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I've been in the garden a lot lately and cleaning the studio....its just that time.



podcasts & walking mornings 

I've been listening to Debbie Millman's podcasts while walking mornings and watching Spring burst forth from every tree and garden cranny.

Its like a party I don't want to miss.

walking morning collection...inspiration for drawing later.

lettuce sown in a long rectangular clay pot and last years thyme coming back.

a new kind of carrot and thankfully last years parsely returns.

giant purple allium rearing their heads...stay tuned.

you can never have enough arugula(rocket) of the first things I plant and the one I plant continuosly all summer and fall. I love the way chives get so green and perky in the Spring. And the garlic grows on!

 I have been listening to Debbie Millman 's podcasts with various designers, illustrators, writers, and typographers. Today was a podcast interview with SwissMiss superblogger Tina Roth Eisenberg who I found really inspiring. I love her easy to do app Teux Deux which she launched in 2009. I love her keep it simple design aesthetic. She has worked for ThinkMap and Visual Thesaurus which is so helpful sometimes depending on the project.

via Visual Thesaurus




taking a break...some inspiration in the garden. The weather has been sunny but windy and POLLEN is afloat

wreaking havoc with eyes.


The New Gallery at 3x3




garden practice


Practicing this staying loose stuff. It's all coming back to me now.

I like starryeyed

Jill Calder and

Katherine Dunn


In the garden and Buzelli's posse grows

 Spring is growing a celebration...

I checked in with the growing 'web posse' rallying around illustrator Chris Buzelli regarding the problem of a CBS freelance journalist who used one of Buzelli's illustrations without permission for a web article he wrote. With 275 comments, and counting, on Chris Buzelli's blog, the reaction has been heated and rightly so. This has the potential to be a tranformative moment for both sides. Hopefully, the dialogue will go a long way in finding a larger forum and increasing education about copyright issues.  As illustrators, copyright registration must become automatic for us, like putting on a seatbelt after getting in a car.  There also exists among some a dangerous mindset and belief that copyright free art and illustration be the norm.

This is the journalist's (immature) response to Chris Buzelli's request that he remove the illustration:



The picture has been removed. However, I want you and every artist to

know the following:

1. It's easy to watermark any Web illustration if you don't want it
copied. You leave it in the clear, you're giving permission.
2. I made a thumbnail. I didn't "steal" the picture. I linked to the
original, gave you credit, and tried to bring you business.
3. I will also remove all references to you from the story, quid pro

This idea that one must gain permission before doing what comes
naturally on the Web has to end. You have the tools to stop it. Use



Chris Buzelli's response:


Dear Dana,

1. Thanks for the info on the watermarks. However, how does a watermark stop the user from using the image? That little symbol and info doesn't solve that problem at all. Just because my images appear on the internet, does not mean that you can use them for your own use (with or without watermark). However, I'm curious about your thoughts. Why would a watermark stop you from using someone's property without permission?

2. Call it what you want. When someone takes my property (images) without my permission, I call it stealing. And just because you gave the artist credit doesn't give you permission to use their image for your use. I get to choose where my images are used. What if I disagreed with your article? If so, I wouldn't want my image associated with your opinion. Also, thanks for your gesture of "bringing me business" but you used my image for free. I don't need anymore "free" business.

I illustrate for a living. Clients pay me for exclusive use of my paintings. Using my image for free dilutes the exclusive use and so dilutes the fee. People and companies like you are making it difficult for illustrators/artists to earn a living wage from their profession. I hope you can understand this. It seems that journalists and illustrators are in a very similar industry and are going through a very similar economic situation.

Chris Buzelli

On Drawger, Tim O"Brien states,"

April 7

I responded to this on his scary, informative and entertaining blog.

Further proof that finding info on the web may not be real journalism, merely the spouting of a uninformed lunatic.


Copyright Infringement IS breaking the law

What a condescending and ill informed response to Chris Buzelli's request to removing his image from your web article. He could have gone to a lawyer first and have ensnared CBS and you in a copyright infringement case but instead just asked. Your response bemoans the law and the inconvenience of having to comply with it.

Content is valuable and for someone who for the most part makes a living selling the content he provides, you offer a myopic view of the necessity to protect one's content.

Tim O'Brien

The Society of Illustrators, NYC

 Have a great weekend!


Tomato Time: Heirloom Black Krim

It's that time. This is a new variety that I am trying this year. Black Krim is an heirloom from the Black Sea of Russia. Apparently it has a natural salty taste and is good for folks on low sodium diets...all it needs is a little pepper:) It is a beautiful deep maroon color. You can order for next season here. I got my small specimen (not the seeds) from Stony Hill Greenhouses, home of "rare, varigated and unusual" plants located here in upstate NY. Stony Hill, passionately owned and run by Dana Kaiser, was featured by Ruah Donnelly in The Adventurous Gardener : Where to Buy the Best Plants in New York and New Jersey.

Here's more...

This tomato variety actually hails from the Isle of Krim in the Black Sea off the coast of the Crimean peninsula in Russia. A rare heirloom variety of the black tomato.

This tomato variety ( Black Krim) is a medium large sized ( 10-12 ounce),maroon beefsteak with green shoulders and an intense, unique taste! Ideal for slicing, salads and more. Due to their natural salty taste, sliced Black Krims do not require salting and only a hint of pepper, which makes them an ideal tomato variety for your tomato patch if you can not have salt in your diet.

The production of this variety is intense and it will do quite well in containers, but if not watered evenly during the summer, this variety is subject to splitting. About 70-75 days to maturity.


In the garden...

All the rain has made the garden very lush. Salmon sky for the solstice.


Summer Begins

Summer begins.
Am loving the Christopher Silas Neal illustration on the cover and spots inside of the NYT Book Review "Summer Reading". What are you reading this summer? Right now I am reading this book...a graphic novel. It's now peony time in the garden.