So I use my blog for whatever is on my mind. Part diary, part writing forum, part record, part experimental. I tried separating it out before, setting up my garden blog separately, but I haven’t been tending to it either. I’ve never been disciplined in blog writing and have never written it with the goal of attracting an audience. I just write whatever comes to mind and if someone stumbles across it and finds it interesting, that’s wonderful. If not, that’s fine too. I’m going to try to not bleed all over the blog quite so much though. Or if I do, to mark it as private. That’s not to say it’s going to be strictly business either, just not so much about my personal pain.
I mentioned before that I set up a new shop but haven’t gotten around to writing about it. First, I sell my photography online. I used to sell on etsy but at the moment I’ve been concentrating on Society6 instead. I sell photography and collage work. When I first started selling my photography, I was concentrating on my urban exploration photographs. I adored urban exploration but haven’t been for a while. Anyway, I decided on the name Forgotten Beauty referencing the abandoned places I was photographing and I’ve kept the name. It works on several levels, which I’ll get to. For now, my creations are sold here and my facebook page where I post about sales and new work is located here. (As a side note, I also manage the Carolina Kitties rescue facebook page – we have lots of cats needing homes!) Lately I’ve been working on botanical collages using antique natural history illustrations.
I started a new shop several months ago on redbubble selling pre-raphaelite art and Golden Age children’s illustrations. It’s expanded to include other Victorian era art as well. That one is also named Forgotten Beauty, which works on a different level than my photography page. In this case, it references these antique works of art, especially the illustrations, that have been forgotten but are still pretty amazing.
I have always loved the pre-raphaelites, and those who followed their example. John William Waterhouse is maybe the most famous, although he was not in the pre-raphaelite brotherhood. (A purist I am not.) The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of English painters, poets and art critics and was founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. They objected to the classical poses and compositions that became popular with Raphael, and wanted a return to art pre-Raphael. This included lush colors, attention to minute details, and more complex compositions. When looking at a pre-raphaelite tree, you are able to make out the individual leaves rather than a blur suggesting leaves. Their subject matter often comes from mythology, literature and history. Tragic women seem to have been very popular with them but that’s a subject deserving its own post. I’d like to write about some of my favorite artists and the subjects the pre-raphaelites preferred in the future.
The other part of it is Golden Age children’s illustrations. In the mid 1800s, paper, printing and books were becoming much more readily available and literacy rates were rising. For the first time, books geared towards children were becoming popular. Improvements in printing and engraving techniques meant that they could be produced faster and with better quality. Gift books became hugely popular and highly skilled artists were paid well to illustrate them, attracting the top talent of the day. This era produced some of the finest children’s illustrations to date. It lasted until the early 1900s. They often illustrated new editions of existing classics, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales or The Arabian Nights. There were many artists of note in this era that I’d like to discuss eventually. There is an abundance of beautiful art that I’ve slowly been getting listed but I still have so much more I want to list.
So, this is what my store is and what it specializes in. What I know of art is self taught so I am by no means an expert. I just appreciate it and want to share it with others who might appreciate it as well.
This is it for now. Goodnight people.