28 March 2014


© Sean Hayes: House of Horta

Victor Horta (1861–1947) was a Belgian architect and designer. He is one of the most important names in Art Nouveau architecture; the construction of his Hôtel Tassel (2014-25-01) in Brussels in 1892-93 means that he is sometimes credited as the first to introduce the style to architecture from the decorative arts.

His house and studio (construction started in 1898; completed in 1901) in Brussels, Belgium is a splendid Art Nouveau heritage.

Living in Brussels, artist and former architect Paul Dmoch was born in Warsaw in 1958. He works with watercolor.

Balustrade (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Cage d'escalier (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Escalier (fragment), Maison Victor Horta

Extérieur, Maison Victor Horta

Fenêtre, Maison Victor Horta

Salle à manger, Maison Victor Horta

Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

 Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

Verrière, Maison Victor Horta

« Even as a child, I remember being obsessed with light. On sleepless nights in my room, I would watch the movement of car lights reflecting from the wall to the ceiling and back. Years later, I was astonished when I saw Rembrandt's use of light for the first time. I remarked, This is the LIGHT

Montréal looks like Venice in this Paul Dmoch watercolor today.

La beauté gelée

25 March 2014

Underside garden

The Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is a small butterfly widespread over much of the palaearctic. Recently it was discovered in Mirabel (off-island northern suburb of Montréal) Canada by amateur entomologist Ara Sarafian.

© Andy Seely (source)

© Arthur Sevestre (source)

© Bob Gibbon (source)

© Gary Stanley (source)

© maryimackins (source)

While the male has bright blue uppersides, the female is primarily brown, with a highly variable amount of blue.


It's filth, I tell you! The male passes sperm packets to the female, which she stores in her ovipositor to fertilize her eggs.


Polyommatus icarus egg © Gilles San Martin (source)

Blue butterflies with a woodblock © Paula Kuitenbrouwer (source)

The female in the middle on the woodblock has just laid her eggs. The slug-like caterpillar of the Blues is already looking for food and crawls over the block.

20 March 2014

Night and day

Spring paintings by L. Diane Johnson, to convoy to envision the new season.

Breath of Spring

Dressed for Spring

Spring Burst

Spring Fare

Spring Festival

Spring in the Wood 

Spring's Grace

Spring's Whisper 

Stars of Spring

Happy equinox to all my readers!
First day of Spring offers me two new walking iris flowers.

15 March 2014

God of the wild

God of nature, the wild, shepherds, flocks, goats, mountains... Pan is often associated with sexuality. God of the wild is a free spirit.

All Pan artworks © Yasemen Hussein

« My obsession with mythology began when I first saw a picture of Nijinsky dancing as Pan.»
–Yasemen Hussein

The Great God Pan (1860) by Frederic Leighton

See many Pan depictions here.

12 March 2014

Sky writing

Nick Naethuijs knows how to draw a plane.

For more, if you click Nick Naethuijs' deviantart album called Aviation Drawings, the first artwork you will see is a kingfisher..! Well, it is true that birds are masterpieces of aviation.

FSX Bird Experiments by Almost Aviation

11 March 2014

Mash-up with a pearl

 Jun'ichiro Seyama composes composite images after Vermeer's masterpiece.


"Girl with a Pearl Earring" Finger Painting on iPad mini by Seikou Yamaoka