Memento Mori–Otha People’s Art 4

Preamble. Hello, hello Dear Reader! I hope that 2013 has been treating you well so far I have to say that it’s been off to an excellent start for me! I’ve been making some new art, diligently working out and eating right, and have been listing all of the jewellery …

Send in the Pros! But mostly AGO.

It’s hard to believe that my last blog entry was from mid-September! It’s continued being a “gitterdone” kind of month, I’m happy to report. I decided that it was time to send in the Pros to take over my photography conundrums and I’m so excited to see my first batch …

Her Letters

    On a recent venture downtown, I was ecstatic to come across a little bookstore’s side of the street offerings. Low and behold, there was a slightly weathered, but otherwise very readable three volume set of Queen Victoria’s letters from 1907. Of course, I had to buy them for …

“Oh! Paul!”

Opal   Popular Victorian culture was wonderfully sentimental and superstitious, thus perpetuating the idea that being in possession of an Opal causes catastrophic luck. The culprit was Sir Walter Scott’s 1829 “thriller” Anne of Geierstein, in which the lovely Lady Hermione falls to misfortune purportedly by the beautiful Opal hair …

Black as ____.

My first gemology-related post ties in so well with my love of history (!!!)….I first had heard of Jet as a melancholically romantic black-clad teenager reading Shakespeare; “Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet…” and was intrigued by the thought of whatever this mysterious material could be that black itself was likened …

Happy Summer Solstice

My premier post falls on the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the solar year! Coincidentally, I also just finished a painting which echoes some mid-summer magic, so I’m pleased to post it! At 14″ x 11″, it’s just a little guy, but I love to work on …