Thursday, January 29, 2009

texas art

a detail of a jerry bywaters watercolor i began working on today. see an interesting article on him here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

pretty and melting

icy morning

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

mini books workshop

check out the next paper nerds workshop on feb. 8th from 1 to 4. make lovelies for your valentine:)

it's warm if you're inside

Monday, January 26, 2009

year of the ox

we spent this past saturday night at a great place called oishii, where david was the dj for a chinese new years party. very nice folks there, and good food.

i like the reflection

Friday, January 23, 2009

a very happy day

hooray for david's new job as a letterpress artisan here. we are very blessed, and now a very crafty couple!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

garden treasure

this old sign was sitting against the back of a shed in the community garden off fitzhugh. it is so neat...i wondered if they were using it and if i could ever have it, but i just took a picture instead.

hidden gem

this little chef's market is so the same strip as jimmy's, but on the fitzhugh side, near the community garden. it's called spiceman's f.m. 1410, a farm to market concept. they are cultivating some land out back to begin growing their own small crops soon, but for now there are some greens in the sunny windows of the market, and great mushrooms and sea salt and other things for sale from local farmers. beautiful and yummy.

Friday, January 16, 2009

more estimates

we've had some neat stuff in to the studio this week for estimates. below are details from a john parot mixed media and a jacob lawrence serigraph.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

in a day's work

drawn from nature

this week we've been working on a couple of audubon prints, which are usually nice and straightforward (but also more than just a couple hours of work...yay!). i think the detail shots are sweet.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

light and shadows

these were taken last night at the 500X opening. always a good show.

secrets in the attic

my yoga teacher found this old ledger pad in a dresser in her attic. a couple of pages were filled out in 1979 tracking stocks, and the balance eventually goes to red day after day. the rest of the ledger is blank, and i think we'll use the paper for marbling and for mini books.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

digital experiment

i've never been much for digital cameras until recently. i was resistant, and still took everything on film long after everyone else was using digitals. i have a lot to learn. i'll admit i still suck at using a digital camera, and can't get the color or anything else to my real liking, probably because i can't afford an actual great digital camera and i won't tweak things for hours in a photo editing program that i don't even have (and because everything of our own making that we view is always bound to get more criticism from oneself). so, i was playing around one day and stuck some blank developed negatives in front of the lens of my digital camera while taking pictures, and here is the result. david gave me the idea. i really like it. i think i'll try more.

lots of color

these are large details of two pieces i worked up estimates for today. i like them both very much. the first is a robert motherwell, and a picture cannot translate how blinding and beautiful the red is when you look at it. the second is an interesting mixed media...india ink, ballpoint pen, and sprayed acrylic paint on top of a computer printout done on somerset paper.

Monday, January 5, 2009

my drive-thru

being a paper nerd, i love this video made for the 100th anniversary of converse. it took psyop two months to make. i don't even have a pair of converse anymore, but they are on my wish list. they used to be the only shoes i'd wear, especially when dorks were wearing two different colors of hi tops like punky brewster. i really like these, these and these.


i've never really been afraid of the dark as much as i've been afraid of dreams. this relatively new french film intrigues me...6 graphic artists have made phobias, disgust, and nightmares come to life in the horror anthology fear(s) of the dark. i'm not attempting to start off a new year on a somber note, but my recent read of john connolly's the book of lost things has my imagination pretty perked up. i'd recommend it.