12 Dec 2016

27 Nov 2016

Passion for Print & Paper continues

I have scouted few files showing the work of one 19th century Polish artist.
Only four of the files were in the condition that I would edit them for clarity, colour and I had built a vignette for a nice frame they will go into.

Ostrog Castle, Poland, presently Ukraine

I enjoyed immensely reading about the artist, his immense body of work that documented hundreds of Polish castles, palaces, ruined or inhabited for posterity. The sites were then built within the Polish-Lithuanian Union, and now are within borders of Poland, Bielorussia, Ukraine or Lithuania.

Napoleon Mateusz Tadeusz Orda (1807 – 1883) was a musician, pianist, composer and artist, best known for numerous sketches of historical sites of present-day Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland.

The works and the geographical span they docomented show the borders of Polishness, of Polish Baroque and Classicism, the Eastern borders of Europe.
We view them with great veneration and remain grateful to Orda's generous spirit.
Ogrodzieniec Castle, Poland

Mir Castle, Poland, presently Bielaruss, reconstructed
Antoniny Palace, Poland, presently Ukraine

8 Nov 2016


Ottawa enjoys amazing weather. It is November 8, the trees are in full colour but the begonias are still in bloom - in short, we did not have a freezing spell. Many flowers still in bloom.
Looks like fall merged with the Indian summer.
Most enjoyable...

In the meantime, somebody sent me an areal photo over Copenhagen, Denmark.
Greys galore.

22 Oct 2016

Frank Mason again....

I have made a smaller than original reproduction from my newly aquired old print by Frank Mason. (more on the arrival of the original print here)
Fitted in appropriate in colour frame and bordered with the fresheness of the Somerset Velvet background.
It depictsSt. Michel off the coast of Normandy, France with the Abbey towering over it.
The print shows boats and people standing in a fairly shallow water - must be when the water is low.
Alas, there is a bridge now, or rather a board-walk, much to the loss of the scenery...

17 Oct 2016

Autumn vs. Fall

Fall and autumn are both accepted and widely used terms for the season that comes between summer and winter. Some who consider British English the only true English regard fall as an American barbarism, but this attitude is not well founded. Fall is in fact an old term for the season, originating in English in the 16th century or earlier....(grammarist.com)

I had spent the Thanksgiving afternoon at the Arboretum and on the grounds of our modest Botanical Gardens at the Experimental Farm.
We rested enjoying the vernacular, beutifully weathered gazebo.

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