Intelligence

landscape alphabet at the British museum by Charles Joeseph HullmandelYes! – I’d frame that.  I find the ‘G’ particularly nice and it reminds me of Colorado history and some of my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder stories.  I’m also partial to the H – (I love a good bridge) and the W (maybe my parents would like that — it is the first letter of my maiden name) seems so pleasingly garden-y.

landscape alphabet at the British museum by Charles Joeseph Hullmandel

The full set can be seen at the British Museums website.  This illustrated alphabet was create between 1818 and 1860 by Charles Joseph Hullmandel  and includes a full set of 26 contoured landscapes.

landscape alphabet at the British museum by Charles Joeseph Hullmandel

These are my favorites — which do you love?

-Rochelle

This little video just knocked my socks off. It is beautifully illustrated and oh so clear….it is based on this poem:

TANT DE FORÊTS…

Tant de forêts arrachées à la terre
Et massacrées
Achevées
Rotativées

Tant de forêts sacrifiées pour la pâte à papier
Des milliards de journaux
attirant annuellement l´attention des lecteurs
sur les dangers du déboisement des bois et des forêts

Jacques PRÉVERT “La pluie et le beau temps”
Éd. Gallimard, 1955

Here is the english (as translated by google translate — and decidedly a little rough…poetry and google translate I suspect are not good friends – if you can do a better translation, by all means, speak up!)

AS FOREST …
So torn earth forests
And massacred
Completed
Rotativées

So sacrificed for pulp forests
Billions of newspapers
attracting the attention of readers annually
the dangers of deforestation woods and forests

I think you get the idea though…a trailer of a short film that is based on a French poem written in 1955 that speaks to the irony of the fact that newspapers warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves…I’d love to see the film.
Tant de Forêts – trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

cherry blossom

I hope you’ve had a great weekend.  Mine was nice, even if it was completely taken over by an elementary school production of Mulan.  We’ve had 4 shows since Friday night and I am just tired.  I’ve done a lot of makeup, handed out programs, stack and un-stacked chairs, and pushed around a ton of large school furniture.  I think I only have the mental capacity to park myself on the sofa in front of an episode of Parks and Rec and wait for my the roast chicken (in the oven) to be ready for dinner.  Ahh…. and it is spring, I’ve got the fever and I am ready to get things done.  These are things that have been hanging around on my desk this week.  I hope you enjoy them!

 xo 

Rochelle

 image by Chris Waits (CC 2.0)

 

 

spring daffodils by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comSpring has sprung and thought quite a bit snow remains here in Massachusetts, I got some pruning in yesterday. Are you in the garden yet?  There is so much to do – I even have some green things – albeit weeds – but it is encouraging.  I managed to scratch my cornea with the tip of a hydrangea stem (which is making things quite blurry still — though at this point I am unsure which is worse – the scratches or the antibiotic ointment).  Makes me think I need to wear safety glasses – but I really don’t want to – unless I can find some that are really cute (and by cute I do not mean patronizingly pink and purple versions of lumberjack glasses – I mean cute – like I could forget to take them off when I run to the store and not look like I just stepped out of the bio lab or like someone who is inclined to have a chainsaw lying about in the car).  I’ve found nothing….if you know of any – send them my way.  Until then – I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend with some of these lovely links.

In other news — this quote got cut from my book this week due to copyright details – “Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That’s when things happen. That’s when you find out everything you want to know.” ― John BerendtMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil   (Damn, I love this quote – too bad it couldn’t stay in the section where we talk about outdoor bar carts…)

-Rochelle

"In an English country garden" by darkcompany via www.studiogblog.comComing off last week’s intense book editing jag, I am finding it really hard to get back into my rhythm – plus I always feel profoundly exhausted after throwing myself wholeheartedly into something….the end of an intense period of work never feels as good as it seems it should and always comes with a little bit of a let down feeling – bottom line is that I need a good kick in the pants and some inspiration!

What do you do when you need a creative jolt?

I’ve got various strategies – I checked out a few interesting books from the library.  The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg (have you read it?)  promises to be an interesting discussion of humankind’s role in nature.  I also grabbed Phenology: An Integrative Environmental Science and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) (because you have to counter the heavy with the light).  And there is nothing like a little variety to get your creative juices flowing right?

❘❘❘ always attracted to threes. by sarah siroky  via www.studiogblog.comBetween pondering if humans were ever in harmony with nature and being totally shocked that I was not the only kid who briefly had a pet raccoon (yes this is true not just of Jenny Lawson, but me too) I’m hopeful to find my mojo.

I’m also stalking people on instagram.  These images by DarkCompany (top), sarahsiroky (middle) and mckenzie_powell (below) are so appealing but I think my slightly dark mood is showing up in my preferences.

giant tulip magnolias by mckenzie powell via www.studiogblog.com

If that doesn’t work, Zippy and I will extend the frequency and duration of our walks. Maybe some (still bitingly cold) fresh air with help me stir things up?

Do you ever hit a creative walls? How do you peel yourself away from them and start running in a new direction? 

-Rochelle

Flower arrangement by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.com

I hope you have all had a great weekend. I hear the weather has started to warm in most places.  I couldn’t tell you as I spent most of the weekend insides sitting in the chair that I work in, editing my book.  I’ve got 3 more days to turn this whole thing around and send it back to the publisher.  But I’m happy to report that barring some sort of crazy catastrophe, I am on schedule to finish in time.  So this week’s list of things that caught my eye is a little short, cause, I’ve been surfling a little less than normal….but I hope you enjoy anyway.

‘Til tomorrow – Rochelle

I am sorry to be getting this up late, but I have been stumbling around trying to sort out all the things that have to be done between this Tuesday and the following Wednesday and so that I can get them done early. I’ve been put on notice that a package will arrive on Tuesday with all the first draft pages of my book, and I have 8 days to write captions, edit everything, and put together the photo credits.  It a whole lot of stuff that has to get done in a very short time.  As Julie, my editor, advised I am freezing meals, plotting out places for the kids to be and generally trying to clear the deck in preparation.  The irony is that my industriousness to get things done ahead of schedule has put me behind on the current things. Such is life right?  Anyway – happy Sunday morning to you… I hope you can enjoy some of these links over a nice hot drink.

-Rochelle

p.s. That top picture – me, playing around – pretending I am Cyndi Lauper (al la 1985) – I was actually in a recording studio making the voice over for a book trailer that will be out in a couple of weeks. Just so you know – I seriously don’t sing.