Chanel No. 5 +Warhol+Marilyn Monroe

When Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore to bed at night, her reply was

“Two drops of Chanel No. 5”



Chanel No. 5 is a classic perfume that has been around for almost a century. The fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, launched this unique perfume in 1921 in Paris. The perfume was named after her lucky number, which was five. It was the first designer perfume, and the most famous of all perfumes by Coco Chanel.


Chanel No. 5.

It has been said that the artist, Andy Warhol, gave Chanel No. 5 a new breath of fresh air with packaging that he designed for Chanel’s 75th Anniversary. Warhol’s contract stated that he would only design the packaging for Coco Chanel’s perfume if the original elegant square shape of the  bottle remained unchanged throughout time. The perfume’s square shaped bottle had a modernity about it, unique to its time of release, with black and white as key elements.

To this day, Chanel No. 5  has the same square shape, never to be updated to anything other.  The famous packaging that Warhol designed helped the sales of the perfume by being bought by many of his celebrity friends that he partied with at his famous New York  studio, The Factory.

The main components of the Chanel No. 5 are four flowers: rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and sandlewood, with jasmine being the most important ingredient.










 Shane Bowden, BFA, MFA, AIPP

The artist Shane Bowden was born in Brisbane, Australia  on March 7, 1974.  Mr. Bowden now works in Honolulu, Hawaii, his gallery is called LeBlank . Mr Bowden has been called Andy Warhol on steroids. His Chanel No.5 series are original hand pulled silkscreens on canvas.

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Louis vs Coco

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Shangri-La ~ Doris Duke an American heiress


Shangri-La: A distant and secluded hideaway, usually of great beauty and peacefulness.

At the young age of 12, Doris Duke became the richest girl in the world when her father, James Buchanan Duke magnate behind a tobacoo and energy empire and benefactor of Duke University, died. In 1935, returning from a honeymoon through the Islamic world, Doris Duke stopped over in Hawaii and fell in love with the people, the climate, surfing and the Hawaiian way of life. She was captivated by the beauty, the weather and the privacy Hawaii offered her from the public eye and the New York social scene.

Shangri La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and legendary tobacco heiress Doris Duke (1912–1993) had found hers in Hawaii, so she built a home there, and named it Shangri La, after the fictitious place in James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon.


Doris Duke’s Shangri La mansion is near Diamond Head just outside Honolulu is now owned by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

She was also a major collector of Islamic art, assembling a collection of more than 2,500 pieces and exhibiting it throughout her Honolulu home Shangri La—a sustained effort of nearly 60 years.

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Doris Duke at Shangri La in 1966, photographed by Horst for Vogue.


“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”~John F. Kennedy


“Two Bicycles” art by eileen tomson

Kids on the Block/Stars Foundation is a non profit organization using puppetry and other teaching tools to promote understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences.  Stars exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. My contribution to the charity auction, “Chairish the Kids” was a tricycle that I painted and designed like a garden.


The 13th annual Chair-ish the Kids Art Auction benefit features a live auction of one-of-a-kind chairs and chair-themed artwork, and a silent auction of additional artwork, gift packages and more. Proceeds support STARS Nashville program, Kids on the Block, which, through the use of puppets, educates students in Middle Tennessee about health and social concerns that affect their lives.

courtesy pressed word bicylces

courtesy pressed word photo

A Voice out of History “Keep Calm and Carry On”


I think it is rather curious how a phrase gathers momentum and becomes popular. One of these sayings is, “Keep Calm Carry On”. It would not be surprising to hear this from a chap in England, but how does this line, “carry on” across the country and become a critical mass?  The original origin of  “Keep Calm and Carry On”  was the third British propaganda poster commissioned by the British Government in 1939 during World War Two, the first two designs looked like this:


The Original British Government Posters

They used the crown of King George IV as the only graphic device and only two colors. The final designs were to be uniform in style and used a Special & Handsome typeface making it difficult for the enemy to conterfit. The third poster was never officially used, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, was held in reserve and only to be used in crisis or invasion, and remained unseen by the public .

The poster was discovered 50 years later in a second hand bookstore called Barter Books Ltd, in Northumberland, England. Opened in 1991 by Mary and Stuart Madley. The  bookstore was originally an old Victorian railway station. It was in the year 2000, that Stuart found the poster in a pair of dusty old books sold at auction. Mary liked it so much she had it framed and sold copies in their store.

“The design has become simple and timeless and commonly recognizable. Like a voice out of history, it inspires confidence in others during difficult times.”

This post is dedicated to my father, John Tomson, who served in the Royal Air Corp as a pilot during World War I and II, in London England.



“America is the country of the art of the future” ~ Marcel Duchamp 1915

In honor of Fourth of July coming up, we honor America. The above quote from the artist Marcel Duchamp, was written in 1915, almost 100 years ago! I love ART stamps. When they came out with a Warhol stamp awhile back, I bought 1/2 a sheet and framed it.


If you like stamps like me, you are going to want to get to your local post office and buy the latest, “Modern Art in America, 1911-1931” Forever stamps. The stamp sheet also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist. Art director Derry Noyes worked on the stamp sheet with designer Margaret Bauer.

These stamps are being issued in sheets of 12 Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Issue date is March 7, 2012 ~ and of course the stamps are made in USA.



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                           charles demuth ‘figure 5 in gold” 1929                                               


marsden hartley (1877-1943)


john marin 1932


arthur dove  fog horns 1929

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stuart davis (1892-1964)


joseph stella old brooklyn bridge 1946


georgia o’keeffe black mesa


gerald murphy  razor 1929


marcel duchamp (1887-1968)


Charles Sheeler american landscape 1930

  • Stuart Davis’s vibrant depictions of contemporary commercial objects made him an important precursor of the later Pop artists. His oil-on-canvas painting, House and Street (1931), presents two views of a street in New York, forcing the viewer to be in two places at once.
  • Charles Demuth, a leading watercolorist of his era, created his “poster portraits” of friends such as the poet William Carlos Williams, the subject of the work I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), in oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard.
  • Aaron Douglas was the most important visual artist to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. The gouache-on-paper painting, The Prodigal Son (1927), was created in a modernist style that has been described as “Afro-Cubism.”
  • Arthur Dove was one of modern art’s earliest abstract painters and was probably the first American artist to paint a totally abstract canvas. Dove was interested in attempting to duplicate sound as colors and shapes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Fog Horns (1929), suggests the peal of foghorns at sea.
  • Marcel Duchamp, an important forerunner of the Pop art and conceptual art movements, outraged and disturbed many viewers by irreverently flouting artistic convention. His oil-on-canvas painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2(1912), was the most talked-about work at the Armory Show of 1913.
  • Marsden Hartley was one of America’s greatest modernist painters. His oil-on-canvas work, Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), is an abstract composite portrait of Karl von Freyburg, a young German officer who was killed in World War I.
  • John Marin was the preeminent watercolorist of his era. He transformed the medium by experimenting with abstraction, such as in his watercolor-on-paper painting, Sunset, Maine Coast (1919).
  • Gerald Murphy produced only about a dozen works in less than ten years as a practicing artist, yet today he is recognized as a significant painter whose work prefigured the Pop art of the 1960s. The oil-on-canvas painting, Razor (1924), typifies Murphy’s work in its detailed depiction of commonplace objects.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the foremost painters of the 20th century. Widely known for her close-up flower paintings, O’Keeffe also famously painted urban and desert landscapes, including this oil-on-canvas painting, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II (1930).
  • Man Ray was associated with some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century—chief among them Dadaism and Surrealism—and is best known for his photography. His gelatin-silver print, Noire et Blanche (1926), is from a series of photographs juxtaposing a woman’s face with a Baule mask (or a replica) from West Africa.
  • Charles Sheeler explored the balance between abstraction and realism in his photographs and paintings, which often depicted aspects of the mechanized modern world. By titling this oil-on-canvas painting American Landscape (1930), Sheeler explored the relationship between rural traditions and his modern subject matter.
  • Joseph Stella, America’s first Futurist painter, is remembered for his multiple images of the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Brooklyn Bridge (1919-1920) has been read as a comment on the tension between technological achievement and the spiritual dimension implicit in any human endeavor.

“A proper tea is much nicer than a very nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.”~A.A. Milne


“Teapot”  art by eileen tomson

Architect, Michael Graves designed the Alessi tea kettle in 1985. This Alessi designed tea kettle has sold more units than any other item in Alessi history. It is also one of the most sought after whistling kettles in the world. This water kettle is often miss-called the Michael Graves tea pot. Alessi introduced the actual Michael Graves teapot in 2005 to accompany the bird whistling kettle. Both the Graves teapot and the original 9093 kettle are 18/10 stainless steel kettles. The Alessi bird kettle has a personality, with its simple geometry. The dots on the bottom are to signify heat as the kettle is placed on the stove top. The shape of the grooved handle is blue to signify it is cool to touch. And , best of all- the bird whistles. Michael Graves designed the whistling bird large enough to take off when it is cool if desired. The 9093 was designed to blow water faster than any other stove top kettle on the market. This was accomplished by giving the water kettle a broad base that fits on the stove top. The Graves kettle then narrows towards the top creating a very efficient kettle.


Teapot designed by Michael Graves



“Black Tea Trinket” Laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron


“Orange Tea” by nicole maron


“Newspaper Tea”  by nicole maron


“Passion Fruit Tea” laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron


“Teatime” Embroidery by Nicole Maron

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a paperboard or wood. The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.

The plate can be intaglio-inked, inked with a roller or paintbrush, or some combination. Ink or pigment is applied to the resulting collage, and the board is used to print onto paper or another material using either a printing press or various hand tools. The resulting print is termed a collagraph.

Collagraphy is a very open printmaking method. Ink may be applied to the upper surfaces of the plate with a brayer for a relief print, or ink may be applied to the entire board and then removed from the upper surfaces but remain in the spaces between objects, resulting in an intaglio print. A combination of both intaglio and relief methods may also be used.

Nicole Maron will be attending her senior year at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in the Fall. Nicole is a very talented artist and will graduate with an Art degree with an emphasis in printmaking, and just happens to be my sweet talented daughter.




Teapot art by Joana Vasconcelos, Versailles, Paris

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist. She was born in Paris in 1971 and now lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.


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A Proper Cup of Tea

  • Bring water to a boil in a teakettle.
  • Warm a teapot. Fill the pot with boiling water and allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Drain the water from the pot.
  • Place one tablespoon of tea per cup of water into the pot plus one extra tablespoon.
  • Fill the pot with water and allow the tea to steep for two to three minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups.
  • Add milk and sugar to taste.

I Hear the Train a Comin’…a celebration of Johnny Cash

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A decade after his 2003 death, Johnny Cash remains a popular figure with million-dollar sales. A celebration of what would have been his 80th year started last spring and efforts to preserve his legacy continue in Nashville and his birthplace in Arkansas. The Johnny Cash Museum formally opened in downtown Nashville last week and efforts are underway to save Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Ark.

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JC tickets

A yearlong celebration of Johnny Cash’s legacy will come to an end this week with the issue of a new postal stamp and free public concert in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new Johnny Cash Forever stamp goes on sale Wednesday and to celebrate Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, and several friends and family members will gather at Ryman Auditorium. The stamp is based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.


“It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,”  said the son, John Carter Cash. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.”

Wednesday’s concert at the Ryman features Cash family members, including the late singer’s brother and sister, Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and friends Randy Travis, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and The Oak Ridge Boys. Jamey Johnson and The Roys also are scheduled to perform.

On May 30, 2013, a new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash opened. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller.

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W.S Holland (Johnny’s drummer) Bill Miller (Museum Founder) and Dave Roe Rorick (Johnny’s bass player) on stage at the VIP opening of The Johnny Cash Museum.

The limited-edition stamp, part of the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, will be on sale at the concert and at the Country Music Association Festival later this week.

“He had sort of a magic and a charisma about him,” Cash said. “If he walked into the room and your back was turned, you felt the change. He had that strength about him. That legacy that he began still lives on in many ways. It’s still alive in the hearts of fans.”



Thank you to the Tennessean, the Museum of Johnny Cash, and the Johnny Cash Facebook page for the photographs I used in this blog.