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Color Combinations

April 16th, 2013

Daniel Pontius

This fragment jumped off the shelf at me when I looking for Fez Textiles in Paris this past June.  Probably Greek  late 18th to Early 19th C– a fabulous piece of inspiration- long and narrow with 3 odd but delightful patterns embroidered in silk and metallic threads on a homespun linen. Bellow are details of the embroidery.

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3 Objects For Your Enjoyment

April 10th, 2013

Daniel Pontius

If these images were books; and if I organized my books by color, they would be mixed on my shelf with: Wonders of Rome- Eternally Beautiful, Grey Cheeked Parakeets and Furnishing the Colonial and Federal House. And, if I had the job of naming paint colors, I would name them:  Lubinus Brown,  Melton Gold, and Brønderslev Blue.


I took this photo one morning in Paris. It is the remains of my coffee bowl. Tasseography is Fun!

This is a painting my boyfriend found  at Clignancourt.  It is nice to have a photo and not another painting. It is nice to have a photo and not another painting–an affirmation for the horder. You can switch out painting for anything else.


A favorite stain glass window, in the crypt at Chartres.




October 17th, 2012

Daniel Pontius

When in Paris this summer, we took a day trip to Chartres. The cathedral is having a clean up– restoration and painting to emulate that of the 13th century polychromy.  It was a bit of a shock to see it. The contrast between light and dark new and old. One does find a sense of reverence there. For me, it is for the craftsmen working now and then those of the past that built it. Many of whom would have worked on it their entire lives.

Clouds — Paris

August 21st, 2012

Daniel Pontius

Clouds and moon like the Rococo in June — after dinner at the  Marché des Enfants Rouge –a favorite.

Museum of Toile de Jouy

August 15th, 2012

Daniel Pontius

The term Toile de Jouy is used, I was told by a  textile dealer at Clignancourt, to describe all toiles of this type regardless of the location of the factory production– like Nantes–as in toile de Nantes. From Paris, I took the train to Jouy-en-Josas where the Oberkampf  factory was set up in the 1750’s to print their cotton fabrics. When I arrived, it was just me at the Museum of Toile de Jouy and when I left there were a couple of  ladies. The museum has a wonderful archive of toile de jouy– a few you can see below.

27 rue de Fleurus

July 28th, 2012

Daniel Pontius

Finally, I made it to see Gertrude and Alice’s building at 27 rue de Fleurus. One rainy morning I jogged from the Marais to the apartment–and took some photos.  It being garbage day made it all feel a bit unremarkable, so I went on and ran through the Luxembourg Gardens imaging Gertrude stomping thru in her sandals and brown corduroy with her dog, Basket.

I can’t get enough of all the beautiful shades of yellow flowers.