Thursday, July 28, 2011

The time is nigh!

  Homage to Richard Scarry

After months of gouging away at lino-blocks, printing, preparing, painting, building frames and more painting... we are almost done! By next Friday the pictures will be up! Can't wait to show you the finished display!

All of these, in small format, with the exception of the Sterns, will be available at the Horse & Hare Printshop come August 6th!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

You, Me and Lucian Freud

This past week we were very sad to hear of the passing of the artist Lucian Freud.

A long time ago when the Hare and I were young art students and hadn't been living together for very long we were perusing a local book store and came upon this massive hardbound book of Lucian Freud's work. We had to have it. At this time, my mother, who was paying my rent, was unaware of us living together and Neil was paying me half the rent. We quickly decided that his half of the rent would go to the book. Later on we broke up and a had a little custody battle over the book but I won (ha ha). Eventually we got back together...I still joke that it was because Neil missed the book.

For those of you that have not heard of the artist see more here at artnet. And yes he was related to  the famous Sigmund Freud; he was his grandson.

"When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't. There is a distinction between fact and truth. Truth has an element of revelation about it. If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so." - Lucian Freud

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Prints!

Mr. Hare has finally released his latest tarot print! Isn't it great? He reminds me of Dumbledore. 

Be the first to get one at the Horse & Hare Shop!

The Magician is number 1 of the major arcana. He represents action, creativity, determination, self-confidence, initiative. Like in traditional decks, the Magician is holding a wand in his right hand pointed to the sky or heaven while he is pointing with left hand to earth; symbolizing the Magician's ability to bridge the gap between the two. Also each of the four tarot suits are shown representing the classical elements of earth, air, fire and water. 

To learn more about The Magician go here.

Also new at the Horse & Hare are these Sun & Moon woodblock prints again by Neil. These are the first woodblock prints he's done. Carving woodblocks is a lot harder than linocut carving but I think he did a great job. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This week in review and peeks at things to come!

So, as I said in the previous post, we've been very busy this week. Things are falling into place with the book store project I keep mentioning. Below is a peek at the wall. There's not much there yet but while we were gone some fellas painted it, as you can see, with chalkboard paint. Thanks Nate, Alex and Andy! The rest of the print enlargements have been ordered and as I write the sound of a table saw a buzzin' is coming from my basement and the frames are being built! We've never taken on such a big, time intensive project and have learned a lot along the way. Hopefully when all is said in done it looks great. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

In other is a meal I made one night. Zucchini cakes, tomato salad and balsamic sauteed green beans.

Friday was our 11 year wedding anniversary. It really doesn't seem like it's been that long! To celebrate we went out to dinner and then went to see The Hot Seats.  The Hot Seats are a five man acoustic string band that combine bluegrass, old time and ragtime traditional music throwing in a little vaudevillian humor in between. One of the guys is an ol' school chum and I can't say enough good things!  If it sounds like your cup of tea check out them out here. Also, to those of you in the U.K., they will be heading your way shortly too!

Last but not least....In honor of the final Harry Potter Movie, here is a sneak peek at the latest tarot print block Mr. Hare has been gouging away on.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back to the ol' grind...

It's been only a week since we were in Tennessee but with the crazy jam packed week we've had it seems like it's been a month. Our last couple of days on vacation we went to Mike Wolfe's (American Picker) Antique Archaeology store in Nashville, watched numerous episodes of Shaun the Sheep...drank some beer, stopped by The Parthenon and took in a show at Third Man Records (Natural Child and The Strange Boys). Here's a few more pics from the final days of vacation...

Papa's '39 Ford

Ryan Sambol of The Strange Boys at Third Man Records

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dispatches from the Road Part 2

Greetings from Nashville! We've been having a great time on our vacation...boating, swimming, relaxing...and last night we had the best Thai food we've ever had at The Smiling Elephant . If you visit or live in the area I highly recommend having a taste. We're thinking about going back before we leave. We also took our nephew to his first show last night. Turbo Fruits opened. They were a blast...think 60's surf/garage meets Black Sabbath. For some free downloads and streaming go here. The Greenhornes headlined and they were, as my friend Andy would say, amaaa-zing. Despite their kind of deadpan, quiet demeanor they really packed a punch. Well, that's all for now folks! I think we're going to go check out the newly opened American Pickers store Antique Archaeology  today!

Friday, July 1, 2011

This week in pictures...and a few words

This past week has been so busy! I've been blog-sick, wanting to write about our activities but just haven't had the time! So here is a quick re-cap...

Yard Sales were picked. If you know what that black wand-like thing is in the tin let me know! I think it's an old curling iron but I'm not sure.

Grilled chicken and cold penne pasta was a quickly thrown together one evening - our grill has been getting a work out lately! Tossed with rosemary, oregano, basil, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, grape tomatoes and cucumbers.

Neil printed a batch of our Homage to Richard Scarrey print for a local children's literature conference.

Jane Stern got a new head (she's much happier now).

Azzy read to dogs at the library - a little event called Paws for Reading. This was a great idea!

I took some portraits of a my friend's beautiful children! See more here on flickr

We're going on vacation but I may try to blog from the road. Hope everyone has a great week!