Since it's the new year and all, I've been freshening up the Black Apple shop odds & ends. It is kind of scary how much this sort of work still delights me! So far, I've got a new shop banner up, two kinds of new shipping labels on the way, and a new order enclosure I created up last week.
It will be the new postcard "thank you" that is included with all of our orders:
I just love 'em! I'm going to be watching the porch for that package every day til' it's here.
I've been doing a bunch of work for the book with gouache, and I hadn't since art school. But I really do like it, persnickety a medium as it is, so I used it when I painted the card the other day.
Totally unrelated, but last night we saw the long-awaited Dr. Parnassus! I loved the look of so much of it, and I was thrilled with how much fantastic Waits-age there was (I hadn't wanted to get my hopes up too much, because I feared it might be one of those things where his appearance is hyped up, but he's only really in the movie for 2 minutes). He was wonderful - a reason to see the movie for certain. Also, their collapsing stage contraption from the first half of the film is one of the most beautiful things I've ever laid eyes on. Like an ornate Victorian paper theater, but enormous...and with glittering actors and a whole grove of paper trees. And speaking of paper theaters, one of those makes an appearance, too (but much later). There were so many beautiful sights, costumes, and details, it was well worth getting through some of the "wacky" parts that I associate with Mr. Gilliam but didn't love so much.
Happy weekend & see you soon!