Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Card ~ 2008

Colored Pencil and ink on Paper
23" x 14-1/2" Private Collection
Cover Drawing for The New Yorker ~ Nov 29 1976

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Winters Day

Tortoise Hall ~
under construction
Northeastern Pennsylvania

Sunday, December 21, 2008

" BLIMEY ! ~ It's Christmas "

That's a picture of me on the table...She keeps it with Her always, or is that Chuck.

A Legend of Tinsel ~ Click for Tortoise Orchard Webstore

The addition of tinsel as decoration comes from a legend about a poor old woman who was unable to provide decorations for her children's Christmas tree. During the night, spiders lodged in the tree and covered it with their webs. The Christ Child, seeing this, realized that the woman would be sad to see her surprise spoiled. He turned the spider webs into silver, and the next morning the poor family was dazzled by the brilliant "tinsel" that shone on the tree.

Tinsel was invented in Germany around 1610. At that time real silver was used, and machines were invented which pulled the silver out into the wafer thin strips. Though it was durable, it tarnished easily, so some attempt was made to make tinsel with lead and tin. This proved too heavy and breakable, so silver was actually used until the mid 20th century. Today, the tinsel we use is made generally of plastic.
However, you can order a stunning Re-Creation of the original Lead Tinsel made of Pewter from Tortoise Orchard Holidays.
(Click Title of this post for direct Link)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My New York ~ Downtown Manhattan

Charles Lane and Washington Street

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Movie Classics ~ Elephant Walk 1954

Director ~ William Dieterle

Elizabeth Taylor
Peter Finch
Dana Andrews