Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jungle Love

I love New York so very, very much. I was in the big city this past week for a digital marketing conference and managed to get in several really long walks to soak it all in.

While I would have loved to stay longer, nothing is ever sweeter than coming home, and what a contrast home is. It was a nice reminder of why my husband and I relocated to Minneapolis almost 5 years ago from that other awesome big city, Chicago.

Concrete Jungle (NYC)

My Backyard Jungle (MPLS)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Beatrix Potter

I've been overloading on Beatrix Potter lately. It started with a class I took this Spring where I learned that she was an avid observer of nature and an accomplished illustrator long before her journey into children's book publishing and then later in her life, a farmer. A single, female, land-owning farmer in 1905. Yup.

"Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life."

Acquainting myself with Beatrix Potter has been a total rabbit hole (pun intended) and I can't recommend the biography Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear enough. I've now checked out at least a dozen books including hers, a collection of her letters (often where her most successful books were first conceived), overviews of her artwork and an interesting collection of photography and illustrations on how her garden inspired her drawings.

Not least, she was also a savvy business women, merchandising her creations and art directing production with a critical eye.