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loungin2Loungin’. Let’s try to relax starting now. Relax. | Images courtesy of me.

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I will be away from my computer for the next 4 days.

I’m flying out to Austin tomorrow (Dallas first! eek!) to meet up with my friends who are driving from LA. Then, road trip to New Orleans and then, homeward bound.

I’m looking forward to gas station food (no sarcasm) and scenic stops. And pictures. Tons of picture taking. They’re going to get so pissed.

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>>> FORWARD

simplelife“Going back to simpler life is not a step backwards.” Words from Yvon Chouinard. | Image courtesy of  OLD CHUM post via Design Squish.

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>>> SPA DAY

spatimeHe’s my best friend. Sure, we do everything together. | Image courtesy of ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS.

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This is one of my favorite pictures from ATIAC. It you ever hear me laughing hysterically while on my laptop, I’m most likely here.

It’s Friday! It’s Friday!

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>>> TALKING HEAD

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lynch2Explaining yourself. David Lynch and the frustration that comes with creating anything that draws attention to yourself. I feel you, Dave. | Image courtesy of TAT-ART.

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I’m not the most talkative person.

When it comes to ideas and things that I get very excited about, the words come out, but not very eloquently, I feel.

Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004)

I never mind a lack of explanation from a creative person. The artist or photographer who titles their work Untitled #__ is a perfect example of someone who does not wish to lead you in a prescribed direction because of a name and who wants you to just see the work for the work itself.

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PS – TAT-ART is on a very short list of blogs that I go to regularly, habitually. Every now and then, I shoot her a very short message that says thank you for the wonderful stream of images and EVERY time, she sends back a response. She is so talented and just lovely. You should check out her blog.

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>>> ALL EARS

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gogh6All ears. A little late with posting, but I put this together to give to my most favorite person on his birthday. | Dark gift by Flower. Images via iPhone by Flower.

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Reminds me of this.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) directed by Mel Brooks.

Or if you want to get really dark, reminds me of that necklace in Universal Soldiers. Ick.

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>>> CREATIVES ONLY

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details4Inside the live-in workspace of British designer Max Lamb. All of the details intrigue me. | Images courtesy of Opening Ceremony.

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I love exploring studios and creative workspaces. I can never get enough of the messy detailed shots.

I like creative people. I naturally tend to gravitate toward creatives. People who have their own visual language. People who have their own thing going on. People who are a bit compulsive. Those people are the most beautiful and interesting to me and I love having them in my life.

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>>> STELLAR DOOR

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stella2Three screen captures from Interstellar: Official Trailer #3. | Image captures by me via YouTube.

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The next Christopher Nolan movie. Space. Matthew McConaughey post-True Detective

Yes, I am very very excited.

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>>> TONGUES OF FIRE

sothatyoucanfindmeThe days passed and I waited. And when night fell, I scattered little fires along the highest cliff so that you could find me. | Painting by Paul Ryan. Image courtesy of Psychic Plant Life.

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>>> OUT OF THE BRUSH

outofbrushOut of the brush and in plain sight. Cross hairs? Well aware. | Image courtesy of JOURNAL DE JOURS.

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>>> IN THE BRUSH

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searchwith3Swallowed whole, completely in the brush and it feels lovely. No camo necessary. | 1. Leggy landscaping. Image courtesy of Elle était si jolie.  2. Three individuals. Man’s search for meaning. Image courtesy of Design Squish. 

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>>> TURN AWAY

Various backs from Raf Simons, the former Creative Director at Jil Sander.Backs at Raf Simons. | Image courtesy of orange juice.

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This picture reminds me of one of my recent Google searches: How to grow a pineapple plant.

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>>> COPY. POST.

Copy that. Loud and clear. | A couple of street style scenes from Milan Fashion Week, Spring 2015 via The Fashion Spot.

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>>> KNOCKIN’ BOOTS

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viamovierail2My favorite boots: ancient and battered Via Spiga’s that have stood the test of time and keep getting better with each wear. My preferred seating at the theatre: I get there early to secure the bar seats. | Images taken by me via iPhone, – an old one that I love. He has survived a balcony drop and mini-flood. He is unflappable. He does not bend like Beckham.

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>>> CARDBIRD WATCHING

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cardboardRWhen all else fails, post some Rauschenberg.  1. From the Cardbird Series via Bukowskis.  2. Cardbird III, 1971. Offset lithograph, screenprint, tape, and polyethylene collage on corrugated cardboard. Via Brooke Alexander Gallery.  3. Final pieces presented to the general public. Robert Rauschenberg: Cardboards. Presentation at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, NYC, (May 2012). Image courtesy of Flickr, Didier Leroi.

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Still one of my most favorite series from any artist, living and deceased, to date.

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>>> SPINAL TAP

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buzzAScreen shots of the documentary Objectified (2009) by Gary Hustwit.  1. An archive of sketchbooks lovingly labeled and dated along the spines. This is the current image on my phone lock screen right now.  2. A Buzz Aldrin toy that I wish said this. | All images by Flower via iPhone.

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 Objectified is on Netflix Instant and has been for years. It is something that I revisit and play as background noise when I am working

I treat it as a semi-constant thing that is one increment from a tangible DVD on my shelf.

When I saw Image #1, I walked directly over to the TV. I was attracted to the handwriting labeling each book spine. I don’t actually want to see the contents of each item. I only want to imagine them. The imagining part is more intriguing and exciting to me. I also love the idea of a person viewing an image of a humanistic bookshelf on a monitor.

Years ago, I got my designer friend a very inexpensive book for his birthday. It had the look of an ordinary paperback but the pages were all blank. In the the card, I wrote:

Fill this up with your ideas and drawings and years later when you revisit it, it will be the best thing you’ve ever read.

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>>> HANDLING

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1. A brace to correct the hazards of working with ones hands. Image via Loose Tiger.  2. A spread showing Kim Gordon using her hands and featuring a quote from Lee Ranaldo via Curse of the Multiples.  3. Striped hands. Room 9, Magda Laguinge by Jens Langkjaer for Rika (F/W 2013-14) via blk lavandula.  4. Mixed media work done by the hands of Robert Motherwell. Image courtesy of Aubrey Stallard.

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I’ll keep this brief.

This movie was on last night – which exposed me to this scene – which reminded me of this documentary which may or may not still be on Netflix – which reminded me of this quote:

“People who do not work with their hands are parasites.”

- Jenny Holzer

Holzer’s Truisms are meant to be seen. Most people have only read them, maybe on a palm-sized wood plaque or as a projection boldly burned onto the side of a building. But in the documentary About Jenny Holzer (2011), the quote above is audible. The words actually come from her mouth.

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>>> BROWSER

Searching for a reference point. Photo from Rejina Pyo. | Image courtesy of svijest.

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All of Sunday was spent looking for a handful of integral items that would slowly build cohesion. We found them and it was then that we began to create.

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>>> STAR SAT.

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What will you do today with your Saturday? | A short exercise that will take 2 minutes:

Is it sunny outside? Go outside. Face the sun. Let that star warm your face and heat up your arms. Now close your eyes. Take a nice deep breath. Think about someone you miss. Now try to remember a story of you and that person – one which makes you smile immediately. Let the memory become as real as the sensation of the sun.

If anything should go wrong today, revisit what has surfaced in this exercise.

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>>> TO SAY

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apc2To replace the one that I lost and to say congratulations. From my most favorite person in the universe. | Images via iPhone by me.

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Picture #1:  Milton Avery, Swimmers and Sunbathers, 1945. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Remember? 2002. Our first first trip together and the museum that we visited numerous times to escape the suffocating summer in the city.

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