these paintings by American artist Richard Baker remind me of scenes from South African holiday homes all over the country – well used paperback novels and vintage versions of Monopoly (that you still play with your family, every summer). the old copy of Pit made me laugh, a game that Anton introduced me to that his family have played for decades. have you ever played it? it has to be the loudest, most chaotic, funnest card game ever.
if there’s one thing i will always remember about my mom’s garden, and perhaps my childhood in general, was the abundance of nasturtiums. this humble little flower seemed to grow in every garden in south africa – a bit of a weed, really. almost a lowly little bloom. i remember it having a peculiar smell, but possibly my favourite thing about it was its beautiful round leaves that would catch dew drops in the morning – and you’d carefully ease them off onto your tongue, pretending to be a bird.
in September photographer Alison Zavos curated a collection of photographs of fruit for a show called, well, Fruitland. she searched hundreds of photographers’ websites and chose the “freshest, strangest still life photos” to present at Photoville – a pop up exhibition space made up of freight containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC. you can see more photos here.
Artsy is fast becoming one of my favourite daily internet check-ins. i’ve discovered so many artists that i probably would never have known about otherwise thanks to it. besides the clean & beautiful design, i’m also quite taken by the fact that you can log in and favourite pieces as you go down the Artsy rabbit hole.
you’ll remember the beautiful lookbook from shoemakers TEN & Co. that i shared last year. well, they have gone in a completely different direction to showcase their Spring 2013 collection! showing off their beautiful handmade shoes in sumptuous table settings of food & drink, reminiscent of the still life paintings from Dutch golden age artists like Pieter Claesz, Willem van Aelst, Jan Davidsz. de Heem and Willem Claeszoon Heda (to mention a few). be sure to check out the entire lookbook and read about the story behind these rad shoes.
still life is not my usual fare, but i make an exception for henri fantin-latour whose darkly hued flower paintings have always captivated me.
photos of flowers can be a bit hum drum, especially if you’ve seen one too many macro shots… but this series of photographs is amazing, like little pieces of art.