Monday, June 29, 2009

The Fruits of Labor

BOOKS: 10 for shopSCAD, 10 for SHOPturnofthecenturies
and the fruits of the Saturday Farmer's Market at Forsyth Park. There were peaches, too.
Yes. We have peaches in Georgia. I didn't photograph them, I ate them.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I'm At It again. Just when I think I have produced the last batch of This is Savannah Vol. I, I am surprised by another order. shopSCAD ran out so I am producing a set for their shop, also for sale on their website. I am also making a set for sale in my shop.
This time I am printing in-house, listening to the hum of my own happy printer alongside the tones of a very talented friend's band, The Fatales. And some tapes from my collection, circa 1989-1995. That boombox on the floor ain't just for looks.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Heat Index 110

I am thinking of the cool temperatures of last weekend in New York as the sweat rolls down my back, Saturday outside of the Owens-Thomas House watching the McIntosh County Shouters call and sing and shuffle at high noon in long dresses and overalls, reclaiming the heritage of slave ballads. There is a "Heat Advisory" in effect. After monhs of seeking the outdoors, wanting to draw when it was raining, now I want to escape inside... to my drawing desk. After one million other chores and tasks, I finally did.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


June nineteenth is a national and international celebration and remembrance of Emancipation and the end of slavery in the United States. The day is recognized as an official holiday in some states, though not in Georgia. However, the Telfair Museum of Art has orchestrated this year its 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration, including a lecture by Naomi Tutu, scholar, teacher, activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ms. Tutu spoke directly, passionately and with keen insight about healing and reconciliation following Apartheid and racial oppression, drawing on her own experience in South Africa and correlating to the Civil Rights struggle in the US. The talk was held at the historic Second African Baptist Church and was preceded by a welcome by its pastor on behalf of all of the pioneers and leaders who built the church, a stirring solo a capella rendition of Amazing Grace, and welcomes by the representatives of the Telfair, Mayor Johnson, and Richard Shinhoster.
Also, please appreciate these evocative drawings by Tom Feelings of the Middle Passage.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Serendipity New York City

New York to Northampton Amalgamated Streetscape (click to see larger)

New Calary Cemetery from the BQE, Manhattan beyond

Riverside Park, Manhattan

Northampton MA.

Governors Island

favorite New York moments: Being met at the airport by a gentleman with a pink bag, misty walk through verdant Riverside Park, familiarity of Park Slope, simultaneous stroke of gas station ice cream, Northampton pedestrians, Kim & Cara and their home sweet home, driving through the mountains, turrets and brownstones, surprising Savannah W. and sharing another Avetts show while reminiscing on past shows, the Word of Wisdom and so much more, juicy catch-up while walking Fashion Avenue with Reba, monochromatic lunch and monchromatic dinner, running in heels to catch the ferry to Governors Island and touring with an excellent guide, appreciating the Battery and southern tip of Manhattan from the grassy grounds of the fort, filmfest and especially the premiere of The Magic Suit, hugs from Haylie, layers of wallpaper and pre-1930s linoleum of the time capsule Tenement Museum, streetside Thai and lots of quality time with Alison!

Everything was pretty much perfect - even the flight cancellations. My only regret is the death of my camera battery while I tried to capture the block of 446-338 State Street in Brooklyn for my New York Streetscape commission. I guess I'll have to go back.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

10 BLOCK East Jones Street_Progress

Somehow I did manage to move the block along this weekend.

Amid playing tennis in the rain, lunching at Back in the Day Bakery while it rained, working, cleaning while it rained, thinking about new york city, sleuthing scents at Paris Market and Terra Cotta while it rained, impromptu birthday cake celebration for Cara at Terra Cotta, church, church, church - while it rained, and a grand tour of the Ballastone Inn by Christy, admiring their collection of Harper's Weekly illustrations and other historic Savannah prints. After the past month of busy and exciting weekends in Savannah, students have gone home and the calm summer vibe is here.

Friday, June 5, 2009