berlin is such a lucky city. those berliners have a beautiful and efficient subway system (up-to-the-minute arrival times and round-the-clock trains? yes please!) and an urban design that somehow synthesizes the need for large green spaces and predictable street grids, AND has the world's finest beer gardens (if i'm going to drink beer outside, it might as well be legal and while i'm surrounded by well-maintained greenery and quaint garden furniture!). berliners probably also would not write run on sentences like that last one, and i appreciate that.
all this, plus delicious beer, PLUS the world's greatest graffiti. i treasure the photos of the graffiti i snapped over there. each time i saw real-life pieces by os gemeos and jr and banksy and swoon and blu i felt like the luckiest girl on earth. there was actual jumpings-ups-and-downs and some dolphin-pitched squeals every time.
workers in the london tube system recently opened up a closed-off section of the notting hill station and found these amazing posters still intact and proudly advertising items to nothing but rats and beetles. this part of the station closed down around the 1960s when elevators were replaced by escalators.
a kind reader asked if i'm still painting since i hardly ever post my own art anymore - it's true, i do! here's a few from the farmer's market set last week.... and some are for sale at etsy, since i retreated from the rain before i sold out!
and when he's in those dark corners, he picks up owl pellets. yes, owl pellets! those magical/excrement-like bundles of joy/disgust that you dissected in summer camp! then he creates incredible things, like balls of skulls. i bet he makes an incredible mess doing all this.
I LOVE messes.
alastair mackie! keep up the good work! also, give me a call if you need help dissecting those pellets. i'm the best owl pellet dissector around.
see more of mr. mackie's work here. there's all sorts of mysterious found objects and scientifcally-altered things there. you won't be disappointed.
bryan nash gill takes incredible wood prints from (surprise!) actual pieces of wood. the man must be insane with the prices he dreams up, but isn't it delightful that through the power of the internet you can see this lovely thing without purchasing it?
what is super interesting about this print, though, is the weird tree ring pattern going on here. each one of those rings grows uniformly around the tree every spring and summer, but Gill carves slight bumps and ridges into the face of the stump to get those tight clusters of rings. you can see how he made it here or (have lotsa dollars?) buy it here.