Spring does not seem to come soon unfortunately (at least in Poland) which means we have a lot of bird guests for breakfasts here. A few days ago I set up a real life matching activity for my boys and the younger one (almost 2 years old) got it instantly. He is learning to speak at this moment and each opportunity to name something is interesting for him.
I recently ordered a set of Usborne birds cards from Amazon and it was perfect for this purpose. It contains 30 beautiful illustrations of birds living in UK (I guess), but many of them are the same as in Poland. Illustrations are detailed and accurate as well as really beautiful. I chose 6 birds which are our frequent guests: house sparrow, 2 species of doves, great tit, magpie and a sea gull and just placed them on a wall with washi tape near the window where the birds are coming for breakfast. My son got it in a moment and started to point and name pigeons as soon as they came for breakfast – in fact this is the first thing he does in the morning everyday now.
Child’s age: 1,5 – 2 years
Today I want to share with you two of our favourite toddler books, each of them is read several times a day by my almost 2 years old son (and me).
“Bus Stops” and “My friends” are written and illustrated by Taro Gomi – one of Japan’s most prolific children’s book illustrators. Stories are simple and illustrations are just brillant. To be honest I’d love to have several of these illustrations printed and framed in my living room.
Here in Europe spring is in the air! I have plants and light on my mind these day, so here is a perfect artist – Ashley Bram-Johnson from ABJ Glassworks studio based in Philadelphia, PA.
Working to create whimsical and modern pieces for the home using traditional stained glass techniques, and inspired by the nuances of light throughout the day and the changing of the seasons (source)
Here are some of terrariums and jewelry boxes by ABJ Glassworks:
Jim Harris – American Artist living and working in Japan. From his profile on Saatchi Art: “I listen to mostly jazz when painting. Currently I’m mainly influenced by Japanese architecture, both contemporary and ancient”.
Jim Harris – Untitled
Jim Harris – Zig Zag
Jim Harris – The Two & The Three
Jim Harris – New Earth 9
If you haven’t seen Ariele Alasko’s wood work yet, you definitely should! I must tell you I adore this girl. Whatever she put her hands on turns out beautifully…
She makes wide range of incredible big scale wood work – tables, headboards, wall panels and smaller stuff like cutting boards and wooden spoons. But if she needs something special (or her beloved dog or cat needs it), she just make it – a teepee for her dog and smaller one for cat, a sweater for her dog, hand printed chair upholstery, you name it…
Some new work which I love:
Wall made of eucalyptus leaves:
Julian Trevelyan is another British painter I admire. Privately a husband of Mary Fedden, it’s interesting to watch how they have influenced each other.
Julian Trevelyan – Winter
Julian Trevelyan – Chiswick Mall
Julian Trevelyan – West Wind
Julian Trevelyan – Marseilles
Julian Trevelyan – Chiswick Eyot
You can see more paintings by this artist on my Pinterest board. All images via Tate.
It’s been a long time since my last post! I wanted to concentrate on my own artistic work recently and together with winter-sicknesses period and lack of computer at home it generated much longer break than I planned.
Today I want to share with you first watercolor illustration in a new series I’m working on – my favourite recipes. Print is available in my Etsy shop.
Here is the recipe – it’s really easy and delicious but you have to wait for 2-3 weeks until they are ready.
LEMON PICKLES (circa 1l jar)
* 5 lemons
* olive oil (extra virgine)
* a few cloves of garlic
* a few parsley leaves
* red chili pepper
Wash the lemons carefully in warm water. Slice them on circa 5 mm (0.2 inch) pieces. Put the lemons on a plate in layers.Sprinkle each layer with salt generously. Put away for 24 hours.
Towel dry the lemons. Put into a jar. Stick slices of chili, garlic and parsley leaves. Cover with olive oil entirely. Tilt the jar gently to let the air bubbles go.
Wait for 2-3 weeks.
When all lemons are eaten you can use the oil for salad dressings or rosting meet.