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{Bibliophilia} Pinocchio: Jim Dine

I’ve been diving into my art books a lot lately – rediscovering favorite artists to introduce to my drawing class. It’s safe to say that I’m a bibliophile through and through. I haven’t traveled to Europe yet (a dream of mine) but I do own tons of books. Jim Dine is one of my favorite artists. He’s so versatile and I really appreciate his drawing style. When I found his Pinocchio book, I was so excited. It matches my love of puppets and drawing all in one beautiful book. 

I was preparing for class today and thought it would be nice to photograph a few of my favorite drawings from the book to share.  
I also found this great interview with Jim at the Tate. The exhibit looks fantastic! I wish I could’ve seen this in person- oh those hanging books!
I’m showing this work in class tonight and thought I’d share it with you too. Do you have a favorite artist? 

{Music Monday} Do it anyway…


Happy Birthday Jim Henson (he would have been 76 today)! This Music Monday is for you…
What a way to start the week. Thanks Ben Folds Five – this was awesome! 

photo credit: here

{Music Monday} Hey Daydreamer…

I love the way this video by Hilary Walsh was shot. Such beautiful photography. Not to mention- the song, Hey Daydreamer, off of Neil Halstead’s new album is lovely as well. Happy Music Monday! 

{Music Monday} Mystery Film Experiment…

This new Sigur Ros video caught my attention today- it’s beautiful…  Happy Music Monday! What are you listening to? 


(Sigur Rós ‘Valtari’ Mystery Film Experiment: Varúð by Ryan McGinley. Taken from the “valtari mystery film experiment”)

{Thrilled Thursday} Play & Repeat…

Ok, so “thrilled” may be a bit strong, but seeing this Andrew Bird video this morning via Etsy was really cool- it’s awesome! If you’ve been here before, you know that Andrew Bird is my all time favorite musician & I’ve been enjoying his new album in the studio non-stop since its release. The thing that sort of blew my mind, was that this video embraces everything that Sayer is interested in right now (space, human body, putting together drawings).  I showed it to him & he went bananas! We watched it 6 times before school this morning. I’m particularly excited that it’s possibly replaced the bloodmobile video. This is a video/song that I don’t mind playing over & over-  I really can’t picture myself saying, “Sayer, will you turn off that Andrew Bird now?.  I hope you enjoy the video as much as we do! It was just what I needed on this rainy Thursday. I just couldn’t wait until Music Monday….
Read about the video on the Etsy Blog
Andrew Bird’s Etsy Shop

{Music Monday} Pencil Revolution…

Oh, how I love this – it’s definitely right up my alley!  My pencil is tappin’ & I’m ready to start the week… Happy Music Monday!

via UPPERCASE Mag
photo credit : schradinova

{Music Monday} Texture & Tone…

Andrew Bird’s new album, Break it Yourself, came out last Tuesday & it’s been playing non-spot in the studio ever since. I actually listened to it & became hooked when it was available on npr’s “first listen” before the album release. I know Andrew Bird gets a lot of blog time here at the klt:sketchbook, but he really is my favorite musician. It’s his approach to music & his willingness to experiment that I’m really struck by. This album has received mixed reviews being called, songs of quiet contemplation” which I really respond positively to- it’s perfect for when I work in the studio. It also was recommended to listen to it early in the morning or late at night- not during busy/rushing hours. I suppose that may explain why I like it as well. AB seems to take risks & explore things that he is interested in, rather than being concerned strictly with what is going to sell. Which as an artist myself, I embrace & admire. 

“Since I first picked up the violin, I’ve been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin,” Bird tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer. “To this day, I’m still very interested in the range, palette and colors that I have to work with.”

I listened to this great music interview yesterday on npr called, Andrew Bird’s World of Wit, Whimsy and Whistling (March 11, 2012) that’s worth a listen if you are an AB fan —> here This quote from npr interview really struck a cord with me – I can identify 100% with his words as they are my interests in my work as well (but substituting musical instruments with drawing/painting instruments). Happy Music Monday

art – scan from album lyric pages
photo via

{Fun} Color….

Color, color, color!  What a fun video to explain color to kiddos….love this!  via Kid Crave

Music & Shadow Puppets…

   
It probably doesn’t need to be said that I’m fond of shadow puppets- but I love everything about them. So, I was glad to have stumbled across this video for the new Kate Bush song,”Eider Falls at Lake Tahoe. The shadow puppets were created by Robert Allsopp – I think they’re just lovely & wanted to share.  Hope you are having a great week!

{Hutch Demos} A thread drawing for you…

On November 5th, Chris & I both did demos at hutch studio. We spent the day working together in the same space- Chris worked on various whirligigs & I drew with thread by using free-motion on the sewing machine. My parents actually live on the other side of the fence from hutch studio & Sayer was hanging out with them while we were at the studio, but he did come over to watch a bit & was our first visitor. I know he really enjoys watching us work & being in that creative space. Maybe someday all three of us can do demos together. 


It was such a pretty, sunny day & I thoroughly enjoyed working next to Chris & chatting with the occasion visitor. There were two teenagers that hung out watching me for the longest time & I got a real kick out them. My brain usually works fast – plus I had consumed my share of coffee that afternoon & even I couldn’t keep up with their constant banter. 

My friend Chantale edited some footage we had of the afternoon & gave me this video for an early Christmas gift (I know, she is the sweetest!). You can sort of get a feel of the space & the way that I create my drawings that I use for my klt:works tees & plushies. I hope you enjoy it! 

  
One of the things that Chris & I try to instill in Sayer is the importance of making things by hand & how special a drawing or piece of art is. He has been drawing like crazy lately & we are encouraging him to give everyone a special drawing for Christmas. With that in mind, I thought I would “walk the walk” & do a special giveaway that comes from my hands & my heart. I’m actually not really sure how it will be received, but I thought I would give it a whirl. It’s not meant for any other reason than to say “thank you” for sharing your time & comments with me. So… during this demo at hutch, I did quite a few little owl drawings – they are fairly quick & on small pieces of canvas. I would love to give them away to people who would enjoy them. If you would like one, just leave me a comment (& a way to reach you). If necessary, I will draw names & announce it here on Friday. Thanks again for reading this blog & for reaching out. I truly value the connections & people I meet here!  Hope you are having a great week! Happy Holidays!