Saturday, August 23, 2014

the little book of jewish celebrations

the little book of jewish celebrations
it feels like just yesterday that i was submitting sketches for this project, and now it's a finished, beautiful object that i can hold in my hands. ronald tauber's the little book of jewish celebrations - with thirteen full-page color illustrations, a gold foil motif and hand lettering on the cover, and illustrated endpapers - will be available from chronicle books on september 2nd. hooray for designer allison weiner and chronicle for preserving the art of exquisite book publishing.
the little book of jewish celebrations the little book of jewish celebrations
the little book of jewish celebrations

Friday, August 22, 2014

northern territories

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i've been away for the last few weeks, paying a visit to my hometown and taking a few excursions on the way, to the island monastery of valaam on lake ladoga, to finland (lappeenranta and helsinki) and the most pleasant surprise of all: the town of vyborg, located about 85 miles northwest of saint petersburg. i loved it immediately. much of the city appears to be in ruins or near-ruins which gives it a strange, lonely feeling, but despite some soviet bleakness - including a large statue of lenin - a certain scandinavian spirit and charm permeate the city streets (the originally swedish town changed hands twice during its 800-year existence).
 photo vyborg_zpse92cb3ad.jpg "love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element." although i love to travel alone, every new experience is an exercise in overcoming fear and inhibition, and these words from audrey niffenegger's the time traveler's wife became a kind of personal mantra that helped me along in small moments of shyness and doubt.

enormous tiny art show no. 16

enormous tiny art show no. 16
the next enormous tiny art show opens on september 5th at nahcotta gallery (110 congress st, portsmouth, NH 03801) and will continue through the 28th. my new series of paintings entitled "la boum," featuring scenes from an imaginary party, will be on display and available for sale at the gallery as well as online for those that can't make it to portsmouth (five paintings from the previous show are still available as well!)

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