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Off to Columbia, MD

Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off

Off to Columbia, MD

Hey, if you’re in the area, stop in and see me at the Howard County Library.  I’ll be talking about Wicked Bugs and Wicked Plants, and they’d like you to register in advance here. I’m also headed to Longwood Gardens, but they tell me that one’s sold out.  There is a waiting list–if you want to get on it, give that a try here. And after I get back?  Some exciting early news about my next book The Drunken...

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Tales of the Cocktail Notes

Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Tales of the Cocktail Notes

  This post will only make sense to you if you were in the talk I gave at Tales of the Cocktail called The Drunken Botanist:  A Preview. It was a sneak preview of my new book, coming out in March 2013, called The Drunken Botanist:  The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks.  I promised to share links to a bunch of sources, so here they are: Handbook of Alcoholic Beverages — this new two-volume set covers a wide range of research and technical information that I referenced throughout my talk. FDA DATABASES: Poisonous...

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Quick! Grab an ebook for $1.99!

Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | 1 comment

Quick! Grab an ebook for $1.99!

Hey, good news! Algonquin Books has picked a whole bunch of garden and nature ebook titles for $1.99 for the entire month of July. The list includes two books from Diana Wells–Lives of Trees and 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names–as well as three lovely escapist narratives: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Settled in the Wild, and the literary anthology The Writer in the Garden. And a couple of my books are on the list–you can also get The Earth Moved or From the Ground Up for $1.99. Remember that you don’t need a...

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The Pleasures of Summer, at Bargain Prices

Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Paintings | 4 comments

The Pleasures of Summer, at Bargain Prices

Hey! Where did all these paintings come from?  As I was reorganizing my office, I came across a box–a whole box!–of paintings that I had forgotten I had.  Many of them are small, quick plein air paintings I did on-site, sometimes as part of a workshop or other painting excursion.  A few are studies for larger paintings–sort of a dress rehearsal for the real thing. Anyway, I took one look at them and thought, “These must go!  Now!” So I have put them all on eBay with a starting price of $9.99.  They’re...

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Portrait of Ladybird

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 2 comments

Portrait of Ladybird

Another chicken portrait! This is Ladybird, our very sweet Buff Orpington. 8 x 10 on a thin art panel.  Click here to bid. And go here to see other paintings on eBay…and here’s my gallery on Daily Paintworks… I’ll put a larger version of the image...

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Lunch at the New York Public Library

Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off

Lunch at the New York Public Library

I had this idea to do a series of people eating their lunch at the New York Public Library.  So far, it is a series of two.  This is the first one. Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you the second one. This painting is a minor triumph for me–I’m totally intimidated by the idea of painting bodies.  Those bare legs are trickier than they look.  But when I took this picture, I was emboldened by the workshop I’d just taken with Karin Jurick, in which she had us walk around the city and photograph people to paint.  (She’s...

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Chickens!

Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 1 comment

Chickens!

I am home–drove back from Portland last night–and the first thing I did when I got up this morning?  Start a new painting! It’s good to be back in my space, doing my thing. So expect to see a lot of paintings over the next few weeks.  I have a few that were still drying when I left that I’ll post, plus some new ones. This one is listed on eBay–it’s 5 x 7, oil on 1/2 inch board, with slots in the back so you can just hang it unframed on a nail if you want to.  Click here to bid.  And go here to see all my...

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The Portland Diaries, Part 6

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Portland Diaries, Part 6

In which I declare my love for Powell’s, edit a manuscript, and contemplate very long germination cycles. It’s all on the Tin House blog.

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The Portland Diaries, Part 5

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Portland Diaries, Part 5

In which I celebrate defeat. The latest installment can be found here, on the Tin House blog.

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The Portland Diaries, Part 4

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 4

This was me the very moment I woke up this morning: I do not like my state of mind; I’m bitter, querulous, unkind… I am not sick, I am not well. My quondam dreams are shot to hell. My soul is crushed, my spirit sore; I do not like me any more. I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse. I ponder on the narrow house. Except that unlike my drinking buddy Mrs. Parker,  I had no excuse. I was not due to fall in love again.  I was just a foul, miserable creature for no good reason. I woke up with a nest of hornets in my head and the buzzing just...

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