August 30, 2006

My "Visual" Bookshelf

I've been fascianted by visual journals and art books and have been reading some really wonderful books:

1. "A Year In Japan" by Kate T. Williamson
- A watercolor journal of a young woman's trip to Japan
- Small and delightful
- Captures a place and time
- Inspires me to be more visual in my own journals

2. "Watercolor Journeys: Create Your Own Travel Sketchbook" by Richard Schilling
- Pages from the journals of a dentist who travels around the world on aid missions
- Has "how-to" exercises: Tried one and loved what I created
- Easy to see what captures his attention
- Inspired me to create a sketchbook of my own

3. "Drawing From Life: The Journal As Art" by Jennifer New
- Observation; Reflection; Exploration; Creation
- This wonderful book opens up the discussion of why we keep journals
- The book showcases samples of people's journals - from artisits to engineers; it's fascinating to see how others see and make a record of their lives

August 28, 2006

Ode to Pollock

It's never to late to have a happy childhood!
Created these with Crayola crayons.

Click on the images to get a larger view.

August 17, 2006

Post Secret

Just finished this great book: "Post Secret" by Frank Warren.
He left postcards in library books, at art galleries, etc with the following instructions:

"You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humilation. Revel anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Be brief. Be legible. Be creative."

Great idea. Amazing results.
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August 16, 2006

Inside 911

Incredibly well done documentary about 911 and the events leading up to it.
Answers so many questions, and connects dots that the mainstream media does not even begin to address.

August 10, 2006

Nephew Days

When the Jeep was dead and we had to buy a new car, one of my requirements is that I could carry the boys around.
Misson accomplished.

Chasing Monarch Butterflies on the "wildflower lawn" in front of the house.

August 2, 2006

Constitution Marina

Early morning pics of the marina.

Joy Machine

Susan and I joined Ren and other Cinemascope members to root for one of our own.

Margaret Caruso's debut CD "Joy Machine" party was held at All Asia Cafe in Cambridge. A fun evening of good music. Am still haunted by some of Margaret's lyrics.

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