Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What is Pointillism? why should we care?

 According to Wikipedia Pointillism is the technique of painting dots of color applied in patterns to form a image. George Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886 branching of from impressionism. 

 Fun fact the 4 color printing process comes from this technique.. Which makes sense if you think about it.   Color ink only has 4 colors in their ink cartilage.  I am inclosing some of my own items that are for sale in my store playing with dots.

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 Have a great day everyone Nora

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring will be here soon..

 Well friends I love dogwood trees. This photo was taken at a place I use to live a few years back. Just wanted to show you some of my work that is on sale  at my stores for 15% off with the code you can  find on the website. ( Zazzle.com).  Tip always look for the codes on Zazzle where you can save money on your order.  Fun fact about Dogwoods - there are 30-30 species of them...

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  Have a great day... Nora

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pablo Picasso how he influences many artists including me.

 One of my favorite prints of Picasso ( I have a print in my bathroom) of this piece.  Pablo was born in October 25, 1881 and passed away in April 8, 1973. He had a long list of achievements including sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, stage designer poet and play right.

   He was influenced my Matisse who was a few years older than him.  Was surprised to find out that he also had a rose period I knew about the blue period of course . You can still find nice copies of prints I found one that was numbered and printed on canvas that has a value of 200.00.  I bought it for three dollars in a thrift store.  This print of course was not done by him personally but by a company that was licensed to print them on canvas.

 Just thought I would show you some of my Picasso inspired pictures and items for sale in my store.

 This print is also available in a print and IPhone 6 case check out Pine cat 15 to see it...

 Enjoy the day folks it is chilly today in New Jersey, Nora

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Matisse influences?

 Henri-Emile Benoit Matisse was born December 31,1869 and died November 3, 1954. He was know for his love of color and expressive drawing.
  He was a French artist and helped along with Picasso change the art world in the early decades of the 20th century. 
 I have included 2 of Matisse's paper cut out designs. He worked in many mediums and even did traditional paintings which made the traditional art world very happy. Love this artist he was always growing and changing in his work.

 I want to include some of my designs that show the expressive side of my work..
 Abstract flowers that I have on many designs in my stores.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

flowers for our February?

  I know it is February and we are speeding toward March but I had to share some photos I took of flowers. You can find some of these photos on items in the stores .Been working on some of my other work I sell a lot of wooden boxes painted with flowers on top so my post will be short will share in the near future.. Enjoy the day folks if you are some where that is warm. Weather has been so odd in jersey 75 today...  Nora

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Women in early baseball.

 Women were playing  right along with men in the early beginnings of baseball.  Edith Houghton was born in Philadelphia  P.A.  in 1912 . she spent her very early years as a mascot for the Philadelphia police team.

 She was a very small person and her nick-name was peanut. She was scouted by the Philadelphia bobbies in 1922.  Some of the baseball lovers can guess the team was named after the hairstyle. She was just 10 years old when she played  short-stop from1912-1913.  Edith went on to play for several teams including the waves during world war 2. She moved to Florida

and passed away in 2013 She lived to be over a 100 years old. Please check out my baseball shirts I have to offer at my Zazzle store. pine cat 15.   Have a great day folks.. Nora ,don't forget to follow me  on goggle + or follow my blog. catfish 15

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What is a Grist mill ? and why does South jersey have so many?

 This is a favorite building of mine that is located in the historical town of Batsto New Jersey.  I have  photographed it and also painted it many times. Now what is a grist mill?  this type of building was usually built around farm communities where they would bring their grain in and it would be turned into  meal or flour.

 Now as payment the owner of the mill would get a % called a miller's toll.  Historical fun fact this type of mill goes way back to the town of Cabira  at Asia Minor before 71BC.

  The type of mill in Batsto is a water run . There is a small pond next to it of course back in the 1700's this was a river not a pond.. I forgot to mention that this town is where iron ore was made for the revolution .  Actually there was a small battle fought near -by in chest-nut neck where the British were trying to get to the village to destroy the furnace that made the iron ore.  They made it into cannon balls.

The battle of chest-nut neck  is mostly forgotten in the history books unless you really know local history you would not be taught this in schools. Funny thing some of the families in the area go all the way back and love to tell the tales of their ancestors .  This is the best type of history from people who lived it.  Living in the pines was hard and folks have a strong sense of community and helping each other. Many of the families still live in the homes that go all the way back to the beginning of our nation.

 I have included in my stores some of the grist mill photos and paintings for sale..


 Enjoy the warm weather everyone , Nora

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Items available in my pine cat 15 and catfish15 stores

  Some items we have to offer in my stores, everything from mugs, shower curtains , jewelry tee-shirts, paper products,  tablet holders, baby clothes.. etc..


Enjoy the day  folks, Nora

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy president's day everyone.. Some fun facts about the presidents we are honoring today.

 George Washington was standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on wall Street when he took the oath of office on April 30, 1789.  Fun fact this building still stands today check it out it is very near wall street.  When you get a chance to visit New York this would be a interesting place to visit.
 I never understood the  sharing of the two presidents birthdays . Abraham Lincoln was a much loved president and of course met his tragic end at ford's theater. I was wondering if anyone one has been to Gettysburg I had the pleasure of visiting there and toured the room he stayed in when he wrote that famous address. Their is a rare picture  of this event I will try and see if I can find it and post it.

  This is the picture where you can see the man with hat next to the flag is said to be Lincoln. They still have on display the chair he sat in waiting to give his speech in a museum in the town.

  In April we know he was murdered by John Wilks Booth and he was take across the street to a home where he lived for a few more hours and passed away . A famous quote from that time he belongs to the ages now.

   May you have a great president's day and think about the great men who helped shape America.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blue daises and are they real flowers?

 Well I decided to do something different today and start with two versions of one design I have on items in my stores. The major question a lot of people ask me why do you paint what I would call  my own version of a flowers.
 I do use photos as a  starting part but put my own ideas in color selection.  I am going to post below what a real blue daisy looks like.

 Now my items from my store

 Now a closer drawing of a real blue daisy.
 This is just a little taste of my creative thought patterns,  have a great day all, Nora

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Charles Read Mansion in Atison New Jersey

 Having relatives  that  lived near a lot of forgotten towns in south  jersey I remember the long drive  home from family gatherings and would pass this Mansion ,that was in such bad shape it looked haunted.  Even as a young child I always wondered about empty homes and who lived and died the there.

 This place with lots of volunteers and lovers of history has come along way. We do really need to thank the average folk who put their talent and skills to restore the past. Few years ago I toured the property and had a wonderful guide who had several books published on local history of the area .  Just want to mention local writers need our support too. It might surprise you that local authors  can give us such great insights to the places we basically take for granted..

Atsion was named for the atsiont Indians . The revolution saw the rise of iron furnaces in south jersey. In 1766 Charles Read  dammed the atsion river to run his iron  company. By 1824 his company was bankrupt.   He did build a summer home 1826  deep in the pines to get away from the Philadelphia  heat

 Some other photos of the buildings that are left.

 I do have available in my stores on Zazzle pine cat 15 and catfish15 a shirt of the mansion available.
 This shirt is priced at 14.95 and is 25% off with code .PRESDAYSALES.

  Thanks for reading and have a great day.. enjoy the warmth if you are on the east coast , Nora