Thursday, March 22, 2012

{Inspiration} Charley Harper....

Today I was in the mood for some Charley Harper inspiration so I headed to my book shelf. I love flipping through the pages of my Charles Harper's Birds & Words book. The illustrations are gorgeous & always leave me feeling ready to work in the studio when I'm through. When thinking about different palettes, the top three illustrations in particular stood out to me. Do you have a favorite?  

photo credit: scans from Charles Harper's Birds & Words
1. Water Turkey
2. Flamingo
3. Western Tanager

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer's Book Corner # 7

It's officially spring (although you wouldn't know it by our weather this week) & it's time to pump up the bike tires & plan some riding adventures. Find out about the adventure Sayer is reading about over at La Petite Magazine. Sayer's Book Corner is up.... 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

{Inspiration} The first day of spring...

In 1999, on the first day of spring, I married Chris in an old mansion on a hill. The mansion houses a quilt museum now & is considered one of the 10 most haunted places in Western Washington. Interesting... because all of our photos were taken in black & white film &  some have a very odd quality about them (I might have to do a post with the strangest photos- they're very Bela Lugosi like). We also had a vintage theme going so  it's sometimes hard to tell what year it was- which sort of adds to the mysterious quality. Last year on our anniversary, I started the task of going through boxes of negatives & photos, scanning some of them into the computer (because we were married before digital was common). You can see some more of those photos in my, First day of Spring -1999 post last yearI think I will go though & scan some every year on our anniversary-  it's really fun to cruise down memory lane. I also love noting some of the cool details in the photos- like textures, images, patterns, shapes. It's great for some nostalgic & artistic inspiration- like watching an old movie. That evening in 1999, we started our adventure as a married couple & 13 years later, I can only imagine what kind of adventures are on our horizon...but they're bound to be creative & involve a lot of laughing! 
Happy First Day of Spring!! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

{Music Monday} Vintage Green...

Hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day! Green is actually one of my favorite colors, how about you? I haven't quite had my fill of green yet so-  Happy Green Music Monday

*Photos from my 1967 copy of What is a Color by Alice & Martin Provensen


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