and then there's this! I've long loved these, but I haven't ever made them, because of the fragility involved, and because I don't do eggs, but I've bought wooden eggs before and painted them in a style that emulates them: Pysanky Maker ~ Doll Divine
I never used the wax and dye method on actual eggs, but when I was a little girl, I had a french friend, and on occasion we would take real eggs, blow out the contents, paint the shells, and make golden cakes with the yokes :drool:
Front page as a broken image link? How did that happen? I know I've been neglecting this, but I didn't think it would actually decay...
Edit: What the flip is going on? I went to ye olde photobucket, and noticed that several of my uploads were broken images. The pertinent one didn't seem to be, but when I opened it, sure enough I got a broken image icon. Anyone else having this problem?
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Hmm, I checked my runway thread where I have a ton of images uploaded through photobucket, and they all seem to be working fine. Did you move those images into folders recently? That will change the url for the picture.
I had been meaning to post in here lately... I got two art prints while thrifting lately. They're quite lovely, but I can't find an image of them online where the colors are right. They're both French, one is a watercolor cityscape, the other is in the Rococo style. By Maurice Utrillo V and Nicolas Lancret, respectively. Are you familiar with either?
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Reason: stupid freaking noodleberry
Well, this is the Maurice Utrillo V. But where that picture is very warm-toned, my print is very cool-toned. It's mostly greenish grays, with some blueish grays. I have to say I like mine much more, that one doesn't look too nice.
This is the Nicolas Lancret. Again, very warm toned here, not in my print (or in actuality, I would guess). There's a lot of green and blue. It's very vibrant, in the rococo way. Here's another painting of his - the colors are very much like that.
Don't feel bad, it's hard to come up with classy things to talk about every day, especially with so few people in the conversation.
Bienvenue, Alice! Have you been in before? Your name seems familiar. But then I'm having one of those days...
@ Cherry: I realized my post could have been misconstrued (luckily you seem to have understood the spirit that was intended) I meant that you have fancy things to talk about, whereas I'm posting old/foulmouthed sasha baron cohen clips. The Diadem of Fancy is definitely up for grabs.
Those are both very nice! I must say I do like the swing, which is saying something, as Rococo makes me somewhat nauseated. I find it interesting that it seems to depict the a (wealthish) middle class. In such paintings you usually see the aristocracy, or a painfully idealized and out of touch depiction of peasants (little wonder that said peasants weren't getting their needs met and soon after revolted.)
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Reason: little and small are similar words
Biggles - I know very little of art history, as you know, but I do agree that a lot of Rococo paintings can be a bit... I'm at a loss for the word at the moment, but yes. This one, however, is just so charming that I couldn't resist. The $7 price tag didn't hurt either. Certainly nothing to sniff at considering the quality of the print. It's rather large, you can see the texture of the canvas in the print, and the frame is quite attractive. There is a bit of damage to the print, a few scratches, but they're minor. Quite the find. :D
Oh, I'm sure you have plenty of fancy things to talk about, you just underestimate how interesting someone else might find it. Talk about whatever strikes your fancy (ha).
I think the phrase you are looking for is "saccharine and substantially lacking in substance".
Oh, did you hear about my new book, the 1892 copy of Amelia Edwards' Pharoahs, Fellahs, and Explorers? I was rather giddy to find it, because anyone who has studied Egyptology for a period and the history that goes with the science will have come across the name. She's strongly connected with the establishment of thorough Egyptological research; she was a founder of the Egypt Exploration Fund, and had close ties to Flinders Petrie. I haven't talked much about my trip yet, but I finally got around to going to the Petrie museum at University College, London. I had had a desire to last time, but didn't take the plunge, and that was 10 years ago! It was a delight, though not a place for those who enjoy an well presented, easy-to-savour museum experience. You have to know what you are looking at, it's presented as a scholar might arrange his collection for the presentation of friends and colleagues, with little information provided. But it still has my recommendation!
As an aside, your avatar looks like something that you would encounter in the pages of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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"Saccharine" was definitely one of the words coming to mind, yes.
No, I hadn't seen you mention that! I assume it was via tumblr post? I can't keep up with my tumblr dashboard these days, so I miss quite a lot of things, unfortunately. I should probably go through and unfollow some people to make it easier to keep abreast of posts. But I also like that my current set up has it like a never ending spring of pretty pictures. Decisions...
Anyway, congratulations on your find! Are newer prints of the book available for you to read? I ask because books that old can be so fragile, and it puts one in the awkward place of deciding whether to read the book and risk damaging it or let it languish on a shelf without one ever knowing what it says.
The museum sounds like quite the treat for the educated! I'm glad you were able to enjoy it.
Thank you! That's a book I still need to read, though I'm familiar with a lot of the basics of it. My local library needs to get it.
Thread title change time! The previous was "Spring, when young man's fancy turns to pants" (saving for posterity because Tennyson.)
Midsummer definitely has a certain spark, doesn't it?
And when I think if midsummer, I think about this time of year, what is basically the midpoint of the summer months of June, July, and August. Though what is the proper midsummer point is potentially debatable. You could go for the cross-quarter day, the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox, which this year is August 6th, though the celebration associated with that day, Lammas, is always held on August 1st. Then there's the actual 'Midsummer Day', which is usually held three days after the summer solstice (this year's solstice was June 20th, though more often than not, it's the 21st, and occasionally the 22nd) Of course there's rich traditions associated with it and its eve, from varying countries, Sweden, Ireland, England, the world over really. I particularly thought this one imaginative:
Roses are of special importance on Midsummer's Eve. It is said that any rose picked on Midsummer's Eve, or Midsummer's Day will keep fresh until Christmas.
At midnight on Midsummer's Eve, young girls should scatter rose petals before them and say:
Rose leaves, rose leaves,
Rose leaves I strew.
He that will love me
Come after me now.
Then the next day, Midsummer's Day, their true love will visit them.
So, will you join us?
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