Looks like something from District 9...I will be putting it together tomorrow for a second post after the first one, which is of course to announce the participants to date in the Illustration Challenge.
Despite the seemingly random propinquity of the corpse of the well-dressed yet impecunious peer, the unbroken chinoiserie vase, the esoteric volume, and the stolen racehorse, the great detective could see a pattern emerge...
The actor Joseph Gordon Leavitt has appeared in three films as a character struggling with knowledge which is is some way below the level of consciousness, Mysterious Skin (2004), Brick (2005) and The Lookout (2007). His face is remarkable for conveying both vulnerability and a sort of willed impermeability. All of the films are recommended.
It's a state I believe most of us have experienced.
The word tintinnabulation was suggested by justdoodleit, who has some lovely contemplations in ink and watercolor on his blog.
My first job out of college was working as a teacher in a Swiss boarding school. At the beginning of January, all the farming males, from small boys to grown men, would walk around with bells of various sizes, ringing them to drive away the evil spirits. Fueled by alcohol in the case of the adults, this activity went on late into the night. What the cows think of this is unknown.
This character was suggested by Bindu at Transient Lives. Bindu writes about her travels in various parts of the world, including the rugged landscapes of Texas where she lives. Her eye is always both exact and kind. Bindu also recommended at place to stay for my sister when she visited Buenes Aires - isn't blogging great?
The next illustration link I post is also an excuse to describe a very peculiar New Year's tradition of the Swiss Alps.
Who is it? Answer in labels if you can't guess (nothing to do with Mick Jagger and the rest of them).
Can it be? Jakolnikov finds he has lost his appetite for the stolen tarts, which lie on their plate mocking him with their flaky perfection.
This concludes the Alice posts for now, I have a couple of more which I will post later on, and possibly I may take the non-canonical stuff/mashup stuff further. The archive for May of this year has most of the Alice posts if you missed the earlier installment. Tomorrow, an illustration or two for the words post.
What happened was that I was on Grand Avenue, thinking about linking up some of the interesting poetry I've seen recently, came on this window (Walden Pond Books) with extraordinary light and shadows which seemed ideal for the post, went back for the camera, and ran into a neighbor who wanted to tell me about everything she was listing on Craig's List in great detail. Yup, lost the light. This isn't exactly as big a deal as the man from Porlock eliminating the last 27 stanzas of Kublai Khan...I will be leaving my apartment with my camera at 5:53 this evening, we'll see what happens.
Can you see it? The bush in the back used to be topiary carved in the likeness of a dragon with an open jaw, but the man who lives here is very old and can no longer reach the front of it with the clippers. He can only indicate its sinuous lower body. You reach for what you can - The American painter Albert Pinkham Ryder memorably said that making art should be done as if one were a caterpillar on the end of a blade of grass, feeling in the air.
James, the proprietor of the Antiques Centre, under attack by a miniature Amazon. This seems to be the week for dubious characters here (not James, who is a very nice man - I think I made him nervous following him around with the camera while he was working, though).
I've just checked, and Edward Gorey never illustrated Alice in Wonderland...I think I'm going to have to post a little hommage/mashup on Monday. It's just something that needs to be done.
The word is balance...if anyone sees my left metatarsal arch, please send it home, I miss it...especially in tree pose.
Leave me a word to illustrate in the comments, I'll pick one and post it next Thursday with a link to your blog and will send you the small drawing for your word (the one above is about 4' by 5") via snail mail if you like. People to whom I haven't linked before are especially encouraged to leave word.
Are they really lost, or are they just up to no good when they disappear? This one is meant to be carrying a burglar's kit, but I think I drew it a bit too small. Something of Edward Gorey's Wuggly Ump about him.
Junk Thief has posted a video by Segundo de Chomon showing other nefarious activites of inanimate objects here.
A sort of human bee carrying on the work of pollination. I drew and photographed this a couple of days before Vancouver blogger Nao posted about her BeeCause Pollination Project, working to foster honeybees in neighborhood gardens. Bee populations have recently suffered mysterious losses in population and are in need of help in surviving.
Those tarts...wafting sweet odors on the morning air, and left so temptingly within reach (if within reach includes scaling the castle walls) - how could they be resisted? The Knave of Hearts resorted to a somewhat inadequate disguise before proceeding. Do you think they will taste as good as they looked (again with the questions)?
Steve Loya (artist, arts educator and monster maven) has interviewed me for his artist spotlight on his blog goflyingturtle (now there's an image - I realize I mentioned feeling like a turtle that wanted wings earlier today to a correspondent...now realizing where I got the idea from). Anyway, the last question Steve had for me was "who would you most like to meet and why?". That person is pictured above.
Who would you most like to meet? Please note: This is not Tiny Tim. See here. Polyester trousers should always be bright red.
Here's the beginning of a drawing , to finish as you wish. Post your finished version on your blog and I will link to it in a special blogroll on the right during October. There's no deadline, you can finish it after October 1 as long as you let me know the link in the comments here or by email. One person has already posted, but I won't start the links till October 1, on which day I'll post my own finished version.
After October, AKA the start of the HolidaySeason, the right hand side will be featuring many (many!) wonderful items of my own for purchase at redbubble or etsy, among them an Alice Calendar. Or maybe a book? Anyone have any preferences - the cost is the same, the book would have more pictures than the calendar.
This is one of my assemblages, it is like the card for The World in the tarot Deck.
A deep imagining emerges as we live, exposed to all our sentient outcomes... Such possibilities become especially vivid when we are feeling vulnerable...It is an excited, animated vision of our own potentially transformed being.
The Queen's Fish Footman hands the invitation to the croquet game to the Dutchess's Frog Footman. When Alice knocks on the door, she is advised by the Frog Footman "There's no sort of use in knocking...I'm on the same side of the door you are [and] they're making such a noise inside, noone could possibly hear you." It's easy to imagine Alan Rickman's sonorous tones issuing from the bewigged frog.
The Dormouse wakes up after being stuffed in the teapot and runs off with the Mad Hatter's Hat. Some of the teacups you see above were very kindly sent to me by the proprietor of After the Pencil Soars through it. This is the image for October in the Wonderland Revisited 2010 Calendar.
Robbie took the photo of me sort of wearing my Cheshire Cat mask, and my sister Judy presented me with the three-inch tall dancing figure (which she, less notional than me, described as "a woman trying not to pee"). Sister and nephew are on their way to the airport to return to England.
Robbie has a tattoo on his leg of a man sitting on the porch of a little shack reading a book, made from a drawing a friend did . Here you see my expansion of the little man as a hiker crossing my nephew's path.
Robbie very thoughtfully found a blog yesterday mentioning "Wee Smelly Susan". If anyone can think up any lovely nicknames for Robbie and leave them in the comments, I will pass them on to him.
I have a few images, like Alice and the key, that are takeoffs from the original story. In this case, the reference is to the March Hare ruining the works of a watch with the best butter - mostly an excuse to take this photo in the all-but-dry creek bed where I shot the Alice dreaming and one of the Third Man pursuit photos.
Sheridan LeFanu's story "Green Tea" describes a man who becomes a little too amped up on the titular infusion and begins to see a hideous ape out of the corner of his eye. Many of my own ideas seem to have their source in a strong cup of the leafy brew. "Green Tea" was published thirteen years after "Origin of the Species".
The reference (which has been removed) to another artist's work was intended merely to show influence, this was not intended to be a satirical take on that artist's work, which this artist continues to admire.
Here you see my wonderful nephew Robbie in a state of vanquishment (I checked to make sure this is a noun). We are going up the coast today to retrieve some of my sculpture from the gallery which is closing. I am going to try to remember to post one of the jokes that little kids have told Robbie in an edit.
Joke that Robbie told me that a little kid told him: Can you poke yourself through a hole this small? [holds out thumb touching index finger in a circle]
[Rests thumb and index finger on forehead, touches forehead through circle]
Here you see Athena's owl taking shelter in a felt bag my nephew Jimmy made. The bag is going off to Greece as a donation to the fund-raising reforestation effort at Attika SOS. If you have crafty skills and have an item you can donate, or make, or if you'd like to make a cash donation, please see this site.
My name is Susan Sanford. I pursue the arts in Northern California -Welcome to my free-associative visual journey . I don't do memes or accept awards or ads, but I frequently link to other bloggers if I see something delightful. All photographs and artwork here were made by me unless otherwise noted- please respect my copyright (this includes posting any images on facebook- my understanding is that they claim ownership of photos posted there).