Thursday, January 30, 2014

Check out the New Espresso at The Artists Hand Espresso Bar!

Roasted by Café Grumpy
Brooklyn, New York

Heartbreaker is a blend of beans from Guatemala & Costa Rica.

Flavor notes: Raspberry, Honeysuckle, Marzipan

History of the Heartbreaker:  The owner of Café Grumpy once described a macchiato as a “heart breaker”…as in it was so delicious, it melted or broke her heart.

The Artists Hand recommends that you try this espresso in a cortado. A cortado is a small 6 oz latte made with half and half instead of whole or skim milk. The natural sweetness of the steamed half and half brings out the sweet raspberry and honeysuckle flavors in the espresso, making it particularly delicious.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


 Well, it seems the this blogger at the Gallery has been in hibernation for the month of January. But we are back at it despite the frigid weather and unfriendly conditions. As I make my way through these winter days, endlessly bundling up, braving the weather, un-bundling, and rewarming, it has occurred to me that this is a perfect time to think about creating and  fostering those wild ideas that have been swirling around in my head. Why, I've even reassembled my loom, after saying I was done with weaving. Never say never! To that end I would like to share with you a little treatise on creativity and perhaps the review of a book that might make you think.  

To that end I'd like to share a post by delanceyplace, that includes an excerpt from the book "Steal Like An Artist", by Austin Kleon. 6/21/13 - choose what to leave out

In today's selection -- in any endeavor, whether writing a book, starting a business, designing a house, or creating a recipe, narrowing the options is one of the hardest things to do. Self-editing is one of the most difficult forms of self discipline:
"In this age of information abundance and overload, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what's really important to them. Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. The idea that you can do anything is absolutely terrifying.
"The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom. Write a song on your lunch break. Paint a painting with only one color. Start a business without any start-up capital. Shoot a movie with your iPhone and a few of your friends. Build a machine out of spare parts. Don't make excuses for not working -- make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now.
"The right constraints can lead to your very best work. My favorite example? Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat with only 236 different words, so his editor bet him he couldn't write a book with only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss came back and won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, one of the bestselling children's books of all time."
'Telling yourself you have all the time
in the world, all the money in the world,
all the colors in the palette, anything
you want -- that just kills creativity.'
-Jack White

author:Austin Kleon
title:Steal Like An Artist
date:Copyright 2012 by Austin Kleon

I heard a podcast that featured Kleon, and he has some very unique ideas, and he has an interesting perspective on how we view creativity in our modern world. I have not read his book, but after hearing him speak and reading this excerpt it is now on my must read list. Try it yourself and let me nkowwhat you think.