Read about five 19th-century artists whose paintings and photographs raised support for creating the U.S. National Parks System.
One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society
I love old places, and I try to visit them wherever I go. This gallery shows some of the historic places I've visited recently. If you like my photos, you might also be interested in my other posts on the subject. What beautiful old places are there where you live? Send me some pictures so… Continue reading Historic Places Photo Gallery
I've seen this image before, in a book about ice skating history. This work by Scottish-Canadian photographer William Notman (1826-1891) depicts an elaborate gala at Montreal's Victoria Rink in 1870. The event was to honor Prince Albert of the UK. It looks like a painting or print, but it's actually a colored albumen photographic print. I can't get… Continue reading December 9th: Skating Carnival Montreal by William Notman
Australian photographer Bill Gekas has been getting a lot of attention recently. His work has been featured everywhere from Buzzfeed to The Magazine Antiques, and I think I'll give him some press here as well. Gekas's work consists of portraits of his young daughter dressed up and posed in the style of Old Master paintings. I… Continue reading Portrait of the Artist’s Daughter
Once again, I am flabbergasted by others' great interest in the topics I am writing about. I have received lot of awesome feedback and suggestions from readers about pretty much everything I have posted. All of their material is so great that I really wanted to dedicate a post to each one, but they are… Continue reading Artistic Activities and Historic Happenings