Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tonality of Canvas

Whether it is Australian Tonalist painting or the chosen palate of the brand, Canvas, we love the dusky mauves and taupes, smokey greys and shadowed greens of today's entry.

Burkina Faso Tie -Dye Throws at Canvas

A gorgeous Chesterfield Sofa at Canvas

Roy de Maistre, Taxi Rank via Australian Art Review

Rhonda Dinnerware at Canvas

Clarice Beckett, Naringal, landscape

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Color, Black & White and Other Things in Vogue

During our search on Marisol Escobar this weekend, we ran into some images of vintage Vogue covers from the '20's and '30's. We loved the thought of fashion images represented through drawing rather than today's high gloss photography. Today we pair two of our favorite covers with other representative art that is also "in vogue."
Cover of Vogue, April, 1930

Sybil Andrews linocut, 1953

Portrait of Martha Graham, Marisol Escobar 1981

The Little Black Dress Goes Yellow cover of Vogue, 1928

Dorrit Black linocut from the National Australian Gallery Collection

Fish Dream brooch by Kiff Siemmons 1993 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trained Eye

We've driven by the old train cars of the Green Mountain Railroad in Walpole, New Hampshire for months now, admiring how sculptural they are as they weather along the side of the road. The colors of the metal and paint are glorious, so this weekend on a cold, bright day we stopped for some photos. Coupled with the brilliant Linden Frederick's paintings, here's what we found:

Linden Frederick, Maine Central

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Two of a Kind

Monumental. Abstract. Unexpected. Decades apart from each other, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Marisol Escobar explore the form, weight and life of wood to create very personal large scale sculptures that are both rigid and fluid, quiet and loud, finish and unfinished.

Picasso, Marisol Escobar 1977

Nine Cones, Ursula von Rydingsvard 1990

Magritte VI, Marisol Escobar 1998; Magritte III in Heaven, Marisol Escobar 1998

Bowl with Mantle, Ursula von Rydingsvard 2008

Self Portrait Looking at the 'Last Supper,' Marisol Escobar 1982

Mama Your Legs, Ursula von Rydingsvard 2000

The Family, Marisol Escobar 1963

Girlie Girl, Ursula von Rydingsvard 2008

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Come Sail Away

Neither one of us are huge fans of nautical style, but we can't deny there's a certain charm to it--especially if your son designed the ship motif of your best selling "Ohoy" wallpaper (brilliant from Fine Little Day!). Ah, the magic of the open seas...

Wood & tin sailor whiriligig via Liveauctioneers (sold for $2,100)

Ohoy wallpaper by Fine Little Day

Portrait of a boy in sailor suit, Leo Mielziner

Ship in a bottle from the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME

American scrimshaw decorated whale's tooth, c. 19th; Men's black naval frock coat, c. 1862 via Liveauctioneers

On the Surface

We love that there are artists who understand the importance of utility and the wear of surface in the commonplace. We also love the introduction of industrial elements into the home, both on a historical and aesthetic level. To us, recognizing the experience and history of an object (manifested) in it's surface is a respectful appreciation of life and age.

The exterior surface of one of our well-traveled suitcases

Industrial chair with leather tufting and casters

A collection of casters available on Ebay

John Fraser, No Title (Box, Cone Form and Shelf) at Roy Boyd

Old leather fire bucket on Liveauctioneers

Our vintage wire wastebasket and ledgers

John Fraser, No Title (5 x 8) at Roy Boyd

Vija Celmins, Blackboard Tableau via Artobserved

Asphalt siding, New Hampshire

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


There is an elegant, studious look to the photo we stumbled across via I Like Scotch, Scotch Doesn't Like Me. Lending itself to the colors and themes we've been finding lately in art and accessories for studies & libraries, we thought we'd share the following :

Our bookish inspiration

Walter Gay, Quiet Interior with Day Bed via Still Life Quick Heart

John Knowles Hare, Alfred Cheney Johnson



Part of the vast taxidermy collection at the Silsby Library in Acworth, New Hampshire

There is nothing prettier than well marbled paper

Edmund C. Tarbell, Portrait of a Boy Reading

From a roadside, New England antique stand

Walter Gay, La Commode from Christie's

J.C. Leyendecker