27 Aug 2016

New Acquisitions

Frank H. Masson was a prolific English ((1 October 1875 – 24 February 1965) was known for his maritime, shipping and coastal scenery.

Frank H. Mason
This is a beautiful etching, signed, vintage print, quite disadvantaged by improper framing/mating.
Not terriby lot can be done about it, because according to the practice of the past, it is already mounted on board, I can only refit with the fresh pH balanced matting and museum-quality backing board. Clear acrilic instead of dark green-tinge glass will help.

Definitely, the good way of preserving the image itself will be to reproduce it digitally.
I can imagine the Natural-toned Albrech Durer paper by Hahnemulle will be ideal and resembling the original surface.

The details of the image are fascinating,
melancholic and well drawn.
Details  ----->

24 Aug 2016

Current Affairs

Still attached to the old and decaying...
It's been a few years now that I enjoy the presence of those small religious statues. The now reside beside each other, pensively sharing the motherly wisdom, reminiscing on the strange times when one had her neck broken off, another colour peeled off her face...

The delightful virgins, filled with compassion:
Kwannon and Mary.

The lamp on the other hand, also an older aquisition has been adorned with new shade (Ikea!)
Here too, East meets West (and we will never understand what came out if it.)

5 Aug 2016


Lady Norka died, hit by a car, last night.
Kind neighbours helped to identify, gave a clean white towel, other bystanders gave words of support.
She was the only one I knew who slept like this. Rest in peace, baby.

27 Jul 2016

Interior decorating and design

I love every bit about this arragement... Impractical but beautiful.

5 Jun 2016

Sir William Edmond Logan

Finally, small proofs remaining from the project of reproducing all of identified (known) watercolours by Sir Willie* have been taken care.
Collection of small watercolours meet collection of small gilded frames:

* Sir William is the "father of our geology", was an explorer geologist, and in his younger days as a Victorian traveller, a skilled watercolourist.
The subject of his art were mostly mountains - predictable destination for a geologist of his time, or Scotland - his birthplace.

This is the photograph of Sir "Willie" Notman,
obviously it served as a template for the formal portrait
as the Director of the Geological Survey of Canada.

The photographi is now in the ownership of the McCord Museum in Montreal, with other works by Notman's studio.

There is few more, slightly larger proofs, but this group is distinctly naturally sepia toned.
More about Sir W.E.Logan and about Notman: here
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