Monday, November 11, 2013

anna karenina

a pretend book cover for anna karenina. this novel took me several years to begin and only six days to finish: i read laying on my bed, curled up in an armchair, sitting on the floor, in cafés, at the library, on a park bench, first thing in the morning and well into the night; "the next couple hundred pages" became my reward for a couple hours' work. sometimes a book means so much to me that i cannot even talk about it; all i can say is that i'll carry it with me forever (not literally of course, it's a brick of a book).

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

cheapside hoard

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a couple of illustrations for amelia gregory's review of the cheapside hoard exhibition at the museum of london, dedicated to the contents of a buried wooden box discovered by workmen under a london building site in 1912: a collection of more than 400 pieces of elizabethan and jacobean (16th-17th c.) jewelry. the hoard, which is being displayed together for the first time in more than 100 years, will be on view through april 2014.

Monday, November 4, 2013

the elephant house

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this weekend b and i drove to cape cod to make one of our longtime dreams come true: we visited the home (now museum) of one of our favorite illustrators - and personal hero - edward gorey.  photo gorey3_zpsc6c1d7ad.jpg
prolific artist, obsessive collector, voracious reader and TV-watcher, compulsive mail order catalog shopper, avid ballet patron, wearer of fur coats with white chuck taylors, playwright, puppeteer, cat hoarder and part-time recluse with a small group of well-loved friends, the man himself was as fascinating as his work.
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i'm grateful to have been able to explore "the elephant house," which has been preserved with care and special respect for his sense of humor. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the vinegar works and many of the original drawings are on display, but the exhibitions change - a good reason to return to the museum every once in a while, although if i lived on the cape i'd probably be a regular.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


a portrait of my best friend becca stadtlander in her home, with ronnie.