I consider myself an accidental writer. Having worked in the interior design industry for twenty-five years selling and marketing the esoteric and exquisite, I have seen it all change in the last few years. Now that much of what was special has been replaced by cartoonish mediocrity, I have turned to writing about what I still find unique about interior design. Please view a selection of my writings on my new website, www.kendraboutellwriter.com.
31 July 2011
27 July 2011
Thank you Coco from My Galician Garden, mygaliciangarden.blogspot.com for nominating Porcelains and Peacocks to The Versatile Blogger Award. Rather than follow the rules of the award I will use this post to honor the culture of Galicia, Spain.
Located to the north of Portugal, the Galician language is descended from the Romance language Galician-Portuguese of the Middle Ages. From the twelfth to fourteenth centuries Galician-Portuguese was used to write the lyric poetry of Spain and Portugal. The Cantigas de Santa Maria were manuscripts written in Galician-Portuguese during the rein of Alonso X of Castile (1221-1264). The songs all mention the Virgin Mary and some are accompanied by colored miniatures showing musicians playing a wide variety of instruments. The language was also utilized for the Cantiga d'amigo, medieval erotic love poetry. Love is the theme of Galician painter's Xesús Rodríguez Corredoira (1889-1939) Love and its Pain which was influenced by the work of El Greco. A sixteenth century illustration of the coat of arms of the Galicia kingdom depicts a covered chalice on an azure field scattered with gold crosses.
21 July 2011
"The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Dorian. That is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness."
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Porcelains and Peacocks has been remiss about postings lately and perhaps it had been due to a case of ennui. In the Russian fairy tale The Princess Who Never Smiled the subject of the story is so melancholy that she has never laughed. Her father the King offers her hand in marriage as a reward to the man who can amuse her. Those that fail have their skin stripped from their backs and salt rubbed into their wounds. Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926) shows The Unsmiling Tsarevna suffering the attentions of fortune seekers. Venetian painter Federico Zandomenegh (1841-1917) was influenced by his friendship with Edgar Degas concentrated on depicting women as seen in his pensive painting Languor. Regarded as one of Australia's greatest artists, Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) worked in many mediums. His voluptuous nudes such as the oil painting Languor were controversial at the time; in 1940 sixteen crates of his work were impounded by American officials and burned as pornography.