Dane, 45. Columbus, Ohio. Photographer, baker, sketcher, gardener, science fiction fan, Anglophile, big fan of food.

Things you will encounter often should you choose to follow: English TV, bohemian decor, plants and flowers, '80s music, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, John Simm, Life On Mars, Mad Dogs, classic rock, oldies, jazz, mid-century design, photography (mine and otherwise, and usually of something domestic in nature) and food. And the occasional pride in having checked off a massive to do list.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014


During their courtship a young man regularly sent his fiancée letters in envelopes on which he made a series of winningly charming and funny drawings.The examples here make up a small part of a larger collection. The Marin County (California) Free Public Library has published this description:

The 46 illustrated envelopes presented here were hand-colored by Joseph Dennis McNeil, and sent, with a few exceptions, to his fiancée,Ellen Josephine Redding, who was living in Nicasio and San Rafael during their courtship. This collection spans the years 1925 to about1933. At this time, Joseph was working for Schmidt Lithograph Company in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. Joe and Ellen had met as youngsters in Nicasio. They were married on August 9, 1928Joe and Ellen raised their family in Los Angeles.  Joe and Ellen were married for 47 years before Joe passed away on August 8, 1975. Shortly afterwards,Ellen relocated from Los Angeles to the family property in Nicasio with one of her daughters, Martha. On June 13, 1987, Ellen died at the age of 87.  Read and listen to Ellen Redding McNeil’s oral history interview from July 15, 1980http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/ohp/id/691

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

Reminders to myself (and any other artsy people who follow me i guess)



-You don’t get better at drawing by avoiding drawing until you are better at drawing.

- You don’t have to make a new masterpiece every day it’s okay if all you drew is a doodle of a bug. You are now +1 bug doodle better at doodling bugs. 

- Also it’s okay if the thing you drew didn’t turn out very good. Everything you draw makes you one step closer to being able to draw good. You are still +1 step better at drawing whatever you drew no take backsies.

- You are the only person who knows if your art didn’t turn out as good as you wanted it to. You are the only person who can see the things in your art that weren’t what you imagined in your head. No one else will know unless you tell them.

- Comparing yourself to other artists just isn’t fair. You get to see all of your art, the best stuff and the worst stuff. You usually only get to see the best stuff other artists make. You don’t get to see that half drawn badly propotioned face they drew at 2 am and immediately scrapped. So don’t compare your badly drawn 2 am face to their best work.

- Just keep making art. The only way you can really fail is if you give up. 

All this applies to writing and other arts too :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014


Mistress of Modernism |Marguerite ”Peggy” Guggenheim (1898-1979)| American Art Collector, Bohemian & Socialite

After her father Benjamin Guggenheim went down with the Titanic in 1912, his eccentric daughter, Peggy, inherited $2.5 million (that’s $34 million today) which provided her an income of $22,500 a year in the form of a trust fund. In some circles, it was estimated she only inherited $450,000. Bored with New York, she moved to Europe to satisfy her voracious artistic and sexual appetites (Rumor has it she slept with 1,000 men!). She is well known for assembling a very notable modern art collection between 1938-46 from the likes of Duchamp, Pollock, Rothko, Calder, Kandinsky, Picasso, Miró, and many other prominent artists of the time.

(Top) 1950 Peggy in her palace on the Grand Canal | Photo: David Seymour | Venice

(Bottom) 1955 Portrait of Peggy | Photo: Oswald Kofler

Via: 1 | 2 | 3

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


 lula aldunate  radiates mandalas with ornate ceramic plates

new york city based artist and designer lula aldunate has photographed a hand-crafted a series, comprised of vibrantly colored and intricately pattered mandalas. the spiritual spirals are a ritual symbol in hinduism and buddhism, which represent the universe. here, aldunate has recreated the circular motif from ornately decorated tableware, deftly intermingling various colors, botanical prints, plate size and trim. gold leaf overlaps neon pinks perfectly, both unifying and juxtaposing the compositions. the artist is a lover of flea markets, quirky details, colors and prints; thus, the her work always includes a vintage piece, as illustrated in the collection of antique arrangements.

For decorative/photographic inspiration.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014



A mix of nature to create beautiful afrocentric street art


Saturday, March 22, 2014
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