Category Archives: Inspiration

For the coming year

New Year

May we all have wonderful things to write in our book of 2016.

Thank you for journeying with me: let 2016 be our best year together yet.

Books become landscape–altered book art

16_petras1I have the greatest veneration for books: many of my most treasured possessions are books, and to this day making a note in a margin feels like a small sacrilege. So it comes as a great surprise how excited I can get over altered book art.

Some, like Alice in Wonderland and others by this artist team, are whimsical adaptations of the text into visual art. But I’ve never seen anything like the landscapes from Guy Laramee.

18_historia-illustrada-do-japaosIn his own words:

 … I want to examine thinking, not only “what” we think, but “that” we think.
       So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS…

29_solubilityAnd so a history of Japan can become a shrine on the side of Mt Fuji and I will not cry desecration; a text of metals and ores becomes a cavern and something new has come into the world.

See more here
,  and at Guy Laramee’s website.

Click to enlarge any of these pictures.

My bookstore is back


You may remember how I was mourning the demise of my favorite bookstore. How the openly contemptuous clerk who badmouthed my favorite book-seller drove me and probably everyone else away. And how the place shuttered, with a forlorn sign begging for new owners.

But good news!  My bookstore’s back! I’ve met one of the new owners, Jim Hartley, and I’ll be back frequently, so I’ll have the opportunity to meet Jeannie, his wife and bookselling partner. Now called Coyote Ridge Books, the store will evolve its offerings to reflect the new owners’ tastes, which should be interesting, and it’s still a quick lunchtime hop from work. Jim seems like a nice guy, and it’s clear he loves books.

I”m looking forward to spending a lot of time and money there. If you’re in Broomfield, visit; it’s on Nickel Street between 120th and Midway.

Too cute: Turkey in a spoon

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks since getting back from Albuquerque, and I really needed something to make me smile (not gonna whine about that, ’cause right now I’m happy). This did it:

I’m not the world’s craftiest human, but I think I could manage these. Directions here.

Paper fantasy

Pete Callesen creates charming and witty art with paper, using a combination of cutting, drawing, and visual puns created from the cut out pieces. I love it, and I want one!

For example:

Click the picture to check out the others.