Monday, October 11, 2010

sneak peak: me & bobby mcgee

so here's the story:
i have a wonderfully zany friend from the high school days of yore, known then as megan blen. flash forward several years: megan now has an equally wonderful & zany husband, chad coenson.
chad happens to have an incredible knack for prose and story telling and thus, wrote a novel (among many other things).

over a year ago he asked me to do some illustrations for the piece and after many, many months of procrastination i finally did so. in the meantime, chad found a publisher for the book which has since kicked this "side project" into high gear. and no, this is not a children's book... in fact, it is quite the opposite: best described as a social satire-thriller. ladies and gents, may i introduce to you the stupendous, mystifying, and slightly offensive:
Me & Bobby Mcgee
written by Chad Coenson with illustrations by yours truly: E. Cobb Hölzer (more on the name change later).

this book is available for purchase right now (!) via a couple "small scale" sellers... not sure if you've heard of barnes & noble or amazon, but yeah you can get your very own copy there. i hear the book makes a great stocking stuffer. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
to entice you further, here are the finished illustrations available for your viewing pleasure:

the small viewing scale really doesn't do the drawings justice. in the coming months there will be large scale prints available for purchase as well. i will keep y'all posted!

{please keep in mind that these illustrations are under copyright, with a big ol' © if you would like to post them, copy them, etc, please ask me: reproduction with out permission is not only illegal, but rude... and karma will curse you in the worst way.}

Monday, September 27, 2010

metamorphosis / in the "mean" time

indeed this has been a strange summer (now fall)... and it has taken me about that much time to understand why. like a caterpillar in cocoon - i have found myself smack dab in the middle of transition - change - and some days, purgatory.
basically it comes down to the fact that i got married, completed my first book illustration commission, and bought a house in portland, oregon... all exciting and positive stuff, but for a sensitive introspective this means lots of time has been spent brooding over the implications of it all, questioning, reasoning, and brooding some more in a state of despondency... oh yeah, and all that "stuff" i've achieved took a fair share of time and energy as well. before you peace out on my pity party, let me just say - i fully know that i am being weird. also, i fully know that i do the tortured artist bit quite well.
so here i am: physically in upstate new york, with the good half of my brain in portland, a quarter of it brooding in my syracuse living room, and the other quarter? well i lost it a while ago, hopefully it turns up when packing.
frank o'hara sums up my sentiment perfectly with:
"I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again,
and interesting,
and modern."

{e.cohh hoelzer, 2006 "lost & found" - a piece i made in college with the pictures i took: west coast of the left and the east coast on the right}
so i guess this is my apologia of sorts explaining why i have been the worst blogger ever. but i'm not apologizing - i've just been dealing with things and haven't felt the urge to blog. sorta sad, but i have to stop being hard on myself at some point. why not start here?
it looks like i'll be stuck in transition-land for the next 2 months until i get to finally inhabit said portland home. in the meantime i'll be taking the next 2 weeks to gallivant through the adirondacks and white mountain range. because: my soul needs nature, like whoa.
after that, major home repairs from afar, move prep and wrapping up a website...yeah, i've decided to start taking my art and myself more seriously...but not too seriously, after all that leads to more brooding....

thanks for bearing with me (all 22 of you) ha!


Friday, September 10, 2010

on real estate...

bah, this house hunting thing is starting to get to me. i'm ready to be done with it. i never thought it would be this consuming... of time and emotion. (even in a buyers market.)

plus the whole idea of being locked into a place for an extended period of time scares the nomad within.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

something different

came across the vid today - thought i'd pass it along since it's pretty nifty...

SURFACE TRAILER from Silo1 on Vimeo.

i imagine the big bang to have looked something like this.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

two things for revitalization...

or the mind:

.... french press coffee
and for the spirit:

...a walk around green lakes
{complete with an "illegal" dip in it's soothing teal waters - of which i partook in yesterday.}

much better now.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

change a comin'

upon returning to upstate new york i was greeted by oppressive humidity and tie-dyed trees. hello september!

being on the road makes me reflective.... lately, i feel change all around. for me, these speckled trees seem to signify more than a change in seasons.... ah yes, change. i'm looking forward to it.

life update:
{ the weekend in portland proved to be most productive; in that, i am positive a move there is one of the best things i'll ever do. as for a house.... lots of options, but no definite keepers yet. for now, we play the waiting game. might as well soak up all the beauty upstate has to offer in the meantime!}

Thursday, August 26, 2010

gone huntin'.....

gunna catch me a house!

i've officially served my time in upstate ny...

for the next 5 days: scoutin' and (with luck) stakin' a claim. come december i'll be making my grand exodus* to the port of the lands.
after all, the new york times told me to do it...

* ex-o-dus |ˈeksədəs| : movement of jah people.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


today, two titillating t's: tombstones & tomatoes. (say it out loud, i promise it's fun).
yes, two very random associations. here's the best explanation i can offer:

1. spent last weekend in boston and discovered the awesomeness of old tombstone engravings...

2. it's tomato season, clearly:

a whole summer's worth of sunshine stored up in these sacks, heavy with delight... such a gift.

well there you have it. tombstones & tomatoes: two things that thrill me of late...

Friday, August 13, 2010

i'm thankful for...

my hands.

without these precious tools i wouldn't be able to the many things i love.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

what i've been up to...

the short of it: i'm working on a series of illustrations that will be published in a novel this coming fall! here's just a mere glimpse at my latest project. these are line-work/sketches from 2 different illustrations. as the publishing date gets closer i may be able to post a sneak peak of the final product.

{above: voodoo temptress; heart embroiled with a rose}

also, i have gobs of wedding project stuff to share (as promised)... i'm just waiting for my photographer to send the digital images so i've got quality shots of all "those little details" to post.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

i eat lobsters on occasion.

here's part two of the honeymoon's pretty much mandatory to feast on lobster when in maine - where it is amazingly fresh and cheap(er).
might i add, eating a whole lobster is an important carnivorous experience: seeing the lobster's beady little eye's staring at you as you dismember and devour their meat makes you realize that you are eating a real creature and not some ambiguous hunk that is shrink wrapped over styrofoam a'la factory meat. no sir, this is the real thing... and it was divine!

well, here goes...

crustaceans kinda look like giant insects, no?

not too sure about this tomalley business (the crazy green stuff resembling gak) - its pretty darn fishy. although, i found it much improved by spreading it on bread with copious amounts of butter, salt and lemon juice.

scraping and sucking for the last bits of scrumptious-ness...


the print clippings are from a place-mat i commandeered at j's oyster bar in Portland - love the retro-nautical look of it. the lobster i am eating here was had at a lobster pound in Bar Harbor... forgot the name- opps.
oh, and documentation of the feast was taken by the new hubby, Bill Hoelzer.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

sunshine in a vase

yay for august farmer's markets and all their splendor... a wide variety of sunflowers are now making their grand entrance into summer.

when i stare at these flaming bursts of awesomeness i can't help but be blown away - how crazy is it that these things just grow naturally?! might i add, this generous bunch cost a mere $4. easy on the eyes & the wallet. oh how i heart nature.