Monday, April 12, 2021

Roman Vlasov, Russia-based Architectural Designer

Concept 477

Roman Vlasov works as one part of a team representing people from different nationalities specializing in different portions of architectural discipline. 

Project 703

The team, Archivizual, adapts different construction systems and their variants to the specific location of the finished project.

Concept 247

Putin house or a story about what his villa might look like” takes place in Vlasov’s vision on a single level supported by massive columns extending into the forest in minimal white with a free façade creating a somewhat villainous hideout representing excess while the pillars minimize the footprint it leaves on nature.

Putin's House?

Vlasov's talents range from architectural projects, executive projects, interior design, and landscaping.

Lobby Space

These fascinating designs bring a completely new concept to the idea of building your next home or office.

Concept 709

Concept 47

Visit the links below to see the many amazing architectural
concepts by Roman Vlasov.


All images used with courtesy of the designer, Roman Vlasov.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Elliott of London Sculptures

Bronze Horse Head Sculpture

Using blacksmithing methods dating back to the 1920’s and a power hammer, Charles Elliott established Elliott of London in 2016 in Buckinghamshire.

Galvanized Peacock Sculpture

Elliot of London specializes in the creation of luxury handcrafted sculpture, garden art, lighting, homeware, and furniture in many different sizes.

Facing Fears Sculpture

All sculptures are designed by Elliott and his team and can be made from a variety of materials, including bronze, mild steel, stainless steel, plate steel shapes, and completed with a range of unique finishes.

Heartfelt Running Girl Sculpture
Recent Commission

Love with the Mind” was created in bright steel with lead features and unveiled at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018. The design’s creation was based on a quote by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream which explores the values of love.

Love with the Mind Sculpture 

“Love with the Mind” resulted in Elliot becoming an award-winning RH Chelsea Flower Show medalist.

Roe Deer Sculpture

Sculptures are on currently on display at the Royal Ascot Racecourse, Hatfield House, Royal Chelsea Hospital, Bolesworth Castle, Hickstead Showground, Kings Road Chelsea, Hampden Estate, and Ashridge Estate. Elliott of London is recognized both nationally and internationally.

Trio of Spheres

Sculpture for the Home

Visit the links below to see more sculptures by Elliott of London.





Photos used with permission of the artist.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Henrietta Berk, Artist (1919 - 1990)

Portrait in Red

Henrietta Berk, the daughter of a seamstress, is known for paintings mostly done in oil on canvas resulting in amazing bright and bold colors.

Yellow Still Life

Born in Wichita, Kansas, different sources report that Berk moved to San Francisco with her family at a young age, while others state that she moved to the Bay Area during the 1950's. Berk studied at both San Francisco State College and the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland.

Point of View

Berk's still-life paintings became a part of the Bay Area Figurative Movement which encompassed a group of artists in the San Francisco Bay area who rejected the dominant style of impressionism to favor the figure painting in the 1950's and 1960's. Berk was associated with the Bridge Generation which was one of three groups at that time - the First Generation, the Bridge Generation, and the Second Generation. As the Bay Area artists reintroduced human figures into these works, Henrietta followed this trend with her paintings. 

The Musician

A painting of hers which was featured in the movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," resides in the U.S. Embassy in Peru.


Berk will always be remembered in San Francisco for riding through Jack London Square dressed in a body stocking and several wigs, "to cover the entire situation," as she put it, for a publicity stunt posing as Lady Godiva in 1972 to raise money for the Oakland Symphony.


Later in life, Berk suffered with blindness as a result of diabetes. Henrietta Berk was born in Wichita, Kansas on January 9, 1919, and died in Oakland, California on January 15, 1990.

Visit the links below to enjoy more

of Henrietta Berk's stunning paintings.




Daily Art Magazine


Fine Art Conservation Lab

Henrietta Berk Research Project, The




Photos used with permission of 

The Henrietta Berk Research Project





Friday, January 15, 2021

Douglas Stratton, Photographer


The Bahamas

Photography by Douglas Stratton is a true creation of scenes from more than twenty countries which brings to life the surroundings of areas from California to New York City and the streets of London to Argentina and Chile.

Three Little Birds

My passion for Photography stems from a deep desire to capture the world around me and depict it the way it is seen by the human eye.”

Reflection Eternal

Capturing multiple levels of light in each photo, Stratton strengthens the range of light lost by the camera which the eye would be able to see.

Bimini Shipwreck

Douglas Stratton was born in Ocean City, New Jersey and studied at both the College of Charleston in South Carolina and the Art Institute of Atlanta.

Værøya's Mount Mostadfjell

Having walked where this next photo was taken, Stratton's photo provides me with a beautiful reminder of one of the many splendid regions Colorado has to offer.

Aspens on Fire
Maroon Bells, Colorado

Visit the links below to view the world of beauty Stratton’s

incredible photography brings into our lives.






Photos used with permission of the artist.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

I Think Her Name is Geneva - The Bracken®


The latest puzzler from The Bracken simply gives us clues to the name of one of their latest mysterious, enchanting creations.

genetics + vapour = ?

or maybe

4 + 2 = ?

My guess is Geneva.

Visit my previous post, The Bracken®, Much More Than Just A Dollto see more of these amazing mystical, magical dolls..



Photos used with permission of the artist.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Friday the 13th As Darkness Falls


Friday the 13th has always brought me days of luck and the same has happened with the number 13; however, many do not like this day, do not like rooms with the number 13 in them, some elevators to not access a 13th floor, and the list continues.

As darkness falls on Friday the 13th, visit the link shared from the History Channel to discover this day's history and why so many believe it to be unlucky.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Plague Doctors' Masks by Tykhon Verygyn

Plague Doctors' Mask with Hood

Tykhon Verygyn is a self-taught leather artist whose work is all handmade without the use of any machines. 

Plague Doctors' Mask

While not a medical mask, these amazing doctor's masks are perfect for Halloween, steampunk, cosplay, or theater. 

Plague Doctors' Mask

Thick, soft vegetable tanned leather is used and hand stitched with waxed thread. Buckles allow for size adjustment.

Steampunk Leather Mask

Watch for a future post featuring Verygyn's incredible leather journals which can be viewed in his shop on Etsy.

Leather Face Mask

Visit the links listed in the sources below to see more

leatherwork by Verygyn.

History:  During the 17th and 18th centuries, plague doctors believed that the poisoned air they might breath could be fumigated through the use of sweet and pungent perfumes to protect the smeller. Physicians prescribed what was believed to be protective concoctions and plague antidotes. The beak-shaped masks were filled with perfume and herbs. Masks were filled with a combination of 55 herbs and other components such as viper flesh powder, cinnamon, myrrh, and honey, known as theriac, believing that the shape of the mask would allow enough time for the air to be suffused by the protective herbs before hitting the nostrils and lungs.

Sadly enough, until the rise of germ theory of disease, plague doctors were unaware that transmission comes from contact with contaminated fluid or tissue and inhalation of infectious droplets from sneezing and coughing and that wearing a mask filled with herbs having holes near the nostrils did not protect from the plague.





National Geographic (more history)

Photos used with permission of the artist.