Thursday, February 25, 2010

snow day

apparently yesterday's wishful thinking for spring didn't pan out so well because this is the view i awoke to:

i have to admit, it is really beautiful... not to mention, a good excuse to stay in all day to bake bread, make soup, and read. c'est la vie!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

just add leaves

k, it's official: i'm over winter. spring, where are you already? i made a page of leaves to help inspire the season's arrival...

: just add leaves, pencil on vellum, 11x14"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

making color decisions

it would be a vast understatement for me to say "i love colors". needless to say, a lot of decision making went into narrowing down the options for our wedding's color palette. in fact, i made up a big swatch board with variations on the 4 main colors: pale gray-blue, antique peach, sage green, with deep alizarin crimson to accent. the swatch layout is a bit overwhelming so i simplified things by rummaging through my oil pastels... and here you have it:

Monday, February 22, 2010

for the love of fennel

dear fennel,
i have always been a fan. raw or roasted you are fabulous. though to be honest, on your own you are a bit much (and after a while, boring). please don't take this personally, but you need friends. that is why i have devised a dish for which you are star of the show among strong supporting actors. behold: my technicolor fennel salad. darling, you will be simply ravishing.
your welcome,
p.s. my feta-herb-muscat vinaigrette really seals the deal.

i'd show you pictures of the finished product, but the shots did not turn out well. they made the salad look like barbie's melted plastic property post malibu fires... yeah, beets tend to turn everything hot pink, including your tinkle. that said, here's the recipe:

{ emily's technicolor fennel salad}
  • 1 large bulb of fennel ~ 1/3 very thinly sliced, 2/3 rough cut & roasted
  • 4 baby beets ~ roasted, peeled, cubed
  • 3 tangerines ~ divined & segmented
  • 1 bunch tarragon ~ de-stemmed
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • a couple handfuls of greens (i used butter lettuce, but any mescaline mix will work)
  1. prepare ingredients and set aside until ready to serve. note: i roasted fennel and beets in separate foil packets @ 425 for 45 min. then let cool to room temp.
  2. to serve: toss greens, tarragon, tangerines, fennel, walnuts in dressings and place beets on top.
{ feta-herb-muscat vinaigrette }
  • 1/2 cup french feta
  • 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil (plus more if needed)
  • 3 tablespoons muscat dessert wine
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
  • 1 tablespoon or so chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. combine muscat, o.j. & syrup in food processor/ blender and pulse a couple times
  2. whisk together feta and oil in separate bowl. then add to the running processor in a slow and steady stream until emulsion forms.
  3. to finish, whisk in shallot, mint, rosemary, and add salt & pepper to taste

Friday, February 19, 2010

some friday fun

i can't remember how i came across this video, but i'm lovin' it. the cinematography, vanessa bruno's fashion design, and acting by lou doillon make it awesome. (the music rocks too!) plus it reminds me of the crazy antics i'll catch myself doing when no one else is around...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

longing for an open back gown...

the other day i came across this sketch i had done prior to wedding plans. interestingly, it falls in line with my dress' design. apparently i have been longing for an open back gown for a while. oh perfect.

i am suddenly reminded of the story "the hundred dresses". does anyone else remember reading it in grade school?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

little white dresses

white baby doll dress with layered lace statement sleeves, black tights, and white leather shoes strapped with a bow - yes please. i want this outfit. to bad its not my size, plus it's probably 100 years old...

the recent discovery of a flea market in syracuse has officially made my week. prices are at least a quarter of those at nyc fleas! essentially this is because the goods come straight from the source. around syracuse there are an astounding amount of decaying victorian homes (& mansions) each with forgotten attics... treasure troves. the people who excavate these spaces are typically after jewelry, art, furniture, and other valuable items. however, the vendor i bought these photos from prides himself on collecting paper memorabilia: news papers, books, and family photographs.
forgotten photos are the most interesting to me. (well, that and antique broaches!) something about seeing the faces of people from the past touches a cord deep within. these relics are timelessly beautiful and feel nearly sacred.

Monday, February 15, 2010

things that make me happy:

tomato soup, croissants, & sheep's milk cheese...

bring a sunny disposition to winter lunch.

Friday, February 12, 2010

back on trees

if you knew me in college, then you've probably seen this painting. it has since been sold (hey justin, you are still my biggest patron yet!)
e.cobb: tree, 2003. oil on canvas 3'x3' (?)

everyone loved the tree paintings. despite their popularity, i've been hung up on figure based work for some time. this is probably due to the fact that i love painting skin...and i love a human body's lines. anyway, i'm sick of nudes. so guess what? i'm back on trees! it helps that essentially, i live in a tree house.
my second floor apartment is lined with floor to ceiling windows, surrounded with this view:

nice inspiration board eh? expect a tree painting series in the near future. who's excited?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

the d.i.y. save-the-date project

today i'm sharing a big wedding project i completed about 6 weeks ago - the save-the-date cards! wohoo. (unfortunately the project files are all abbreviated as std in my computer - bummer title!) i had a lot of fun designing the cards, despite the project being a lot more work than anticipated... if you are curious as to how theses were made, then read on:
first, i scanned the initial design sketches into my computer. next, i went crazy with my pen tablet in photoshop. (i use a "la pazz pen tablet") this is where i had a blast and let my creativity run wild with the backgrounds and borders. the cards look like they are done with paint and pastel, but really it's all photoshop's amazing brush modes (and of course my handiwork with the tablet). then, i brought the backgrounds into indesign where i added the text and got to play with fonts. fyi: i'm a huge font nerd and had too much fun with it. if you obsess over fonts and are curious, i used: mesquite, porcelain, rosewood, chipperfield & bailey, and copperplate gothic light... yeah, i know - i got after it with fonts.
i took my designs to a local print shop and had these printed as double sided 5x7"s... easier said than done. i had to get them reprinted 3 times! grrr. not to mention that i had to borrow a paper cutter to cut the cards out myself since the printer wouldn't take responsibility for this duty - double grrr. as a result, the 100% post consumer recycled envelopes where printed at home. finally, i added USPS "love stamps" featuring the king and queen of hearts. luckily they were funky/cute and went with the overall look. phew, std project completed!
the good news: all my hours spent toiling on indesign for the santa barbara independent have paid off! plus, through this project, i found that designing cards and posters is something that i would absolutely love to do professionally. sooo anyone reading this need some design work? let me know!

behold: the fruits of my labor! sealed up and ready for the mail... seeing these babies slide into that big blue box on the corner was a very happy moment for me.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

camera magic

i've been playing around with the manual focus on my camera. it's neat how the camera can produce an image your eyes can't see. well, unless you squint and try really hard to blur your vision. but even then, the image your eyes see can't last. i guess that's the magic of cameras - they freeze time and have the ability to capture a skewed sense of reality.

can anyone guess what these pictures are of? maybe the third one will give it away...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

hands drawn

both my mother and mother's mother were elementary school teachers. as a result, there was always a plethora of crafty teaching supplies laying around, including reams of paper. i have happily inherited a stack of lined newsprint used for practicing handwriting. its great for simple sketching. plus, i like how it has a bit of an old-school, retro look to it.
since there is so much of it, i don't feel the self-imposed pressure to make my drawings "perfect"; consequently, i'm making playful, loosely drawn lines...

e.cobb "hands drawn" ink on newsprint 12" x 10"