Art, Books and The Seashore

IMG_0054-cropA framed watercolor print by Edward Van Goethem now hangs on a wall in my office. It reminds me that Spring is scheduled to begin soon, March 20th, and I can hardly wait for the crowds to flock to the seashores and for longer days with warmer temperatures.  Whenever I find a drawing or a painting that I like I usually try to find out something about that person. But, my brief search only revealed this artist was possibly from Belgium and lived from 1857 to 1924.  One source for this watercolor stated that it may have been painted in Frinton-On-Sea, a small seaside town in the Trending District of Essex, England.  My thoughts are that it could have been painted On-The-Seashore located about anywhere and the children are perhaps an older brother and younger sister.  What a great place to stand and watch the waves at any age.  Anyone ready to go barefoot and walk on the sand by the sea?

One of my favorite stories when I was eight years old was “The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore”. Did you know that Laura Lee Hope is the pseudonym for numerous writers under the Stratemeyer Syndicate including Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) himself, his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Howard Roger Garis (1873–1962), and his wife Lilian McNamara Garis (d.1954) who wrote the Bobbsey Twins juvenile series. Laura Lee Hope was first used as a pseudonym in 1904 for the debut of the Bobbsey Twins and the author/s for the Bunny Brown series (20 vols. 1916-1931).

Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 28, 2015

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Books, The Raven & Other Poems and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven & Other Poems and Tales bookThe poem “The Raven” published by Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 is one of my favorites. The author orphaned at the age of two in Boston lived a short life dying at the age of forty in 1849. Even though his poetry and short stories never received the popularity they did until after he was gone, I believe have now found their place in literature.

I have a hardback book that was published in 2001 by Bullfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company with  full version of “The Raven” along with many other stories written by Poe, i.e. “The Black Cat” – “The Pit and the Pendulum” – “Annabel Lee” and “The Fall of the House of Ushe” compiled inside. All the illustrations are by Daniel Alan Green.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: “ Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…

You did know “Tis the wind and nothing more”  – didn’t you?

 

 Written by Mary Gilmartin, June 9, 2014

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Books, The Root Cellar

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While sorting through some of my paperback books trying to decide what to keep and what to discard I came across one of my daughter’s favorite books to read when she was 12-years old.  In fact, it also became of my favorite books for that age group.

This book, The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn, will definitely go back on my shelf to keep.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, February 28, 2014

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February 28, 2014 · 10:31 am

Atlanta 17 degrees and 3 inches of Snow, January 29th

It’s cold outside with temperatures 17°F that feels like 7°. There is more snow this morning in my backyard than predicted for this rare winter occurrence. The roads are icy, so I guess I will stay indoors today and let the birds & squirrels play in the snow while I wait for the sun to melt the ice.

1-Snow 2014

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 29, 2014

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January 29, 2014 · 11:29 am

Art Books and The World of Victorian Painters

Sometimes memories from the past present themselves simply from the scribbles made on a sheet of notebook paper. Today I found such a note that was so old that it had started turning yellow with age. It suddenly fell out of the pages of one of my art books called “Victorian Painters” written by Jeremy Maas, who was a dealer specializing in English painting when his book published back in 1969. Each one of these paintings still fascinate me as I flip through this book again finding  Litter of Puppies by Sir Edwin Landseer who was a famous animal painter in 1838 and always painted those large white and black dogs referred to as “Landseer-dogs”. His painting Dignity and Impudence of a blood-hound called Grafton exhibited in 1839 has realistic qualities that are quite appealing not only because of the large dog, but the smaller doggie next to Grafton in the doghouse.

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On the cover of this book is a painting of a girl sleeping in an orange dress. The full-page plate shown inside describes this Neo-Classical painting as done by Lord Frederic Leighton. It’s called  Flaming June” and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1895, a year before the artist’s death in 1896. There are many more great paintings to discover in this 256-page book. I’m grateful I have a copy in my home library and continue to trace the era for Victorian painting. And according to the price marked in the book, I got it for a bargain: $1.99 as-is.

Written by Mary Gilmartin, January 22, 2014

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January 22, 2014 · 12:49 am