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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

too many late nights, tiptoeing around...


One of those weeks when I found myself needing to put my head down and write, think some more and then type it up. Well... two weeks of that actually. In the end I was looking for cafes with Wifi to change the location of where I could work. Nothing to report on ... all part of creative work... reports, applications etc.

...but ...in those moments when a little diversion was needed I found some inspiration... where to start?

OK... Here....



You thought I was going to post all the images for you that are hiding between these covers?

there's too many wonderful pages so why not go to the artist's site yourself and see what lies within... its worth it I promise...and when you click here another page will open so you will still get to read this post... if thats what you came by to do!


When you've done there you could look inside this one too!




I'm being a bit obscure I know... there's a few books and journals in this one:



Lapin


Go to a doodlers anonymous page and you can read about Lapin's story: In a Sea of Sketchbooks




from oliverjeffers.com . . . For 36 weeks in 04, myself and three other artists sent a sketchbook back and forth across the Atlantic between us, each artist responding to the spread that proceeded them. When it was finished, book had travelled over 60,000 miles

now here's a story:     from oliverjeffers.com . . . For 36 weeks in 04, myself and three other artists sent a sketchbook back and forth across the Atlantic between us, each artist responding to the spread that proceeded them. When it was finished, book had travelled over 60,000 miles

Theres hardly enough hours in the days for al the exploring you can do is there?



Louise Bourgeois

LB?  Louise Bourgeois.. more here!


See above


Were did I find these images and more?


Some found here:


Lari Washburn

This is an image of the work of Lari Washburn and you can visit her wonderful 'Sketchbook and Journal' board on her pinterest site here.



Some came via here at my board Artist Books.... which has 





These two images are from lovely blogger Velma Bolyard at Wake Robin... 




Rock Book by Velma Bolyard



So you start to get the picture. Between my tumblr site seed capsules and new Pinterest one I have been tracing all the artists books i can find... and paintings/painters I like and so on!

This is something you can do for ten minutes between tasks or walking off to make a cup of tea...
tea and toast and a quick look at these sites is just the bees knees. Ok ten minutes can stretch out... but who's counting. And when you are stuck at that computer writing some tricky thing... well... !



w o r d s

Photo of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pinPhoto of a pin Above are wee images from my board on /// yes ///  w o r d s ... some good things lurk there!
A little bigger so you can see ... sure!

opening of I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

This text is the opening of I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith. Its comes via Printed Ink tumblr .. well worth a look. Anyone see the film by the same name... quite wonderful. Who's read the book? This opening line took me straight there.

This was a fun idea: 


cute idea for invite to book-swapping party


This really did take place ... read here.... i kind if think it might be fun ...Book clubs interest me but I dont see myself turning up each month with the book read and the night free. A one of book night could be good however.

Especially with these cards


and the lovely soup!






Here's something along similar lines ... reminiscent of a library anyway!


Trong G. Nguyen, Library, 2007.    The entire text and individual chapters of various books written word for word on grains of rice. A re-interpretation of the library.



Liked this one...

Trong G. Nguyen, Library, 2007. The entire text and individual chapters of various books written word for word on grains of rice. A re-interpretation of the library.




"Sometimes I think that people's hearts are like deep wells.  Nobody knows what's at the bottom.  All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while." - Haruki Murakami




This one from the lovely Elizabeth Bunsen ... 

then to Art-propelled's Robyn Gordon who needs no introduction.

See her Artist Studio's board where this image of Sati Zech was found.


sati zech



Read the Newspaper article here on Berlin painter Sati Zech

Sati Zech, who lives and works in Berlin, is at Lux Art Institute for a residency. She work on canvas and oil paint.



I also liked this image and quote on Robyn's board:

Art grows out of each particular situation, and I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up.    - El Anatsui, 2003


Art grows out of each particular situation, and I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up. - El Anatsui, 2003
Read more here.

You'll of course find much to delight at Robyn's pages.

I'd better finish... so will take you to the ART page of Esa Lukala... i thought it stunning.... if you like paint you may too!

Something to show from this page...



Richard Pearse. I love this one.

Work by Richard Pearce who has a blog... have a look!


And another of his works...





thats all folks... bed time... school tomorrow!
Hope you're having a good week all!



ps Do pop over for coffee if you wish!



Found here at Girl of Instanbul tumblr


17 comments:

Carole said...

Sophie, you are so generous and fun (sending us on scavenger type hunts) I'd love to have coffee with you!

Caterina Giglio said...

took me longer than 10 minutes... but I have always been remedial.. lol beautiful... thank you...
btw... a little packie on it's way to you... x

Sophie Munns said...

Carole and Caterina...
delighted to have you both along for the excursion.

I wanted to allow you the pleasure of discovery rather than putting up to many images here... so I'm glad you joined me and the coffee was delicious from this cups yes?

Cat... sounds intriguing indeed... shall look forward to that!
xo

Sarah said...

Now all I need you to do for me is arrange a day off tomorrow so I can get lost in all these intriguing links! What a great post! I shall just have to visit a few more times this week to see it all.
I recognised that paragraph from I Capture the Castle. I heard about that book on a radio programme and loved it-and that first part is very memorable. I liked the film too though not as much as the book.

Valerianna said...

I've been off traveling all over cyberspace, landing in Istanbul for fabulous Turkish coffee. What a rich and inspiring post! I love your pintrest and tumlr pages, and Robyn's. Great. I'm holding off from those - two web sites and a blog are enough to work on at the moment! However - a question, can I follow either pintrest and tumblr pages? Do I need an account, or how does that work? Suppose I could explore it myself, but haven't seen that info at least not on pintrest....

Glad you came all the way over to the deep freeze above today, enjoyed your visit! Wish we could have coffee in the new studio and compare seed pods.

nance marie said...

totally fun post.

i like to think about the quote by el anatsui
"...I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up."

eb said...

yikes!
overwhelmed
by the rich opulence
of this post Sophie...
just saw El's work
and a doc movie by Susan Vogel
synchronicities
indeed
savoring every morsel here

thanks so,

xox - eb.

ArtPropelled said...

Wow Sophie, I saw a few of Elisa's images on Pinterest but didn't follow the link. So glad I found the link here because I've been wallowing in all those beautiful pages for at least half an hour. Many more links to follow! (Thanks for the mention)

Mlle Paradis said...

girlfriend, you slay me!

and can we talk about.....minutes turning into.......????

but this is just the inspiration i needed. i have a pile of notebooks/sketchbooks that are quite EMPTY. because i find empty ones so pretty and pristine without me messing about in them. now recycled printer paper, napkins or brown paper bags........i would like to change all this.

Sophie Munns said...

thanks for these great comments all... I'l be back later... things to do that won't wait!
S

Mary Zeran said...

Gorgeous!!! Simply gorgeous collection. Whenever I need a break/ some inspiration, all I have to do is stop by your site. Thank you dear Sophie for doing such wonderful and generous research.
xoxoxo
Now for a cup of tea myself.

Printed Material said...

Wow Sophie. I don't quite know wwhat to look at first. I need to make that cup of tea and sit down for more than 10 minutes I suspect! Some beautiful images here and thanks for the reminder about I Capture the Castle.I used to have the film on an old video - pre DVD days - and it was lovely, the book too. So many people just think she wrote about dalmatians but this book is a true gem. What a fabulous post. You have such eclectic interests and inspirations - a kindred spirit. Thank you!!

Sophie Munns said...

Lovely to read these comments... Ive been busy... so busy Ive not been back to chat here...but am attempting visit you all and chat there.

Working on a new project... this time a small contribution to a community Mural being done locally...so off soon to do that.
ciao,
Sophie

iNd!@nA said...

still pondering the bottomless wells

em said...

sophie, what a wonderful post, full of good things! when i go to pinterest, i am swallowed and cannot escape! don't know if i will have time to post there... the photos are amazing!

it's spring here and everything is much better for it! hope you are well in the fall there...

nathalie et cetera said...

i love sketch books and notes books so much! thank you for this wonderful post! and yes coffee please, milk no sugar.

Elizabeth Sheppell said...

So much inspiration! Thank you Sophie!!