Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hands, Tapas & Octopodes: Flavors Of Barcelona - Part Three

 Hand With Tapas / photograph

Great Tapas Bar In the Bari Gotic, Barcelona  / photograph

Pan Of Octopus In Tapas Bar, Bari Gotic, Barcelona  / photograph

Tapas Bar In the Bari Gotic, Barcelona  / photograph

Tapas and hands go together - many tapas are finger friendly. I went out with my brother in search of a really good Tapas bar and we found one in a part of Barcelona called the Bari Gotic (Old cobble stone ultra narrow streets - fun to explore). We stayed until 1 a.m. - In my opinion - this was the best tapas bar we ate in Spain! Excellent flavor, service & value! (I didn't eat the octopus because I am not a fan of octopus but felt they were very photogenic)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hard Hands

Hand Detail, Sagrada Familia Cathedral / photograph

Hand Detail, Sagrada Familia Cathedral / photograph

Facade Detail, Sagrada Familia Cathedral / photograph

Sagrada Familia Cathedral, May 14th: I took the metro early Saturday morning to avoid the super long lines. I went by myself.  It was amazing - the scale was humbling. The Cathedral is scheduled for completion in 15 years... I think it will take longer... a lot longer.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Flavors Of Barcelona - Part One

Zarzuela De Mariscos, Barcelona, Spain / photograph
My brother's hand and a beautiful pan of Zarzuela De Mariscos.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hands About Barcelona

High-Five Jesus / photograph

Detail From Santa Maria Del Mar / photograph

Interior Of Santa Maria Del Mar / photograph

Skully Scones In SFO - It's Almost Skull Appreciation Day!

SFO Skully Scones / photograph

No Hands here but I could not resist - My trip to Spain started at San Francisco International, where I saw (and ate) one of these yummy berry scones. They had the skull-a-day vibe going on... with a touch of ufo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Difficult Return Home: Tornadoes In Chico California

Part of My Hand In The Mirror / photograph

Birth Of A Funnel Cloud, Butte County (Near Chico) / photograph

Funnel Cloud, Butte County (Near Chico) / photograph

Tornadoes in Northern California late yesterday afternoon delayed my return home after several weeks "off the Grid". I almost drove directly into one tornado and another blocked my path after I changed direction. Those are flooded rice fields just South of Chico, California near Highway 99. It was pretty scary at one point.

My heart goes out to all the victims & families of the victims of the recent Missouri tornadoes.

What Does "Off The Grid" Really Mean?

So Many Possibilities / typographic illustration

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Weird Pattern Wednesday: Pre-medicate If Necessary

Weird Pattern Two / photo montage

Either way, Weird / photo montage

I think I have a headache now... sorry

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Little Hand

Small Hand / photograph

Small ceramic hand holding a little tin sacred heart...

Big Surprise... Another Hand Around My House

Hand, Tin Sacred Heart, Painted Screen / photograph

Another hand from my hand collection. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Be Sure To Bag The Hands

Bagged Hand / photo illustration

Too many episodes of Dexter... And when I visit my parents house, it's too many episodes of Bones...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crappy Toy Tuesday

Crappy Toy / vector illustration

Not all toys are happy - some are crappy.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Flat Hands... Flat Color

Posterized (4 levels) Glove Molds / photo illustration

This image would translate into a serigraph (silk screen) really well.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Process Dots

Halftone Hand / digitally manipulated image

This would look great blown up, mounted to board and hung above my sofa.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Porcelain Glove Mold With 11am Cast Shadow

Late Morning Porcelain Glove Mold / photograph

Idea: After taking this photo I thought a porcelain glove mold could make an interesting DIY sun-dial.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today Is Day 100!

Habitual Hands: Day 100 / typographic illustration

Imagine if my blog had been called "bottle of wine a day" - I would be a total lush by this point!

I have mused about other 365 day blogs that I could do...
  • 365 Days of Cute Shoes & Boots (yes because I probably have that many pairs of heels... maybe)
  • Typo a Day (I spell like a drunk baby**)
  • Eat Something Naughty a Day (what can I say - I like naughty things)
  • Accessory a Day (this could end up on an episode of one of those creepy hoarding shows)
  • New Bird Poop on My Car a Day (they always nail my car... that would have to be a pretty gross blog)
  • Go-Girl a Day (I am addicted to GoGirl energy drinks - maybe I could do something cool with the cans or come up with crazy go-girl recipes...)
  • Coffee Stain a Day (this would be a boring blog unless I made "art" out of the stains)
  • 365 days of Stuff in my Purse (I always find weird & cool stuff deep in the bowels of my handbag - who puts it there? Oh yeah - it was me)
    **Habitual Hands in no way supports or endorses drunk babies or the spelling errors make by drunk babies.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    Appication Of My Super Noisy Hands

    Fall 2000 / catalog cover

    Over a decade ago... but I still like it.

    My Super Noisy Hand: Three

    Framed Hand / digitally manipulated photograph

    Apparently I was really into noise ten years ago... Noise is one of many filters available in adobe photoshop.

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    That's A Big Red Flag

    Red Flag & Hand Bonez / vector illustration

    I'm going off the grid for a few weeks... (no internet access)

    BUT I have pre-loaded enough hands to fulfill my self-imposed daily hand obligation.


    Friday, May 6, 2011

    First Frodo Friday In May

    Frodo's Blurry Face & Two Glove Molds / photograph

    Note: Frodo's favorite toy in the lower left corner. I refer to Frodo's favorite toy as "dead thing 1" because it resembles an ex-squirrel.

    Frodo's Blurry Butt & Glove Mold / photograph

    Thursday, May 5, 2011


    Hand, Tubes, Brushes / illustration

    This illustration is from a program cover I designed many many years ago. I still like it. It has a WPA Era Poster vibe going on. The above illustration is shown without the typographic elements...

    Above: Three very cool actual WPA-Era posters that involve hand imagery... I could not find any artist credits for them.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Ghosty Posty

    Mac Book Pro Photo Booth Ghost Hand / photograph

    I like this... it's a very ghosty posty.  (not "ghostly" because that doesn't rhyme). I have never seen a ghost hand, but this is what I imagine one might look like.

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    Gummy Hand

    Gummy Hand / photo illustration

    I manipulated a photo of a glove mold to make it appear as though the hand is suspended in gelatinous material. Why? Who knows.

    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    Op Hands

    Feeling Optical / photo illustration

    This would look great blown up, mounted to board and hung above my sofa.