Consort Study

One of my favorite artists, Ray Caesar, is offering a rare and smoke’n deal which includes a copy of his Art Collection book set (signed limited edition) and the newly released Consort Study print. Still this $500 bargain is a little out of my price range. Sigh… A girl can dream.

And just in case you’re not familiar with Ray’s devilish (and equally innocent) work, here are few of my other favorites. You can follow Ray on his site or blog and purchase his art from the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.


I. Heart. T’s.

At any given moment there are at least 10 t-shirts that I’ve fallen in love with and have to resist buying. I guess it’s the poor man’s way of owning art.

Below are a few that I’ve got my eye on. Click on image to link to the site.

♫ Favorite Albums of 2010 (so far) ♫

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a music post so I decided to make a top 10 list of my favorite albums of the year so far. Narrowing it down was pretty challenging but I think I’ve finally done it! I was surprised (and delighted) to see that half of them are from artists that I’ve been listening to for years.

So here they are in no particular order with a little sample song from each.

AuTOLUX

Transit Transit

“Census”

MI AMI

Steal Your Face

“Latin Lover”

Tame Impala

Innerspeaker

“Solitude is Bliss”

LCD Soundsystem

This is Happening

“Dance Yrself Clean”

Arcade fire

The Suburbs

“Ready to Start”

The Foals

Total Life Forever

“Miami”

Broken Social scene

Forgiveness Rock Record

“Texico Bitches”

Tobacco

Maniac Meat

“Heavy Makeup”

K-X-P

K-X-P

“18 Hours (of love)”

sleigh bells

Treats

“Infinity Guitars”

Hip Healthy Hydration

Today I’ve been on a search for new BPA-free water bottles. Bisphenol A is a compound found in many hard plastics that have been shown to interfere with the endocrine system and cause health problems. You can identify plastic containers that might contain BPA if you see a number 7 in the center of the recycling symbol on the bottom.

Here are a small handful of the cool bottles that I found.

Click on an image to visit the product site.

The Thermals – I Don’t Believe You

Ooo! A new Thermals album already! Happy, happy me!

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The King of Ants

This weekend I ran into this delightful video by NOVA about  E.O. Wilson, an entomologist, conservationist and one of my favorite humans ever. Wilson’s child-like enthusiasm for  ants has translated into a couple dozen books and a pile of prestigious awards, including 2 Pulitzer prizes and the 2007  TED prize.

Coincidentally I was also learned this weekend that he recently published a new book… a novel! In Anthill, warring ants function as commentary on the behavior of human society. Hmmm… sounds like another favorite book of mine, Watership Down.

E.O. Wilson is the reason why I clap in delight when I see a cool bug and why I protect scorpions from my silly freaked-out friends when we’re camping. Hopefully one day I’ll get to hear him lecture and shake his hand.

It’s good to have heroes.

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Well Hi There

So.. it’s been a long time. Here’s the thing.. I love summer. I’ve been frolicking with my bunnies, riding my bike, camping, playing hard and, sadly, mostly working. I plan to post more regularly.. but probably not more than once a week or so until the weather decides to stop obeying my wishes.

For now, I’d like to share my latest art purchase. I sure do love a good Octophant print.

Miso

Paper Tiger just posted a wonderful new print by Miso. Miso, Karen Hsiao, is an L.A. artist whose fascination with “ecocatastrophe, biology and the science of evolution” has lead her to create delightful (and sometimes creepy) paintings and sculptures. A science geek artist? I love her.

You can follow her progress through her site or blog.

Shake It!

Today my man-friend and I went to IKEA to look for a  number of things including salt and pepper shakers. Apparently Europeans hate the stuff because we couldn’t find a single shaker. Or maybe it’s just that we’re shopping impaired.

Anyhow, I came home and decided to give Etsy a go at it. What I found was a treasure trove of really bad handcrafted items. But there were a few really cool diamonds in the rough. Okay, so maybe the baby hands will give you nightmares, but they’re also awesome.

Click on the pics to go to the seller.



Woodgrainy Goodness

Ever since my friend Jer created this fabulous poster for my old roller derby team, I’ve been obsessed with woodgrain goods. Here are a few fabulous finds that make me smile. Click pics to go to sites.

Magno Radio - AREAWARE $250

Black Limba Bentwood Ring - Stout Woodworks $75

R4 Persuit - Renovo $2650

Fused Glass Belt Buckle - Kiku Handmade $35

Painted Tree Rings - FOCUSLINEART $95

Bison print - Studio Lyon $18

The Carpenter - Muse AUD $50

Bamboo Clock - Decoylab $58