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Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow is an ongoing project comprised of photographic artworks, a one-hour film and two short film “haikus”, temporary traveling art installations, and a novel in letters…

Source: “Ashes and Snow ” by Gregory Colbert #Art #Photography – The Last Island

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In St Ives on holiday, we visited Barbara Hepworth’s studio and garden, now part of Tate St Ives; Hepworth (1903-1975) died there in a fire about 40 years ago, and in her will asked that Trewyn Stu…

Source: Barbara Hepworth’s Studio | Culture and Anarchy


It’s World Scleroderma Day so another outing for this post to spread awareness of this little-known auto-immune condition that affects me.

It’s a very strange feeling when you discover that an artist you admire had the same disabling illness as you have, especially when it’s relatively rare, not to mention impossible to de…

Source: First Night Design | Me, Paul Klee, and Scleroderma


Romare Bearden “Dream of Exile”

If you’re any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements in shapes and colors of where you…

Source: ART QUOTES: What is an Artist? | THE REMODERN REVIEW


FROM THE ARCHIVE 13th May 2014

Chinese Empress on Her Throne © First Night Design

While I have not specified which empress this is in the title, she was actually the Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi  or Cixi (1835-1908) and one of the most formidable of figures. According to King’s…

Source: First Night Design | Chinese Empress on Her Throne | First Night Design


Max Ernst “The Entire City”

“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”

– Max Ernst

In the late 1930s and early 1940s there was a mass exodus of artists out of Europe, fleeing expanding Nazi power. Many came to America and settled in New York City, and went no further. They kept aloof from the local art scene and showed little interest in learning anything about their host country.

Surrealism was the dominant movement at the time, and most…

Source: ARTISTS: Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Arizona | THE REMODERN REVIEW


But She Wanted to be a Sailor by Irene Raspollini. Used with permission.

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter,” wrote the Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë, “- often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” Perhaps t…

Source: Irene Raspollini – On Art and Aesthetics


FROM THE ARCHIVE 14th March 2014

Photograph by Fré Sonneveld from Unsplash. Textures 2 Lil’ Owls.

Dover Beach — Matthew Arnold [1822-1888]

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the Fr…

Source: First Night Design | The Lookout | First Night Design


FROM THE ARCHIVE 8th August 2014

Postcard Lemons Post Card


“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” Robert Henri


“It is go…

Source: First Night Design | “I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means…” | First Night Design


FROM THE ARCHIVE 6th July 2014

Blue Bird of Happiness harks back to my early collages such as Postcard Kingfisher or Bird in the Hand for which I used vintage postcard backs with lovely squiggly handwriting. In this instance, I …

Source: First Night Design | Blue Bird of Happiness #Art


FROM THE ARCHIVE 3rd December 2012

“The Artist’s Life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts for two forces are at war within him or her – on the one hand, the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction a…

Source: Carl Jung on an Artist’s Life


FROM THE ARCHIVE 25th August 2014

Russian Ballet by August Macke Greeting Cards

I came late to the work of August Macke but when it happened, I fell in love as…

Source: First Night Design | August Macke, I Love You!


Born in New York in 1893 to a French father and a Polish mother, Florence’s mother died when the little girl was 2, and her father died when she was only 15. She went to live with acquaintances, first in Rome, then in Berlin, and in 1924, at age 31, she moved to Paris. Trained as a painter, by 1928 she had abandoned painting in favor of becoming a free-lance photographer. Many of her photographs incorporate…

Source: Paris Between the Wars – “H” is for Florence Henri


I always find that vintage postcards are even more interesting when you know something about the artist. You’ve probably noticed, from time to time, a group of cards from a particula…

Source: The Art of Bernhardt Wall | The Müscleheaded Blog


FROM THE ARCHIVE 25th August 2012 (I’ve sold quite few prints since!)

I’m as pleased as punch to have just sold American Gothic as a large print on my vintage store at…

Source: American Gothic by Grant Wood

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