Song of the Open Road

Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road,
healthy, free, the world before me,
the long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

-walt whitman, the tiniest piece of the brilliant 'song of the open road'

2009 was a surprising year. I suspect there will be surprises in store.
and a BIG FULL BLUE Moon to usher in the New Year - enjoy and be safe!

git yer holiday on

Merry Holiday's to everyone.

safe travels for all heading off hither and yon!
be back soon...

the longest night

Pretty sure the Abominable Snowman LOVES Winter Soltice!

Enjoy. eat, sacrifice a bottle of wine, and light a candle in honor of ancient tradtions...

Anne Van Hoey's influence

Anne Van Hoey's work continues it's limitless influence on me.
I instantly focus on the tight, modern, and seemingly effortless shapes. I love how 'sharp' the circular elements are - they are buoyant and floaty, but still express as stout and solid. A thing so excellently designed smacks of the transcendent; it becomes impossible to describe. Truly. Also, the clay body is the perfect match for this form.
Belgian chocolate.
stunning. simple complication. brilliant.

Timothy McSweeney recommends

you need this. It's good for you...

plunge in here

...a long time ago Dante and I visited 826 to work with the kids. They had a writing project where they made up a short story that they would be reading to Dante - so they had to write something that Dante could relate to! He was all ears!

blogs I am lately consumed by

The Contemporist

You have been here sometime

Design nws

they require, no, demand your attention people!
get on it :)

beautiful, like breathing in clean air.

Monument by Architechture Firm Enproyecto to Pedro Almodovar
La Mancha, Spain.

currently in a maze...
change is thick on the ground these days...

Sharon's Extraordinary Vision

a sidewalk in Auckland (travels in NZ c.2008).

Sharon Virtue is in New Zealand roaming the 'land of the long white cloud' and has decided to share her stories with us. Sharon is an extraordinarily talented artist and a seasoned traveller. I've no doubt you will be entertained, and New Zealand couldn't be a better subject.
more on Sharon here, here and here.

the yellow treehouse

a tree house...

a restaurant!
Yet another reason to pack up and move to New Zealand!

Merete Rasmussen

Fabulous. modern. ceramic. eye candy!
more here

on the subject of warmer climes...

the 20,000ft voyeur.
I've long thought of painting these.

check it out here

thinking warmer climes

we golden state people wank about the weather if it's off 5 degrees in either direction.

we're in the middle of Winter Wankfest 2009!

one good thing; big waves and the water feels HOT at 53. yee har!

salt water is the cure

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.

~Isak Dinesen

I'm having one of those days. Actually, wait, a week. A week where all I want to do is be in the water. Alone. Away from everything. To lay my head on my board and float over the swells as they come in, to paddle around and be enveloped in the ocean just hearing the water move. To look towards shore like it's a stranger and never coming in...

Vipoo Srivilasa Part 2

are YOU KIDDING me! hero.

Vipoo Srivilasa Part 1

Vipoo Srivilasa found via Strange Fragments, a blog I follow; and what do we have here?
A mermaid...and a surfer!
I like this guy!

Michael Ferris, Jr.

When I first came across Michael Ferris Jr's work, I thought it was clay which kind of made my mouth hang open for a minute!

They are recycled wood, which makes my head hurt. in a good way.

They are pure Italianate high renaissance and yet fully modern and abstract; facinating. I don't know what to think. They make my mind race; I find them riveting.

I instantly thought of francis bacon and lucien freud and even kandinsky...just for starters.