Archive for December, 2011

From the Journals of the Frog Prince

December 29, 2011

My poetry kick continues, we are closing down 2011 with one of my very favorite poems, from my text book, freshman year of college:

From the Journals of the Frog Prince
by Susan Mitchell

In March I dreamed of mud,
sheets of mud over the ballroom chairs and table,
rainbow slicks of mud under the throne.
In April I saw mud of clouds and mud of sun.
Now in May I find excuses to linger in the kitchen
for wafts of silt and ale,
cinnamon and river bottom,
tender scallion and sour underlog.

At night I cannot sleep.
I am listening for the dribble of mud
climbing the stairs to our bedroom
as if a child in a wet bathing suit ran
up them in the dark.

Last night I said, “Face it, you’re bored.
How many times can you live over
with the same excitement
that moment when the princess leans
into the well, her face a petal
falling to the surface of the water
as you rise like a bubble to her lips,
the golden ball bursting from your mouth?”
Remember how she hurled you against the wall,
your body cracking open,
skin shriveling to the bone,
the green pod of your heart splitting in two,
and her face imprinted with every moment of your transfomation?

I no longer tremble.

Night after night I lie beside her.
“Why is your forehead so cool and damp?” she asks.
Her breasts are soft and dry as flour.
The hand that brushes my head is feverish.

At her touch I long for wet leaves,
the slap of water against rocks.

“What are you thinking of?” she asks.
How can I tell her
I am thinking of the green skin
shoved like wet pants behind the Directoire desk?
Or tell her I am mortgaged to the leek-green tip of my soul?
Someday I will drag her by her hair to the river- and what?
Drown her?
Show her the green flame of my self rising at her feet?
But there’s no more violence in her
than in a fence or a gate.

“What are you thinking of?” she whispers.
I am staring into the garden.
I am watching the moon
wind its trail of golden slime around the oak,
over the stone basin of the fountain.
How can I tell her
I am thinking transformations are not forever?

I Never Saw a Wild Thing

December 27, 2011
photo by Anna West

photo by Anna West

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.

A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

- D.H. Lawrence

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2011

"The Couple in Lace" - 1925

Have a very Merry Max Ernst Christmas!

Duh Official ArtDuh Christmas Card

December 22, 2011

2012 Best in show Holiday Card by Todd Powelson

Happy holidays! Todd’s 2011/2012 design celebrates that God blessed us with an additional terrier this year. God loves terriers, and a matched set of terriers brings extra blessings- like half eaten kleenexes, fights over toys and extra poop.

Have a great Christmas and may you meet all your goals in the New Year, as well as have a fantastic time.

Love, Anna, Todd, and too many pets to list

Bare Bodkin

December 20, 2011

We rarely blog about poetry. I don’t know why because I love it. This poem is on my mind. In fact, I used it in all my graduate school applications in explaining how and why I wanted to fight against the urge to quietus make, with a bare bodkin. . .

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect
That makes Calamity of so long life:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time,
The Oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s Contumely,
The pangs of despised Love, the Law’s delay,
The insolence of Office, and the Spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Quietus make
With a bare Bodkin? Who would Fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered Country, from whose bourn
No Traveller returns, Puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all,
And thus the Native hue of Resolution
Is sicklied o’er, with the pale cast of Thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

- William Shakespeare

Mark Rothko

December 18, 2011

"Blue, Green and Brown" 1951

"Untitled (Black and Orange)" 1950

I was a kid when I came across the work of Mark Rothko. A dorky kid who spent too much time in the library, studying up on the graphic arts and art history. I remember seeing the work of Mark Rothko in a book and being confused. I didn’t understand it’s appeal, or why and how fields of color could ever be considered art. It wasn’t long before I found myself in front of Rothko’s artwork in person, and I knew.

Standing in front of Rothko’s work, for me at least, is about as close to a sacred experience as I get. How is that for cheese? But it’s true! When I see his huge paintings in person, the rest of the world drops away and time stops. How to put it into words? The work of Mark Rothko reduces nature to it’s most fundamental essence. The colors and texture hypnotize. Reality is peeled back, exposing the universe at it most basic and eternal level. It is like watching the big bang and beginning of everything. Or maybe it is entropy and heat death. It could be like standing on the event horizon, losing yourself in the gravitational pull of pure color. Or maybe it’s the void. Could be it’s not like any of those things at all. But I do know the artwork is amazing, beautiful and tragic.

"Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red)" 1941

“When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money. Yet, it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is not quite the same. It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption. Which condition is better for the world at large I shall not venture to discuss. But I do know, that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.”

- Mark Rothko

www.rothkochapel.org

www.nga.gov/feature/rothko

www.youtube.com | Schama’s Power of Art: Mark Rothko, Pt. 1

Sketch for Seagrims “Mural No.1″, 1958

Emmanuel Malin

December 15, 2011

Lecture

Véronique Meignaud

I first came across the artwork of Emmanuel Malin years ago on the conceptart.org forums and ever since I first saw his work, I check in regularly to see if he has created anything new. Always a treat if he has, and a feast for my eyes!

Malin lives and works in Paris, France. He started is career doing medical and scientific illustration, but has gone on to do all sorts of graphic design and illustration work in a number of fields including corporate communications, editorial illustration, comics, concept art and production work for the video game industry. Malin has a very strong style that comes through in everything he does.

Be sure to check out his website and blog! So many nice pieces to look through.

emmanuelmalin.com
emmanuelmalin.blogspot.com

Vanished Kings

L' Heure Du The

Alice

Farandole

Southwest Cornbread-Topped Potpie

December 13, 2011
this is not a photo of the recipe below. It is a similar-looking pot pie from a good appetite blogphoto from a good appetite blog

This is not a photo of the recipe below. It is a similar-looking pot pie from a good appetite blog.

The work to quality ratio of this recipe is extremely low. In other words, it’s good and it’s easy. Perfect for crazy nights of Christmas shopping til late. This is all you do:

Saute a chopped up onion, carrot and 1/2 of a red bell pepper with a bit of garlic. Stir in about 1 cup of corn,  one can of drained/rinsed pinto beans, a small can of diced green chiles  and 3/4 cup vegetable broth.

Cook on low in your slow cooker for 5 hours.

Then stir 1/2 cup milk or unsweetened soy milk into to 1 cup cornmeal, 1 t baking powder and 1/2 t baking soda and 1/2 t salt. Spoon it over the top of the the carrot mixture.

Cook for one additional hour on low.

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and a dash of hot sauce.

Clyfford Still

December 11, 2011

1951-T, No. 2

1948 - C

One thing is for certain, I need to get out to Denver as soon possible. I’ve spent a whole lot of time there and have always enjoyed myself, but the main reason for my future trip is to visit the recently opened Clyfford Still Museum.

I’ve spent a good amount of time standing in front of Still’s very large paintings, and seeing these copies of his work makes me feel all sentimental about their beauty. Of course, looking at Clyfford Still’s work isn’t the same here online as it is in person, but I still like to see these digital reproductions.

Untitled - 1956

Still’s paintings are often huge, almost overwhelming. The fields of color are full of texture and subtle variations in tone and shade. The way he painted made it feel like the colors went even further than what is seen, beyond the canvas’ border. It almost seems as though his paintings and their colors stretch out to infinity, as if the canvas can’t contain it all. So beautiful, I think Clyfford Still’s body of work is an example of Abstract Expressionism at it’s best.

Untitled - 1959

Clyfford Still started his painting career in the Northwest and San Francisco, and later moved to New York. He eventually removed himself from New York’s art community and would sell his work to a very select few buyers. Clyfford Still ended up keeping most of his work himself and, after his death, his widow announced that she would donate her whole collection of over 800 paintings and 1,500 drawings to any city that would provide a good home for the artwork. Denver built the Clyfford Still Museum, and the door’s opened this fall.

I’m not interested in illustrating my time. A man’s ‘time’ limits him, it does not truly liberate him. Our age – it is of science – of mechanism – of power and death. I see no virtue in adding to its mammoth arrogance the compliment of graphic homage.

I never wanted color to be color. I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes. I wanted them all to fuse into a living spirit.

- Clyfford Still

1957 D, No. 1

H & M

December 8, 2011

The Swedes are at it again, invading Utah with inexpensive, stylish and modular clothing you assemble at home. After bringing IKEA to Draper a few years ago, I should have realized the Swedish made magic in the retail sector.

H & M opened in Utah on November 10. The store is known for high fashion at a low price, the price point is similar to Old Navy while the styles are much more fashion forward. I’m quite late posting about the new H & M store, to be honest, I just couldn’t stomach the crowds the first few weeks. But I finally went and I didn’t buy a single thing. Instead I took pictures of my gift picks for you.

My favorite things about the store was the menswear and the shoes. If Santa doesn’t bring me a pair of floral print combat boots, then I’m gonna leak his dirty secrets to the media! I also loved all the classic career wear. Here’s my favorite fashions:

Stocking stuffers

Stocking stuffers

Cocktail

Cocktail

Career wear

Career wear

     

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