Friday, April 18, 2014

San Francisco by Jeremy Mann

Interesting. These paintings by Jeremy Mann are rendered in a style I don't usually think of myself as being a huge fan of--but the way they evoke the light and air and texture of the streets of San Francisco shoots them straight through my eyeballs and into some deep reaches of my being. As if there was never a time I had not seen these, and known them. It strikes me that perhaps this is one of several different possible powerful responses to art; more often discussed is the art thing which presents itself to your view as something wholly and entirely new in your experience. But maybe equally intriguing are the art objects--like these paintings for me--that ring a resounding bell of familiarly and kinship inside your brain and heart. Found via Colossal.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Poem Series About the Spring of 2006 Hits Upon A Special Moment Today

April 3, 2006
We got to go visit our dear friends and their brand new baby boy

He is absurdly lovely
beautiful down to his fingernails
and smiley and so clearly smart

And they are so happy
I’ve never seen either of them so happy
it rolls off them in waves

And key to this happiness it seemed to me
was the element of the world
narrowing down
to a single

Of course it helps
that the single point is himself
and that he is really just
so absurdly lovely

But you can’t overlook the simple fact of focus
Of truly being in the moment
that state which everyone is always running around trying to achieve
but which only something this momentous and beautiful
can actually produce over a sustained period of time

And even then
it won’t last forever
they’ll return to work eventually
and have days when they’re scattered and cranky
just like everyone

But they will have this core
the touchtone of this golden time
to return to

Pretty amazing
and not necessarily the exact
miracle of parenthood
you always hear about
but rather a slightly different one

image source is here

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Big Green Skirt

Here's a look I find I've oddly fallen in love with: the gigantic green skirt. What the heck? It's all over my image collections, most often, though not always, paired with pink. Many of these images were originally found via the inimitable Wear Color. All of them strike me as almost impossibly perfect. Above is from The Clothes Horse.

 From Teen Vouge's Paris Fashion Week reportage

From the Topshop Tumblr

From A Lacey Perspective

Ok, not strictly speaking a big skirt but the color combo just fit too well with the rest of this post to pass up (and that's what you get to do when you're the one driving the bus)! From W Magazine.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Mabel sits in a sunbeam with her panda, pretending to cook a pink piece of wooden food (bologna?) in tiny frying pan, most likely either narrating her own doings to herself or singing a little song. This is the way the world goes on.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

The other day I discovered on Colossal photographer S. Morita's images of Japanese manhole covers. Did you know that this is a thing? Apparently all over Japan municipalities go out of their way to make the most gorgeous manhole covers they can. Art right under your feet! How had I never heard of this before? Add it as reason number 4,327 on the list of Reasons I Want to Visit Japan.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Next in the Still-Continuing Poem Series Based on the Long-Ago Spring of 2006

March 31, 2006
Bright blue sky this morning

with small white clouds
scudding here and there
and sun for the first time
in a great many days

but pouring rain
by lunchtime
of course

image source is here