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Sunday, October 25, 2020

The paintings of The Conservatory.

Hi everyone, I hope you're doing well.

On this blog I'll focus on a set of paintings which I did for the outside panels of the -now completed- Conservatory project. There are eight panels, hence eight paintings were required.

As illustrated in the below images, the paintings on the lateral walls are conceived as triptychs, an arrangement which helps to create wide landscapes. In fact, all eight paintings are related to one another in some way, resulting in a scenery that 'wraps' itself all around the conservatory.


The first triptych shows a nocturnal, heather landscape with an old, Dutch windmill at the edge of a river (first panel), and a tree, some shrubbery, and a tall, moonlit house in the center panel. The third panel features vegetation along the river, including some trees. The river runs all along the panels, even though it's only (barely) visible on the first and third ones, where you can see its surface shining in the moonlight.

 

 

The front of the conservatory features two paintings, which, again, are connected to the rest. On the left panel you see a huge, classical garden which a big fountain or water jet, and on the right a swan swimming in the same river which is shown on the side panels. It is as if the garden is fed directly by a small branch of that river.

 
 

The second triptych shows the conservatory and the house to which it belongs (right panel), and a stretch of swampy land in the center panel. Note that this river is the same that runs on the other side, as if you're looking at the same landscape, but from the opposite direction. An old cemetery completes the scene on the left panel. Actually, the cemetery gates can be seen at the far left of the center panel. The elements displayed play a role in the stories associated with the conservatory, the house, and its attic, aka "Jane's attic".



There is actually a ninth painting associated with the conservatory, which was not painted on any wall, but rather conceived as a 'stand alone' (see below). That painting is very similar to the one on the front of the conservatory, featuring a swan, and is now part of the private collection of art dealer and collector mister Joseph Rookie. If you want to see it for real, you'll need to visit his wonderful art gallery located on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta. The last two pictures, taken inside mister Rookie's art gallery, are published courtesy of Rebecca Micallef. They show the art gallery, as well as four of my paintings displayed side by side, including The Swan.



That's all for now, folks. I hope you liked this 'guided tour'! Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

At Night.

The abandoned train station was a place of refuge for a plethora of wildlife, including pigeons, rats,  bats, all sorts of insects, and an owl or two.  

During daytime, the air between its derelict walls was filled with sun rays shining through the holes in the roof and broken windows, as well as the pigeon's familiar cooing, and the flutter of their wings. At night, however, the nocturnal creatures took central stage; stealthily, as it is their custom to operate in silence, under the cover of darkness.


This pattern repeated itself for years and years, and throughout the seasons. Until that chilly night in April, when a new and uninvited 'guest' arrived at the scene, to claim it as its own.



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Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Conservatory: The Old Lady.


 

The Old Lady dwells in her conservatory

Surrounded by plants, and flowers so rife..

 ..Come closer, child, and she'll tell you a story
 
Just like the time when she was alive


That's all for now, folks. Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Rust & Steel photography: looking inside The Centennial.

Peering through a window of the ancient, "Centennial" dolls house, one can almost sense its silent magic

There is something bewitching about the old walls, the crooked doors, the dusty floors. The sheer stillness and beauty of the place, so quiet, makes it a joy to photograph! While editing the result of my latest photo shoot, I suddenly noticed something on one of the pics that I hadn't noticed when I was taking them. Right there, on the top part of the green door: is that... an 'orb'?

I may be inclined to think that those are mere reflections of dust particles, a common phenomenon that occurs in low-light circumstances, when a camera flash is used. However, no flash was used here, as the room was quite bright. So..., could that 'orb' mean that the three little sisters were at play again? Maybe they were simply curious about the 'new' artifacts placed in the room, and were checking them out.. Whatever the case may be, I hope they're happy!
 
That's all for now, folks. Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

A beautiful birdcage.

Yesterday, I added a very nice birdcage to my miniatures collection.

The cage is beautifully detailed, and even has a few tiny little birds inside! It sits on a matching table, and can be displayed either with or without it. Also, its doors can be opened. I bought it in the wonderful miniatures shop of Joop & Kriena van Heeren, in Gouda, The Netherlands. It's always a joy to visit their shop, and marvel at all the beautiful items they have on display.

I still need to figure out where the cage will be placed, but I couldn't resist the temptation of putting it in my ancient "Centennial" dolls house, and take a few pictures of it!

 

 

That's all for now, folks. Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ceramics & succulents from Malta.

Hi everyone, I hope you're doing well!

Here are some new additions to the Conservatory project; a lovely set of hand made ceramics and succulents, which arrived here from Malta. They were made specially for my project by the lovely and well known Rebecca Micallef, and obviously I'm thrilled with them! The tea set consists of two tea cups and matching plates, a tea cup, a cake stand, and two cake plates. They all have an antique pheasant theme, and look stunning!

  
The lovely succulents were also made by hand, leaf by leaf, and look extremely real!! I cannot express how happy I am with this totally unique set of miniatures, of which there is only one in the  whole world!
 

Many, many thanks, dear Rebecca, for these little gems! They will look great in the Conservatory!! 

 
That's all for now, folks. Thanks for visiting, keep safe, and see you next time!

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Monday, September 21, 2020

The Conservatory: A nightly snapshot.

 Hi all, I hope you're doing well!

As the 'Conservatory' project nears completion, I take little breaks amidst the work in progress to play a bit with my camera. Here's an atmospheric, 'nocturnal' snapshot of the conservatory's front garden. I tried to recreate the beautiful, mysterious atmosphere of the movies from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s that I love so much, and I think I succeeded pretty well in doing that.

Now I want you to look at this photo, and imagine a late summer night in a garden; the cool fresh air of the night caressing your face, the faint scent of flowers, a cricket performing his nocturnal serenade...  Get the picture?

 
That's all for now folks; keep safe and see you next time!
 

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