A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley

A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley
In which a couple tries to thrive creatively and intellectually on and offline

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #7


This week's sketchbook Friday is a sketch I drew when my now husband and I first started dating in college when we were young, impetuous, and stupid in love but not willing to admit it yet!

The cutie pie at the far left is one of my sister's adorable best friends.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Book of the week #6

This week's book is: Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky

I like to think of Kandinsky as the thinking man's (or woman's) artist. He studied law, did anthropological research, and wrote this fantastic book on the Spiritual side of art.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Maker Faire!!

We had a blast volunteering at the Bay Area Maker Faire!
My husband and I both volunteered on Saturday and Sunday Evening, which I would highly recommend doing! Here are a few photos from the weekend:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sketchbook Friday #6


This week's sketchbook Friday is a sketch I did of the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland for a painting in 2002.

I think I threw away said painting in frustration after it was finished. It took me a long time to learn how to paint even adequately. I don't think I learned to paint well until I was finished with art school and some of the pressure was off.

Our Etsy Shop reached over 1000 page views yesterday!!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

A really special dog

My husband and I have started looking for a canine companion, and at the Silicon Valley Humane Society we found a really amazing dog, but unfortunately the timing just isn't right for us to adopt right now. So I'm sharing her with you:

Soco is a 10 month old adorable Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, and we both fell in love with her! She will need to be with a patient family that can handle a super smart, active dog, but I know she will be a great companion!

Here's some info from the Humane Society:
Preferred adoption recommendations:
Kids 16+ or adults-only due to mouthiness, need for in-home rules and structure
Recent dog experience and into rewards-based or positive reinforcement training
Active adopters or interested in using dogwalker or doggie daycare (she'll need multiple times/day exercise opportunities - running, jogging, hiking, playing fetch in backyard.)
Would likely do best in a home with another dog but not mandatory

Her animal number is 73931. She is a 10 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix surrendered by her previous owner who had no time to care for her.

You can go to the website to fill out an application!

Book of the week #5

This week's book of the week is: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book by the author of The Virgin Suicides speaks on racial inequalities, gender roles, and family dynamics. With a charming wit, Eugenides tells a story that, especially if you enjoy classical literature and greek mythology, has many levels. While a lot of the subject matter could be called controversial, the writing makes these matters seem approachable and totally natural. One of my favorite works of fiction from the past decade!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Custom stuff for wee kidlets


I love having friends with kids, because I can make ridiculously cute artwork for them! Like a tiger with reading glasses!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Book of the week #4

This week's book is: The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar

This gorgeous french graphic novel has universal appeal; my mom even enjoyed reading it while she is visiting, and she doesn't enjoy graphic novels!

The writing is just and beautiful and subtle as the illustration, and the characters are charming, clever, and very, very human!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A few simple requests..

I love working at the library. However, I am frequently appalled by the behavior of some of our patrons. So today I am posting a short list of just a few simple requests:

1. Please do not put your food in our cd drawers! This is California, you do not need to hide food for the coming harsh winter!

2. Keep in mind that your tax dollars bought our furniture. We know that our chairs didn't come with penises drawn on them, that costs extra.

3. Why are you stealing our dvds? You can borrow them for free

4.
Please stop dropping the f-bomb near the young adults section

5. This is to the person who keeps flipping all the non-fiction books about teen sex in so that the titles don't show: You are not helping prevent these kids from having sex, just making me do a little more work when I have to flip them back!

6. Please don't hide inappropriate books in the children's section.

And my personal favorite...
7. Please do NOT PEE IN THE BOOK DROP!

Friday, May 7, 2010

jargonhead's recommendations at ThisNext

I just started a ThisNext account. Social shopping is something I had never heard of until this week....

Anyway, found some pretty cool stuff and created some recommendations. Check it out if you are interested.

Sketchbook Friday! #4


Today's Sketchbook Friday features a sketch for my friend Aen, who wanted me to make a cd cover for his band the Ronald Raygun. Created in 2003, while I was in college.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The photo that allowed me to paint mountains without pulling my hair out

You may know from a previous post that I was having a heck of a time evolving from painting a symbol of a mountain, to painting actual mountains. A recent trip to Yosemite really helped! This is a photo from Tunnel View.

When I painted it, I actually used an image that I had warped in Photoshop to use as a reference, and got rid of a lot of the background so I could concentrate on the landscape. Hence, I was able to render the mountains as such:It still needs work, but having a point of reference helped a lot!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book of the week #3

This week's book is a cookbook: Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin

My mom has been visiting this week, and so having fast delicious and healthy recipes was a must. I love this cookbook made up of recipes from Pepin's PBS show. The recipes are so simple and delicious, and don't take any time at all!