Saturday, November 28, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Missed Connection

I adore illustrated missed connections, but this one made my heart skip a beat. How romantic!!

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Anna Aden -- AOD

Today's artist's photographs remind me of the way I feel when I sing.

More here.


Sketchbook piece by Tennessee Thomas. "It was inspired by a very old book Z gave me called "The Heritage of Dress" or something an Edward Gorey child may have dropped on a walk."

I've decided since my sketchbooks have turned into random image printouts with no really personalized artistic twist, I'll be posting more from other people's journals in hopes that it can invigorate me (and others) to pick up a pen again...

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Pet Post -- Calico Smiles

MAN do these corgis know how to laugh!! I could sling jokes with these pups for daaays.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Dream Band

I feel like I should book these cats for my friend's wedding immediately...

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Being Thankful

What a wonderful time to appreciate all the gifts we have in our lives. Perhaps you'd like to send a note to a friend telling them you appreciate them (while supporting amazing crafters)?!




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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Crafty Plates

I'm head over heels for these handmade plates from Ninainvorm's Etsy shop. They make me want to raid my mother's china cabinet and spice things up a bit!

Animals Love to Laugh

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Image Inspiration -- The Economy of Words

I found this treasure in my journal today and it lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe. No, not just because of my 31yr old brother's hilarious handwriting, but the story that came with this note. He had to write a speech for his best friend's party and said to me, "Sis, I'm just gonna buckle down and write it." When I came to check on him an hour or so later, this was what was on the page: "Thank you. I am honored to be part of this joyous event." And it wasn't because he couldn't find the things to say -- it was that he cared so much that he wanted it to be perfect. I just love that about him.

In Case you missed it!!

Actor Will McFadden lit up prime time TV this week on ABC's hit series, "The Forgotten" (episode: Prisoner Jane) Check out his scene with Christian Slater here online. I'll tell you one thing, his slam-dunk performance won't be forgotten!! I am just so proud!!!!!!!!!!

And now, the less crazy Dylan...

I still have this photograph on my wall from when I was in middle school. I can't believe I'm seeing him live TONIGHT!!

Ps. Do you have this album? With that one song Jolene:
"Well I found out the hard way, I've had my fill
You can't find somebody with his back to a hill
Those big brown eyes, they set off a spark
When you hold me in your arms things don't look so dark
Jolene, Jolene
Baby I am the king and you're the queen"

Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa

Getting fired up for his live show tonight in NYC!!

side note: this video makes me lose my mind-- not sure if it's the reason I haven't been able to sleep for 3 days...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Reading List -- Tao of Pooh

I haven't read this one in years, but it was like revisiting an old friend...and I could use some advice these days, so how about it -- any other goof book recs my friends?!

"Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don't seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don't belong." -Benjamin Hoff

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Moment of Zen

As crazy as my rabbit is, it's surprising how calm he can be when emerged in water. Someday I will hire a photographer for the event, but for now, these buns will have to do.
The video, "Baxter Relaxes in Pool," has been the only thing keeping me going the past couple days. He reminds me to take a minute to chillax and go ahead. Bless his bunny heart!!

Pick Me Up: Quote of the Day

"i saw this in the carrot drawer, and i thought -- now if that isn't the spitting image of little edie beale, i don't know what is. i truly don't." -via bowen ames

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Image Inspiration -- Shades of a Grey

Rolfe Horn, "Cloud, Lake Tahoe, California," 2001
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Hiroshi Sugimoto, "Boden Sea, Uttwil," 1993
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Shelia Newbery, "Storm Clouds #2" (Berkeley, 2009)
via the artist's site

Yup, this is how I'm feeling today. No other way to put it, really. Could use some sunshine and a whole lotta sleep. But I am thankful for these amazing photographers for capturing the ambiguous and daunting glory of a grey sky.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pet Post -- Feel the Love

Many thanks to Karyn for capturing one of the sweetest moments between two animals IN HISTORY. They snuggled faces for the first time! I was too much in shock to move, but luckily she had her cell phone out and ready. My little calico babies are finally getting along!!

TONIGHT!! Bird Song CD Release Party

Come celebrate the release of quite possibly the best album of the year tonight at Brooklyn's Jalopy Theatre. Heather Masse (fellow Oh Liza Jane-er) will be killing you softly with her songs. And the amazing Mike and Ruthy are opening at 9pm-- it really doesn't get any better than this.

Ps. If you can't make the show, be sure to pick up her album here
**Congrats to Heather-- I'm overflowing with pride and excitement!!**

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jams -- Heather Masse: Bird Song

A beautiful version of Heather's title track off her new solo album (released on November 10, 2009), featuring such talents as Aoife O'Donovan on vocals and Jed Wilson on the keys!!

Bauhaus at MoMA

"Palucca Tanzt" 1929, by Marianne Brandt

Oooooh does this look like a great exhibit -- a designer's and typographer's dream!! The NYTimes slide show had me drooling, and they quoted Nicolai Ouroussoff proclaiming: "'Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity' takes a sledgehammer to the clich├ęs and restores its historical subject to vivid life." Check out the MoMA blog post by earth-shattering graphic designer August Heffner here.

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The exhibit started yesterday and runs through January 25, 2010

Maya Hayuk -- AOD

Not afraid of scale and color, this Brooklyn-based artist really knows how to get my motor running. See more of her exciting work here

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pet Portraits - A Tribute

At the small-dog run in Washington Square Park, a stern but free-spirited pug sits for a portrait by Dick Sebastian. He is retiring from his favorite pastime and moving to Ohio. A lovely tribute to him in the NYTimes here

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remembering Roy DeCarava

"Couples," 1960

"Sun and Shade," 1952

Find out more about this American legend through his book, The Sound I Saw, that features images inspired by his love for jazz and his time spent in Harlem.

A moving tribute to this amazing photographer's life here

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pet Post -- Jaw-dropping Kitties

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Art Review -- Sebastian's Voodoo

Director Joaquin Baldwin haunts and inspires with the scary yet touching short film, "Sebastian's Voodoo." I am obsessed with all 3 1/2 minutes of it. Watch the film here

Image Inspiration

"Greatest Glory," a print by Lisa Congdon
(quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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