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1. Krab Jab open - A Peculiar Alchemy, Tea Party!

I did get to help out with the 'treats' for this open. Given that the art is fairly Victorian in theme and feel, we opted to go with a tea party theme. 

Also incorporating the show's title, we made sure the various elements were peculiar combinations of flavors -

 Such as the Salted-Honey-Lavender-Shortbread, and the Almond-Apricot scones with Lemon Curd.

 Here - Cheddar-Chives scones with Bay Laurel Clotted Cream.

 There was a tower of meringue bites! Cardamon-Rose, Spicy-Chai, and Chocolate-Mint flavored.

 The table was decorated with springy-things - Sweet Cicely fronds, moss, violets, tulips, camelias, etc...

 - as well as a collection of Taber's Victorian Christmas cards, mounted on antique photo boards...

 Tea was a peculiar combination of Hibiscus and Passionfruit and other yummy herbs.

Delicious and beautiful. Lovely evening overall.

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2. Krab Jab open - A Peculiar Alchemy

Saturday evening, I got to attend a very lovely gallery open, named A Peculiar Alchemy at Krab Jab Studios -
 This one was particularly special to me, given that it was for Norman and Tory Taber - my sister and her husband. :-)

 I may be a bit biased, but thought this an exceedingly lovely show - a charming mix of paintings, photo-collage and assemblages. 

(One of Tory's 'Tattered Faerie Specimen" paintings. Look at those wings!)

 There were interesting, quirky Victorian items decorating the studio (the Victorian Tea Party/food table will be featured in the following post).

 Norman's photo-collages (in hand-made frames of reclaimed cherry wood), and 'boxes'.

( "Booth", by Norman Taber)

 All the art is tagged, like Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities specimens.

 ("#75" - one of Norman's boxes.)

It was a dramatically beautiful day.

 ("The Little Mermaid", by Tory Taber)

There was a nice and steady turn-out -

- as well as an Artist Talk by Tory - describing their work and process.

 (Tory's gorgeous sketchbook)

 Tory- with Krab Jab facilitator, Julie Baroh.

 ("Why Can't I Be You?", by Tory Taber)

It was truly a lovely evening and an even more stunning show. If you're in the area, do yourself a favor and go see it in person. If you're not local, at least look at the online catalog. It's a treat!

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3. Music Monday - Surprise Wedding Hallelujah

This made me smile. :-)


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4. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine - balanced upon my knee....


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5. Sunday Sketching -


In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee...

(And I drew these at Emerald City Comicon whilst booth-sitting this weekend).

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6. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....


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7. Music Monday - Time After Time

Spent the bulk of this last week on our annual Spring Retreat (pictures *may* happen...? We'll see if I can get caught up).  Am furiously working at my desk currently. Just listened to Grey's Anatomy in the background. Apparently they're using predominantly 80's covers as backing songs this season. This is a lovely version from The Wind & the Wave:


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8. Music Monday - Ho Hey (Lion King style)

Re-watched the Lion King this past week (it is still awesome), so this seemed kinda thematic. Sorta. :-)

)

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9. Sunday Sketching -

Have I mentioned how much I dislike Daylight Savings Time? Early church - even less sleep than normal. Drawing to stay away - but too sleepy to focus sufficiently. Ah well...

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10. Music Monday - Jimmy Fallon

Have I mentioned how much I love Jimmy Fallon's musical perfomances? The toy-band version of Idena Menzel's "Let it Go" is fabulous (better than the Oscar performance IMO).



And oh my goodness! The lip-sync battle with Paul Rudd is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!


(his lip-sync battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt is also pretty epic. Look it up. :-)

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11. Workshop Weekend -

Oh, I've been blog-absent...! This has been such a busy time.
One of the big events was the Charles Vess workshop this past weekend. It was fabulous. You can read all about it on the TLCWorkshop blog.

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12. Sunday Sketching -

 Attended FaerieCon West this weekend, so got to sketch a few panel speakers -

- in addition to church (and more panels).

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee...

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13. WIP Wednesday - the Faerie Art Show

 This year, I curated the Faerie Art Show for Krab Jab Studio.
Happily, a number of top notch artists agreed to participate. 

I also helped physically lay out the show, and 'decorate' the studio to make it more faerie-licious.

The turn-out was brisk, despite impending inclement weather.

There was lots of fabulous art - here from Sheila and Omar Rayyan.


Brian Froud (there are Pressed Faerie paintings as well as a number of incredible fine art prints).

Faerie portrait from Greg Manchess.

Gorgeous graphite from Jean-Baptiste Monge - along with many many other pieces. (You can see the online catalog here).

Along with the original art, there are books and prints - so many visual delights!

The other thing I worked on was the snack table - a faerie feast!

- an assortment of dark delectables.

- and goblin fruits. :-)

The crowning centerpiece of the entire spread was this overflowing basket of incredibly realistic meringue mushrooms (made by an uber-talented friend of mine).

Aren't they gorgeous? (The looked realistic enough that no one would eat them until I labeled them).

This tiny art patron got her handful of goblin fruit and faerie mushrooms and staked out a section of floor to enjoy a picnic.

Lots of friends came to support - despite a bleak and snowy evening.

Thanks again to head poohbah, the illustrious Julie Baroh, for facilitating all things Krab Jab.

It was a lovely night, and even a more lovely show.

You still have a couple of weeks to see it. This weekend, it will be at FaerieCon West - along with a half dozen of the show's artists.


Come see!



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14. Music Monday - more Let it Go

Gorgeous version - both visually and musically:

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15. Sunday Sketching -

Church is early this year (9am. So not my time of day...) - makes the brain-focus-drawing-thing a little less...focused? Tried stylizing as I went. Various degrees of success.

In the teensy bright-red purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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16. Music Monday - Rocketman, by Iron Horse

Man, I am juggling a gazillion things right now, I cannot keep up with the blogging thing. I did run across this fabulous blue-grassy cover of Rocketman that you really need to hear though:




Hopefully I can resurface soon...?

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17. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....


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18. Succulent Saturday - Florida Trip

I spent the bulk of this past week in Florida. My daughter is doing the Disney-College program and I traveled down with her to help get her settled. I stayed with a friend, who showed me some of the environs outside of the parks. One of my favorite indigenous things were the awesomely impressive live oaks, draped with Spanish moss - 
This specimen was particularly imposing -

The placard states it dates from 1688!

Look at the size of that trunk!

It's towering boughs are dripping with celadon.

The branches grow so long that they dip down to the ground and then head back up again - 



We stayed out amongst the trees and the water until the sun went down....

We did many more things... more updates anon!


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19. Figure Friday -

We've extended our life drawing from 3 Fridays a month to every week. Now the fourth Friday is a long-pose, costumed day, and on the occasional fifth Friday (like this month), there will be 2 weeks of that same pose.
So - this was the first of two long-pose weeks. :-)

Lovely model. Fun pose.

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20. Therrific Thursday - a Visit to Krab Jab

Spent a lovely few hours in industrial Georgetown today - lunch and a meeting -

- with the lovely Julie Baroh, grand poohbah of Krab Jab Studio.

Krab Jab has just moved into a larger (very cool) space, so I got to check it and the new, current show out.

A few examples -
There were a number of dimensional pieces -
 this one by Yvette Endrijautzki.





Stefanie Vega.


 Yvette Endrijautzki.

 Ouija board by Julie Baroh.

And plenty of two-dimensional ones - Robert Tritthardt.

 Allen Williams.

Tenaya Sims brought some of his Georgetown Atelier students downstairs to check out the rendering wonder that is Allen Williams piece.

 David Thierree.

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

Georgetown, and Krab Jab - a pretty wonderful, magical place.

(Check out Krab Jab's site for a complete catalog of this show, as well as views of things past and forthcoming).


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21. Music Monday - I See Fire

I loved the end-credit song for the latest Hobbit movie from Ed Sheeran:

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22. Sunday Sketching -

New Year - bright, shiny new red teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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23. Figure Friday

 Costume day.

 It's always my favorite - drawin' the drapery...

 ...shorter poses....

...a little under an hour....


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24. Music Monday - Let It Go

Given how so much of the country is experiencing a deep freeze, it feels particularly apropos to feature this anthem from Disney's Frozen. 



I ended up seeing this twice in the theater (went with each kid of mine). A solid Disney entry - lots of good things about it: really beautiful animation (despite the oddly noseless distorted profiles of the girls), good memorable characters, some nice music - but rather forgettable plot and some throwaway songs that are less fortunate. I still enjoyed Tangled quite a bit more. But this one is worth seeing, if nothing else than to LOOK at the lovely things they did with snow and ice. (Plus - snow monster! Loved him).

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25. Sunday Sketching -

 Forgot to put a new Moleskine in my purse, so had to make due with my 5x8, rough paper one.

First Sunday of 2014!

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