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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
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A Stroke of Genius





I make mention about my husband on here from time to time. Today I thought I’d highlight a little known side of him. Truly a renaissance man, hubs does it all. He cooks, he writes, he builds and repairs things, he’s well versed in art and literature and philosophy and religion and so very much. He’s exceptionally kind and exceedingly generous. Plus, he’s an artist. The images above he carefully, painstakingly, patiently rendered by hand.

Glenn picked up his MFA from UPenn in ’94, which, incidentally, was the same year I graduated high school (we’re 9 years apart). He’s influenced by, in his own words, psychology, eastern philosophy, and non-objective art. He spent a good deal of his studies researching and learning about color theory and has a fine grasp of the best means of applying particular colors to evoke moods and responses.

I adore his work. I adore all he does, really.

9 Responses to A Stroke of Genius

  • id says:

    these are breathtaking. actually, more like breathmaking in their yantric/mandalic-like qualities. truly extraordinary linework – the care and intention is apparent in every stroke. they're a profound enough reminder of the utility of intensive focus that i just turn on the automated “change picture” function on my desktop background for the first time so they'll be cycling through my gaze as i work all day…

    thanks so much for posting these!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with id…”breathtaking” is exactly what I thought, right after I hoped they were silk fabric swatches so I could make a dress, a top, a wardrobe. Thank you for sharing!

  • nicole says:

    After all this time, and I finally get to see Glenn's artwork! There's such a beautiful energy about these pieces, especially viewed together like this. It's like seeing the interconnectedness of all things in a visual field. They are quite inviting. Thanks to both you and Glenn for sharing these. It only makes me want to see more.

  • Katy says:

    Wow. Those are so cool! They kind of remind me of the needlepoint mazes that my father does. Very artistic, yet extremely mathematic and precise. I'll send you guys a picture.

    -Katy

  • These are amazing! I too was hoping that they were fabric swatches, because they would make some darn good pillows or curtains! My husband is super artistic too, and does these things that he calls “doodles” but are really breathtaking works of art – I wish I was artistically talented like that! I couldn't draw a stick figure to save my life :)

  • Jeepers! They are amazing! What a catch you have my dear! *s*

  • Chppie says:

    You know these would be really cool on Spoonflower fabric for those of us that like to sew with art! Thanks for sharing.

  • I had to reread your post several times to make sure I read correctly that Glenn did this by HAND? I would love, love, love to see photos of work on canvas – or whatever medium he used. I just don't know which is my favorite….I am mesmerized. How long did these take, I wonder?

    By the way, I just discovered your blog and I am totally addicted. I absolutely love your take on life, food, and family.

    Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth-these are all done in pen and ink on paper. Time length varies from piece to piece, as he sometimes revisits pieces to tweak and amend them. When he gets into a piece, though, he totally gets absorbed, for hours!