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a japanese matchbook label for spring

What better way to celebrate the last days of winter than to look ahead to spring with another one of those classic Japanese matchbox labels. The vernal equinox is on Friday, and I fully expect that by Saturday it will … Continue reading

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the accidental renaissance

Everything old is new again and some people who are wise and observant and love art have been finding interesting (and probably really not so accidental parallels) between some excellent modern photographs and Old Master paintings.   If you want … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: celtic treasure

The caption in this image reads Trésor celtique découvert en Ardennes.   My high school French renders this as “Celtic treasure either discovered or uncovered in the Ardennes”.  I seem to remember that découvert means both or either, depending on context, and in … Continue reading

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transcendent notes

(I don’t know whether these are pages from a notebook or part of a letter.  But since the person in question wrote endless letters to a certain other person and those letters constitute a very vividly detailed journal, the difference … Continue reading

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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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