I'll own it: refer me to a book that you LOVE and I'm in....unless of course, it involves bone-crushing pain (most Oprah Book Club choices) or violence towards anyone, especially animals...and then there are the PICTURE books. Still a sucker for illustrated books for children and adults. Here's a newcomer that looks SO fun!....Everyone Loves New York. There are a number of included artists familiar to those of us who illustrate, and if you don't? WHO CARES??!!??.....who doesn't love a book packed with the work of cool people? Great Gift.
I don't think that there's text, so feel free to hit the couch with a cuppa and zone out.
Look! It's ME, looking longingly at the city!...okay, it's not, but it could be....
You can see the diversity of styles.....I'm excited! Looks like it's a bit back ordered on Amazon. That's okay, I can wait (not really).....*wink*
As many of my Face Book and Instagram friends know, I've been dipping into my sketchbooks and transforming some drawings into stickers. Yup, they're cool again, but these aren't your mama's kitty cat stickers. They're way cooler and used in planners, visual journals, sketchbooks and of course, MAIL! I'm amassing a collection now to sell in my ETSY shop. I'll let you know when it's time. There's SO much more to tell you about this re-Blossoming World, but for now, just know that this is what I'm up to. There will also be rubber stamps created by the wonderful Marylinn Kelly via Rubber Moon Rubber Stamp Company. Stay tuned for THAT newsflash as well. Now, go have a lovely weekend.
I've been away from this Blog while writing and helping design THIS one. Click over and hit BLOG in the upper toolbar. You might notice that the website is very professional, while the BLOG has a more...um.....casual voice. Yup. That's ME. If you happen to be in the Northern Colorado area and have need for an architect or 5, call. Upcoming posts? ...I need to tell you about SO much more. You know, my usual tendency to grab you by the shoulder and yell: "...cm'here!...you gotta see THIS!!!!". So, I'll be back, and in less than 11 months this time. xo
I've been drawing and running hither and yon. I have a LOT to show you, but whilst ("whilst" IS a word) I take photos and try to stop scribbling long enough to actually complete a post, look at THIS delighful snippet from Maria Kalman, heroine to sletchers of all stripes.
As I mentioned in the last post, Carol from the wonderful Blog TALL TALES FROM KANSAS is my Brave, Bold, Brazen and Brash companion in a project that we're calling The Vogue Papers. We're thrashing our way through the Vogue September issue, which is a monster. I always struggle with the human form, so you'll see me deleting, altering and dodging anything with flesh. We're going live with this to basically keep each other amused. Enjoy or avert your eyes, either option is totally okay!
Vogue sketch #1....see? easy. I try to go FAST so that there's no turning back:
Vogue sketch #2....no faces. Good:
Vogue sketch #3...I did this one at 90mph. A new record. That coat had better be fake fur. If it is, I want it. If it isn't?....I'm torching this page:
Vogue sketch #4....my favorite. I just deleted most of Kate Moss. Bye Kate:
Here's one more below that is NOT from this series. I just slowed way down to see how much I could bugger up something graphic, like AN AD (shudder). It's a bit shakey, but I soldier on. Please ask me anything regarding materials in the comment section below. Happy to respond to every inquiry. Be sure to visit Carols Blog as well. She's a fab Treasure Seeker and info share-er.
Not long ago, I found myself on the road to Kansas City. Suffice to say, it wasn't a pleasure trip, but a mission. The high point (besides hugging family) was a visit with my friend Carol. You know Carol, right? she steers the Awesome Blog: Tale Tales from Kansas. You may know her sister, the wildly popular Sketch Queen, Mary Ann Moss of Dispatch from L.A. ...why am I dropping these names? to lay down the frame work for the happiness I experienced having the opportunity to hang out with Carol. We intended to sketch, but our mouths got in the way. Okay....MY MOUTH got in the way. Could NOT stop talking. As we realized that our time was running out (due to my river-mouth) we took pictures with the intention of co-drawing each other. This freaked me out because I can't really draw people. ANYway, I ran across an article about Emily Sundblad in the NY Times T magazine, Brought it with me, and we decided to copy a painting she did...line for line....OF EACH OTHER. Smart, eh?
Here's my quick painting of Carol (not the Emily copy...yet) who has a giant smile and perfect teeth. She also has THOSE cheekbones. She's lovely. Like I said: I can't really draw people:
I did this with a brush. none of the usual, careful sketched pencil lines....just slapping paint leftovers from my wax paper palette. Yup, that's how I roll. Carol?....forgive me Darling.
On to my version of Carol a la Emily Sundblad's painting style....Emily? forgive me Darling:
I love the way the canvas has a "voice". Just add random vocal snippettes. That's right, her original canvas included the painted-out face, thus allowing me a face-cop-out.
Now to get even Braver, we bought the September VOGUE with it's 800+ pages and now we're diving in and entertaining each other with our own versions of the images in THERE. Great practice for the skillful or, in my case, training wheels sketcher:
ya see? it's all about jumping in the pool. I'm so lucky to have talented friends to stagger after.
Go HERE to see ME painted by her hand.
Well, Happy Late Summer! I'm a cold weather person, so I really have to clamp my hand over my mouth when everyone starts to moan about the absense of billion degree temps, the fried grass and burning asphalt going the way of the migrating Canadian Geese. SEE YA! ...yeah, Bye Bye. Don't rush back on MY account. Okay, we're not there yet, so I'll just sit in front of my keyboard and tell you which videos to watch. Which music to buy. You can count on me to keep you somewhat caught up. Not TOTALLY caught up. That's too much pressure. Oh, and please, leave a comment with YOUR additions if you feel like it. If not, that's fine too. We're all just relaxing over here......
First movie rec? THIS ONE. I LOVED it. you will too: DREW; THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER.
Next?.....You're gonna have to trust me on this one: BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT.
I know, I thought the same thing...."who cares?"....but I have to say that I was pretty drawn in by the story and the well chosen participants - bird geeks, yes, but also award winning novelists and overall intersting people. I already loved Central Park, but now I wish that I could go back with a really good camera lens. Would I document every bird that I observed in an immaculate, numeric way? hahahahaha: NO, BUT I might enjoy knowing what the Hell I'm seeing, and then sketching it later.
NEXT?...oh, I LOVE this guy. You will too. Check out A TOUCH OF GREATNESS
I'm just gonna copy the description and tell you that this teacher should have written the HandBook on HOW TO MAKE SCHOOL FUN FOR EVERYONE. You'll walk away from this one with faith in humanity and the need to change what the majority of schools (not ALL) are doing NOW. Here, look:
When he became a teacher in the 1940s, Albert Cullum realized something was lacking in his classes and decided to stray from the by-the-book, discipline-heavy style favored by his colleagues, instead using poetry and drama to put life and emotion into his teaching. This documentary from Leslie Sullivan (produced by Catherine Gund) depicts a man who challenged traditional teaching methods and proved that creativity has a place in every classroom.
...and NOW....we have a close look at photographer Sally Mann. I remember when Sally took those nude photos of her kids back in the 90's and people went nuts. Some people loved them, some people barked about child porn (which is clearly NOT what she was up to). The movie isn't about THAT, but have a look at a truly artful life. She's in her early 60's now, kids grown, and like all artists, going full tilt towards new technique and glory. Yes indeed Sally. You're the S**t.
Had enough? Too bad. We're on to Music now. I recommend these 2 discs (or downloads) for pretty much anything. Road trips, while you're hanging in your castle or hovel or cubicle. Play these in your studio, workshop or in the background at a party. Slap in the earbuds at an airport and say "Adios" to the din. I swear, when I was shooting through the last hundred decades of my life, we'd have a favorite radio station or two. They'd play stuff, we'd go "YES!" or "Ew" and know that we were being exposed to everything. Now it's trickier, like having 600 cable channels so you miss the good stuff because YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT WAS ON!.....this is why I count on you readers and my friends to command me to hear, see and read stuff. That's why YOU'RE Here. So:
Remember the movie soundtrack from GARDEN STATE? OMG, if you don't, go buy it now. well, Zac Braff (I have no idea if that's his name) is back with another movie and another well chosen compilation for WISH I WAS HERE. Have you seen the movie yet? I haven't. Wait, I don't think it's out yet. I grabbed the disc on impulse and it's great.
Last, but marvelous is a piece from Kishi Bashi. He does music for commercials and TV. No, don't scrunch up your nose like that. You can test drive it on Amazon!...okay, there's ONE song that's kinda spoken poetry that I Express-Pass-FORWARD through. It's stupid. The rest is SO good. It's called LIGHGHT (not a typo).
Okay Readers. So there ya go. 4 movies and 2 pieces of music. Remember to leave your bright ideas in the comments or just go there to read other peoples good stuff. I'll be back with something totally different. Happy Late Summer!
I adore David Gentleman. He's a designer of the highest caliber. He's designed for centuries and anyone who studies the Graphic Arts will know him. If not, they've gone to a very bad school - just kidding, but seriously, he's an institution. If I had known about him when I was in London, I just MIGHT have followed him to a tea shop and bought him a scone. And stared. I love this book and I've opened it so many times that it's a rag. Exactly the way we want our well loved books. I just noticed that the price is going up FAST, so maybe it's been discontinued, but no, that would be FOLLY. It's also on Kindle for a reasonable price. Go get it.
My intention is to post a few sketches soon so that you can once again see the power of not having a clue about what other people think: ("Good Lord, if she can post THAT, I can do anything"). I also have new movies to recommend. Stand By.
Oh, you're gonna thank me for THIS. In case you didn't know, PBS has launched "Vicious". It's a half hour of fast moving Farce. Micah and I couldn't hear the next lines due to the ear-splitting, Hoffman Guffawing. In the UK, it's called "Vicious Old Queens". Need I say more? have a look and if you NEED to see it (you really DO), PBS can be snatched from various webby sources. Caution: the occasional bad word will fly out of Freddy's mouth.....okay, frequent bad word.
Next up? a switching of gears as I swerve off the road and yell at you: HEY, NEW BOOKS!
Remember my last post re Maira Kalman? That's right, the one where I told you to go see a show that happened last December?.....well, my source THIS TIME is Amazon, so if this is a lie, call Jeff Beezos and tell HIM about it. Look:
Here's the best thing about this NEW book (coming in October): it's NEW work! I don't usually lift copy directly from other sources, but today?...I will:
"From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes this beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
With more than fifty original paintings and featuring bestselling author and illustrator Maira Kalman’s signature handwritten prose, My Favorite Things is a poignant and witty meditation on the importance of both quotidian and unusual objects in our culture and private worlds."\
Okay....here's another. As we all know, a beautiful "Childrens Book" is code for "Super-Cool Adult" book, so, just go over and hit your Wish List or pre-order. I don't get paid in cash or books for any products endorsed on this Blog (damn it) just so you know.
Okay, gotta GO. I have things to do, books to read, sketchbooks to paint and PBS TV shows to laugh over. Come join me......