The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats

I went out to the hazel wood Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread; And when white moths were on the wing, And moth-like stars were flickering out, I dropped the berry in a stream And…


Plastic: the slow death

According to a new article at NPR, plastic-contaminated sea life has now been detected in the very deepest ocean trenches. From the article: The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human…


Aivazovsky seascapes – painting light

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 – 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter most well known for his seascapes, and atmospheric marine settings. Similar in many respects to the great master English landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner, Aivazovsky was a master of ‘painting atmosphere’ or ‘painting light’. A mystical, ethereal exaggeration of sunlight and…


Framing: the other lost art

Painting is the default creative art. There are arguably more important disciplines (practically), such as architecture, but painting and drawing are a root artistic compulsion. When we think of an artist we think of a painter. And as traditionalists we lament another craft all but lost to Modernism: framing.  Once considered almost as…


Traditional Art is real art

I am attempting a breach into the ‘Youtubes’ Consider this an initial foray, the next one will have a more specific topic. Exciting times.


Modernism, Globalists, Islam, are all out to destroy Western Art

What is Modernism? All of modern art, and thus modernism (which includes post-modernism, they are the same), is based upon the flimsy concept of being willfully bad, to prove ‘anything is art.’ Even now, it persists, when we have grown accustomed and actually expect our art galleries to be awful…


There is no longer a need for art education

There is no point in teaching art in the age of Modernism. Modernism, a philosophy of anti-art, has successfully supplanted and nearly destroyed all living traditional arts. Modernism requires no teaching because it has no discipline, and controls its own criticism. Sort of like punk rock without a staid establishment…


”Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide; The Forms remains, the Function never dies;” William Wordsworth (1770-1850)



“Now Ajax attacked the Trojans, killing Doryclus Priam’s illegitimate son, then with spear-thrusts struck down Pandocus, Lysander, Pyrasus and Pylartes. Like a mountain torrent, swollen by winter rain, that floods across the plain, bearing dead oaks and pines to the sea, so Ajax in his glory stormed tumultuously over the…


Mythological beings.

Plate XLIII. Winged creatures and other mythological beings. Theory and practice of design, and advanced text-book on decorative art. 1894.


Engraved strike plate

Look at this, that is the part of the door that nobody ever sees, beautifully engraved just in case someone might catch a glimpse from time to time. Something like this – ethereal commitment to craft – is utterly alien to a Modernist, who despises equally decoration, belief, and humility.


Spring, John La Farge

John La Farge (1835 – 1910) was an American painter, muralist, stained glass window maker, decorator, and writer.