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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review Part 2

Today I am doing part 2 of a post I did a week ago.  If you missed the post and would like to see it click here.  As I wrote last week, I found this book at the flea market and it is still available on Alibris.com and Amazon in used form of course since it was published in 1999.  I have to say I am sure I have seen this artist's work before and obviously appreciated this man's talent, but after seeing this collection of his work, I think I am going to become obsessed.  He designed a line of plates in black and white that I must get my hands on.  I love beautiful china and toiles are at the top of my list.  Oh, I almost forgot.  The incredible artist is Graham Rush and the title of the Book is Decorative Designs.  Last week I shared some of his neutrals and sepia tones, and this week I am sharing some of his colored works.  As I stated before, my photography does not do his work justice.  I am merely sharing this man's wonderful talent with you in case you are not familiar with his work.

Cover of the book

Pumpkin from page 110

Commissioned by Halcyon Days for an enamel box from page 90

Colorful still life from page 80

Study of a nightingale from page 41

Study of a red and yellow "parrot tulip"  from page 12

I just did a tablescape with this very flower.  Yummy!

Magic cabbage from page 158

Bookplate showing view of Suffolk Village from page 141

Sketch of the artist's French Bulldog Stella from page 103

Stella with color added from page 100

Scene from Cinderella from page 113

I'm partying at...

Mondays          The House in the Roses       Le Chateau des Fleurs        The Graphics Fairy
                                      Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage   
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants        Faded Charm Cottage            
                                     Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Tablescape Thursday   Delightfully Inspiring Thursdays
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           It's Overflowing


NanaDiana said...

Maggie- That is just amazing imagery. I can't believe the talent contained in those pages. xo Diana

Patty said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful pages.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely illustrations! Thanks for sharing them! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a find that was. Goodness the pictures are almost 3D. I swear that bee tried to sting me!


srpprcrftr said...

Can sure see why you were enchanted with this artists work. Beautiful. Lucky you finding that book. You either like that kind of style or you don't at all it seems.

Nothing But Blue Skies... said...

Oh my gosh! I can see exactly why you are obsessed! These are truly amazing! That cabbage leaf was incredible, and I love Stella the dog, and the Sufolk village, and the...ok, everything minus the lobter!! (They freak me out!)

Lovely!! Thanks for the review and the images!

Karina Russell said...

Thanks for showing this book to us. I'm always on the lookout for great art books.

sparklegem said...

What a beautiful book. I love the illustrations!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Amazing work! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Knick of Time.