I only just found out about this from my friend who keeps me informed of all manner of neat things. What a marvel to read here about the restored color print of George Méliès's fantastical 1902 film. It seems astounding!
I also found a side-by-side restoration gallery here - it's quite the daunting task the Preservation Dept. at Technicolor took on, piecing ragged bits of film together.
The Wonderland-esque scene above is quite spectacular with all those russet mushroom caps.
I hope I get to see it soon! I read there are bits of it in the new Hugo film, or maybe they're recreations of the scenes (I'm not quite sure - we haven't see it yet!). At any rate, hopefully the restored print will tour around somewhere close or soon be available for the little screen.
Just a head's up here to let you know that December 1st will be the last day to place an order for made-to-order lockets and have 'em delivered to U.S. addresses in time for Christmas.
For international customers, unfortunately, it is not possible to guarantee Christmas delivery at this point.
We will have a very small selection of ready-to-ship lockets available after that date (but it will only be a handful of designs) so if you want to choose from the whole selection, hop over and place your holiday order!
I'm gearing up to smash some gingersnaps into smithereens (a crust for pumpkin cheesecake!) The one I make is similar to this Allrecipes one, but I've never split up the filling into two layers. Maybe this year?
My list of preparations is blessedly short today - brine the turkey, ready the house for guests, maybe a run to the store. There is a lot I am thankful for each day, but this sleepy feast of a holiday gives me a chance to be extra-mindful of all I am grateful for. While enjoying a slice of pumpkin cheesecake.
Emily Winfield Martin. Random, $14.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-375-86995-2
Martin’s poignant and gently humorous debut novel is set in an unusual orphanage. The story grew out of portraits of the characters Martin drew, which appear throughout, accompanied by pithy explanations of how each resident came to live at the orphanage. The headmaster is Oddfellow Bluebeard (“a distant relation of the more famous Bluebeard”), who is “as gentle and kind as the other Bluebeard was cruel.” The story centers on newcomer Delia, a silent albino girl whose fellow orphans include a kind girl with pet finches; a spunky tattooed girl; a ravenous hedgehog; and Ollie, an upbeat boy with an onion for a head. Their adventures (pictured in the book’s abundant spot art) balance fantasy and reality: they discover a lake monster, enjoy a sumptuous picnic, view a mermaid fossil, watch the orphanage’s resident bear family perform at a circus, and enjoy a traditional Christmas. The novel’s cheerful tenor is occasionally tempered by the orphans’ memories of their former families, yet the new, loving bonds they’ve formed shine through. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7–10. Agent: Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.)
The Frankie calendar for 2012 has my little bandit girl on the cover! I feel so proud.
As always, the calendar features a bunch of wonderful illustrators I feel really happy to think of as peers (and in some case, call my friends.) It looks like the calendar is already sold out on the Frankie webshop, but if I get my mitts on any copies, I'll try and share 'em!
This is a snap of a partially-finished up little doll (with fur friend & lots of clothes!) I'm making especially for the Crafty Wonderland crew. She'll be included in the show booklets (which are handy & also always really fun to look through.) The show booklets will be available at the show and also in that week's Mercury!
I'm so excited for the show - it's the only holiday show we do each year, and it's always very festive and cozy and perfectly Portland. My mama was with us last year, and I don't think she ever wanted to leave the fair (this made me so happy, since she hadn't been to an indie-style craft fair before.) Here's the vendor list if you want to start getting jazzed about who you want to visit on December 10 & 11!
I've got plans for this doll post-Wonderland, so she'll be available for those of you outside of Portland, too.
I was on my Halloween buzz 'til about a week ago, but now I'm getting so excited for the holidays!
Last week was the autumn antique fair - one of my favorite happenings of the year! Here's my loot - I found some really neat stuff and (luckily!) didn't spend too many pennies for most of it.
Top row: Little bits - some litho ephemera I couldn't leave behind, sweet old buttons, and a German children's storybook pamphlet with the prettiest colors. Second row: A beautiful copy of Tony Sarg's Surprise Book & a funny blow-mold PigDog bank I couldn't resist Third row: Old Fulton Sign Writer printing kit full of stamps (A similar one (and in nicer shape!) is right here & a beautiful turn of the century little fancy-boy portrait I had been eyeing for the last 3 fairs! Fourth row: The best gem of the day! A little old metal (working/restored) radio painted with flowers.
Poking around at all the beautiful things keeps me on a dust-buzz for weeks after the actual fair!
Even though lots of the offerings are too fancy or pricey to even dream about actually owning (this year, the heartbreaker was a painted diorama of a ship that cost the same as a brand-new car!) it's fun to be able to peer and paw at it all - even if it's just for an afternoon.
I'm excited to say that most of the new paintings (Lillian & Licorice, Costume Party, etc) are now available as prints in the shop, along with this new pin set!
I am crazy over these four little guys - they bring out the crazy cat lady in me:
I hope you fancy these dapper little kittens, too! I think these little brown floral pin-packets will make the sweetest stocking-presents, so I wanted to have have them in plenty of time for the holidays.
PS: What do you think of a set similar to this with pups on it?
October was lovely (and I'm sorry to see her go!) but November is off to a nice start so far!
Well, a lovely & talented lady named Jean made me one, and it's perfect. Down to the smallest funny little button-placket detail, it's Miette's woolen peppermint goodness through-and-through.
Since I have such a gem on my hands now, I thought it was only fitting that I should continue continue my proud tradition of dressing as a character absolutely nobody will recognize, and be little Miette for Halloween 2011.
As suspected, nobody knew who I was, but that's fine! Without the perfect jumper and Ron Perlman on my arm, who can blame 'em?
With the exception of a group of small paintings I'll share soon, this little star-speckled lass is the final painting I'll be adding to the shop for this October update I've been working on. The pink, black and gold motif was inspired by one of my favorite Darger girls (a clipped-out print of her hangs in my dressing room, so I see her every day!)
Portrait with Star Dress 11"x14" Acrylic on wood
Her dress is sanded down, and I really liked the quality it gave.
I had been doing so many drawings for Oddfellow's (all the illustrations are in graphite) working on this set of paintings has been so nice.
I still have just a few more things to share before I add it all to the shop - but the October update will take place in October, I promise!
Continuing with my Octoberish paintings, I am happy to present...a new set of Bandit Portraits!
This rascal pair is something I was sure I wanted to include with this round of work:
Bandit Girl & Bandit Boy 8"x10" (each) Acrylic on canvas
(Click to enlarge!)
These two...all the rare book heists they surely get up to.
All the new work will be available really soon! A few more things to share, and then I'll know exactly when I'll be able to post the originals (and any other doodads) in the shop.
I hope October is treating you well so far. I'm working up a storm, on these and other projects...so hard, in fact that I haven't even found my way to a pumpkin patch yet. I have been making potpies and apple betty, though, so it's a pretty good start on the chilly-weather activites!
Another little lass and another little black cat for October - a kitten, really!
I think there might be one more black cat that comes out of this group of paintings, but I'm not sure...
Lillian and Licorice 11"x14"x1" Acrylic on wood
I'm really on a kick for these floppy little bow-ties.
I wanted to make two little licorice-haired friends with green eyes...I can't deny that I like it when people resemble their pets.
-Quite unrelated, but I recently needed some leather buttons to replace some unfortunate metal ones plaguing a tweed coat. I remembered all the lovely ribbons I've bought from M & J Trimmings, and checked on their button supply - sure enough, they had just the ticket and I got very lost in their lace and ribbon offerings before I purchased my little packet of buttons. Just a tip, in case you don't know about 'em!
Happy Friday! I hope the Fall is making you as giddy as it's making me.
Here we have another of the new October-ish paintings - this little mini-series is so much fun for me, it keeps growing larger! I'm still trying to decide when the update will be, but I'll be sure to post it here when I know for sure.
Lately I've been working on a small group of paintings loosely involving October-ish, Halloweeny things. I love this season so much, and while I don't love the traditional orange & black color scheme, I do love masks and candy and black cats pretty fiercely.
This is the first finished one - I've been working on it for weeks and I'm so happy to be able to share it now:
Costume Party 14"x11" Acrylic on wood (click to view larger)
Josiah calls it "This is the last time I go to a party at David Lynch's house", which is perfect.
This probably gives a bit of a window into my notions about social occasions.
I do wish they'd all leap up and dance to the little red radio. That's probably for another day/painting...
Thanks very much for all the kind words about the new cards, lockets, etc! The greeting card set is almost ready to put in the shop, and I'm so pleased the Alice lockets are a hit.
This is a crushing blow, because not only is this place important in a larger cultural sense, it's very special to me, personally. To say their Darger collection, Carousel exhibition, and early folk portraits altered the course of my life and work isn't hyperbole, it's the honest truth. It feels awful to think other artists and appreciators might not be able to visit this magical (if relatively humble) place.
I'm not sure what we can do about this, but I ardently wish I had deep enough pockets to swoop in and save it.
I don't want this box of idiosyncratic jewels to go away.
While I was in my lettering & designing groove making the new greeting card set, I got a bee in my bonnet to make more things along those lines.
Things like these two prints!
Commemorating two favorite old-timey sayings, these are meant as little reminders that you (or a lucky someone you choose to give it to) are pretty neat. Equally lovely for everyone from a good pal to a marvelous mom.
They are both available now in the shop! & The fall is really drifting in here in Portland...my very favorite time of year, and I'm all abuzz with projects and excitement!
See you soon!
PS: I just noticed that I've passed the 1,000 posts mark here on ye olde blog - geez, that's a lot! Thanks for being along with me for all this time. You're, well, the bee's knees!