Yesterday, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Kim Palmer of the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis newspaper that covers the entire state. While she and I talked, well, okay, yes, mostly just I talked and she tried to slow me down enough to clarify, photographer Courtney Perry shot Belle Ami from every angle imaginable. I don't know all the details of when this beautiful old lady (hey, that's the house, not me, watch it there, Bucko!) will appear in the paper, but I'll keep you posted.
|Oh, look! I added a new door and a courtyard beyond...|
|Detail of the mural, which a few short days before the interview was still a big white blotch, where the previous mural had been painted over. Nothing like self-inflicted pressure to get a job done!|
|Freelance photographer, Courtney Perry, and reporter, Kim Palmer, let me turn the tables on them, ever so briefly|
|Playing duelling cameras with a pro could be dangerous, but Courtney's a good sport.|
So, my week has started with a bang! And not just one. Maybe more like fireworks. Today I met with author Cat Isles about illustrating her latest book, and it seems I will also be writing a few bits for it. It is on the art of correspondence, and includes a perpetual calendar, where one can record birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. My illustrations are probably going to be pen and ink flora and fauna, collaged with backgrounds of old hand-written letters. Not sure how long the project will take, but you know I'll keep you posted on the progress of that.
And finally, I also received word today that the drywall crew is finishing up on my big spring project (whose ribs were featured on here a couple of months ago), so I get to start in on that in a couple of weeks. With the other projects already on the calendar, this means my schedule is fully booked through at least the end of March! Lots of fun paint projects coming up, so check back often for photos, and the stories of how the adventures unfold. I need to make one more adjustment to the blogging schedule, by the way. Rather than posting on Tuesday and Thursday, I suspect it's going to suit the schedule a little better to write new posts on Monday and Thursday nights, so look for updates around midnight Central time.
Thinking of letting me write about what I paint on your walls, later this spring? Check out my website, theartofthehome.com, to view my portfolio of possibilities, and get all the info on how to hire me.
Doing a project yourself? If you run into a decorating dilemma you think I might be able to help solve, please don't hesitate to ask. If I know the answer, I'll be happy to share it, and will likely throw in a whole lot of extra unsolicited advice, to boot. You can click on "comments" below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.