“Jim and the Treasure”

I absolutely love the way N.C. Wyeth painted all the gold coins in this classic illustration.

By N.C. Wyeth

By N.C. Wyeth

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DTLA Flower Market

There were some old favorites and new (to me) discoveries during a recent visit…

Little pinkies

Li’l pinkies

Some sort of fern

Some sort of fern

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Alien pods

Alien pods

Dyed(?) orange hydrangea

Dyed(?) orange hydrangea

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House Crush

…more of a townhouse/duplex crush.

"California Gold" bougainvillea

“California Gold” Bougainvillea

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Rough

I usually dislike painting on rougher watercolor papers, but every once in a while it works out.

Cold Press Paper

Cold Press

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“Washed Up”

From the artist’s statement:

“In my current project, Washed Up, I address the issue of plastic pollution making its way across the ocean and onto the shores of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve… The alchemy of Washed Up lies not only in converting a trashed landscape, but in the project’s potential to raise awareness and change our relationship to consumption and waste.”

— Alejandro Durán

BY ALEJANDRO DURÁN

BY ALEJANDRO DURÁN

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“…we love to contemplate blue…”

“…we love to contemplate blue — not because it advances to us, but because it draws us after it.”

—Goethe

Horizon + Cobalt Turquoise + Indanthrone

Horizon + Cobalt Turquoise + Indanthrone

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(mini) House Crush

I pass by this place on my bike quite often and am always charmed by the arched door + window triptych.

Spanish-y Cottage

Spanish-y Cottage

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Macro

An iPhone olloclip macro lens make an average garden so much more dramatic, monstrous, intriguing…

Blossom

Blossom

Stamen

Stamen

Leaf

Leaf

Spores

Spores

Web

Web

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“It was as true… as turnips is.”

“It was as true… as turnips is. It was as true… as taxes is. And nothing’s truer than them.”

— Charles Dickens

tax prep begins (sigh)

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Gradients!

Went a little crazy the other night…

Gradients

Notes, notes, notes

Bright Violet to Cadmium Yellow

Bright Violet to Cadmium Yellow

Horizon Blue to Ivory Black

Horizon Blue to Ivory Black

Yellow Ochre (Base), Opera to Burnt Sienna

Yellow Ochre + Opera to Burnt Sienna

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Hansel & Gret(h)el (updated)

Here are some of my favorite illustrated versions, from oldest to newest.

(update at bottom)

Art by Bess Livings

Art by Bess Livings (1937)

Art by Joan Walsh Anglund

Art by Joan Walsh Anglund (1962)

Art by Adrienne Adams

Art by Adrienne Adams (1975)

Art by Mary McClain

Art by Mary McClain (ca.1978)

Art by Lisbeth Zwerger

Art by Lisbeth Zwerger (1979)

Art by Jen Corace

Art by Jen Corace (2008)

Art by Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)

Art by Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)

I received this fascinating (and dark) new edition recently — all done with India ink!

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The farmer (updated)

After moving into my current place, I found a curious farmer figurine standing on a window ledge out back. I had seen a few examples of people photographing small scale figures with ordinary objects that then appear to be gigantic — and was inspired to try my hand at it. A couple of months later, I noticed a pack of the farmer’s friends in a craft store and a series was born.

I am also obsessed with the poor man’s tilt-shift.

(update at bottom)

Garden

Garden

Walkabout

Walkabout

Harvest

Harvest

Garden II

Garden II

Mission5

Harvest II

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Cursive

I had forgotten all about this IBM typewriter cursive type!

IBM Selectric

IBM Selectric

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Spine Art

A visit to Smith Family Bookstore is not for the faint of heart with its endless shelves and stacks of books. I particularly loved seeing these two sets with continuous spine art.

Smith Family New & Used Books

Stacks and stacks and stacks

A Dance to the Music of Time

A Dance to the Music of Time

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

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Three fields

During a farm walk yesterday: three fields at three different times, yet they all match up quite nicely.

Left

Left

Middle

Middle

Right

Right

Trio

Trio

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So simple

This genius display at the farmer’s market was attracting A LOT of attention.

Nutritious Rainbow

A nutritious rainbow

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Crazy Town

Sure…

Why not take a few minutes to hand-color that sign for the Bureau of Sanitation?

You don’t have anything else to do.

Sharpie Chisel Point!

Sharpie Chisel Point!

This way >>>

This way >>>

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