Sunday, October 25, 2009

Royal Persian Paintings III

The Fath Ali Shah again - this time clothed in his Hunting Outfit and wearing his Turban/Cap - instead of the Royal Crown.
And how exquisite are those Pearls forming hypnotic floral patterns on his Jacket - Arm & Leg shields - and Long Pointed Collar-?
And if that wasn't enough - His Belt - Knife handle - Bow - Arrow Case and Sword - All encrusted with Rare Jewels and more Pearls-!!
That Puffy little Ostrich Feather in his Hat - I thought was a nice touch too-!

The Fath Ali Shah - 1800's

Woman With A Veil - Attributed to Muhammad 1845
This Idealized painting of a beautiful Qajar Princess is one of several of a Series.
The Princess is draped in a full-length black veil with Gold Embroidered accents.
Under the black veil - she wears a richly patterned calico skirt with Pearl Borders and a Pearl-Embroidered vest - over a sheer chemise with a V-shaped collar with Pearl accents.
She is gracefully pushing aside the (pichen) white face covering.
She wears an ornate headdress and a Pearl-studded necklace and armbands that indicate Her privileged status.

Dancing Princess - Mirza Baba 1800-1801

"Two Lovers" - Mirza Baba 1800-1801
These two Paintings provide a glimpse behind the Persian woman's veil of seclusion.
They represent the Classical ideal of Persian Beauty: Moon-shaped face - joined eye brows - doe-like eyes and flower-bud mouths.
Their torsos are invitingly displayed openly or behind veiled tunics. Jackets and Trousers are Embroidered and made of Cashmere. and of course - they are covered with many Pearl Encrusted Adornments. Also always present are Fruit and Wine - Persian metaphors for fertility and divine Love.
THE BOOK:" Royal Persian Paintings - The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925"
Edited By Layla S. Diba, with Maryam Ekhtiar

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Birds of a Feather

"Woodsman with Woodpeckers" Tote - Mary Maki Rae - 2009 (c)
The Image of the Woodsman on the Tote above, is from one of my Original Acrylic Paintings.
I found it amazing how many different species of Woodpeckers there are living on this Planet-!
So many to Paint - All Inspiring-! Featured in this Painting is "The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker" - One of the World's "Rarest of Rare" (Believed to be extinct) and one of the largest (19-1/2").
Others include: The "Northwestern Flicker" and "The Northern Red-Headed Woodpecker".
We were visited recently by the "Pileated Woodpecker" - similar to the Ivory-Billed - and often mistaken for it.
This beautiful Black&white patterned bird and it's mate were exceedingly attracted to the Red Berries on our neighbor's tree - after a week or so - not a Berry was left-!
(for more info on these fine-feathered totes - see:Etsy.)

"Winter Dreams"Tote - Mary Maki Rae - 2009 (c)
This Image is also from one of my Original Acrylic Paintings (shown last Winter). Recently, I've added a Quail to this group of Birds - which include: Doves, Wood Thrushes, and Sparrows, among others. For more information - Please see: Etsy.

Art and "Alicia"Sculpture By Robert and Mary Maki Rae-2009 (c)
One of the Best Reference Books I've found for the Discovery and Identification of birds is:
"The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds - The Definitive Reference to Birds of the World"
Dr. Christopher M. Perrins
And of Course - A Field Guide to Western Birds - By roger Tory Peterson

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Timeless Indian Textiles

A Toran - from Western India - A traditional dowry textile - intricately embroidered or appliqued, often incorporating small mirrors.Traditionly brought by the Bride to her new home - to hang abovethe doorway to the main room of the house - containing symbols of Good Luck and a Welcoming device to Gods and People alike.
To brighten these past few Rainy Days - I've taken a break to Journey through this enchanting Book of the most extroidinary Textiles. Anyone who loves Embroidery, Applique, Quilting, or Beedwork - will treasure this Book. It's filled to capacity with a dazzling array of imaged textiles from every region of the Indian subcontinent.
The Authors place these fascinating domestic Arts in context by examining the cultural backgrounds - region by region - where communities and casts live side by side - at Peace - and expressing their differences through Color and their Textiles.

Bodice and Sleeves embroidered in Floss Silk on a woman's dress from North-eastern Baluchistan.

Embroidered Pashk - A smock-like dress belonging to a Baluchi woman; it has a characteristic pocket at the waist level.

Jumlo - a many godeted dress of the Shin people of Kohistan - Embellished with fine silk embroidery and buttons - edged along the cuffs with lead weights.

On the Cover of this Book: An Example of Mochi Embroidery - showing the detail of a Silk Bodice Sleeve Embroidered in Silk.
THE BOOK: "Indian Textiles" - By John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard
This Edition Published By Thames & Hudson Ltd. London-2008 - It's Great-Buy It-!