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July already! 2012 is halfway gone. Last week was the first of the summer trips, and a beach week. Sunday at Fort Tilden followed by 4 days in Fire Island with a gaggle of friends. And quite a few ticky deer, poor things. They are bold, though, as evidenced by the above photograph. Since returning the heat has come on in a fierce way and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. Today I’ve been in the air conditioning all day.
I’ve posted so rarely here in recent months— work has been steady-to-busy, and has included this, this, and this, among other things. In between have been bike rides, Prospect Park and beach time, and Jeu de Tarot! Yesterday I saw the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, which was an utter delight; I’d like to see it again.
Beth and I have hatched a plan to work on some collaborative pieces. We’ve talked about things like this before, but nothing has ever come to life; today we realized that was most likely because we tend to let the ideas spiral into these grand plans, vast and unwieldy— overextended in the conception phase to the point where they become too intimidating or feeling over-thought. So this time we are not planning at all: no rules and no expectations other than imposed deadlines to keep us on track. They will probably be posted here, progress photos.
I skipped February altogether here. I’ll attempt to make up for that this month. Above is a small painted tripdych I did last month; oil on cedar shingles. We had so little snow this year, such a mild winter. That took none of the enjoyment out of a 6-day trip to Mexico– to the Yucatan peninsula; Cancun and Tulum. Beautiful beaches! I will put some photographs from the trip here soon.
An overabundance of action and sunlight: lizzie and luna in kelley’s car
The waiting line on 33rd and 7th Avenue on Work Island is an object lesson in chaos; a spectacle to be avoided at all costs if you’re not there to board the Bolt Bus. As if that weren’t enough, the bus to Baltimore was 30 minutes late, and standing next to idling buses adds insult to injury on a summer day in NYC (as it generally already feels like one is standing next an idling bus on a summer day in NYC).
Several hours later, land in Baltimore, and a short walk to Tapas Teatro for dinner with the curious Miss K! The dog in the blurred images above is Luna, whom we took to the park for ball-chasing and swimming next day.
Sunday we set out on an adventure to Adamstown, PA, for Antique Capital of the USA. Above are but three of the fantastic old portraits I acquired in the many antiques shops we perused. I really love the tall format of these oval-framed portraits. I mainly stuck to books and photographs, including some photos for the stereopticon or stereoscope that I inherited from my grandparents. More images after the jump–
Feeding the friendly chickadees. They are fearless and hungry for sunflower seeds!
Great day for sledding! (Also very familiar to that ink drawing I did a few days prior…)
photos taken on December 27, 2010
I finally had a chance to go back to the studio to pick up the prints I worked on before the Brooklyn Plague hit. These will be for sale at the upcoming 3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Market on Saturday Dec 4 (tomorrow), as well as at Brooklyn Craft Central’s Holiday Market on December 18th!
Above is one of the prints of a Florence street lamp in the square at the Palazzo Pitti, and after the jump is the one of some archway lamps in the Palais Royal in Paris…
These are some wonderful small cabinet card photos I picked up in Utrecht in a little store specializing in picture post cards and other ephemera. The top image shows the gilt studio information for the photographer– one of the loveliest I’ve seen. It’s on the back of the first photo card, the oval, which is embossed in a very soft oval so that the photo bows out like a cameo within the card. I’ve never seen that before; the effect is very pleasing.
Tired. (still on GMT.)
Very smooth traveling, though– actually a pleasant plane trip and only seven hours to get back. Here’s another drawing, for now, from the trip book. It’s of part of the vast and winding interior of The Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston, Edinburgh (we did not play skittles, alas) on the far side of Arthur’s Seat. (Very comfortable and cozy with a good collection of stuff that makes it feel you’re in someone’s house more than a pub.)
Over the next few weeks, time permitting, I plan to cull and edit the many photos from the trip; I will attempt some sort of after-the-fact reportage here. I also shot a great many bits of video this trip, so perhaps eventually I’ll manage an edited cut of some highlights and funny bits.
Amsterdam; the Westerkirk in the background.
Edinburgh; Dean Village along the Water of Leith
Well I thought I might have been better about adding things here whilst traveling, as I brought my laptop, but no, not really. The days are getting short though, and thoughts of the work waiting at home are beginning to creep in (no!). We’ve had unbelievable luck with weather, considering we’ve been in two places famous for rain (we’ve had a combined maybe 4 days of noticeable rain?). Wednesday we trained eastward to North Berwick, where we saw Bass Rock by boat– it’s out in the Firth, and home to the largest colony of gannets in the world. No less than 150,000 birds on this rock!
Okay, Arthur’s Seat beckons. More to come…
Edit Oct 05, 2010 - Look! The streetlights are aligned- from two cities on very different days in very different weeks. I love Art! Composition!– Rules that rule me, not the reverse… the rules that rule everything; the base of harmony that structured both these towns… (yay)
Used the photobooth on my macbook to get these rather grainy images from my sketchbook. It’s not much, but until I get a proper USB for the camera, it’s all I’ve got!
the buildings out back of where we’re staying
interior of a restaurant in Noord called Pollux; it’s in a big old wooden boat.