Needless to say there are no updates on new art stuff. I had the dreaded dental surgery Friday and it went well but I am still recovering. I have plenty of things I want to work on once I get better though! 

Post surgery icing my mouth so my giant chipmunk cheek will go back to normal big cheek size. Thank goodness they gave me anti-anxiety meds beforehand, I was pretty chill for the procedure (I was awake and didn't go under).


Ready for my AARP card. Watching Murder She Wrote on Netflix and reading the Spring Martha Stewart Living

I've been so out of it the last few days (woozy, tired) so I haven't read much, but I did finish reading the short story collection Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link. I also read Magic for Beginners by the same author and loved both books. She has a way of telling a story that brings you totally in to this fantasy world and you quickly get immersed in the characters and environment that she created. I found out about her through the Humble Ebook Bundle that I purchased last year. 

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CPL Rules

Picked this up at the library yesterday. I've been having a bit of an artists block lately but have been reading a ton. I've never been to Europe and last week I started to get kinda obsessed with going to Holland (ironic I know...those who know me will get that). I would love to plan a trip in the next year or so, I hope I can save my pennies to make this happen! Here's the link to the book on Amazon if you're interested, or check your local library!

Currently Re-Reading

Hoping to get my first zine off the ground in time for my May 7th art opening at I AM Logan Square and I'm re-reading this to get some pointers. It appears to be out of print over at Microcosm but I think I saw this in stock at Quimby's (which is where I originally got this) last time I was there if anyone is interested in checking this out

Currently Reading

This one's actually next to read. I picked it up at G-Mart comics in my neighborhood and it's a blind purchase as I had no recommendations for it but it looks entertaining.

I love zine collections and this one is easily becoming my all time favorite. I got it at Quimby's in Wicker Park but you can find it on Amazon or through Microcosm Publishing

Still working on this Ed Ruscha book. It's a lot of information to process so it's hard for me to find the time to sit down and focus.

Look what I Found

I love old books. With the rise of digital media I feel like finds like this are extra special. I found it at the Bookman's Corner in Lakeview and bought it for the pattern/drawings on the front and back covers. Then I opened it up and saw it had been in a library's circulation in the 1940's. I guess it makes me a nerd but I love this stuff!

Recent and upcoming reads

While walking around my neighborhood today I finally went in to Fagin Books at 917 N. Ashland. I walk by to and from work but I was waiting for a Saturday to go so I could have more time to browse. The entire store is crammed with bookshelves from floor to ceiling and they have EVERYTHING. I concentrated on the art section and they had a wondering array of books and old catalogs from gallery and museum shows, including a lot from the Art Institute here in Chicago. What a great shop and the owners were very nice and had three adorable greyhounds there too!! I picked up Modern Artists on Art published in 1964 for $3. I can't wait to go back! 

I recently picked up Handmade Nation at Quimbys  and I loved it! I like how the book was arranged by featuring crafters by region. It was very inspiring to hear  people talk about the DIY movement and not relying on corporations and chains to buy what we want and need.