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Red Bird and Fish

Red Bird Blue Eye

Red Rabbit

Red Birds Two Circles

Red Rooster

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From Kitchenette, unfinished portrait of mother

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Portrait of grandmother and great-grandfather

Ten of Heart, portrait of grandmother and grandfather

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From Kitchenette, portrait of grandmother

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Height! (Höhe!)

Paul Klee, 1928. Etching, plate: 9 1/16 x 9 1/16″.  Paper: Cream, smooth, wove Japan.

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When The Helga Paintings were discovered in 1985, 
240 tempera, dry-brush paintings, watercolors and pencil sketches
Andrew Wyeth created of Helga Testorf  between the years
1971 and 1985, Wyeth’s wife was asked what
she thought of them. She replied,
“All I see is love.”  

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Self Portrait, pencil and charcoal.

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Albert Herbert, Elijah fed by ravens
in the desert, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Elijah has been considered the model of Christian monasticism since the first monks and nuns lived in the desert, either alone or in communities. In the old testament story, God orders Elijah to live in the desert and be fed by ravens.

God is angry with Ahab, king of the Israelites, for killing his priests. He sends Elijah to tell Ahab that Israel will have no dew or rainfall for three and a half years. Then the Lord says to Elijah:

“Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan river. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.

So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. But after awhile the brook dried up and there was no rainfall anywhere in the land.

Elijah fed by ravens, artist unknown.

Then the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.’ So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, ‘Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?’ As she was going to get it, he called to her, ‘Bring me a bite of bread, too.’

But she said, ‘I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.’

But Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!’

So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.” — 1 Kings 17:1-15

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The following images are from Anne Carson’s book Nox, published in 2010, about the death of her brother Michael. The book is a scrapbook and comes in a box in an accordion-style notebook, which includes images, poems, collages and part of a letter her brother wrote about a girl he loved in France.

“My brother ran away in 1978, rather than go to jail. He wandered in Europe and India, seeking something, and sent us postcards or a Christmas gift, no return address. He was travelling on a false passport and living under other people’s names. This isn’t hard to arrange. It is irremediable. I don’t know how he made his decisions in those days. The postcards were laconic. He wrote only one letter, to my mother, that winter the girl died.”

“Like wind in your hair she had epilepsy her life was hell sometimes flipping like a fish I got used to it she lost her fear started to live she missed a lot as a kid felt so different from others Anna was truly a gift she died March 24th”

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The displays in this post are from the National Button Society. The society divides buttons into classes that include: celluloid, ceramics, china, enamels, fabrics, black glass, clear and colored glass, metal, horn, shell, synthetic, vegetable ivory, wood, animals, objects, plants, pictorials and realistics.

Double click on the images to see the buttons.

Vegetable Ivory

Vegetable Ivory

Vegetable Ivory

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Illuminated manuscripts are texts decorated with gold or silver. Most manuscripts are from the Middle Ages and include the Book of Kells, illustrated by Celtic monks and containing the four books of the gospel.
As when a man dreams, he reflects not that his body sleeps
Else he would wake; so seem’d he entering his Shadow: but
With him the Spirits of the Seven Angels of the Presence
Entering; they gave him still perceptions of his Sleeping Body:
Which now arose and walk’d with them in Eden, as an Eighth
Image Divine tho’ darken’d; and tho walking as one walks
In sleep: and the Seven comforted and supported him. 
from Plate 14 of Milton, a poem in 12 books by the English poet William Blake (1757-1827), who used relief etching to create a form of illuminated printing in his texts of poetry.

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