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  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
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  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
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  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
  • Had such a great time chatting with Celine MacKay of @puregreenmag the other day. We discussed homesteading and writing and how I got to where I  am now and so very much more. Hop on over to @puregreenmag for the link to the interview, and if you aren't already doing so, follow them for gorgeous photos and tempting recipes and beyond!
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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!