Danny Gregory: A kiss, a bagel & tea

April 9th, 2014


Seems that I like to return to Danny Gregory’s books while I’m on my mat. leaves. (See August 2012) I made a few purchases on Amazon the week before and finally bought A Kiss Before You Go. It’s been on my wish list for a long time, but knowing what it was about (As Gregory calls it: “The book I never meant to write”), I wasn’t really sure if or when I’d be up for it. I’m a big fan of Everyday Matters, and A Kiss is sadly the tragic continuation of that book 15 years later. It marks the death of his wife Patti and documents Gregory as he picks up his life after she is gone. There is a very eloquent write-up about the book from Gregory’s friend Roz Stendahl here:

I guess the best way to describe this book is to say it’s a look at the little everyday things and happenings which mean the most to us—which form the fabric of our memory, creating the rich experience we label life.

Because of that I think this book is valuable to read whether or not you have experienced a loss. The book is about valuing experience, the small details of life that make it special and unique. The book is also a testament to someone who made life an adventure for everyone around her.

If you have lost a loved one the specifics of your experience may not match Danny’s but the details of his journey dealing with a whole new set of “firsts” and moving on in life while Patti stays forever young, will touch your heart and help you think about the stuff of life and notions of loss in your own life and in our society. Because of, not in spite of, the raw emotions there is hope and comfort in this book.

I have to go back and look at the book in more detail again. For now, I’ve also been catching up on Danny Gregory’s blog and looking back at some old posts which led me to the ‘Art of Breakfast’ video. A very simple bagel and tea breakfast can be so bright. Makes me want to buy some watercolours!

The Art of Breakfast: a film about Danny Gregory from DannyGregory on Vimeo.

Out & about

April 4th, 2014

Yeah, I actually get out sometimes.


Micca fashion illustration

April 2nd, 2014

Over the last few months, I spent a lot of time sitting around the sofa or dining room table holding Jojo trying not to make a peep so BK can nap in the afternoons. I wouldn’t even attempt to go upstairs / get to our bedroom / go to the washroom. There was one point where BK wasn’t sleeping well so it was like I was trying not to BREATHE too loud – ha! Anyways, we’re hopefully past that now and even #2 has had to learn to CIO (aka. Cry it out….)  While sitting around downstairs, I started looking back at some of my old books. I used to like fashion illustration a lot. (I wanted to get into fashion illustration and bag design!)

These are scans from Monofragile 2: Fashion Illustrators from Japan by an illustrator named Micca.  I couldn’t find much information about her though. I like the simple line work with the bright colours placed just right with restraint. I used to look at a lot of Japanese fashion magazines which is how I came about buying this book way back when. Seems like ages ago, but there is always some drawing on my mind. 



// Credit: Drawings by Micca from Mondofragile 2: Fashion Illustrators from Japan by Delicatessan.


A Spring step: a bit of drawing

March 30th, 2014

Some baby steps to spring. Am actually getting out a bit more with #2 these days pushing around the stroller in the neighbourhood. Ever so slowly warming up a tad. Am also trying to finish those shoe drawings that I had started way back when (Like here & here). (Note: The last time I was drawing was the night I started going into labour! There are times written down in my sketchbook of when I was feeling a contraction! … Yes, it’s been FIVE months now which seem long and short all at the same time if that’s possible.)


Never give up

March 21st, 2014

Never Give Up - Notebook by Ecojot

Everyone’s napping at the same time so I’m slipping in some blogging time.

I’m a very late (like extremely late) smartphone adopter having hung on to my $20 + tax phone plan for years and years. But since being on the mat. leaves, I find that my phone has been invaluable for helping me with everything to stay connected and sane. Texting, WhatsApp, checking email, reading my saved articles, shopping, looking at flyers for grocery shopping, etc. etc. Yup mobile is really taking over big time with a ginormous move away from desktop even from very late-adopter me) . I have only recently started using Instagram more often and am finding some old and new designers and illustrators to follow for a quick daily dose of inspiration. I just added Carolyn Gavin (Love going to the Ecojot blog to see all her work!), the designer-illustrator behind Ecojot / eco-friendly paper goods. I found a pict of this quote in Carolyn’s feed. A move away from her very vibrant colour palettes (You can’t tell from this photo but the type is actually silver. There are some other designs in the shop with lovely gold writing). I’m always a sucker for handwritten type, non?

So here’s my Friday message to self.
And happy weekend! The sun is shining today!

// Credits: Photo of notebook by Ecojot – Designed by Carolyn Gavin.