Falling in Love with Woodworking

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Lately, I’ve been obsessing over the beauty and craftsmanship of woodworking. I’m in the process of researching various artisans, as I’d really like some quality art and/or furniture pieces in our home. Most recently, my favorite woodworkers have become Ariel Alasko and Blair Sligar of Hog Eat Hog.

Yesterday, I informed Hubby that I’d like to reach out to Ariel and speak about commissioning one of her large wood panels, for our living-room.  (I think he’s on-board with the idea; which makes me completely ecstatic!)

While I’d like to do a little more research on Hog Eat Hog, I’m feeling pretty compelled to reach out to Mr. Sligar, to learn more about the types of wood he works with; and to commission his services for the entryway table I’ve been dreaming of.

Oh yes… I need more of this in my life.

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The Art of Tim Burton

One of the first artists ever to influence me is the incomparable Tim Burton. He influenced the way that I process images and visual storytelling, so early in my life that I didn’t even realize what was happening, as I was learning. (Most people don’t realize that he was an animator for Disney, before he became a renowned director. He contributed as a storyboard and concept artist to Disney’s The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron – which are two films that I loved, growing up.)

Though I’ve been less thrilled with most of TB’s film-projects, following (the stunning) Big Fish, I still consider myself a big fan.  And, when I heard that some of his closest friends and colleagues were collaborating to celebrate him, by publishing  a book of his (never-before published) artwork, my heart immediately started to pound!

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Hubby surprised me with the DELUXE EDITION, as a Christmas present.  (Not only that, we managed to snag it in time, to get it as a FIRST edition!)  Above, a bookplate that was signed by the man himself.

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Above: A special-edition lithograph, signed by the man himself.

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Above: An illustration drawn by Tim Burton, as a child.

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Above: Concept artwork of Catwoman and the Penguin, for Batman Returns. (I was obsessed with this version of Catwoman, growing up. In 1992, I was Catwoman for Halloween; and I still remember how awesome that costume was!)

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Above: “People in line for Rocky Horror show.”

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Late Nights and Bright Mornings

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Happy Monday, ya’ll!

I had a great weekend…Exactly what I needed, after the exhausting week I’d touched on last Friday.  On Saturday, Hubby and I had an awesome morning together, before he had to go to work.  Like myself, H works in the Entertainment Industry.  Unlike myself, his schedule fluctuates from week to week; and he usually works on weekends, while I have the time off.

After a morning of running errands with our fur-babies (Caspian and Bella), we took them to a local dog park.  Since Hubby and I don’t have any children, Cass and Bella have filled the gap…  Therefore, a trip to the dog park is truly like a “traditional” family outing.

As we drove to the park, Hubby insisted on playing his latest musical acquisition over the sound system.  “You HAVE to hear this!”, he exclaimed.  “Please, can I play this for you?”

“Sure.”, I replied, smiling at his enthusiasm.  When Hubby falls in love with something, he becomes giddy, like a kid.  (I find it endearing.)

With that, he pressed “play”.  I listened, letting the song that filled my ears to wash over me like rain.  It was beautiful and soulful…

I hope you take the time to press “play”, on the video above, so that you can have the chance to experience what I felt.

Wishing you a great morning, day, and week ahead!