Thursday, March 26, 2009
these are details of a couple of alexandre hogue prints i've been working on the past few days. he did a lot of landscapes of new mexico and texas, and i really like his work. hogue was one of the dallas nine, a group of artists whose work exemplified some of the most talented regional art in america. the prints below had several tape attachments (of mulitple types), which i removed before washing and flattening.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
we have a serious case of aphids in the garden, so yesterday we released hundreds of ladybugs to help us out. they pretty immediately went to having sex, but they do also consume two to three times their body weight each day, eating aphids and other bugs we don't want. this morning we already noticed a significant decrease in the number of bad bugs. yay. but we aren't sure where most of the ladys went...hopefully they are still in our yard.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
this week we've been in el paso for a conference. it was my first visit, and i was very excited to check out rocketbuster boots in person. i've been a fan for a long time...since i came across a collection of old stickers from rocketbuster years and years ago, the size of trading cards and each with a different pair of boots pictured. i stuck them all on the same board, which still hangs in my house, and have never been able to decide on the pair i'd buy in my dreams. they aren't cheap...and they shouldn't be, because each pair is custom made entirely by hand, by a great group of folks in el paso...in probably the neatest looking work environment i've ever seen.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
this large print was very degraded and brittle, partly from a previous treatment gone bad. when i washed it, a lot of junk came out...which you can see in the bath water. it's now much improved, but still soft and brittle, and i noticed it smelled like vinegar while drying. i don't know what happened to it exactly, but it was bleached in a bad way years ago.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
this place is just a 5 minute walk from our house. they have a very nice selection of sweet treats, a yummy grilled cheese, and a super good secret recipe latte. great looking too... it's like dallas meets austin. on henderson at mcmillan. go visit and support them. hooray for more local coffee shops!
Friday, March 6, 2009
this morning we stopped for tacos at taco joint. we've been searching for a great breakfast taco ever since having to leave austin. today mine had egg, cheese, refried beans, and chorizo...yum. please go here and support a new small/local biz. the tacos are truly good. open for breakfast and lunch, near the corner of peak and gaston.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
we are doing some repair on a neat publisher's binding that belongs to our talented fabric artist friend judy vetter. the book has over 100 color plates featuring images from a trip around the world. the date of publication is 1888.