Friday, June 25, 2010

Priscilla Ahn - Dream

Doesn't Priscilla have the voice of an angel?
If you want another taste of heaven, go to Maison du Chocolat and buy these.
Happy weekend, friends!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pairing Pictures II

Hi friends, I can't stop drooling over the pictures at Sunday Suppers. The photographer, Karen Mordechai, has a real talent for making things 'just so' to create a magical moment, and put images together that tell a sensory story. I'm reluctant to say they are strictly commercial photographs. What, in your opinion, is the difference between commercial and art photography?

And here is my "story" for today ...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pairing Pictures

Since making the blurb book, I've been fascinated with pairing pictures that you wouldn't automatically place together, but once you do, it tells a kind of pictorial story. Sometimes it's about pattern or texture, other times it's chromatic story. This makes me want to create another book. I think I'll use this as a testing ground. What works? What doesn't? Why?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Porches are for Summer

I didn't grow up with porches, so I always thought that people who had them had something unspeakably wonderful. More than a conduit from the outside to the in, it's something halfway in-between. It's a summer living room. I love when I see porches with rugs, furniture and a festival of plants and flowers. But whether you have a minimalist statement in white and green or an enclosed porch shrouded in bushes, now is the time to grab a seat and watch the neighbors stroll by with their dogs.

This porch - I've had a crush on it for years. You can't tell from the picture, but the screens are made from cooper, so when the light shines through, it has this warm glow.

Do you have a porch? Do you live on it in the summer? What does it look like? Send me a picture!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dear Summer,

I have been waiting for you, checking days off the calender one by one, looking around the corner in anticipation, heaving an impatient sigh now and then. You'll notice I've compiled a list of things I'd like to do with you over the next few short months. We're going to have a nice visit, won't we?

Herewith my list:
  1. Eat ice cream as a meal.
  2. Lounge on the porch reading a book.
  3. Spend a few nights in a cabin.
  4. Go for long bike rides.
  5. Visit the state fair, perhaps specifically to see Devo.
  6. Grow really big heirloom tomatoes.
  7. Dedicate a photo collection to a single color - but which one?
  8. Clean the basement and attic. Okay, just the basement.
      We'll discuss the attic with Autumn.
  9. Meet a friend for dinner al fresco as frequently as possible.
10. Visit a flea market.
11. Enroll in yoga or dance classes. It's about posture and breathing.

So, we've got a lot to accomplish in such a short time! Come along, now ...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

When I was five years old, on a fine summer Sunday morning, my father and I went for a walk on a dirt road in the woods. I had on my yellow striped polyester shirt and matching yellow shorts; he had on his straw fedora and plaid shorts. He would hold my hand, and when he saw something of interest, he would bend down and point it out to me. Nothing remarkable happened, but it was memorable in ways that grown people have flashbacks of their childhood; of simpler times.

I spent this weekend at Lake Erie with my in-laws. It was equally tranquil and had the same effect. With nothing to do but have wine and cheese, stare at the lake and enjoy lengthy conversations, I couldn't ask for a more delightful weekend. It's nice to know that simpler times aren't always in the past.

I couldn't share my birthday with two more wonderful men. Happy Father's Day Gilbert and Jim!

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