Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beatriz Martin Vidal

I've been thinking lately about the delicate, sometimes jarring art and illustration of Beatriz Martin Vidal. I just love her technique, the layering of pigment and line with the white of the page illuminating everything. Her figures are full of such exuberance and light, even in the eerier pieces. 

More on my tumblr. Originally discovered via Ullabenulla

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fuyuko Matsui

I can't get over these paintings by Fuyuko Matsui. Especially her work on silk, the texture and atmosphere really works for me with her eerie and supernatural subject matter.

More on my tumblr. Originally discovered on Ullabenulla.

Monday, October 25, 2010

hark! a vagrant

I seriously love the webcomic Hark! A Vagrant. After I saw the comic above, I went back and read all of the archives. It's a very successful comic, so if you're the type to read webcomics you've probably already enjoyed K. Beaton's hilarious historical (and sometimes Star-Trek-related!) comics. But I'm posting this anyway because it gives me a giggle every time I see it, there's a chance you haven't heard of her, and if you aren't the type to read webcomics, you should check her out anyway. Or at least enjoy this Star Trek cartoon. I mean, look at Kirk's and Spock's faces. Brilliant. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

fall is here

Fall is here, and my basil is wilting (above) and delicata squash (above) is in season. 

A few days ago, I made VeganYum Yum's amazing delicata squash bisque recipe. (Also check out her related post on homemade vegetable broth.) It's a wonderful and simple recipe that always gets me in the mood for fall! (I didn't have homemade vegetable broth this time, I just used the boxed kind straight of the box. It was still delicious. Also check out the kitchn's recent post on improving store-bought broth.) 

Some other favorites among recent recipe posts: Sprouted Kitchen's sauteed beluga lentils and butternut squash; Veggie Num Num's green vegetable gratin with crunchy carrot crust; Bless Her Heart's vodka infused with cardamom and and ginger; Apple a Day's pumpkin chai blondies (I haven't tried a vegan version yet, but I bet substituting margarine, cornstarch- or egg-replacer-eggs, vegan sweeteners, and vegan cream cheese would do the trick); and the kitchn's 10 ways to eat an acorn squash

And other things I've found on the web: Renske Solkesz has an awesome blog called The dress I made, which documents her project to sew her own clothes and only wear her homemade clothing; also, Design*Sponge has a beautiful post showing how to make one of her tote bags; I found some pretty tumblr themes you can install if you have firefox and greasmonkey, though eventually I found the pretty flowers distracting and went back to the original tumblr theme; and I found a website specializing in small lingerie, rather than just proportionally sizing down regular-size bras. 

I know posting has been irregular, but it's about to start getting regular again! There will be at least 2 posts a week from now on. And coming soon, a vegan thin mint recipe! (Pictured below.) 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Raqib Shaw

Lately I've been admiring the work of Raqib Shaw. I love the combination of detail and sparseness, and how they work to create these bizarre and complex fantasy scenes. 

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