November 17, 2008

FAZER - Geisha Chocolate

I usually have my Czech friends send me this chocolate, but now I can get it in Portland (Beaverton) at Scandia Imports.

The milk chocolate is filled with nougat and resembles the texture and taste of the discontinued Japonais chocolate bars from the manufacturer Suchard. IT IS THE BEST!

Image source: www.international-chocolates.com

November 8, 2008

Matthew Cosby - "Ring Pop" - Augen Gallery

Matthew Cosby's piece "Ring Pop" is the strongest piece from his latest show at Portland's Augen Gallery.

I like his use of vibrant color and shape: how each unit is a variation on hue, intensity and value, and how the black line separating each shape is reminiscent of a European cathedral's stained glass window.
In addition, each work in the show carries an exactness and a level of craft which is unsurpassed.

"Ring Pop" (oil on board, 19 7/8 x 18 1/2 inches)

November 4, 2008

Words to Live By

"Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed.
Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied."

Charles Caleb Colton: (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

November 3, 2008

Enviga & Transparency

I was struck by enviga's berry-flavored can and its use of transparency and color with while at the grocery store yesterday. I even bought one to look at and try BECAUSE of the color! I supposedly burned an extra 30 calories for my imbibing effort thanks to its green tea content.
Image source: www.enviga.com

The Saturdays

This UK pop group has a good handle on color. Their generally bright hues are set off by grey - a technique I find effective in highlighting hue. Additionally, the intensity absolutely matches their sound!

Image source: www.myspace.com/thesaturdays

Pumpkin

Here is this year's jack o'lantern! The last-minute carving project worked out well!
(BTW, the design is a candelabra).