Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Illustrator: Daniel Danger

I recently watched the great documentary Just Like Being There. While I'm not a fan of indie rock, I'm very interested in the thoughts and lives of working artists, and this glimpse into the thriving world of screen-print poster art was tremendously inspiring. However, one artist really stood out for me - New Englander and fellow "art-brat" Daniel Danger. 
His images are haunting - houses flying apart, visitations from ghosts and wolves, all imbued with the sense that the watcher is seeing something no one else gets to see. This is elegant modern illustration, catching the heart as well as the eye.
Most of my favorite artists are gone. Danger is still young, producing new work, and impossibly cool. I hope to be following him for a long time to come, and maybe own a picture or two someday.
 I mean, honestly. So perfect.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Imbolc Bread

There are few things better than making bread. The warmth of the kitchen, the feel of dough in your hands, the subtle alchemy of turning yeast and flour and bits into something delicious.
This is the Cookbook. My mother and I started it years ago, and when I moved to Portland, it came with me. It has illustrations (yes, those are rum balls amusing themselves amongst the powdered sugar). It contains many wonderful things, in no particular order...
...including this recipe for a Finnish coffee bread, know as Pulla. Mum used to make it at least once a Winter, and I thought it would be a perfect way to celebrate Imbolc. Speaking of how awesome Mum is, she also made my favorite apron:

This bread is lightly sweet and cardamom infused. It isn't hard to make. It takes a little patience, but it's totally worth it. Recipe after the jump...