Horst Janssen

February 23, 2010

I actually don’t have any concept of how popular Horst Janssen is, but because his name clicked in my memory the other day I want to share.  My German freshman-year room mate was in love with Janssen and exposed me to all of his work.  She even painted an uncanny portrait of him from memory late one night.  Being up, she asked me down to the studio to see.  His face was imprinted in her mind enough to need no reference to capture his image and personality.  Since, many variations of his name have been in my mind.  “Jansen” is what I couldn’t get out of my head the other day and I googled variations of “jansen,” “german janson,” “painter hans janson,” etc.  I clicked images and found that oh-so distinctive style.

It is the richness in mark-making and crazed intention that is what I strive for unsuccessfully in my own work.  I will spare a bio on Janssen here, but here is one here.  And here.

And here he is:

And here he is as drawn by himself:

Here is an image we are all familiar with locally:

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And what a hiatus.  Fall and winter have really slowed my creative juices, but I’m on a mission of willpower and discipline.  There’s only one way to get back to a blog after such a long time and that is to dive right in before distracted procrastination settles back into it’s spot.

A brief and simple recap of the highlights since this summer:

1. LADY GAGA SIGHTINGS

Lady Gaga spoke at the Equality March in D.C.  After she finished she exited right in front of us.  Pretty exciting.  Earlier that month we had gone to Richmond to see her.  Richmond was really surprising for me.  In a good way.

The best of Richmond was the Canal Cruise in a Willy Wonka-ish covered boat that went along the historic canal walk.

2. GREAT MARYLAND MOMENTS

Ok really this is just a gratuitous beautiful shot of the harbor that makes me miss warm weather terribly.

With breezy windows open, fall was a good time for fort building.  Inside the fort were scary movies, and a fake fire plugged into the wall.

One morning we got to Harper’s Ferry so early no one was there.  (Except ghosts)  By the water was freezing but it was absolutely beautiful.  I’m sure I spotted a bald eagle.

Katie wanted to start this Maryland list.  The Baltimore 100.  We didn’t get too far, they’re all accounted for on her page, though.  Here is when we had to try oyster’s from Nick’s in Cross Street Market.  Not being in the mood for raw oyster slurping we got oyster po boys instead.  Which is not a Maryland thing, but it definitely works for me.

Every year in November, Easton hosts the Waterfowl Festival.  A family member carves on the caliber of those shown and accompanied us.  The workmanship was brilliant and the details were absolutely insane.

3. FOOD ENDEAVORS

Tons of beef stew.  The second it got chilly there was beef stew.

Drunken nights having to feed friends resulted in inventive steak preparation.  The bloody mary marinated steak.  Brilliant kitchen collaboration if you ask me.  Marinate and flip for a couple of hours in pretty much anything you would put in your bloody mary. Plus garlic cloves.

Pound carefully on countertop with something hammer-like.  Like a hammer.

Slice and serve with cheap and filling side dish.  Simply delicious.

Cheese biscuits made on Superbowl Sunday.  So comforting I’m sure it’s what make them win.  They were accompanied by andouille sausage red beans and rice.  Victory!

And because all of my friends are my valentines, I made V-Day cupcakes, each in their own shade of pink.  It’s funny because pink is my least favorite color.  But it was so important that they all be different.  Like my special friends.

4. DOG!

Our friend found this little scrappy thing in East Baltimore.  A shaky little girl all matted and nervous.  Katie and I took her in and she is ours.  Her name is Little Edie.  Long ago, I’m sure Edie was a sophisticated spoiled house-pup, who was then forced to become street smart.  But she has a home now, with us.

It took the groomer 4 hours to give her a “fresh start.”  Poor thing had all of her hair cut off, so I made her a sophisticated little sweater to keep her warm.

Those killer eyes are what got her rescued.  And her outer space face.

She’s fitting in rather well.

5. BLIZZARD

We got a lot of snow.  And I can’t take it anymore.  can barely look at these pictures of all this stupid snow.

Stuck inside with nothing to do.

Almost nothing.

The trash/recycling hasn’t come in about 2 weeks.  Our stuff along with about 4 days worth of other people’s trash is really piling up.  

I killed a fly yesterday.  Can you imagine, a fly in February!  The point is no one in this city has gotten rid of trash in quite some time.  It’s outrageous.  It’s supposed to snow again today or tomorrow.  Only a few inches.  But if that’s not it for the season, my bags are packed.  I can’t take it.  I mean look at the length of this blog, I’ve gone absolutely insane.  Hoping more exciting things happen and signing off.  Welcome back, me.

Living for the weekend

June 16, 2009

A quick update for June, first being

Rufustival:

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We went to see the Dirty Projectors who were really exciting.  Apparently, David Byrne was there, but we’re too unlucky to be aware of that.

Farmer’s Market:

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Full-sour garlic pickles are my new favorite snack.

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Home:

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Finally got to installing that sucker.  Not a good picture but I really like the way it looks.

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Here’s a little project we did.  Our fridge is old and dingy and after much scrubbing we realized there’s nothing we can do about it.  So we had to cover up.

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Dinner of the week- whole wheat alfredo, artichoke, tomato, spinach with grilled chicken.

Junefest!!

June 12, 2009

I meant to post this earlier, but there are a lot of way cool things going this month in this charming little city.

Saturday and Sunday:

Honfest!

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Go here for events & such..

June 20th & 21st:

PRIDE!!  The one day it’s expected to be way over the top and outrageous.  If you aren’t, you need to lighten up.

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here’s that website (if you don’t have a gay friend who already knows all about it.)

I mean, probably the only city where you could wear the same pink feather boa 2 weekends in a row.

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Go crazy.  It’s that time of year again.

Sale Sale Sale

May 23, 2009

Today from 10-5 Red Tree is having a warehouse sale at 3300 Clipper Mill Road.  I’ll be there, with my mom.  Look for 2 really small excited ladies.

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Marie Louise Craftiness

April 13, 2009

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A good kick in the ass to make me start my pelican, # 2 in the series.

Winter is really hard for me.  Aside from the obvious cold comes lethargy, apathy, hibernation, and hoarding.    Because of the newly planned trip to Montreal, I’ve been looking to perfect my wardrobe, and frankly it’s not going all that well.  I know what I want but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for.  Usually when I give up on fashion, I resort to recipes, DIY ideas, and especially home decorating.  I’ve found so many ideas for each room (as if they’re so separate) of my apartment that I’m so excited about.

The theme I guess I would be working towards is maybe a really old french biologist’s country home in the early 1900’s.  That may be a bit dreamy, but the basic idea is classic.

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

Washington Irving House (as highlighted in The House in Good Taste)

In my searches, I found my next reading endeavor: The House in Good Taste, by Elsie De Wolfe.  I’m not exactly sure how well known she is…I’ve never heard of her.  As far as I’ve read, it’s exactly the classic attitude of  decorating that I’ve been pushing for.  In my search for the perfect things to fit the apartment, I’ve learned that above all, it takes time and of course many many many many trips to so many thrift stores.

**Note:  Some things, however, are ok to splurge for.  Once I feel that I am deserving, I will treat myself to these beautiful tumblers from Anthropologie.

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

Fleur de lys yellow tumblers

It’s funny, because I just got my tax return, but I think that I need to get something accomplished first in order to get them.**

It’s important for me to get out of this winter funk.  Rather than hoarding everything that I like in the moment, my attitude needs to change towards being simple and selective.

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“How can we develop taste?  Some of us, alas, can never develop it, because we can never let go of shams.  We must learn to recognize suitability, simplicity and proportion, and apply our knowledge to our needs.”

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“What is the main goal?
A house that is like the life that goes on with it,
a house that gives us beauty as we understand it –
and beauty of a nobler kind that we may grow to understand,
a house that looks refined.”

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~Elsie De Wolfe
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(I should probably go ahead and get some accessory pets while I’m at it.)

Bloody Sunday

February 1, 2009

Today is the super bowl.  So naturally we are having a bloody mary bowl. 

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I bought an insane amount of fixins.  And tater tots.  Cause why the hell not.?

Obama Came!!!

January 18, 2009

 

Katie and I braved the cold for 5 hours.  And I mean cooOOOooooold.  But we saw him!  And it was glorious.  

 

 

I don't think we own much more clothes than we were wearing.

I don't think we own much more clothes than we were wearing.

 

They had everyone do some exercises to stay warm.  It worked, for like a minute.

They had everyone do some exercises to stay warm. It worked, for like a minute.

 

And then it was almost time....and we were cold.

And then it was almost time....and we were cold.

 

And then he came on.  And I stood up on the ledge and held the camera up way high to try to get some good pictures.

 

 

And I ended up with pictures of people's heads.

And I ended up with pictures of people's heads.

 

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And pictures of people who knew I wasn't getting the shots of Obama. 😦

 

But if you look...you can see him.  And all of the sniper secret service littered on the rooftops.

But if you look...you can see him. And all of the sniper secret service littered on the rooftops.

 

We left and we were freezing and totally convinced that we were going to have to amputate our toes.  We got some Never on Sunday and went home down the eerie desolate alleys and streets.