Sunday, June 17, 2018

The first what it's noticeable when you are skimming through the old magazines - a text vs pictures ratio. Definitely 40 years ago the text was an important part of the presentation.

 Architectural Digest. January of 1982 highlights

The Museum in My Head. Russell Lynes offers to keep art works in the mind. An imaginary gallery can be in any size and maintenance free.
He dusted up an inventory and found El Greco's "View of Toledo" very refreshing after the crusty old cardinal from Met.
So is with Marsden Hartley's "Black Duck from the forgotten corner.
Monet's crisp La Terrasse a Sainte-Adresse is at home in his gallery, though Monet's amorphous lily ponds are not.

Polite mannerism of late 18th century - Gainsborough's Mr and Mrs Andrews (yes, in a magazine it's horizontally flipped). And the last one Corot's Port de la Rochelle - the moderate-size maritime vistas

Historic Architecture: Horyu-ji 

5 pages article about one of the earliest Buddhist art and architecture in Japan.

Gardens: Charles de Beistegui's Vision 

2 pages article about restored landscape at the Chateau de Groussey

Less is More

Expanding a one-room apartment with flair and imagination.

Antiques: A Toast in Wine 

Sunday, May 8, 2016


I have this painting in my collection for years. It hangs in our living room and creates a welcome atmosphere with it's bright colors. I just found few pieces of information about the artist. Agnes' Foreman name were mentioned in few references to the New English Art Club and she was a member of the Tunbridge Wells Art Society (c. 1950s)

Here is a link to another artwork done by Agnes Foreman.

Still Life, Flowers in a Vase, oil on board. Signed AE FOREMAN

Monday, April 25, 2016

Andrews (nee Cubitt), Edith Alice 1873 - 1962

Born at St John's Wood, London in 1873, daughter of Herbert Cundall Cubitt, a colonial broker's clerk, and his wife Kate Alice née Whicher, who married at Greenwich, London in 1868. Edith studied art at Goldsmiths' College School, winning silver and gold medals and was a member of the Ipswich Art Club in 1897, exhibiting from 85 Tyrwhitt Road, Brockley, London in 1896 three watercolours 'The Gatekeeper', 'Chrysanthemums' and 'Early Spring in the Woods, Peinbury' and a further three watercolours in 1897 'Daffodils', 'Azaleas' and 'Well Hall, Kent' she may have exhibited in Suffolk as her father's family originated from there. In 1901 Edith was a 27 year old artist living with her parents and two siblings, at 85 Tywhitt Road, Lewisham, London. She married at Marylebone, London in 1912, George Francis Andrews, after which she exhibited under her married name of Edith Andrews. Painter of portraits, still life, landscape and especially gardens and flowers and was a miniaturist, she also illustrated children's books. Edith exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, Society of Women Artists, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, the Paris Salon and at the Royal Academy 1914-1954, Queen Mary purchased an Andrews picture of a rose bush. In the 1930's living at Pembury, Kent and she died at Willesden, Middlesex in 1962, aged 89.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Knit Overall for the Toddler - Boy or Girl

For experienced knitters. I have designed this overall to last a long time with a loose and easy fit.
Rule number one: Before start any project knit a swatch (15-20sts, 20-30 rows), wash it and do all calculations based on it when it's completely dry. Rule number two: Make sure all measurements on a schema match your size or make adjustments if needed.