Saturday, June 23, 2012

You're It!

My Grammie Hazel taught me this variation of 
"eeny meeny miny moe" when I was wee,
here spelled quasi-phonetically:

inty minty tibbety fig
a deel a deel a dominig
eyecha pycha dominycha
on pon tick
aleja baleja boo
out goes you
into the middle of the deep blue sea
with the dirty dirty dishrags
tied tight tight to your knee

Here is a fun site with many other counting rhymes:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Verneuil, the best of Art Nouveau

In the late 1800s, Maurice Pillard Verneuil studied under Eugene Grasset and became emblematic of the Art Nouveau movement.  He analyzed hundreds of individual plants, fruits, and flowers and extracted their ornamental essence for use in textiles, carved wood, stained glass, and more.  Using the pochoir process, a labor-intensive type of stenciling, he hand-colored his gorgeous and highly stylized patterns.  I find his studies absolutely stunning in form, balance, and color.  
After contributing to Grasset's book, La Plante et ses applications ornamentales, Verneuil published many more books of his own, most notably L'Etude de la plante et ses applications aux industries d'art.  The examples above are from anthologies of his work and other artists' of the period, Decorative Flowers and Art Nouveau Floral Ornament in Color. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Peanut Surprise

Inside almost every peanut there is a wizard in a bathtub!