August has been a fun and busy month, filled with road-tripping, packing and unpacking, making prints, sketching, and not a lot of cooking. I had the pleasure of getting away on a couple of weekends with my good friend, Maresa, of Dusty Rose VIntage to participate in the Phoenicia Flea, a traveling makers' market organized by James Anthony and Paul Lowe, of Sweet Paul. The first weekend we hit Accord, NY where we set up shop at the beautiful Westwind Orchard, an organic apple farm where, if you come on the right weekend, you can get beautiful, zucchini blossom-topped wood-fired pizzas. Weekend two took us to Asbury Park, NJ, right on the boardwalk next to the amazing Market at 5th Ave. , a really interesting makers' market in its own right. On the way home from Jersey, we paid a visit to Seven Arrows Organic Farm, where Farmer Meg gave us a tour of the farm and introduced us to all her hard working animal companions. This month I met so many wonderful people all doing what they love, weathering the inconsistencies of small business ownership, smiling at the little victories, and laughing at the unpredictability of it all. Made me happy. Here are some silly pics from the months happenings.
It's really beautiful outside today. Sun shining, birds chirping, spring in my step, and so on... and I'm happily reflecting on the feeling of community I felt at yesterday's rally for Bushwick Inlet Park. My neighbors and I gathered on the steps of City Hall yesterday afterall to tell the mayor how important it is that they follow through on creating a park in the Bushwick Inlet area of Greenpoint. There was an encouraging turnout of over 300 people-- so many that the police wouldn't let everyone into the plaza (which was a bit of a let-down, but oh well). Hopefully DiBlasio hears our message and makes sure that Greenpoint (and all NYC residents for that matter) all get the much-needed park space that we have been promised.
Friday was good. Sun was shining, and I had little time to play around with delft-inspired brushwork and color palette today, after working up a painting of my great grandma, Margaret. I've been working on a lot of spring-y flower things lately, trying to summon mother nature to warm up already. Just a few more weeks until spring. I can't wait!