Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Milan Monday (31)...ahem...on Tuesday: more lions!

Not only does time seem to go faster and faster, but there's more and more work (which is not necessarily a bad thing, these days!). So, on Tuesday (ahem), here is the most recent Milan Monday...More......

...a delightful snarling winged lion from the back of Milan's Stazione Centrale (central train station).

If you want to know more about the photo and the building, see my blog on Milan: http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com.

I turned one of my photos into a StitchPainter diagram for you, then into a BMP to put online, for your personal, non-commercial stitching pleasure.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Photoless Friday (15): more Owen Jones

What wonderful design advice for harmonious fulfilling designs. Here's another nugget from Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament":

PROPOSITION 12: All junctions of curved lines with curved or of curved lines with straight should be tangential to each other. Natural law. Oriental practice in accordance with it. [Jones’ cursive]

Monday, May 16, 2011

Milan Monday (30): a geometric grill in Viale Majno

Milan Monday, again, already. This time, a geometric grill in Viale Majno.

For further information about the image I snapped, then turned first into a StitchPainter diagram, then a BMP image for your personal, non-commercial use, see my blog on Milan: My Milan (Italy), http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-lovely-grillwork-this-time.html.

Happy Monday!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Photoless Friday 14: More Owen Jones

"PROPOSITION 11: In surface decoration all lines should flow out of a parent stem. Every ornament, however distant, should be traced to its branch and root. Oriental practice." [The cursive is Jones’.]

Monday, May 9, 2011

Milan Monday (29): Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle, such a beautiful plant. Full, green, lush bush with small, delicate, trumpet-shaped, white flowers with a pale yellow throat and a heavenly perfume, so here's one of my photos taken around town, and imported into StitchPainter and transformed into a bmp image for your personal non-commercial use.

Remember, too, that the grid makes the colors look darker than they are.

If you'd like to know more about the plant and the picture, see my blog on Milan, My Milan (Italy): http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/05/honeysuckle.html.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day (and Happy Birthday, Mom!)

I designed this "F," the first initial of my mother's first name, and executed the design so many years ago that I didn't have StitchPainter, yet, or I'd share the design with you, too.

Interested in some funny and not so funny advice from moms?

Take a peek at my blog on Milan: http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/05/happy-mothers-day-and-some-good-advice.html.

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there (and Happy Birthday to my mom, too!)!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Photoless Friday (13): More Owen Jones, Proposition 10

Love that Owen Jones. For this Photoless Friday, here's his

PROPOSITION 10: Harmony of form consists in the proper balancing and contrast of the straight, the inclined, and the curved.

The origin of his principles in nature are so evident, here.

Often I see what I consider successful design, I see his ideas of harmony and balance.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Milan Monday (28): Milanese Art Nouveau for a beautiful cushion

Milan Monday, again, already. Just doesn't seem possible.

Here's a gorgeous and fascinating example of the two kinds of Art Nouveau (fluid and based on vegetal forms coming from the French tradition vs. geometric coming from the Viennese tradition) found in Milan.

It should make a gorgeous cushion.

If you want to know more about the original, which I photographed, then turned into a StitchPainter diagram, then transformed into a BMP for your personal non-commercial use, see my blog on Milan, My Milan (Italy): http://mymilanitaly.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-milanese-liberty-art-nouveau.html#0.
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