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tumblr sunday: jealous of a vintage illustration

I’m not jealous of her outfit or her photographic gear, but at this time of year, the fact that there are leaves on the trees and she’s out with her camera gives me a touch of the green eyes. Or, … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: whatever that elephant is doing, I want some.

Found this image on tumblr with the cryptic caption “Riyaz Udin”.  It’s definitely an Indian miniature painting, and Riyaz is a man’s first name I associate with Indian culture, so maybe that’s the artist’s name.  I wonder how old it … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: the five persons, or the powerful hand

OK.  My goal here is not to offend anyone’s religious or cultural beliefs.  This image, called The Powerful Hand or The Five Persons, is a time honored symbol in a Mexican and Puerto Rican folk religion and combines Catholic symbolism … Continue reading

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take a ride on one of those great japanese matchbox labels

Saddle up your favorite snail (a pal is always good for a lift) and come with us for a trip to that very special realm of imagination, the world of the Japanese matchbox label: where absurdity meets high levels of … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday–a short step to steampunk

Awesome Steampunk Iron Man image by Jason Kang! But really, isn’t Tony Stark really pretty darn steampunk already? It’s a short step, but one we’re glad that Mr Kang chose to take. I couldn’t find any commentary from the artist … Continue reading

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origami on a toothpick

Somebody at the Chinese buffet folded a tiny origami cube out of a scrap of blue paper and displayed it on a toothpick. (Close up with the New Phone Camera, cropped and tweaked a bit in post on the newly … Continue reading

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king tut– item#262

Continuing yesterday’s tribute to the coolness that is King Tut’s Tomb:Among the many more significant artistic treasures of that first and best Egyptian tomb, my favorite is the elegant Anubis Shrine, sometimes known as the Anubis Ark.  The Egyptian God … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: frolicsome dragon

This little Chinese dragon from the Tang Dynasty is frolicking like nobody’s business.  But he still looks pretty fierce while he’s doing it.   Dragon frolics are serious business. (Frolic is an odd word.  Google and my blogging software’s spellcheck both … Continue reading

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a better map of a classic imaginary place

This blog’s complex relationship with the works of JRR Tolkien is well known (search “Tolkien” for assorted links), but there’s no denying that Middle Earth is a complex setting that lends itself to the best in fantasy cartography.  And if … Continue reading

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the mystery of the missing bedroom

Two visits to the Art Institute two weeks apart enabled me to discover a secret passage leading to a mystery.  The secret passage is the one connecting the second floor of the new Modern Wing to the Impressionist galleries on … Continue reading

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