The Jazz Age Style Alphabet

I completed a project that I feel pretty good about called the Jazz Age Style Alphabet. I completed an original watercolor painting and used a calligraphy letter for each one. I thought I might feel pressure or get bored with it, but I liked how much structure it provided in terms of selecting images to…

A Modern Gentleman: Dandy Wellington

This blog post is all about the fabulous Dandy Wellington: I first became aware of Mr. Wellington when I read his profile in the book DANDY PORTRAITS. The book contained the most glorious photographs of sartorially conscious men I have ever seen. Mr. Wellington was/is one of my favorites because he puts so much thought…

The Atmospheric Images of Andrew Davidson

Today, I would like to introduce you to an artist I admire by the name of Andrew Davidson. There is not a great deal of information available about Davidson because he has not conducted many interviews, but like all great artists, his work mainly speaks for itself. Davidson studied graphic design, and considers himself both an…

10 Things to Know about Nina Evans Allender

I first learned about Nina Evans Allender while watching a PBS special about the women’s suffrage movement. The episode was set at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington D.C., the headquarters for the National Woman’s Party. The entire episode was riveting, but I really sat up and paid attention when they mentioned that Allender was…

Posting for Practice: My 365 Day Challenge

I started the new year by setting a challenge for myself: complete and post one drawing each day on Instagram. Here are a few of my sketches: I really wanted to establish a practice which would require me to draw at least once a day, and so far I have been sticking to it –…

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016

Hello Jazz Lovers, I keep saying that I am going to plan ahead so I can make it to this extravaganza each year, but alas, I have not made it yet. At least I can devour these delectable pictures and live vicariously through those who were able to attend. I hope you enjoy these as…

Bright Young Things at the Crane Estate

Hello Jazz Lovers, I hope you are having a fabulous summer… I certainly am! I had the pleasure of attending the Roaring Twenties Jazz Party at the Crane Estate (Ipswich, MA) on July 31st, and I wanted to share some tidbits with you. The picture above is me hanging out by a genuine model T…

8 Things to Know about Beryl Markham

I just finished one of the most eloquent memoirs I have ever read called West with the Night. I marked so many passages that I almost thought about giving up the task of marking my favorite passages, but I persisted. I was so impressed by this memoir that I turned to the biography at the…

Miss Fisher Take 3

Miss Fisher came back for a 3rd season, and as always, she looked amazing while doing absolutely everything! The list included playing a mermaid, flying airplanes, and executing the latest judo moves while taking down the bad guys. I am including some of my favorite photos from this season. Most of these photos were posted…

Jazzy Finds Winter 2016

Hello Jazz Lovers, It has been awhile since I posted a Jazzy Finds post, and I certainly have some exciting finds to share with you! There is an updated version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None which came out in the United Kingdom in 2015. The U.S. version of the DVD will be…

The Harmon Foundation: Champions of the Harlem Renaissance

I have been conducting research on artists who were active during the Harlem Renaissance, and I stumbled upon a documentary called Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation. I learned so much about how this one foundation was responsible for launching the careers of so many prominent African-American artists.  Although the foundation recognized…

Follow Your Curiosity

I watched an inspiring video by Elizabeth Gilbert about following one’s curiosity to figure out pathways in life here . Up until now, Gilbert has always been an advocate of the philosophy to “follow your passion” because that has always worked for her. A letter from a frustrated reader caused her to change her perspective; the…