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Title: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 24, 2018, 05:28:28 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I might as well start out again on the weather theme. This week we had our fourth Nor’easter or as the newspaper scribes dubbed it the Four’easter. This time, like the one in the middle, we got another accumulation of snow here although it started to melt the next day. So from my point of view my area batted fifty percent; four storms, two with snow and two without. As it now finally is Spring I’m really hoping that this was the last snowstorm for the season. Let the warming trend begin.

Along with that sentiment I see our litigious society has embarked on a campaign against Punxutawney Phil, the groundhog, for deceptive practices. As it says in the article most of us are probably prepared to sign on for this. I hope Phil doesn’t get taken to the cleaners for all his berries.

“Punxsutawney Phil” The Groundhog Being Sued For Lying About When Spring Would Come!

On a completely separate note, the article link below is about a photographer who spent one hour a day for nine years in Grand Central Terminal surreptitiously photographing passersby. In going through his photos he determined that he had photographed the same people at different times. Now he has issued a book with these photographs. While I find it a fascinating concept I am truly troubled by the fact that all of these people are going to appear in this book without their knowledge or consent. I’m not sure how I would feel if I was in that book but I’m guessing it would annoy me. The concept of personal privacy seems to be an antiquated ideal.

“Peter Funch Sees the Patterns in the People on the Street”

This is Asia week so I wandered over to Christie’s for their Chinese auction preview. There was also Himalayan and Indian art as well, genres that I’m still not completely sold on but I do find myself admiring some of the art.  I was standing in front of a painting and taking notes for this post when a woman came over and asked me if I knew where the rest of the online art was. I thought it odd that she would ask me as there were Christie’s attendants all around. When she answered her own question and mentioned other art I realized she was a Christie’s attendant and clearly thought me a serious buyer rather than the serious browser I am.  Here’s some of what I saw. Remember to click on the images to enlarge.

ABDUR RAHMAN CHUGHTAI – Sunder – Along with the classic artworks these auctions also touched on contemporary art, most of which doesn’t move me but this Indian drawing just caught my eye right at the beginning of the exhibit. I found it simple but exotic

TWO PAINTINGS DEPICTING IMPENDING RAIN STORMS - KANGRA SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1820 – These Indian watercolors are both small, approximately 8.5 x 7.5, and I was taken by the details depicted, particularly in the first one.  The man and woman’s ornate outfits, the two tiny birds in the air, the threatening storm clouds overhead and the tiny village in the distance where the storm has already started.

A LADY PREPARING FOR THE BEDCHAMBER - MUGHAL SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1730-40 – I found myself returning to this little painting as well. Exotic and erotic, you have the two women attending to the third with the little still life tableau laid in front of them.

YUAN YUNYI – Vegetables – Colorful watercolor scroll.

YU FEI’AN - Pair of Birds on Plum Blossom Branch – This is one of the items from the Collection of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, acquired in China between 1911-1936, thus by descent through the family. The General had good taste in acquiring what Duncan Phillips would have approved of as artwork pleasing to the eye.

SUN YI - Ducks in Pond –  The Christie’s site is behaving oddly not allowing access to certain artworks and not enlarging where it should. The second link is an enlargement and better shows off this scroll. Click on the image at the second link to enlarge. I love the expressions of the ducks, especially the two at the top with their beaks opened.

JI KANG – Tiger – In all its ferocity under a full moon.  Again, the second link is the enlargement but you need to click on the image.

PU RU -Pavilion on Cliffs – Pu Ru is someone I’ve seen in previous auctions and enjoyed. This is a beautiful landscape scroll, watercolor on silk, of the pavilion high up in the isolated  mountains.

ANONYMOUS -  Sixteen Arhats – This is a very long scroll 12” x 352” which you really need to enlarge as much as possible to appreciate and then imagine walking from one end to the other. Here’s what the website has to say about it. “Executed by an anonymous painter employing ink and line drawing technique, Sixteen Arhats illustrates the lives and preaching scenes of the sixteen lohans, the preservers of the teaching of Buddhism. In a well-plotted composition, each lohan and every element on the scroll was meticulously and vividly rendered in very fine and vigorous brushstrokes, which resulted in powerful and striking images.”

After Ding Yunpeng - Scholar in Autumn Forest – I’ll end with this scroll which unfortunately is a very poor reproduction of something that I really liked, the solitary scholar at the bottom of the painting dwarfed by the immense forest. It’s another one that disappeared from the Christie’s website.

Now let’s spring over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

boys in girls leotards and tights

we love pink


peasant square dance dress


Two little girls again.

Surrey March 2006

sissy housewife

Pink 'n' frilly

sissy gina & Flocka at Erotic Cabaret
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on March 24, 2018, 10:08:52 PM
I'll consider it spring when there's no snow on the ground, & it stays above 40F (4.4C) for at least a week.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 25, 2018, 01:06:35 PM
Hi Betty,

Amen to that. I forgot to put in the usual disclaimer that it's Spring on the calendar but not necessarily in the neighborhood.

Andy G.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on March 29, 2018, 11:56:22 PM
We had daytime highs in the 40F, so all the snow melted. But we're expecting more Sunday.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 31, 2018, 04:40:36 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well today is a lovely day, fairly mild after a not so great week of rain and cold. But the forecast for Monday is possible snow showers with rain on the succeeding days so it doesn’t appear that April is having any effect on actually changing the weather. It’s like reading a series of books, to be continued.

It was this announcement by the Met that brought me back there this week. The announcement stated the Met will be replacing the skylights in their second floor galleries, a project that looks like it will take 4-5 years to complete. It will be done in two phases, the first, beginning in next month, will be the closing of 60% of the European galleries to the right side of the stairs leading up from the Great Hall. This includes galleries devoted to Italian, French and Spanish paintings. The second phase, beginning sometime in 2020, will affect the other 40% of the galleries, Netherlandish and German paintings of the Renaissance, from Van Eyck to Bruegel; 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Dyck; British 18th-century paintings, including works by Reynolds and Gainsborough; and Italian 16th-century painting, from Raphael to Titian and Veronese.

I decided it would be a good time to visit the galleries due to be closed in April to see paintings that will be out of circulation for a while. Of course many of the items in these galleries will be moved to other areas of the museum and, I’m sure, brought out for small exhibitions during the time of renovation, but this was a chance to see everything again. As I walked through the galleries I realized there were a number of rooms I had probably only been in once or twice, especially those where religious art is displayed as that’s never been a genre I’ve greatly admired. Some of the links below will be to artists I’ve discussed in the past while others will be to lesser known artists, certainly lesser known to me.  Remember to click to enlarge everything.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - The Chariot of Aurora – Tiepolo and his son Domenico are artists that I’ve linked to many times for their drawings which the Met has in abundance but the Met also has a nice collection of his oil sketches of which this is a nice example.

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait of a Young Man – Batoni was an Italian portrait painter of the 18th Century. I was struck by the many facets of this painting in addition to the full length portrait, the landscape through the window, the carving and statue he gestures to, the dog at his feet and the way the drapery hangs.

Pietro Longhi – The Letter – Longhi was a genre painter, a contemporary of Canaletto and Guardi.  Wikipedia tells me that If Cannaletto and Guardi are our window to the external rituals of the republic, Longhi is our window to what happened inside rooms. I was drawn to this painting much as I’m drawn to the Dutch genre painters such as Gerard Ter Borch who also painted about a letter in Curiosity, a link to which is below Longhi.

Bernardo Bellotto - Vaprio d'Adda – I was going to link to Canaletto but I see that it would have been the same painting I chose the last time I visited the galleries over the summer so instead I’ve chosen Bellotto, who was nephew and pupil to Canaletto.

Philippe de Champaigne - Jean-Baptiste Colbert – Champaigne was a 17th Century French artist of the Baroque era. He painted portraits and religious works. I found myself admiring this portrait and thinking to myself of its similarities to the Dutch portraits.

Jean Siméon Chardin - Soap Bubbles – Chardin was an 18th Century French genre painter. This painting is influenced by the Dutch as well and the website notes that the idle play of children was one of Chardin’s favorite themes.

Pierre Paul Prud'hon - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord – Talleyrand was a French Bishop, politician and diplomat of the late 18th, early 19th Centuries. The Met has two portraits, this one by Prud’hon which Talleyrand commissioned in 1817 and the one below by Gerard ten years earlier in 1807. Prud’hon was a French Romantic painter. Gerard was a portrait painter who studied under Jacques Louis David.

Baron François Gérard - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord

Jacques Louis David - Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836) – I wanted to include David and this is one of the three large paintings on view not far from the Gerard. Lavoisier was known for his pioneering studies of gunpowder, oxygen, and the chemical composition of water.  Unfortunately he was guillotined during the French Revolution

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes - Tiburcio Pérez y Cuervo – Goya is someone I’ve mentioned and linked to many times, his oil paintings and etchings are all wonderful. The Met has a good selection of both his paintings and etchings. Pérez was an architect and a close friend of Goya’s. His works could be grim but the website notes  Pérez's rolled-up sleeves and slight smile suggest a directness and warmth that are rare in the artist's oeuvre.

Francois Boucher – The Toilette of Venus - Boucher is someone I’ve spoken of many times, Mr. Frick transported an entire room of his artwork and reconstructed it in what is now the Frick museum.  From Wikipedia, Boucher was a French painter, draughtsman and etcher, who worked in the Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century. This was commissioned by his patroness, Madame de Pompadour, and is probably an illusion to the Madame’s portrayal of Venus in a similarly titled play, the Toilet of Venus. Lush is the best word to describe this painting I think.

Well, I could go on and on but I think this is a nice selection of what I saw that day. Once again it speaks of the broadness and quality of the Met’s collection.

Now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Pink Ballet Sissy

sissy maxine

White, Clean And Neat.

in the pink



Sophie Rebecca

The legendary John Hunter as a ballerina.


just a sissy
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 07, 2018, 09:36:28 AM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This will be an early Flickr as I’m treating a friend to a day in the City ending in dinner and then dessert at my house.

I took the long walk up to Sotheby’s to see their American art auction preview and once again enjoyed what I saw. This was by no means a blockbuster sale, the painting that brought the biggest winning bid was:

Ernest Lawson - THE FLATIRON BUILDING -  This went for $375K.  I enjoy depictions of old New York; this juxtaposes the city’s growing real estate development with the inclusion of the horse drawn carts not completely replaced by the automobile as yet.

Second after the Lawson was:
Grandma Moses - HURRAH FOR CHRISTMAS which went for $206K. – Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 78 years old and lived to the ripe old age of 101. Her paintings are fairly primitive but colorful and sentimental. I think her fame emanated considerably from her advanced age rather than a great talent but I’m not a critic by any means. They’re pleasant enough but for a couple of hundred thousand dollars I think I would opt for something else if I had the money to spend.

Martin Johnson Heade -– There were two paintings by Heade in this exhibit, links to both are below. These floral still lifes are from his later years and I’ve always found them very beautiful. Earlier he painted wonderful landscapes, seascapes and tropical subjects which were equally wonderful. I’ve linked to Heade’s art in previous auctions.

Most of the additional lots sold for less than $100K with many at the lower end of the scale. I was standing next to a couple who were admiring a painting and the man said to the woman they could think about it as the pricing was reasonable. Reasonable for them appears to have been a range of $20K to $30K, 

There were three very rough sketches by Edward Hopper for sale, two of which have disappeared from the site to my regret. This remaining one went for $5,625 which was at the low end of the expected range which was $5K to $7K. This was an illustration for a book and there were several items up for bid from commercial illustrators. Illustrator has quite often been used as a pejorative term in art trying to ghettoize illustrators from “real” artists. Norman Rockwell is a good example of someone whose art broke free of the ghetto and now goes for many millions of dollars. Hopper’s early life was spent in commercial advertising and he certainly went on to be considered one of America’s greatest artists.


Norman Rockwell - STUDY FOR 'THE COLLECTOR' – I’ll just copy part of the Catalogue note from the website to describe this preliminary painting.
“The present work is a color study for Norman Rockwell’s most famous advertisement for The Franklin Mint, The Collector, which he painted in 1971. Famously meticulous, Rockwell utilized the color study in order to develop the palette and light patterns displayed in the final painting. To accomplish this, he typically painted directly on a photograph of a charcoal drawing. Often exhibiting a more painterly style of execution, Rockwell’s color studies allowed him to select the color combinations that would achieve an immediate and dramatic visual impact for his viewers.”

Leyendecker and Smith were also illustrators, the first is a study for a Saturday Evening Post cover while the second is an invitation to an exhibition of her artworks. Both are nostalgic and sentimental.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker - STUDY FOR "IRISH LIBERTY"


And I was pleased to see a number of selections from the Hudson river painters I so much enjoy.

William Mason Brown - AUTUMN LANDSCAPE – Brown is new to me and I thought this a lovely painting. The colors of the foliage, the clouds in the sky reflected in the water, the hunter off to the side stalking the elk that is almost submerged in the water and the two men in the boat.

Jasper Francis Cropsey – AUTUMN – A similar scene from our old friend Cropsey who almost always appears in these auctions, there were three of his paintings in this one.

Albert Bierstadt - LANDSCAPE WITH LAKE – Another colorful depiction of a small lake in the woods.

Francis Augustus Silva - MOONLIGHT SAIL – This seascape is a nice note to end on with the giant full moon sitting dead center of the painting illuminating the boats and water.

This is a link to all 170 lots in the auction. There were lots of other things I liked.

Andy G.

Sweet Little Miss

TGirl Gemma - Christmas dance.

Corinne with new skirt

I Made My Sister My Maid

Yes, another old dress



New dress, new heels, and new pantyhose! What more could a girl want? <3

The maid

Susan and the girls
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 14, 2018, 04:41:04 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

At last we have some Spring like weather to celebrate. Temperatures in the 70’s yesterday and today. Sun shining and no rain. Hurrah! Of course tomorrow the temperature should top out in the forties and we’re going to have rain but let’s not look too far ahead, we’ll only be disappointed.

I get emails from both the auction houses and there’s usually something interesting in them. This is a brief essay and slide show about a portrait painted with flowers. That is, the image is composed of flowers. Anatomy of an Artwork: Allegory of Spring

This week I walked up to an apartment house on Park Avenue and 79th Street to again visit Questroyal Fine Art. This is a gallery that specializes in American art, especially the Hudson River painters. I’ve now been several times and I’ve never been disappointed by the display. It’s in a multi-room apartment and the paintings are hung at eye level on the wall as well as on stands in some of the rooms and even on the floor. The current exhibition and sale is, The Last New World: Important Hudson River School Paintings. I’ve looked forward to this as I received their catalog with illustrations prior to attending. Everything on view was pleasing and I’ll make note of some of the things I particularly liked. Each page has a biography of the artist.

First several works by Sanford Robinson Gifford.

Manchester, Massachusetts, 1864 – As soon as I saw this I was fascinated by the illusion of a face in the rock and wondered if Gifford had deliberately painted it this way or if he was recreating a mountain he had visited.  I sent the image to my brother and asked his opinion and he replied that he didn’t see any significance in the face and said the human brain likes to find faces in things.  Further to that theory, the second link shows an optical illusion you may have seen before, an object that can be seen as either a vase or two faces.

A Sketch of Schloss Rheinstein – I was so taken with the wonderful castle at the very top of the picture that I didn’t much notice the rest of the picture which has many interesting facets. The moon hidden behind the mountain, the travelers carrying their parcels on their heads walking along the road, the trees growing down the side and what looks like a tiny candle off in the distance at the lower right. I have no idea what it actually is since it seems to be an odd place for a lighthouse.

Sunset, 1865 – Just a wonderful seascape with the waves gently rolling in under a quarter moon.

Jasper Francis Cropsey

Doune Castle, 1848 – This is a 14th Century structure with a long history as you can see from the Wikipedia link below.  The castle itself takes up just a small portion of the canvas in the distance while the rest of the picture is dominated by the lush verdant growth.

Winter, 1860 – We can see the isolation of the tiny cabins in the immensity of the snowcapped mountains while the sun peeks over the mountaintop. And the two figures either strolling or exploring with their dog while you can just barely make out other figures closer to the cabin.

John Frederick Kensett

New England Sunrise – A fine seascape with the brilliant sun just emerging over the horizon illuminating the rippling water with a single boat and several tiny birds flying off in the distance.

Pro Patria (Sunset on the Coast) – And this contrasting depiction of the sun obscured as it slowly sinks while still illuminating a portion of the water. Everything calm and serene.

William Trost Richards

Woodland Interior, 1856 – Stately trees in the wilderness by a body of water.

Off Conanicut, Newport, 1904 – Another seascape with roaring surf and a brilliant sun which I think is rising.

Thomas Cole

Catskill Mountain House – Nice to see this after the wonderful Met exhibition of Cole’s work, another instance where he has inserted himself into the painting sketching the mansion on the hill from down below among the colorful foliage.

Ralph Blakelock

Moonlit Stream – While there only two examples of Blakelock’s work in this exhibit the gallery specializes in his art and recently had an exhibit devoted solely to him. This naturally appealed to me for the big moon hanging in the sky.

Albert Bierstadt

Niagara Falls – Capturing the immensity of the falls power and showing the mist emanating from the water obscuring a portion. You can almost hear the roar of the moving water.

Martin Lewis

Snowstorm, Danbury, Connecticut - This is the first painting, a watercolor, I’ve come across for Lewis. Everything I’ve seen before has been a drawing or engraving. I linked to his drawings in the Swann auction preview.

Hermann Herzog

Twilight, 1876 – Herzog is new to me. I found this very atmospheric, the elk coming to the water, the beautiful blue sky with a few clouds drifting over a very calm body of water, the mountains off in the distance. It’s a large painting and you have to scroll over to see the rest of herd off to the right.

William Hart

Under the Bluff – Hart is also new to me but I enjoyed this small oval landscape similar to Gifford’s Schloss Rheinstein, the structure way up high on the mountaintop shown on a beautiful day with a small figure at the bottom enjoying the view while birds fly overhead.

This is a link to the website list of their artists should you want to explore further.

There were many other beautiful things in the exhibition but this should give you an idea of how enjoyable it was for me. I’m never disappointed when I visit.

And now let’s spring over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


He Learns

My mommy style polka dot swimsuit. Not ready for a bikini yet.

Lucy Summers

Lady outfit .

Red Sissy (2)

Michelle's Weekend Styling 👠💄👗💅👛💍👄



MISAKKY's Younger ages 003
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 15, 2018, 05:15:52 AM
70s? I'm jealous. It's currently a windy 29F (-2C) here just across the state. It snowed a little last night, & now we're having a light ice storm (raining ice not snowfakes). Frequent light flickers, & a few brief power outages due to ice on lines & ice weighing down branches.

My second battery backup for my O2 machine hasn't arrived yet, but is due any day now. With my current battery backup for the machine, & O2 storage, I would probably have enough O2 to last me 24 hours durimg a power failure if I'm frugal with it.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 15, 2018, 04:11:30 PM
Hi Betty,

Thanks for the link fix. The 70 degree weather went away quickly and today it's in the 40's, very windy and heavy rain is due to start falling soon and last well into tomorrow afternoon. Our endless Winter continues.

Andy G.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 16, 2018, 01:18:01 PM
I think we had spring in February. We're on a second winter.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 16, 2018, 04:14:49 PM
Gosh I hope not, one Winter is bad enough.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Angela M... on April 16, 2018, 06:49:36 PM
Good one Betty,
it almost feels like a second winter. I woke up today and shoveled 6 inches of Ice pellets and slush from my walks and driveway. Just doing errands today and I saw many downed trees, fences and some hydro poles and some areas to the north of me were without power yesterday for 12 hours. Even towns like Port Dover and Port Stanley along Lake Erie, were without power for awhile. The high water level in Hamilton has flooded many homes and condos along Lake Ontario as well.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 16, 2018, 06:58:34 PM
Not much on the ground in my neighborhood. Just a thin sheet of ice. But it's starting to snow now. The low air pressure, high humidity, fog, & high ozone levels are making my breathing worse than it's been in over a month. I don't think we had any ozone levels this high around here since last summer. I could even smell it.

They're saying this is the second coldest April ever in my area... and the month is only halfway over. The coldest ever was just a few years ago. Below 0F to 20F through most of March & April that year. It wiped out a significant amount of wildlife because they couldn't endure an extended extra cold winter.