Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ink drawing of Doe and Fawns

Pinned Image

I saw this beautiful image today on Pinterest.   It was created by artist Ekaterina Koroleva, a graphic designer and illustrator from Berlin Germany.  I am not currently a member of pinterest, but I have heard that it is really cool and I will send a request for an invite!  It is a great source for inspiring ideas  for art lessons for my students or just to see what other people are creating.  You can keep a record of all of the images that you like , and organize them by subject or theme. It's like having a virtual bulletin board.  You know what I'll be looking at!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Retro Deer Collection!

My friend Heather told me about this really cool site called,"pinterest".  You have to request an invitation to join, and it's free, but once you are on you can access tons of really great and unusual images of pretty much anything you can think of. You use the site by adding pictures of things to your "virtual corkboards".  It's a super resource to find pictures that you find inspiring or that you just think are cool or different to see.
I found this picture of someone's great retro style deer collection.  It would seem that I do not have any of these lilttle guys in my personal collection of deer figurines!  I know it's hard to believe, but I found it to be of special interest because there are some really cute ones here that I can set my sites on finding. This collection proves that you don't have to buy expensive figurines to make a wonderful collection of what you love! Can the two tall deer in the back with the rosy cheeks get any more adorable!?

Monday, March 14, 2011

My Sleeping Fawn

Here is my Rhodesian Ridgeback "Tamari".  He is extremely spoiled and although he weighs about 115 lbs. he is enjoys spending much of his time curled up on my lap with a blanket tucked around him.  Yes, you could say that I am an enabler of this sort of bad behavior, but he is my muse and I readily admit my fondness for him!
   I snapped this picture of him sleeping this morning and I had barely taken the photo when he started wagging his tail without adjusting his position at all or opening his eyes!  He is so silly and loving and he has grown into being a wonderful dog.  Did I mention that he was truly the worst puppy in the existence of the world?  Well he was, but I  repeated the mantra," Someday you're going to be a wonderful doggie..." throughout the first two years of his life and my prayers have been answered!
    I included this picture of him because when he sleeps he reminds me of this porcelain fawn figurine that I recently acquired.  Yes, I know that you might think this is a stretch considering his size, but he really looks like a sweet little fawn when he tucks his paws under and curls up so that he looks smaller.
This deer figurine was made in Russia and I purchased it at the Rhode Island Antique Mall in Pawtucket. The vendor I bought it from is a very nice person who specializes in animal figurines.  She usually has a great selection of horses and cows, but on this day I lucked out and found this deer in her booth.   I paid under $30 for it and it is rather large; about eight inches across. It is stamped with a makers mark on the bottom, but so far I have been unable to identify the maker.  It is stamped Made in Russia, and the details are well done and very attractive. 
   I suppose for now that Tamari is as close as I'll come to ever having a deer for a pet!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage German Postcard

Perhaps you've noticed that I haven't gotten to post much;  it's because I had a very miserable holiday season thanks to a series of major illnesses.  One of the bright spots was being well enough to visit my favorite local antiques center and search for holiday-themed treasures.  I found this amazing German postcard that features this peaceful winter scene.  It is from 1909, and although you can't tell from the photo, it is embossed in some areas.  I felt like it was a special find to get a Christmas postcard showing a pair of deer.  Most of them have reindeer with santa, so I think this might be a rare card. Regardless, I have enjoyed looking at it all season! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Buried Treasure...

     A few years ago I moved from a really small ranch-style house to the house I live in now.  When I packed, I had lots of Mexican pottery that had been on display there, but I wasn't sure about how the colors looked in my new house.  Needless to say, I decided to keep several pieces packed away, that is until yesterday!
      I found this set of old vintage Mexican pottery in the bottom of the basement closet. I had forgotten just how much I liked it, since the unusual dusty lavender color had led me to keep it in storage.  I am so pleased with it that I have it displayed in a lighted bookcase in one of the bedrooms. 
     This design  is from the 1940's  and features a frolicking deer and earth-tone foliage. These pieces were originally used as dinnerware.  I love the way that each piece has a different deer on it because each one was handpainted; my guess would be that they were made by a family of artisans producing the same pattern.  I have several pieces including a rare teapot with a lid, a creamer and a sugar dish. Rediscovering these pieces was like finding a buried treasure in my own house!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pottery Display

Tamari is well-behaved near the pottery!
This is a display of vintage Mexican pottery from the Tonala region.  This style of pottery is known as
"burnished ware."  The potter burnishes each piece by rubbing the dry clay with a smooth stone.  This gives the surface a slightly shiny appearance. 
   I have a fairly large collection of Tonala pottery. I thought that you might enjoy seeing examples from my collection that feature images of deer.  At first glance, some of the images look like they are the same.  Look closely to see how each plate has its own patterns and designs.  Some of these pieces were much more expensive than others, but I enjoy looking at all of them every day! 
   I recently painted the wall the color that you see here.  I think that the dark color contrasts well with the light earthtone colors of the pottery.  This display is at the base of the stairs in my house.

Monday, October 25, 2010

We're New in Town

This German porcelain figurine arrived today after a long trip from an Ebay seller in the UK.  The piece is unmarked except for a barely visable green letter "r" on the underside of the base.  I love the very delicate thin legs and the fact that none of them have ever been broken and repaired.  It is always a miracle to find an old piece without any damage, and this pair is a nice addition to the ever-expanding herd that's residing on the dresser in my bedroom.