Isn't it Amazing, the way one thing leads to another?
I've been on snowy voyages of delight today, finding already-beloved, and new-to-me, artists along the way; gasping at gorgeousness, and marveling at the interwoven-ness of threads of attraction.
Stamps. Postage stamps.
Who would have guessed that stamps would be my new portal of joyous discovery?
I've always liked the occasional stamp; the little worlds that they are, the miniature sweetness and beauty, the multiples, the artistry therein. And while I've kept some faves for years (like these treasures) .... I always stuck 'stamp collectors' in the archetypal anorak folder and hastily moved along.
(Some day I may speak more of when I worked in a 'prestigious' Bond Street stamp auction house, where the things sold for multi-thousands, while I got in trouble for wearing fluorescent pink ankle socks. In an office where no-one saw me anyways. It was a few decades ago. Things were different then, trust me. I could not have had less interest - or been more out-of-place - in that strange dusty phantom-commerce world of watermarks, misprints and adhesions.)
Today I've shifted paradigms, moved goalposts, jumped right in, and bought copious quantities of stamps. Flowers and Birds. Thematics. Little worlds to play with - probably not quite in classic philatelist style. We'll see.
Post-purchase was when the voyage of discovery picked up, though.
I found that snowflake pics, of the very sort I have recently been adoring, are on U.S. stamps this winter.
Then I found a wonder-full Canadian stamp archive, which has great notes..... (anoraks on....) which lead to discovering fantastic new-to-me artists and galleries. (Via a 'snow' keyword search there. Wonderful instant gallery!)
Jean-Paul Riopelle, for instance, who made these paintings.
And Tim Zeltner, who made the sleigh stamp at the top of this post.
I particularly like his Angel. I particularly like a lot of his lovely creations, really. See the later snowies in that portfolio line if you visit there.
This wasn't the winter-treasures post I've been promising - but it is a roll in the right direction.
I'll bring more Inuit treasures I've found, here soon. AndAndAnd....
There is always more.
In another glorious waft of synchronicity, after yesterdays Heart post, the postman brought me a book that was two months in orbit. The supplier had given up, given me a refund and their blessing if it should ever arrive.
So, Mercury Retro coughed up nicely for me.
The book - The Heart Aroused.
(Most of these pics will click bigger. And are juicier, larger.)
ps - as in pure spooky, or maybe poetic synchronicity - the 68p stamp in the Andy Goldsworthy ('these treasures') link arrived, as cool as you like, in the post, on a parcel, this morning.
I have had the 1st and 2nd class ones, visibly around, since they were published, (three years ago) but I hadn't seen the 68p one, till today. I didn't immediately recognise it as part of that series - though I did clock it as an Interesting Stamp.
I like that strange magic.
Like I said - the inter-woven-ness of threads of attraction is something to Marvel at, sometimes...