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NATURE - Vines on Centre Avenue
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Nature is calling and she wants Oakland & Shadyside back.

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Usually I despise graffiti, but I admit to admiring this little accent on a pole on my walk along Centre Avenue.

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ARTIST - Edward Okun (1872–1945)
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So essentially Wikipedia says he was Polish and born into a noble family, but became an orphan at an early age so his grandparents raised him.
At some point he inherited a lot of money, and took drawing and painting lessons.

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source- http://atelierentomologica.tumblr.com

Edward Okun,self portrait with butterfly) c.1902

Eventually he designed magazine covers, and illustrations for magazines such as the German magazine Jugend which translates as "Youth" which was a really cool art magazine.
He was also an art professor and member of other art related societies and an artist colony.

At an annual art opening called Salon Incentives, Poland's first president was assassinated, and Edward Okun and one of the presidents aides caught the assassin.

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source- http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/full.php?ID=81076

Mother Mushroom, circa 1900

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source- https://www.flickr.com/photos/hauksven/10001026144

In the Lemon Orchard, circa 1900

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source- https://www.pinterest.com/gwazdka/edward-okuń/

Fraulein Leopardus, circa 1906

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A Peak Inside The Mind of Sydney Long
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From his beautiful imagination onto the canvas for all of us to see.

My two favorites.


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Sydney Long 1871-1955
Australia, England

Inspired But Not Motivated
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I get a nice feeling from the kitchen in this photo.
It's ceilings are much higher but the layout reminds me of my kitchen.
It inspires me to mentally prepare myself for our dreaded kitchen renovation.

kitchen with a nice feeling

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And this photo is what doing a kitchen renovation feels like.

kitchen renovations feels like this

Beautiful Old Book
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Witch Hill: A History of Salem Witchcraft Including Illustrative Sketches of Person and Places by Z.A. Mudge, published in 1870.

It's just frightening how so called witches were killed...not so long ago.
Salem Witch Trials on Wikipedia:

This rather rare old book can be read online here:

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(from eBay)
Sections Include:

Witch Knowledge, Witch Marks, Imps, Victims of Witchcraft, The Witch Finder General-His Bloody Deeds, William Penn and Witchcraft, Boston Cases, The Possessed Girl and Her Pastor, The Pranks of the Spirit, Arrests for Witchcraft, The Girls Begin to be Afflicted, The Accusers Strike Higher, Specter Blood Flows, The Circle Girls are Called and see Visions, An Afflicted Horse, A Blue Boar, A Fatal Result, etc. etc.

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Green Envy
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Color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility.
Strong emotional correspondence with safety.
Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Has great healing power.
Green suggests stability and endurance.
Color of the sea. It is often associated with depth and stability.
Symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Considered beneficial to the mind and body.
Slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
Strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.
Used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

source- http://www.colorpsychology.org

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Oakland O' Oakland
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A dreamy Oakland on a freezing cold mid February morning, in Schenley Farms looking towards the University of Pittsburgh, & Heinz Chapel. So magnificent I went back to get my camera to capture this moment.

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artist- Wife of the artist- Victor Mottez (1809-1897)
mother night
Mother Night collage-http://sliplead.tumblr.com/post/132957952532/mother-night
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Snail Watching
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snail 1

snail 2

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A happy little spot on a windowsill that gets a nice bit of sun and feels like spring or summer even in the winter.

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