10 Pieces of Wall Art Perfect For Your Neutral Space

March 23, 2017 § 1 Comment

 Watercolor Print from Roks’ Gallery

Lithograph from Gardner and Beth

Abstract Head Painting from Boriana M. 

Pink, Yellow, and Blue Abstract Print from Inspiration Abstracts

Herbarium Print Set from Floral Collage

Bull Island Bench Print from Dublin Birdy

Forest Ferns Linocut from Coffee In Bed

Colorful Cactus Print from Very Sarie

Monstera Plant Print from Nautical Nell

Red Lips and Blue Hair Print from Fashion Parasite

Artists’ Books on Etsy

February 2, 2017 § 2 Comments

Here at the Frick Fine Arts Library we pride ourselves on our artists’ books collection. For those of you who may not know what an artist book is, be my guest in explaining them! Each one is unique, sometimes made in editions like prints, sometimes “printed” by a press, other times not, cataloged in the library like books with a call number, often displayed in museums as art objects behind glass – each one may look, feel, or even sound different from the next (queue Keith Smith’s string book).

A few brave and creative souls have started selling their artists’ books on Etsy. I found these recently and thought I’d share!




Butterflies from TheMuseumShelves




Night from SignOfTheLadybug




Nachtmahr Box from buechertiger




Miniature Black Artist Book from PegandAwl




Book of Nonexistent Animals from HandmadeBook


December 8, 2016 § Leave a comment


From Roks’ Gallery on Etsy


Today: Take a Moment to Just Breathe

November 9, 2016 § 2 Comments


From the Shelly Sells Lemonade Etsy Shop


From the Nessa Ryan Design Etsy Shop


From the Luciana Frigerio Etsy Shop


 From the Ma Cherie Art Designs Etsy Shop

breathe5 From the Sarah Lord Papercuts Etsy Shop

breathe6 Tattoos from the Silver Tree Art Etsy Shop

Fantastic & Terrifying Beasts

October 13, 2016 § Leave a comment


A Manticore devouring a human leg, also depicted with a hat that may or may not identify the beast as Jewish.

Beasts and monsters like the one you see above were often depicted in medieval manuscripts, mapslike the Hereford Mappa Mundi—and even cathedral sculptures. The most prominent amount of these depictions can be found in medieval bestiaries, which we could say were a more romantic and moralized version of a modern-day encyclopedia of animals with pictures included. Although depicted alongside “real” animals, monsters and other fantastic beasts were often placed in their own category called the Monstrous Races, which were said to live on the periphery of the world in places beyond the known seas and in places such as Africa and the Middle East.   


A gryphon being attacked by its enemy, a horse.

Often the beasts that were included in bestiaries were real-life animals, even if they didn’t always look like the real thing—but what can we say, monks didn’t get out much, and elephants were hard to come by in medieval Europe. At best you would hear a garbled description of an exotic animal from some adventurous traveler, or find some mention or illustration of one in an older text and then copy it. Fantastic and terrifying beasts often accompanied the real animals, with lines of text that would guide a reader to become more knowledgeable about these creatures, especially in spiritual or moral ways, and often in as much detail as the real animals. 


The Scitalis (on top), which is a multicolored dragon that is even hot in the winter. On the bottom is a Amphisbaena, a monster that has another head at the end of its tail.


Our library has a beautiful facsimile of Manuscript Bodley 764, our specific facsimile being called the Book of Beasts, from which these images come, and is often referred to as one of the most beautiful surviving copies of a bestiary. Other strange and fantastic beasts that can be found among its pages include the phoenix, sirens, satyrs, sphinxes, bonnacons—which “emits a smell from its rear end so terrible that it poisons three fields” (11), unicorns, eales, paranders, the charadrius, and more. 


July 30, 2016 § Leave a comment





Doodles from D Is For Doodle


New Watercolors in the Shop

March 2, 2016 § Leave a comment


I’ve slowly been getting back into painting, but as soon as April hits I’ll have to start making some new things at a faster pace. I’m planning on selling some work at the coffee shop down the street, hopefully it works out!


I’ve been really inspired to paint animals and things from nature lately (well, always), but especially lately because it’s winter here in the city and things can get pretty bleak in Pittsburgh. Can’t wait for spring and summer!


Check out my Etsy shop for prints and more work!

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