October snuck in

South Brooklyn Shakespeare's MacbethHere’s a poster and wall banner I designed for South Brooklyn Shakespeare‘s first event in their salon reading series, to take place on November 1. ( La Dia de los Muertos, poor Yorick!)

October has blustered in with a bitch slap, weather-wise, here in NYC. Prelude to Hurricane Joaquin. Not very nice, but that’s autumn for you. Capricious, moody. Time to swap out winter for summer clothes; take the AC out of the window. Mentally prepare for long months of early dark and too many clothes.

Got my ticket for Night Beds at CMJ though; that’s something to look forward to.


Anticipating a shift

birdSummer’s second bookend, this weekend. Labor Day is past. But the mercury’s back up, and New York City has ‘extended beach season*’.

Here’s something that seems to happen regularly in my business practice. Work gets a little slow after a period of hustle, so I decide to use the time productively / proactively for the betterment of my practice. Then, almost immediately, work floods in. It’s like clockwork; as soon as I give myself a project, that ‘free’ time is usurped.

I’m not complaining; this is a great problem to have, honestly. But this time, this summer, my master plan has been to make shifts and pivot things in a way that 1. I can begin to be much more proactive so that I can avoid these kind of lulls, and 2. to get more of the kind of work I really want coming in. It’s been a summer filled with research, reading, and note-taking. I’ve a plan formed.

Now I just need to make the time to implement it. But it’ll keep another month. (As an addict of Summer, I certainly don’t want to spend any more of these magic weeks than necessary with my ass in front of the machine.)

There is more research to do, and a lot of writing. Simplification and streamlining. And simple takes time. Requires percolating, and sensitive, in-the-right-moment editing. Editing (in the broad sense, I’m not really talking about words, here) is one of my favorite aspects of creativity, and I do it constantly.

Often the best edits are a result of what appears to be idleness from the outside, but is more akin to mental pacing; patience rewarded with an answer that wouldn’t have happened if rushed. It’s part of my love of walking.

Solvitur Ambulando: It is solved by walking.


*Correction: Climate Change has extended beach season. NYC is simply keeping life guards on hand another week.

A Book of Children’s Rhymes: illustrations

illustrations by Janet & Anne Grahame JohnstoneWhile in Baltimore last month, I went to Ellicott City, a little old mill town whig now is known for its antiques shops and cafes. I found (and bought) a children’s book from the 1970s, one which I quickly realized I’d had as a child. It is one of the books that taught me how to draw horses (and influenced my people as well). The gouache paintings therein, by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone, are fantastic. There are several more after the jump.illustrations by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone
illustrations by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone

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Kitchen nook redesign

kitchen nook redesign
elley has a secretary from the Bell house that she’s saved for me. The place where it will make the most sense is the kitchen nook which currently houses the map chest and some shelves.

So I’ve been working on plans for the it— on the left is what it looks like now;  on the right is a rough draft in Photoshop of my plan. I’m going to paint that wall as an accent wall to help unify that expanse with the brick chimney behind the stove.

The shelves will come down, but those do-dads will work nicely inside, and leave room for some stemware. (The change will also encourage me to find a place for the miscellaneous boxes that have been sitting there looking an eyesore!) Now, someone go buy that Amsterdam painting on the left. It’s on Etsy for sale.