Thursday, July 01, 2010
The essence of summer to me is heat. I am a real fan of hot weather and living in San Francisco I don't get as much as I'd like. Illustrator Lauren Nassef does an amazing job of capturing moments in time through her drawings, and she's got a series of drawings that capture the experience of taking in the summer heat. This particular drawing, entitled "Sunbathers" is one of my favorites. I'd love to be laying in the hot air right now like these two, except maybe under a tree.
(the beautiful drawing is by Lauren Nassef)
This week's links. Enjoy.
Why Preserve Van Gogh's Palette?
Fascinating article about how the palettes of such art world giants as Van Gogh, Matisse, Vermeer and others gives us an insight into how they worked — and why they are so valued today.
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Up on Your Dream
Need a pep talk? Read this and be inspired.
Norman Foster at 75
An interview with the great British architect Norman Foster, who recently turned 75 — he talks about how his childhood formed his vision, flying cars and his new underground city.
Don't Judge A Book By Its Title
Fun graph over at Lapham's Quarterly — match up the author's original working title with the final title of their (famous) novels. For example, Joseph Heller's Catch 22 (a phrase that's now part of the English language) was originally called Catch 18.
Recipes As Art
The Kitchn has a nice roundup of illustrated recipes — love these.
You're Never Too Old to Start Writing
There's been a lot of 'best under age 30/40' writers' lists lately — here's an intriguing look at late bloomers such as Daniel Defoe, who completed Robinson Crusoe just before his 60th birthday after a busy life as a journalist.
The 10 Best Movies Never Made
If you've ever wondered how some (frankly awful) movies make it to the big screen, marvel at the ones that didn't get made!
Fresh Strawberry Bread
It's strawberry season — here's a nice recipe to indulge in when you'd like something fancier than just nibbling them straight from the berry patch. Perfect for breakfast or with afternoon tea. Via my baking addiction.
(photo by George Whiteside for the Summer 2003 issue of Canadian House & Home)
It's Canada Day today, and in its honour I'd like to share a few examples of fantastic design from the Great White North — enjoy (and a very happy Canada Day to the Canadians)!