Being a little lazy...here's one from late last year.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Monday, 25 February 2013
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Friday, 22 February 2013
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Monday, 18 February 2013
The 8th plague = locusts = grasshoppers. The common name for that African species is foaming grasshopper, 'cause not only is it toxic to eat (check out bright red markings to warn predators), but it secretes a noxious foam.
The two figures are from a painting by Hans Holbein. The naked guy is supposed to be Man. I don't know who the other guy is. I made it through junior high Latin, so I'll hazard a wild guess that the inscription on the rock says, "I am miserable Man something something my body is mortal." No shit!
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Hannah Höch and her quirky picture book of poetry.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Here's the first one: Those People Hardened Their Hearts.
I made this collage today for a "Year of the Snake" swap...I couldn't resist re-titling it for this fun Biblical theme. Background text is from the entry on "serpents" in an 1880 encyclopedia, printed on handmade Thai paper with banana leaf inclusions. South American guava-tree scene is from an engraving credited to Albertus Seba, although I doubt he did the work himself.
Seba was a Dutch pharmacist who set up his business next to the Amsterdam harbor in 1700. He started by asking sailors and ship surgeons to bring exotic plants and animal products he could use for preparing drugs, then got into collecting specimens of snakes, birds, insects, shells and lizards in his house. Apparently Linnaeus visited Seba's collection a couple of times and used it as part of the basis for his famous classification system.
My husband is a biologist: he poured over books trying to figure out the species of the bird and snake depicted. He concluded that the bird is probably a hummingbird, but its shape isn't quite right, so it may have been preserved in a faulty way. The snake he couldn't find in any of his snake books, so either it's extinct, or else the colors are fanciful.
I'm glad y'all like my little informational blurbs... =smile=
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Sally, a well heeled gal, always got pumped up about spectator sports like sailing shoes or shoe sales at the seashore.
I made this one a few weeks ago, tried for a new piece for this topic but made big mess and no progress...
Monday, 11 February 2013
I was waiting to use the image of the woman in the seat of a BEA jet and this topic is the perfect time! As found in a circa 1969 British European Airways brochure. Moon is from one of my trusty science books.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
The January issue of American Laboratory magazine had a photomicrograph taken under polarized light on its cover. I don't know what exactly it was a picture of, because they're having a "guess what chemical" contest: they said it was a carcinogen that's been used in the manufacture of dyes. I chopped up the image and layered part of it on top of itself.
The phrase "Better Living Through Chemistry" is a variant of a DuPont advertising slogan, "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry." It was their slogan from 1935 to 1982. According to Wikipedia, "This statement is used for commentary on several different topics, from the promotion of prescription or recreational drugs, to the praise of chemicals and plastics, to the sarcastic criticism of the same."
It's also the title of a superb album by Fatboy Slim.