Monthly Archives: February 2011

New music released today: Toro y Moi, “Underneath The Pine”

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Yay! It’s Toro y Moi new release day!

I fell in love with “Still Sound”, one of the songs off of this new record from the South Carolina based Chazwick Bundick, aka Toro y Moi earlier this month and have been waiting with just about still breath for the release of this full length record. Today’s the day. Hooray!

Check out Carpark Records to purchase and support independent music & musicians. Or, hop over to Chaz’s Etsy shop and buy a tote bag with his drawing hand screen printed onto a bag that comes with a digital download card of  “Underneath The Pine” here.

And fall in love with “Still Sound” above.

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Milton Glaser illustration score; Gershwin Song Book beauties

Milton Glaser illustration in the 1960 Gershwin Song Book

Score! Pun!

I saw a few loose pages in an Etsy shop (called Sensorium, click here for more) of this amazing Gershwin Song Book (which is cool enough) illustrated by the legendary Milton Glaser (which is amazing!) published in 1960 and had to find out more.

I searched out an inexpensive &  complete song book, in beautiful condition at Abe Books and eeeeeeeeeeeee….it’s really lovely. Below are a just few more images from the song book. Yet, there are many more throughout the song book. Yum.

Milton Glaser illustration in the 1960 Gershwin Song Book

Milton Glaser illustration in the 1960 Gershwin Song Book

Milton Glaser illustration in the 1960 Gershwin Song Book

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Alabama & Judson College, here I come!

Pittsburgh is awfully cold and grey in the winter, and I’ll tell you, a little Southern hospitality sounds perfect right about now. Lucky me!

I am heading to Judson College in Marion, Alabama for a few days this week for a solo exhibition in the Marian Tucker Acree Gallery, and to work with the Art Dept. students on a silscreen printmaking demonstration. Having never been to Alabama, I’m excited.

The schedule breaks down like this:

  • 2/9/11 (Wednesday) – The exhibition, Strawberryluna! opens Feb. 9 and continues through March 6. The show features a selection of my posters and prints and will be on view at the Marian Tucker Acree Gallery. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 4 – 6 pm in the gallery,
  • 2/10/11 – (Thursday) I will give a brief lecture on my work in Tucker Recital Hall from 11 am until noon on Thursday, Feb. 10.  I will also be making a print with the art department students in Mead Hall on Thursday at 1 pm. Anyone is welcome!

All events are free and open to the public. The works in this exhibition are for sale. For more information about the work, the schedule, or the show, please contact  Dept. Head Jamie Adams at 334.683.5251.

For more information, click the Judson College link here.

For the location & directions to Judson College, click here.

For a Google Maps lnk & directions, click here.

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A little light winter reading: “Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire”

Often, I really like a book that I’m reading. And, I like nerding out and talking about it. No one else that I know has yet read Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer) Georgiana, Duchess Of Devonshire. Engaging, painstakingly researched and oftentimes this is a bittersweet look at one woman who represented many women, and men (!) both literally and figuratively in the 18th C. & early 19th C Britain.

Georgiana was a bright, lively, smart and amazingly energetic woman interested and talented in writing, politics, and science. She was able to press forward despite some of the constrictions on women’s participations in professional and / or esteem in these arenas. It’s also stunning to see how fragile the balances of power can be in one of the world power governments was at the time, and their reactions to Revolutions happening in and all around Britain at the time. Revolution had taken place once again in Britain in 1688, and a century later the country was still grappling with Regency vs. Constitutional governance, as Ireland, The United States, and France fell into full-scale and violent revolutions and nation-making, and un-making all at once.

Sometimes, through certain biographies or stories, you get a clear sense of how wasteful discrimination whether based on gender, race, sexual or religious orientation, and the like, can be when you see with such clarity talent subdued and held back. In this case, the discrimination was based on in Georgiana’s gender. Yet despite the restrictions of her time, Foreman shows the huge direct influence that Georgiana had on the politics and government in her lifetime. It’s actually astonishing.

I do have to say, the fact that the movie “The Duchess” claims to be based on this book a trifle confusing, as some of the pivotal moments in Georgiana’s life are nowhere to be found here. And in some cases, that’s relieving. However, there are other events in her life not in the film that are just as brutal and tragic, and she cuts a fair and nostalgia-worthy figure for sure from her remaining letters and historical remnants about her.

Aside from the times of her life both public and private, there is another almost unbelievable world at work as well in her story. A famous beauty, it was often noted that she was loved & adored by every man but her husband. This seems like no exaggeration. Entering into marriage with the 5th Duke of Devonshire as a young and lively romantic, she soon found the realities of her new rank quite a life unexpected. Not the least of which was the Duke’s relationship with Georgiana’s best friend, Lady Elizabeth Foster who eventually came to live with them in a very complicated and tumultuous 3-person marriage. Menage a trois seems to be inaccurate, as it reflects a more sexually based fling. What the Cavendishes & Foster created and lived in was something far more emotional, political and complex. This publicly known living situation, while scandalous to a large degree, and mysterious to all including the Duke, Duchess and Bess (as she was known), it was their lifelong arrangement. It lasted through thick, thin, and even legitimate and illegitimate children throughout the extended family until the end of each of their lives.

Georgiana’s life was enmeshed with the politics of her time in a complex way the same as her private home life was enmeshed with friendship, duty, and marriage. She fell in love with Charles Grey (namesake to the tea flavor, Earl Grey) while working closely with the Whigs and the Prince of Wales (later George IV). Her lifelong lifelong friendships with both men endured many bitter times, including becoming pregnant by Grey, and the subsequent birth and fostering out Georgiana’s beloved illegitimate daughter to Grey’s extended family. Of her many heart breaks, her relationship with Grey was her greatest. It’s quite a shame that she didn’t live to see him become the Prime Minister of England, an achievement that she would have been thrilled by.

It’s also interesting, though really no surprise at all that Georgiana Cavendish was Princess Diana‘s great-great-great-great-great-aunt, in many ways. Hard not to draw comparisons, surely.

I’d recommend this for anyone, though particularly those interested in history, the history of the Whig party, 17th C. politics & Britain, as well as women of that era, women’s history, and just a good compelling biography.

Portrait of Georgiana, by Sir Thomas Gainsborough, 1783. My favorite portrait of her.

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New poster released: Ingrid Michaelson at The Fillmore, San Francisco

 

Poster for Ingrid Michaelson at The Fillmore in San Francisco, by strawberryluna. (Click for more info or to purchase.)

 

Hey smartie-sweetie-cuties, what’s up?

Here is a “new” poster release! I say “new” in “quotes” as the show date was from way back in November of 2010 (that’s like a lifetime ago!), but I didn’t receive my copies of the poster until just a few weeks ago, and somehow posting this little baby up slipped from my to-do list. Apologies!

Onward & upward: We were commissioned by the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco to do a special show poster for Ingrid Michaelson’s show there on 11/1/10 with The Guggenheim Grotto. In the classic Fillmore tradition, they print and give 1,000 copies of the posters created for their shows away at the end of the night to the fans as a big thanks. And this is that poster for Ingrid Michaelson’s show.

And it’s now available for purchase from my website here and also from my Etsy shop here.

More about this poster:

The Fillmore hosted the multi-talented musician, signer / songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and as their tradition, which dates back to the 1960s, they handed out copies of this poster to the audience at the end of the show. We’re so proud to be a part of this incredible legacy and are tickled to do this poster for The Fillmore & Ingrid Michaelson.

This poster is an offset print, not screenprinted, it was printed by The Fillmore for the show. It’s a 3-color, design with an edition of 1,000. Of that 1,000 given to the fans at the show and to the bands’ members. Artists’ Edition of just 75 posters, each one hand signed & numbered by me, strawberryluna. Size: 13w x 19h inches (33 cm x 48.3 cm). Paper: thick and heavy white stock.

This poster was given away at the show in San Francisco and I have just a portion of the run available (less than 70!) for sale here, so they will go quick!

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February is National Bird Feeding Month, tweet!

I am truly, a bird-nerd. I draw birds constantly, perhaps way too much, as anyone could tell from the preponderance of birds in our art and prints such as our  seasonal-based Cardinal series, this year’s 2011 Hello Birds Calendar, and We Fly On The Backs of Our Forebears, just to name a few. It’s no secret. I am also an avid bird feeder. I have feeders here at home and also at my studio and nothing makes me happier than a full house of hungry and chirping birds. When I am printing away in my city neighborhood studio in Friendship and the sparrows come and nibble while I’m laying down color after color, it’s really nice to have a little nature-based company.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal, male. Photo courtesy of birdfeeding.org.

Here at home, we have a really amazing variety of birds that come all year long and it changes with the seasons pretty dramatically. We get everything from CardinalsChickadees, Carolina Wrens and (my favorites) Mourning Doves to adorable little Titmice (yes! That is the plural of Titmouse, I checked!), beautiful Dark Eyed Juncos, Blue Jays, several types of Woodpeckers and many more. I and definitely keep my guide book to PA birds (a super thoughtful gift from Craig) close at hand so I can identify them all and geek-out dork style.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)

Red-bellied Woodpecker, male. Photo courtesy of birdfeeding.org.

In honor of my amateur bird watching and feeding obsession, I wanted to do a post here about February being National Bird Feeding Month. So cool. If you are bird-friendly or interested in getting started feeding birds in your backyard, or learning more about migration and other neato things about our feathery friends, visit The National Bird Feeding Society website, The Audubon Society and/or check out the below information & links.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay, photo courtesy of birdfeeding.org

From the National Bird Feeding Society:

The National Bird-Feeding Society is proud to host and sponsor “National Bird-Feeding Month.”  This national event was created to advance and publicize the wild bird feeding and watching hobby.  Each February, we introduce and promote a new and unique theme. Our theme for 2011 is “Most Wanted – America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds.”

 

There are over 100 species of birds that visit bird feeders throughout the United States.  For 2011, the National Bird-Feeding Society selected 10 species in two geographic regions to highlight.  These 10 species are among the most colorful and widespread birds that use feeders, and will provide you with a wonderful, year-round, bird feeding experience.  View America’s most wanted backyard birds.

National Bird-Feeding Month was established in 1994.  Read more about the origin of this celebratory month.

To celebrate National Bird-Feeding Month, the National Bird-Feeding Society is pleased to provide a Guide to Better Bird Feeding.

Also, definitely check out this really nice piece on National Bird Feeding Month here at Etsy in the Storque, chock full of info and great vintage photos.

Happy birding this month!

Titmouse

Titmouse, photo courtesy of birdfeeding.org.

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