Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fine Things

There are already plenty of reasons for hubby and me to go visit Austria, besides the fact that my close friend and my other friend's mother lives there, who I was close with too, I have yet another reason: feinedinge. It would be hard to resist at least something small from this store based in Vienna. The containers are whimsical, yet contemporary.

'moonstruck' leuchtkugeln

'silver' zylindervasen

Monday, July 27, 2009

The New Yorker- cat cover art

I recently subscribed to The New Yorker.
Here is some of their cover art. I was surprised at the amount of it that depicts kitty cats. I didn't make it through all the archives, but here are a couple that I came across.


This is my favorite one. I like the color, the idea and simplicity of it.
This one is just really funny.
Another good one.
And the not so friendly one.

Aster's grooming day

About a month ago or so I snatched up my grooming tools from work to give Aster a more decent haircut than what she usually gets when I use my "crappy" clipper and 3"scissors.
A proper grooming clipper, 8" scissors and thinning shears make all the difference. Only thing missing is the nuse, as she loves to lie down and sit during the process.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The madness returns

I can't wait!


Uptown on the west side is this wonderful store that sells these beautiful murano glass plates. They felt so fragile, that if I had them at home, I would be paranoid that I would break them. Perhaps that is why there are little signs that say " Please do not handle", which I only managed to see after I touched these little plates.

It also carries a pretty large variety of other great glass and pottery products, such as these.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New York Times cover art

Every week the New York Times issues a magazine. The articles themeselves are predominently great, but it's the cover art that draws me to them first. I especially enjoy the more illustrated cover art, over the photographic one.
And although not seen here,I am always impressed by their creative,functional and expressive use of typography for their stories.
12.28.09 5.10.09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


The whole painting process is still of a challenge, and I'm just trying to be patient and not rush the whole thing ( like attempting to finish a piece within two days).
So I took out and old painting that I doodled on, and went a bit over it. It's not great, but it was unplanned and rushed, because really, when I want to paint, I want to paint and not plan. Next time, more planning.

There is nothing quite like editing an image in Paint.

STARBUCKS's version of almost no ice

After walking for some time, there was nothing I wanted more than a nice cold iced tea from STARBUCKS.
I told the guy specifically that I wanted VERY little ice, almost no ice.
The funny part was, that it even said on the cup " light on ice", and on top of that, the guy handing me the tea said " Iced tea, light on ice".
I was thirsty, the place was busy, so I walked, but this is not my version of little ice.
When I am going to drink this cup at most in the next 15 min, I really don't need more than 4 ice cubes. Nor do I wish to pay over $3for a drink, which is nothing more than 1/3 frozen water.... sigh

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stonebalancing by Adrian Gray

Adrian Gray creates these temporary balancing sculptures out of natural stone. I don't know how long such a piece stays together, but it's pretty awesome that it does, even if it's brief.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The old violin

I have come across this image recently (see below, by Adrien Donot). I knew instantly that I have seen this concept before, which was done by Man Ray, in 1924. Normally I even like it when other artists are inspired by past artist's work. Man Ray was apparently inspired by ean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's nude paintings.
Yet in this case it was just.... all I could think when I saw this was " how unoriginal". Knowing well that much of today of anything is unoriginal.
Adrien Donot

Man Ray's Le Violin d'Ingres

Other similar copies.

Kimberly Mirabeau
body tattoo
body tattoo

Alexander Kharlmov
I do appreciate this one, which is created out of typography.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction

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September17 2009 till January 17, 2010 will be an exhibit of Georgia O'Keeffe's work. Definitely looking forward to that one. I realize that I don't visit the Whitney Museum nearly as much as I should.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction

Sunday, July 5, 2009


My mac has sort of died on me recently, which has kept me from posting my recent customers, as well as some other work.
In the meantime, I have been painting again and am almost done with one piece, which I'll be able to share, once the machine is up and running again.

A couple of pet peeves, or more like frustrations have crept up recently, which include:

Going out to buy clothing, finding a great piece, only to find that it's made out of Polyester. I can't stand wearing that plastic. My skin screams for air.

The bus waiting for people who are late, and who don't even bother walking a little faster to get to the bus. Yes majesty, the bus and all of us all wait on you.

And going grocery shopping, trying to find basic products that don't contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Who knew I would get so much reading done at a supermarket.

In the meantime I am reading this interesting books. I'm still in the beginning pages of it, but it already makes me think about making life simpler, especially living here, close to New York, a very fast paced environment.