Birthday Collections


It's my birthday this Sunday and I feel like sharing some lovely bits and pieces in honour of my birthday, starting with a few of my favourite images from my Pinterest boards. I adore the painting above by Jakob Alt, because sometimes I think all I'd like in life is a window with a view, a table, desk and the luxury of time and fresh paper before me.

A few of my other favourite images include ...


Society of Artists' Selection Committee, Sydney, 1907/photographer Henry King

An artists' meeting on the floor you say? Why, yes please.


A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid on October 8, 1940, reading a book titled "The History of London."

There are so many things that are touching about this image, I find myself continually returning to it.


A French resistance fighter being arrested in France, July 1944.

I have such an intense emotional reaction to this photo, and I keep following the French resistance fighter's downward gaze.


James Dean

A stripe top, an open book, a glass of milk, a pensive gaze. Just about the perfect image.


Film still from Into the Wild

This moment always gets me.


Jane Eyre Print

I'd love to hang this print on my wall. I really like the way the artist has captured the landscape elements within the depiction of Jane and Rochester - it seems to evoke the moody atmosphere of the moors, as described in the novel.


W. B. Yeats by John Singer Sargent, 1908.

Who's a handsome fellow then?

sketch by me

And speaking of sketches, I re-discovered these sketches I did in high school while cleaning up my folders this week. I had a slight obsession with the Pre-Raphaelite artists when I was in high school, and I used to spend hours sketching their paintings. Looking at these sketches makes me want to go sit in the sun and draw for a while.

sketch by me

sketch by me

sketch by me


My good friend Marina, who runs the fabulous blog Shake & tumble, sent me the link to this hilarious blog called My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. Needless to say, I love everything about this blog, including the captions for some of the images. My favourite one so far is the caption for the above portrait of Fridtjof Nansen: 'This Norwegian explorer, scientist, and Nobel laureate would like to discover the hidden frontiers of your soul.' A caption worthy of that fine brooding gaze and icy blonde moustache.

note from a lovely blog reader

I've received a few early birthday presents in the mail, one of which is from a lovely blog reader of mine, Odessa, who sent me a package full of goodies. Thank you so much Odessa, you're so sweet! I think the nicest thing about the present though is the note she sent me.

mervyn peake

I received many, many books. People obviously know me all too well. One of the most fascinating books I received is called The Art of Gormenghast. I'm mesmerised by this photo of Mervyn Peake, which was taken in 1945 when he worked as a war artist.


I also bought myself a little present from one of my favourite etsy stores, Elephantine, run by Rachel. I could happily buy everything in this little shop. These gorgeous earrings are just too pretty (photo by Rachel).

Before I leave ...

: : A few articles on Desktop written by me that you may have missed.

: : My latest guest post on Leeloo.

: : I answered some more quick questions on The Iceberg, and read Anabela's own great interview.

: : And have you heard? They're making Jack Kerouac's On the Road into a film. I heard about this a while ago, and I can't wait to see it.

Have a great rest of the week and wonderful weekend. I'm taking a very small birthday blogging break till Tuesday.