Friday, August 26, 2011

Another Aussie and a California girl contribute their blocks

Alison Fenech from Mackay, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Awesome newspaper background on this one! Alison writes:

 My city of the world is already on our coastline and this is only a part of one of it's many nooks and crannies.

Somewhere to relax and think creatively, and enjoy what we already have.  

Jean Eger Womach from Richmond, California USA

Great interpretation of that plastic beauty.

Thanks everyone, keep them coming home!!!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Australia and Florida bring new citizens!

Tom Kristensen, Maianbar, Sydney - New South Wales AUSTRALIA
Powerful images!

Jeanne Norman Chase in Sarasota, Florida USA
Family trip!

How cool is that! Reminds me of family trips up the coast of Spain when I grew up, except there were three kids...hmmm...I'm sure we acted like animals most of the time!!!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

From Indiana and California USA

Here are the latest arrivals for the Great City! I wish that I could share the experience of reading these newspaper articles and tid bits that come from all over the world. Really a wonderful way to waste a day!!! No wonder I can't get anything done around here...

Some quick stats:
27 blocks are home!
86 blocks are still far far away
the destiny of 4 blocks is unknown, I'm assuming they have arrived safely but time will tell...

But anyhow, here they are, if you click on the photos you can get a larger view and enjoy some of the news.

Elizabeth Busey from Bloomington, Indiana USA writes:

In the city of the world, we share our space with more than just other humans.  Living things, great and small, make the world a beautiful place.

Andrew Stone from Santa Cruz, California USA and Florence ITALY
Polluting industries would often build their smokestacks higher when forced to comply with local clean air regulations.
Higher stacks would take the pollutants farther away, resulting in cleaner local air but depositing the waste further downwind.
As we become citizens of a smaller and smaller planet it is no longer a matter of being just a bad neighbor; the waste we dump downwind now circles the globe to hit us in the face as it comes full circle around.
We need to be better neighbors; produce less waste by consuming less; and realize that throwing something "away" means tossing into your neighbor's yard--or your own.
So these are the night-discharging smokestacks of my imagination.
Be a better citizen. Consume less. Pollute less. Work for the rights of all to clean air, water, land and food.

Thanks for the humor and the thoughtful message.

I have four more "on deck" ready to be uploaded so if your block has arrived recently, just be patient. What a city this is turning out to be!!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nature Printing and the yearly workshop

The Nature Printing Society is a wonderful collection of slightly nutty but very well behaved individuals who get together year after year to print fish and plants and anything else that can sit still for just a few minutes.

Their website link is: and they now have a Facebook page so look them up there too. Exploring the work from past workshops will yield a variety of expertly pulled prints taken from natural things, including an amazing poodle print, (real poodle, like...the dog breed!).

I last went to their workshop in Santa Barbara, California and had a blast. This last workshop was in Fort Collins, Colorado and I learned even more stuff that would have never ocurred to me. Now every time I hike I take a brayer, not really but I feel like I could print "the trail" as I see it and walk by.

Certainly adds a whole new dimension to a printmaker's bag of tools!!!

Here's a sampling of everyone's work showing a wide variety of techniques taught at the workshop:

Arrivals this week, photos to come!

Just a quick note to mention arrivals from:
Tom Kristensen
Andrew Stone
Jeanne Norman-Chase
Alison Fenech

Photos soon, I promise!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A clever cat walks the Australian skyline at night...

You never know what's outside at night, maybe a cat roaming around the city skyline from John Ryrie in Yarraville, Victoria AUSTRALIA
Gotta love the choice of newspaper!

That concludes this happy batch of arrivals.

Don't forget (yes again, sigh) to fill out the colophon information, very important for the final publication. Here is the page:

Very soon I will start placing these blocks in their proper locations and begin constructing the the Great City. Until the next!

Critters and flowers liven up the city!

Melissa West from Santa Cruz, California USA sends us an absolute gem: The Crazy Cat Lady

Wendy Shaft from Williamston Michigan USA with a very colorful newspaper and blooming Tulip contribution

I'm saving the last one in my possession for the next blog post, a clever critter all the way from Australia!