where the hall paper is a pattern of bats, owls and broomsticks, with borders made of old charms and incantations. “

The Thirteenth Is Magic, Joan Howard, illustrations by Adrienne Adams, 1950

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Learn Something New: Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter

August 30th, 2020 Comments off
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter

The John Muir Laws blog features lots of educational resources about nature journaling and sketching in a variety of mediums, intermixed with conservation information. Also offers resources for educators.

Some of the good stuff (a sample, there’s too much to link, the whole blog archive is a treasure trove)

5 minute landscape in watercolor pencil

How to draw: birds mammals plants

Step by step: watercolor iris in colored pencilnorthern parula with watercolor

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An interesting link found among my daily reading

Dreaming of the Mountains via Instagram

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Are you “Dreaming of Knitting”? Share Your Dreams With These Products Exclusively From Douglas E. Welch Design and Photography [For Sale]

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Enjoy This Vintage Pineapple Botanical Print on These Aprons, Tees, Mugs, and more! [For Sale]

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Artist Uses Real Pressed Flowers to Create Delicate Animal Illustrations via My Modern Met

June 15th, 2020 Comments off

British artist Helen Ahpornsiri brings whole new meaning to botanical illustration with her incredible artwork made from pressed flowers and leaves. Her delicate compositions depict the diversity of the natural world, from mammals and birds to insects and sea creatures.

Using real flowers, petals, stems, and leaves, Ahpornsiri responsibly forages her materials from her own garden and local nature spots. Each botanical component is carefully chosen to celebrate its natural form, and in some works, the artist even uses specific components to correspond with her subject’s natural habitat. In one piece, a seahorse is crafted from tiny pieces of red marine algae, and in another, a majestic blue whale is made entirely from pressed seaweed. “The marine algae I use is foraged from beaches on the south coast of England,” Ahpornsiri reveals. “I search for loose pieces of marine algae along strandlines and in rockpools, especially after stormy seas, to avoid being disruptive to the surrounding ecosystem.”