It’s July. It’s good to be outside.
illustration by Rudolf Mates from A Forest Story
Ride your bike.
Julie Paschkis – Out for a Spin
Everything is better outside. Eat outside.
illustration by William Steig for Sylvester
illustration by Hedwig Sporri-Dolder for Hinderem Bargli
Climb up high.
illustration by Alois Carigiet for Florina
illustration and poem by Julie Paschkis for Vivid
Yevgeny Rachev 1900
Baba Yaga by Ivan Bilibin
Maybe go fishing,
illustration by Chris Raschka for Fishing in the Air
or explore an island.
illustration by the D’Aulaires for Ola
Read a book.
Charles Knight 1809
Or listen to a story.
illustration by Rudolf Mates for A Forest Story
Take a nap on the grass.
illustration by Hedwig Sporri-Doldi for Hinderem Bargli
Or sleep outside for the whole night.
Stop looking at this screen or any other screen. Go outside! You might even float away.
illustration by Wm Steig for Gorky Rises
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This is a good time of the year for sweets, so here are some sweets for your eyes. Bilibin painted this Tsar’s cake.
For a lighter confection, perhaps a trip to Vienna is in order. A friend gave me a book about Demel, the famous bakery there.
The book includes photographs of the bakery displays and of confections.
It also includes these drawings (and many more).
The Demel book inspired me when I was working on Apple Cake. The Demel drawings also reminded me of some confections by other artists. This character is by Anita Lobel.
From the Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad:
And from Andy Warhol:
I hope that you have a December full of pastries, mit schlag. You can start with a slice of this cake from Alois Carigiet.