Wednesday, June 30, 2010

If I weer a bee...

As I was just saying to a good friend, envy is a besetting sin of those with imagination. Right now, I kind of wish I was Isabella Rossellini. Why? Her Green Porno series, which I was told about by the esteemed Micah Moore of San Francisco Sketchwalk. Isabella's Bee is here on you tube, Micah's collaboration (a film version of the Surrealists' exquisite corpse) with his friends is on Vimeo (Micah's section is the part with the alien hands).

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


This contemplative bird was photographed by Eduardo, husband of commenter Cláudia. While she and I caught up on the steps of the Victoria fountain in front of Buckingham Palace, Eduardo and their daughter Isabella were having a wander around St. James' Park. We are wondering what it is - it looks like a cross between a dodo and a pelican.

I liked the bird a lot, so I have memorialized it in this t-shirt on redbubble.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Poem Continues...

Above, an oversized postcard from JT Steiny of Dog a Day which arrived on Saturday.

The poem mentioned in Thursday's post, The Idea of Order at Key West, is one of Stevens' poems about poetry, or creativity. This poem describes a woman singing on the seashore, and in the stanza following the one quoted below are the lines:

She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker...

Synchronicity or?

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Favorite sea chanteys, anyone?
For comics fans, Malachi Ward is offering his services at bargain rates for the next couple of weeks- think of the possibilities, you could be your own superhero!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Jonathan Cape Collophon

I know that is a faun, but what is it he is carrying? A fruit salad with three antlers sticking out of it? Please advise.

This is on the title page of the slender volume "a Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs, which I picked up at a charity bookstore in Exeter. When I say J. Arthur Gibbs is the author, he seems to rely heavily on quoting most of the the verses of "Elegy in a Country Churchyard" and voluminous tracts of Ruskin in between his ruminations on the duties of squires, the evocative qualities of coats of arms and the amusing remarks of village rustics. I did like this description of the hall of an ancient manor house, though.

Portraits of various degrees of indifferent oil painting adorned the walls of the house and staircase. Somebody appeared to have been shooting with a catapult at some of the pictures. One old gentleman had a shot through his nose; and an old fellow with a hat on, over the window, had received a pellet in the right eye.

Friday, June 25, 2010


This face may look familiar to comics aficionados- I was obsessed with George Herriman's Krazy Kat as a teenager. Part of the charm of this strip is the characters, and part is the pen and ink mesas of the southwestern landscape - eccentric, sparse and strangely comforting.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Window/Deep Sea

Mina and I changed the windows at Arjan just before solstice - more views on TinyTheatre.
If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of sunken coral water-walled,
However close, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end...

--from The Idea of Order at Key West, Wallace Stevens

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All choked up

Get out at the Highgate Tube stop and look to your right, there you will see the bookstore Ripping Yarns, which has this and many other Boys' Own Adventure literary masterpieces available.
Feels so good when it stops, doesn't it?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


That would be waving and that would be crying,
Crying and shouting and meaning farewell,
Farewell in the eyes and farewell at the centre,
Just to stand still without waving a hand...

---from Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu, Wallace Stevens

My sister bought this single glove for me in a thrift store my last afternoon in Devon.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Meet the Paisleys

Oh - It appears the Illustration Friday theme is Paisley this week.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Are you a gongoozler?

One of my best friends accused me...

This is a page from a lovely book (Ounce Dice Trice, by Alastair Read, with illustrations by Ben Shan) discarded at the Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz, New York. If you are ever there, they have a lot of very old books - including many original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels- available to take out. Sometimes new and improved isn't.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Box o Gothic Space Drama

Bryan Kring in his studio working on his latest miniature book, The Fall. Available in his etsy store.

And a delightfully sinister musical interlude on the Clerkenwell Kid.

For my London readers, Analu Prestes is showing her little boat photographs as part of the Lusophonic Festival at the Bicha Gallery in London June 28 to July 4.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Wide World

Robbie's room in England. He has been here in California for a few days before setting off for Alaska to work in a wilderness lodge a hundred miles from the nearest road. Ultimately he's hoping to do a circuit of the west and East Coast.

And, another globe, another young man starting out in the world, Cláudia used this stick in Rio to measure the love in her son Luis' eye.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Am I who I really, really am with my family of origin? Cause these family dynamics are a killer.

The above is available in card and print form on redbubble. There's also a 10% off t-shirt sale going on there now - with an additional 10% using the code ExtraSharp27429205

Kind of a non sequitur...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shall I compare thee...Writing Challenge

Devon was Like This. Let's do Shakespeare in reverse- for those who feel so inclined, take the weather where you are now (or some memorable weather) and compare it to a family member (includes pets, includes ancestors). Rhyming optional - well, it's all optional really.

Monday, June 14, 2010

His Favorite Wife

Kublai's favorite wife was Chabui, He frequently consulted her on matters of state.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

View of London and Gulf benefit site

This is a photo of London (featuring the Christopher Wren designed Royal Naval Academy) taken by joe beale featuring one of the sticks of pub night, previously mentioned.

In other news, ripplesketches is a blog selling small scale art cards to benefit The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Center in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. New work is going up all the time.

I have looked into the eyes of Joe the Dog

This is a dog on a monument in Highgate Cemetery, near where I stayed in North London. Joe is a living dog, earnest, sober and dignified, living in New Paltz, New York. I did not get a photo of him, but let me just say I have never before had my face licked in the courteous, considerate manner in which Joe does this. More dogs on TinyTheatre.

If you are ever in New Paltz, stop by Briarwood Court and ask for Joe the dog. You can tell them I sent you.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010


It depends on how you look at it.

I've just linked this on Illustration Friday, per Steve's advice.
By the way, Katherine, who appeared in yesterday's post, has opened a new shop on etsy, finespine

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Central Park 2

And of course, we had to leave a stick at this famous statue.


Above, Katherine and Olive in Central Park just after Katherine placed the stick you see in the photo- in the end, I gave some of the sticks to the bloggers I met in London at our pub night - joe the illustrator , the scrybe, and lettuce. Earlier that day, I was given a tour of the Portobello Road and Kensington Gardens by feltbug and visited the Victoria and Albert with Jenny Woolf of from somewhere in time. Earlier in the week, I met Jasmine of nature's whispers and we explored Bristol together. I also met the delightful Cláudia, with two of her family members , in front of Buckingham Palace.

I'm back - late last night, and anyone considering going through New York should know that JFK, no picnic at the best of times, has a runway down right now. I arrived to find the cat is in immediate need of the vet, so I'm going to have to visit you all later today.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sticks hit the road

To be left in London. I may record the resting places for Tinytheatre.

I'll check in on the second, that may be my last chance to visit before I get home on the Ninth.