Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Pups and Babes

This brave little Spider Man reluctantly tries to get into the haunted house...



"I want to go home now..."

Arrested for cuteness.

2nd prize goes to the 3-headed Boston!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pet Post -- Tricks & Costumes

Last year's winner, the infamous crosstown G train, apparently sealed the prize by moving very slowly when called, or hardly at all. What a clever pup! Who will grab the prize this year?! Come on out to District Dog's Halloween Parade tomorrow and see... (and don't worry, if you can't make it, I promise lots of re-caps!)

via newyorkshitty

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dreams -- Many Moods

I had a dream about this movie last night, and for some reason, these two stills from Stranger than Fiction encapsulate my moods today.

I'm feeling sentimental:

(from when Will Ferrell's character brings a gift to his romantic interest, a cute & creative baker. He's all, "I brought you flours")

And wildly overwhelmed:

(from when the character thinks he's lost his mind...)

Sweet & Crazed,
Xo Liza

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Water Map

Fisk, 1944. Map of ancient courses of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau, MO - Donaldsonville, LA. Plate 22-8.

via sleepanddream

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Liz Tran -- AOD

"Turning Around," 2009.
Acrylic Ink, Acrylic Paint and Graphite on Panel

"Arch," 2009.
Acrylic Ink, Acrylic Paint and Graphite on Panel

These delightfully colored images remind me of the bending, circular branches on the tree of life (which I have tattooed on my back!). Tran's mixed media pieces hold within them a playful sincerity that sucks me right in. "[The trees] seem to give us permission to risk taking a neon path to joy." -Molly Norris

more here

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Some NYTimes Gems

The wildly talented photographer Gisel Florez captures the beauty of this silk scarf in the NYTimes fall fashion magazine.

A great article on what Rev. Griffin Thomas has done with a local church in Greenpoint-- including embracing the amazing efforts of FEAST!!

Pet Post -- Kitty Contest

Fullmoon's Sweet Cinnamon Bun
11th Best Himalayan in the Championship
via Oh?

Friday, October 23, 2009

OLJ Press!

Thanks to all for coming out to our Bookmill show -- it was such a blast. And although I've never read a piece of press with more quotation marks in it, we were still tickled to make it in the paper!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chris Jordan -- AOD

"Gyre," 2009
8x11 feet, in three vertical panels

"Gyre" (detail)

This piece depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world's oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean.

From the artist: "Perhaps these uncomfortable feelings can become part of what connects us, serving as fuel for courageous individual and collective action as citizens of a new kind of global community. This hope continues to motivate my work."

See more troubling & beautiful images here

(thanks to sam and trish for this link)

Image Inspiration -- Yellow Fall

Could it BE a prettier time of year?!
via NieNieDialogues

“Lemurian Morning Wood” Mt. Shasta, CA 2008
by David Benjamin Sherry via lost

...and this one from Martha Stewart Living via happymundane

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Image Inspiration -- A Bright Bath

I wish my bathtub looked like this...

See more great illustrations by Lizzy Janssen here

Craft Corner

this handmade kite would look great on the wall and in the sky!
by Dolci Odille via ourblogoflove

these bunny hair pins make me jump for joy!
via Magpie Lovely

and this paper chandelier would brighten up any space!
via Lena Corwin

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Miro & the Dancer

Joan Miro with the dancer "La Chunga" in Barcelona, 1953
I love this shot. I can practically feel her dress moving across the floor!

I also feel compelled to include one of my favorite Miro lithographs (mainly because of its nod to Jasper Johns' letter blocks):

"Literate Man (Red)," 1969
via georgetown frame shoppe

Edward Burtynsky -- AOD

"SOCAR Oil Fields #3, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006," Chromogenic color print.

"Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake Production Project, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada," 2001.

Today's artist somehow captures the intrusion of oil in our natural landscape and creates visually pleasing (and equally disturbing) images. Check out his current show at the Corcoran and more on his artist's website here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New York Lottery Bunnies

These ads are KILLING me!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh Liza Jane at the Bookmill TONIGHT!!

Like books? Like folk music? How about nice times?! Well then come on out and get your fill tonight at the Montague Bookmill. OLJ starts playing at 8pm. Peep some beautiful fall foliage and come sing along! Xo

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Nap Time

Man does this look tempting...

DC artist Mark Jenkins has more sleepers and beautiful nature installations here

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Anastasia Khoroshilova -- AOD

photographs from the "Toys" series, 2006

more wonderful work at the artist's website here

Reading List -- For the Covers

mmm...old covers. via abebooks

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Vik Muniz -- AOD

"Atlas (Carl√£o)," digital c-print, 2008

Multi-media Brazilian artist Vik Muniz captured my eye today (and has in the past with his famous Peanut Butter & Jelly Mona Lisa!)

"Double Mona Lisa (PB & J)," 1999

catch more of his recent work here

Greens in Greenpoint

You simply must check out Brooklyn's Rooftop Farms. We enjoyed tons of their delicious produce this weekend and urge you to try their tasty treats!

Ed Ruscha, "Public Market," 2006

Pet Post -- Laundry Kitty

She sleeps better than she folds...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mona Hatoum -- AOD

"Grater Divide,"2002, steel, 80 5/16 x 1 3/8 in.

Today's artist captures my craving for cheese on a large scale...
More about her here

Art Post -- Man Ray Tapestry

Man Ray, not known for his work in tapestries, produced this piece that might be one of my favorite works by the artist-- for its alluring texture and purposeful unfinished nature.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Orangutan and the Hound

thanks to Prid and Nelson for this joyous find!!