An out of the ordinary day today as it hasn't rained! I have spent a whole morning in the garden catching up with the weeds which have run away like mad all over the place. It actually feels like early summer, well perhaps I exaggerate, it feels like a not too cold spring day and I did actually take my coat and hat off. It is now four o'clock and still no rain, I can't believe it and even the sun is shining occasionally albeit in a feeble manner.
I seem to have writer's block lately and long for inspiration - I have been spending hours on genealogy which is usually a winter or bad weather pursuit but the weather of late has reduced me to returning to it; something I never mind as it is a passion of mine, one which I share with my daughter. First thing this morning I hopped on to the computer and stumbled upon a good website which features pictures by forgotten or not very well known artists. What led me to it was the fact that I was doing a random image search on Google because M and I had been discussing a little print that we have, - we had been talking about Ireland and the plight of unmarried mothers (not that many years ago) which is a subject very close to my heart. This led me to seek out the very picture online which we have on the wall in our snug, just a small print given to me by dear relatives who had been visiting the National Art gallery in Dublin.
The Wash House
Then as I Googled around, delighting in the visual, I found this site Art Inconnu which features works of art by under-appreciated artists from many countries. I whiled away a multitude of minutes selecting countries from a list and choosing my favourites. Those below are by an Irish artist and are in fact embroidered art which I found quite amazing.
Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852 - 1936)
"The Victory" (1899-1902.) Panel 4 of "The Progress of a Soul" (1893-1901.) Silk, gold and silver thread embroidery on linen. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Detail below.
"The Salvation of Mankind" Silk and gold thread on linen, 1885-93. City art Centre, Edinburgh.
Panels 1, 3 and a detail of 3.
Anyway, that is all for today, I hope to return soon with more of interest,
Go mbeannai Dia duit,