Poster design by Adolf Münzer for an exhibition of Carl Reiser’s work at the the fine art dealer Brakl in Munich, ca. 1907.
Koch Ludwig (1866-1934)
Ludwig Koch (Vienna, 1866 – 1934) was, in his time, a renowned equestrian painter responsible for many of the great horse paintings of his time. Sometime in the 1920s he migrated to the United States where, in his lifetime, he was almost completely ignored.
Today his paintings are beloved primarily by horse lovers the world over.
I had a very strange dream in high school that involved statues like this. In one scene, I was on a boat in a secret passageway beneath a house. There was a subterranean river and all along the sides were statue fountains of women (like this one) with water pouring from their breasts. I haven’t thought about that dream in ages… And I never knew someone painted such a fountain before! This is great.
I just noticed that another one of my tattoos is in Nick’s portfolio. (He’s done all of my tattoos, except one). This one is pretty old. I got it in January of 2009 I think! I still lived in VA back then.
My tattoo when it was fresh, back in September. My good friend Nick did this for me over at Exposed Temptations Tattoo. If you’re in Northern Virginia and need a tattoo, go to this guy! Because he’s awesome.
The tattoo is from John Gerard’s Herbal. I should post how it looks now that it’s healed. I keep forgetting to take a photo…
Oh, no worries! Sorry for being in disbelief and making things awkward. haha. I re-blog a lot, so I assumed there was confusion. And I generally think I look weird ;) But thank you so much for all of your kind words! That means a lot, even from an anonymous face. ps. yes I have posted photos. I just can’t even remember when the last time was! I’m surprised anyone remembers, because I barely do.
I’ve started my second year apprenticeship in herbal studies, which has me thinking about where I want to go as an herbalist. At this point I don’t know that I will pursue clinical herbalism, but I certainly haven’t written it off. It does intimidate me somewhat and I’m not sure I’m cut out for it. But I do know that I want to incorporate herbalism into my work and livelihood.
+ I’d like to focus primarily on Western herbalism, particularly methods from Europe and the North East United States. I don’t want to draw too heavily from cultures I have no connection to, because it doesn’t feel right for me to assume I understand the traditions and beliefs. With that said, I do think it’s important to learn about Native American and Eastern herbal traditions, as well as traditions from across the world. Also, I know that much of Western herbalism, particularly in the US, draws information from other cultures. That’s fine, I just don’t want to assume I can practice Native American herbalism just because I’ve read about it and live in North America.
+ I want to work primarily with plants native to my area as well as naturalized plants or plants suited for growing in my locale. I think learning to work with plants in your environment is very important. So while I definitely plan to learn and use plant medicines from across the globe, I’d like to focus on local species.
+ I hope to grow threatened and at risk plants, like Goldenseal. My goal is to have a permaculture style garden and it’d be nice to include threatened plants in the mix.
+ I really want to focus on wildcrafting and plant identification. I think it’s fascinating! And a lot of fun.
+ For now I want to focus on topical uses for herbs, in terms of incorporating herbalism into my livelihood. At the moment this is most interesting to me and I feel like there’s a lot that can be done with topical applications. I like experimenting a bit with it too!
+ I want to study old methods of preparing and using herbs. Perhaps even try working with old recipes. Within reason of course. I know some old methods are no longer considered safe!
+ One day I plan to compile my herbal notes into a Materia Medica book along with illustrations. I’m still trying to think of the best way to do this…
+ I want to make plant pressings too, as part of plant identification studies.
+ I’d like to work with plants spiritually more as well. On my to-do list is making a Pokeweed talisman.
+ Flower essences are another subject I want to explore further.
And I think that’s about it for now. I feel so excited about herbalism and I am glad I decided to FINALLY take classes. I wanted to years ago in high school, but never went through with it and only bought a few books to poke through in my spare time. But once I became serious about it a couple years ago, it’s like my entire life changed! It’s strange… but I think this path is exactly what I’ve needed. Mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Thank you! Although I do wonder if this is meant for someone else? I’m not sure I know what creatures you mean and I can’t remember the last time a posted a photo of myself on Tumblr…