Tuesday, June 30, 2009

texas sunrise, 6:41 AM

really really hard to capture with my average digital camera, on any setting. the sun was in fact a very bright red orange magenta, with lovely ripples across it. and huge. the biggest i've ever seen.

wildseed farms

this place is a short drive from my grandma's house in the hillcountry, and we visited this past weekend, on my birthday as a matter of fact. it's so beautiful, even in the heat (102 that day i think). we picked up some wildflower seeds there, which i'll plant in the fall in the sunny parts of our yard (wherever that yard might be) and hopefully they'll appear next spring. the best time to visit the farm is when all the poppies and bluebonnets are in bloom, making the 200 acres of land really colorful. it's the largest working wildflower farm in the united states, and such a dreamy spot.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

modern fixatives

these beautiful charcoal drawings just came in. they are huge. the owner took them to a framer who sprayed some kind of a fixative on them, and the fixative turned white, as you can see in the detail. our job is to reverse that effect much as possible, and reintegrate the areas as best we can using charcoal...both tricky tasks. but we've had some interesting problems like this come through the lab lately, and are happy for the new problem solving challenges.

Monday, June 22, 2009

why paper is my chosen specialty

because i occasionally get to see really lovely little drawings like this one. and make them last longer.

home sweet home

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

small renovations

i noticed this the other day as i was walking out of the studio one evening...a new star on a tower at the entrance to fair park, where they are putting in a rail station.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

this is only a test

our small piece of the world on thursday morning. crazy storms and bad street drainage. almost 3 days without power, and that's luckier than some. we still have our car, thankfully, and the doggies have already forgotten the terror. soon we'll rebuild the garden, after the sun dries up the mud and we finish clearing the debris.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

surprise provenance

today we received this small frank reaugh pastel in for an estimate. along with the piece came a box of the artist's handmade pastels, which we'll use when (and if) we do treatment of the sweet (poor) thing. more than a third of the original pastel is lost, so we will propose to fill and inpaint what we can with a conservative approach (no restorers here! and yes there is a difference).

Monday, June 8, 2009

1865 newspaper

i really love old letterpress newspapers. the way they look with their great visuals (advertisements, block prints for imagery) and uneven type. the occasional squashed letterform, and the way the language is different. this newspaper happens to have been printed the day after lincoln was assassinated. but literally half the section is taken up with advertisements for a pharmaceutical company (common for newspapers of this time because it was difficult to collect subscription fees). a search inspired by these ads led me to this entertaining blog. reminds me of how much i enjoy medical museums.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

the beginnings of a pinata

paper nerds is hosting a pinata workshop this weekend, so today we are practicing. did you know that a traditional pinata has seven points, representing the seven deadly sins? see a short history of the pinata here.