Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I'm running a series of pictures of patterns over at AbovetheGWB Photo I am working on incorporating a "studio journal" into my daily practice. The class I am taking online is with Sharon B and I have written about it here before.
I am doing more "thinking about it" than using it right this moment, but in part that is while I am processing how to change the focus from fabric to the sort of collage of things that I do. Besides, I was knitting a bathroom rug, and that took time.
I have been shooting a lot of photos, and I decided to get away from representation and into pattern for pattern's sake, so you'll have to bear with me a bit.
Meanwhile, I think part of the dithering is because I want to do so many things and Sharon B. is so pinpoint about what she is all about. I admire that a lot and it makes me feel unfinished or some version of that because there really is no way I would be totally happy with one thing.
The word dilettante springs quickly to mind. At least the definition they use first is lover of the arts. Followed by jack of all trades master of none or words to that effect.
I am loving shooting so many photos. There was a class at ICP that required shooting a roll of film a day doesn't that sound like a great class???? I REALLY wanted to take that class and kept ditzing about it (partly because of the cost, I can assure you) I am almost doing the equivalent now and it is amazing. Digital photography is certainly liberating in that way, and I don't have to pay for developing.
Friday, July 25, 2008
My old timer upbringing prevents me from doing much more than sharing it with you, as the laundress obviously chose to share it with all of Washington Heights!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"Absorba" which is described as a bathmat. I needed a bathroom rug for my very small bathroom. (I will never make House and Gardens with this bathroom).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Since I was down in the Wall Street area I was, on a Sunday, surrounded by tourists. There is a big metal bull sculpture that is quite popular since there is not much else down there on weekends.
A little boy was checking out the sculpture when he saw
"things" whose shapes he recognized.
He charged over and began hugging those round metal things .... I guess he thought he could take them off and play with them...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This was Sammy's. We decided that a beer and something light to eat was in order since we were all the way out at the end of the island and it was a long walk back. We were going to look for things to shoot as we went.
Before we had a chance to order, this arrived. It was complementary! It was good, but we were a little surprised. All we added was a shrimp cocktail.... also good and fresh ... and a beer. That is a whole loaf of bread, and behind it is a half a pan of cornbread!
This was mostly what we saw. It was picturesque, and now I have been there, done that, and didn't bother with the tee shirt.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien - this is our book club book for September so it is first on the list.
Travels with Herodotus - Ryszard Kapuscinski -- one of my hero writers, I think I could read the phone book if he wrote it, but I haven't read this one. If you have never read him, read The Emperor or Shah of Shahs after reading either of those you will be joining me in the phone book.
Omnivore's Dilemma -- Michael Pollan -- I've read the corn section.. the first meal... and then got distracted, but I had my mouth hanging open in awe all through that chapter so back I will go.
The Yiddish Policemen's Union -- Michael Chabon -- Because I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and didn't want it to end, and I hope this has the same effect.
And, what I would like to THINK I will read:
The Matisse Biography -- Hilary Spurling -- BOTH books. I am delusional here, but I would love to read them, so there they are.
That's the list for now. It certainly can become more fluid by August.
This, by the way, is my 101st post on this blog. It is the 191st day of the year, so that is almost a post every other day. I started on January 22nd this year, so not bad!
I was impressed with how quickly it knit up and is perfect for the baby present I was making him to be.
Although the pattern is called Elijah, this one is going to a little girl, so will undergo a sex change operation and become Elly before arriving at her door.... don't worry, it will be perfectly painless.
The details .. Elly is right at 10 inches tall and 8 inches across with her arms spread out. She is a little bit greener than she appears in all the pictures, but I did make her eyes with bright blue cotton ribbon yarn.
She took about 3 ounces of heavyweight sock yarn. It was in my stash and had no label. I decided it was sock yarn of some sort, then had a nervous breakdown about halfway through that she wouldn't wash, but she did just fine. I think I overstuffed the head, but the body and the rest are a little squishy, so it is ok. There is no sewing with this pattern. Ysolda did a wonderful job with it. You knit and stuff the head, pick up stitches for the body, stuff that, add each appendage by picking up stitches and finally do the same for the ears. If you have a good crochet hook this is all do-able and though the first row of knitting after you pick up the stitches is tight, the rest just moves right along.
Now all this baby has to to is arrive!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
By the time for dessert, however, your composure may have returned adequately to let you shoot a photo before you eat the tasty little morsels.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I haven't been drawing, though it is one of my big loves, I just sort of slid out of the habit and haven't done it. I am most decidedly NOT a landscape kind of person. For me the challenge is figures and on Wednesday afternoon at Spring Studio in Soho, they have a model in costume. This is one of those amazing places in New York. Minerva Durham has been on Spring Street forever and EVERY morning, EVERY afternoon and EVERY evening except Sunday evening, there is a model on a model stand and you can draw for 3 or 4 hours. That means 20 models a week and 20 different opportunities to draw them. And just for good measure, on the first and third Saturday afternoon there are 2 models.
My prepaid card was prepaid back in 2002 but Minerva said it was still good. Even without the prepaid card, the sessions only cost $14 a session. The final icing on the cake is the quality of models is generally excellent. Why it took me so long to get back I don't know, but Nicki gave me a kick in the seat and there I was again.
my long layoff shows.
Just LOOK at that wizard costume..it was blue and gold if you want to really imagine the full impact and had a standup gold collar.
Then, since we were in Soho we went wandering a bit and dropped into the MOMA store, Kate's Paperie and the Housing Works bookstore. The only treasure that followed me home was this book of Bruce Chatwin's photos and journals. He is one of those writers whose prose I envy and whose mind I would have loved to pick, so this was great.
Then, since we were in the neighborhood and it was just 6 pm, we found ourselves out front of .............
How could we not go in? We were so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the goat cheese and onion tart appetizer, but the lamb stew with spring vegetables and gnocci
was not lost in the shuffle. It was delicious. and the dessert... the picture is shaky, sorry but Strawberry Rhubarb TART!! I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
When we left we both thought we were going to die from good food. Fortunately there was a short walk to the subway uptown and on the way, in addition to the dalmation at the firehouse I saw these little guys.
And, as the real topper on the day, by the time I got home, Sienna was so glad to see me that she had arranged a little early Fourth of July celebration for my entertainment.
I am not sure WHY there were fireworks from New Jersey.... maybe they celebrate early across the river? But it was a fitting top to the day......