Wednesday, February 27, 2013

George H.W. Bush the President and the Artist

Several weeks ago former President George Bush Senior's email was hacked, the result of the hack? The revelation that #41 is an artist! 

Picture via The Smoking Gun
Self Portrait in the Shower.

Picture via The Smoking Gun
Self Portrait in the Bathtub.

Although these works are not technically *perfect they do illustrate a level of maturity.

Keep up the good work Bush Senior! 

- Grace

Friday, February 22, 2013


Just in case I wasn’t feeling desperate enough for spring, I received my latest Fine Cooking in the mail yesterday and all I can think about now is fresh spring vegetables…

… pot roasted with chicken, 

Pot Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables

tossed in a rice salad,

Black Rice Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Avocado

folded into a quiche, 

Broccoli and Ham Quiche

and stir-fried all together.

Radish, Carrot, and Edamame Stir-fry

Now spring weather wouldn’t be enough even if it arrived tomorrow. Instead, I’ll be needing spring weather, spring colors, and spring flavors. ASAP. Not to mention coffee on my back deck out of one of these puppies…

Alice Goldsmith Ceramics

Anyone else? 
Well, I'm banking on these spring dreams to get me through this last dreary stretch of winter 
(or make it worse...) so here's hoping!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Appreciating Parenthood

Parenthood gets a bad rap. In modern society men and women alike are warned that once a child is born your life is over, but the truth is life as a parent widens your life. 
My dear friend posted this article to Facebook the other day and I thought it was excellent. 

Young Bourgeois Mother, Cologne
August Sander
J. P. Getty Trust

17th Century Portrait. Mother with Nine Children.

The Future on His Shoulders
Patrick Wilson
Date: Unknown

The article mentioned a new quarterly magazine titled Kindling Qurterly which as their About Me says "...exploration of fatherhood...through essays, interviews, editorials, art and photography we highlight creative individuals whose work and lives are inseparable from their role as a parent."
I am very interested in picking up a copy of this mag and checking it out for myself. 

Parenthood is hard, no doubt, but it is also rewarding. There are bad days, but there are bad days at work and in life too. Parenthood offers you a chance to love and discover the world again through your children's eyes. 

- Grace

Monday, February 18, 2013

Man Made Nature

Came across these really sweet aerial pictures of the Tulip Fields in Netherlands and had to share them.

All photos courtesy of Normann Szkop (Bruxelles5 on Flickr).

I love the geometry and the color blocking. 

Looks like a quilt made out of flowers!

I especially like how this is the mergence of man and nature. 

- Grace

Friday, February 15, 2013

One Was Maurice

Maurice Sendak with his German shepherd, Herman in 2005.
Photograph by Mariana Cook.

In my ongoing quest to catch up on New Yorkers, I recently came across an article about one of my favorite children’s book authors; Maurice Sendak. Mr. Sendak is best known for his classic Where the Wild Things Are but I thought I’d share three of my favorite slightly less famous Sendak treasures as a belated tribute.

I bought Outside Over There from a used bookstore in Raleigh, NC when I was in college. I didn’t have children but I immediately adored it. The story is whimsical and sweet and full of family love and devotion. Not to mention beautiful. Although I couldn’t know at the time, my future little family would fall in love with it as completely as I did.
When I gave In the Night Kitchen to my younger brother as a Christmas gift almost fifteen years ago, my mom was pretty dubious because of the little naked boy running through the story. But even then, I thought it was so charming and special. I love the image of the boy floating through the kitchen at night. It is so dreamlike and visually striking at the same time that I still regret not keeping that book for myself.
This one is a cheat because it is four teeny books in one set: The Nutshell Library consists of Pierre: A Cautionary Tale, One Was Johnny: A Counting Book, Alligators All Around: An Alphabet, and Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months. I found this when I was a new mother and although my daughter couldn’t read (or even roll over), it seemed perfect for our family. I love how Mr. Sendak merged his quirky and distinctive sense of humor with traditional children’s subjects (alphabets, counting) and created something original and hilarious.

 I never wrote to Maurice Sendak to express my appreciation for his work and I think I’ll always wish that I had. But luckily, I still have his books and I can continue to enjoy them with my kids on an almost daily basis. This, I suppose, is the best way to show my admiration anyway. I hope you’ve read all these before but if not, now you’ve got an easy, beautiful weekend project all set up for you, courtesy of Swings and Arrows.
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dissecting Newgrange

Monday's post about Michael Grab's stone balancing work reminded me of two artists/art works. The first of these is the entrance to the Newgrange passage tomb in Ireland. 

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Even in circa 3000 B.C. the Celtic motifs are evident.
This is the entrance stone which was discovered in 1699 by local landowner Charles Campbell. Inside the tomb were beads and bits of pottery which suggested the importance of the place as a ceremonial site. 
Subsequent Photos Courtesy of
An ariel shot shows the magnitude of the passage tomb.

Once uncovered archeologists were able to discover that the Newgrange passage tomb's construction aligns with the winter and summer solstice. A roof box allows a beam of light to illuminate the space on the longest and shortest days of the year. 

But what I find to be most important about Newgrange is its ability to underscore the importance of art in humans' lives. Created in approximately 3000 B.C. this piece proves that death, reverence for the dead, and harmony with nature are all key elements to life. 

Things don't change. Humans don't change. The importance of art spans all of humankind, empire after empire, religion after religion. 

Art is imperative to human nature. 

- Grace

Monday, February 11, 2013

Stone Balancing

Art can be created by the everyday hobbiest. 
Michael Grab goes into nature, stacks rocks- balanced ever so carefully- then photographs them. 
His work is amazing and inspiring! 

All Photos and Stone Balancing by Michael Grab

Seems to defy nature! 

Rightfully so his website is titled Gravity Glue


More amazing.

Most amazing!

Oh please God no! Don't do the photoshop ghost! 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Erin Lynn Welsh

“What makes you think I enjoy being led to the flood” 36x36in. Oil on Canvas 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I was inadvertently introduced (through a Facebook friend) to a new-to-me artist: Erin Lynn Welsh. She’s a painter and photographer living in NYC and her work is gorgeous.

“Dale’s yard in New Mexico” 2009 Mixed Media (Acrylic and Oil paint) 54x54in.

I was immediately drawn to her style, which, to me, echoes some of my favorite artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Anselm Kiefer. I spent the rest of the afternoon looking at as much of her work as I could find online.

“Elodie” 2007 Mixed Media (Oil and thread work) 36x48in.

Many of her works are large so I can only imagine how powerful they are in person. I can’t imagine that my little house could handle all the beauty of one her paintings. But that won’t stop me from dreaming!

“Untitled 2” 2008 Mixed Media (Oil and thread work) 36x52in.

I’ll leave you with a couple images to get your Friday started off on an inspiring note. If you need me, I’ll be counting my pennies and calculating exactly how long it will be before I can own one myself. If you're interested in seeing more of Erin's work, check out her blog or her gallery at Uprise Art.  

“Thunder” (Redone) 68x68in. Oil on canvas, 2012
“High tide” 2010 54x54in Mixed Media (oil and acrylic on canvas)

Happy Weekend!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Being Really American

Sometimes you fantasize that people who are really up-there and
rich and living it up have something you don't have, that their things must be better than your things because they have more money than you. But they drink the same Cokes and eat the same hot dogs and wear the same ILGWU clothes and see the same TV shows and the same movies. Rich people can't see a sillier version of Truth or Consequences, or a scarier version of The Exorcist. You can get just as revolted as they can—you can have the same nightmares. All of this is really American. 

- Andy Warhol

Photo via Twisted Sifter.
This is my absolute favorite Andy Warhol quote and I think of it often throughout my day and life.
 It instantly came to my mind when I viewed the following photo of a Ski Chalet for sale in Cananda for 15 million dollars.
In the bathroom you can see a pedestal sink, not just any pedestal sink but Kohler's Memoirs Sink. It's a very nice sink, beautiful proportions, nice clean lines. I know several people who have this sink in their home. This sink crosses economic lines.
You might be rich enough to own a $15 million dollar ski chalet or middle income and own a $300,000 home, but at the end of the day we're all washing our hands in the same pedestal sink. 

- Grace

PS- If you want to know more about Andy Warhol I highly suggest this book and this book
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