Tuesday, August 26, 2008

big things ahead!

Well the trip to Ithaca was simply gorgeous. For those of you who have never been there, I highly recommend it. There is so much to do and see. A good city for exploring and also lots of nature and trails and gorges to hike and experience. Definitely a good time! Of course I was not bored on vacation! I got in plenty of time to read some wonderful books, as well as play some fantastic board games. But perhaps what I enjoyed most was taking some time to draw and carve blocks for printing! I figured I'd print when I returned but discovered that I had paper after all, beautiful paper. So I made this:

Not only that, I managed to return home, spend an additional weekend of relaxing and gaming and even some website updating! Be sure to check it out, There's some of my more recent pieces up there now, including this brand new piece which may be one of my favorites.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, August 18, 2008

A good read and a good listen

A little over a month ago I came across mention of a book by Barbara Kingsolver titled Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. You can read a little more about it here The book is about a year her family spent eating their food almost entirely from their land or county. The book is both humorous at parts and incredibly informative. I'm left with a desire to learn the arts of canning and to achieve a greater ability at gardening. I've wanted to raise my own plants for a while and I finally feel like I'm reaching a point in my life where I might be able to do just that, at least on a small scale. This is a book I highly recommend. I went to the bookstore about a month ago and leafed through it. It grabbed me right away and it has been a 15 dollar purchase well spent. It's loaded with tips and seasonal recipes, how very exciting!

The second interesting item is an artist to listen to if you find yourself in the mood for something mellow. Autumn is quickly approaching and with it but before it goes the end of summer brings a few more quiet and gentle evenings. In my opinion the music of Inara George fits well. Her soft serenades and lush musical arrangements by Van Dyke Parks from her newest album just seem to fit the bill. I heard about her through two podcasts I listen to weekly. Hers is an album I definitely want to get sometime soon!

Have a happy week, I'll be chilling at New York's beautiful finger lakes until Thursday!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

So I'm a little late getting these up but here some photos from the art show that Mackenzie Martin and I had at Cafe Beracah in Lebanon, PA last month. We took the show down about two weeks ago now. It was part of the first friday art walk, even though it was really the second friday due to the holiday. There were quite a few people who came in and looked around. So if you saw it thanks for stopping in, hopefully there will be more shows to report!