Thursday, December 7, 2006

Quality artwork at affordable prices

For the month of December, James and Kate Mundie are holding a major online studio
sale of original paintings, drawings, etchings, woodcuts and photographs - at deeply discounted rates. Furthermore, you may make your purchases safely and securely with PayPal.

But wait, there's more! We are also offering free shipping within the United States. This is a limited time offer, so hurry up and get 'em while they're hot!

Saturday, December 2, 2006

e-commerce discussion with Libby Rosof on ArtBlog

Libby Rosof of ArtBlog was curious about my recent adventures in online art sales, and has posted part of our conversation here.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Photographs of Eastern State Penitentiary

Last week Kate and I spent an afternoon poking through the gloomy but beautiful ruin that is Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. While Kate set up her easel to paint, I wandered around with my camera.

Eastern State opened in 1829. Unlike earlier prisons in which criminals — regardless of offense, age or gender — were herded into large holding pens, Eastern State was based upon Quaker ideas of redemption through isolation and labor. The theory was that left alone to contemplate the errors of their ways without distraction from other prisoners or the outside world, inmates would become truly penitent — hence the name of the new prison model.

Architect John Haviland's original seven-wing design radiating from a central surveillance hub represents the advent of modern architecture in America. Each prisoner had his own centrally heated cell with running water, flush toilet and skylight, plus an adjacent private exercise yard. This “machine for reform” proved so revolutionary that both the building's design and the Pennsylvania System (as it came to be known) served as the model for hundreds of prisons around the world.

Eastern State Penitentiary operated for more than 140 years until it was finally abandoned in 1971. Today the site is preserved as a historic site.

For more photos, please visit

All photographs © 2006 James G. Mundie