The Occidental Mountains
August 30, 2011, 8:14 pm
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More from Natalie Lyalin can be found here and also at her blog where you can find more of her writing and links to her books.

Henry B Kane

Its hard to find much information on Henry Bugbee Kane. The illustrator who lived from 1902-1971 provided some of the best illustrations to editions of outdoor classics like Thoreau’s Walden and The Maine Woods, along with other classics like Cache Lake Country by John Rowlands.


While you might have copies of these books already, if you find an edition with Mr. Kane’s illustrations its worth picking up, there isn’t a collection of just his prints out there…yet.


Get Back to Work
May 21, 2011, 8:36 am
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Again I apologize for the lack of posts as of late, real world work is consuming me. However I was appropriately gifted this great print for my birthday from my good friend at A Mystery In Common. The print is by Steady Print Shop Co. out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the photo from them as well. Be back shortly!

Aaron McLaughlin
February 2, 2011, 7:39 pm
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I recently learned of the artist Aaron McLaughlin, perhaps you have already seen his incredible art, but he was new to me when I saw his work in the most recent edition of This Is Fly.  I have only seen his surreal collages, which combine sacred geometries with images of the natural world. The results are quite stunning. I hope to see more work like this from him.

See more of his work hereand here.

Winslow Homer – Outdoorsman
January 11, 2011, 7:56 pm
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Winslow Homer, arguably the most important American landscape painter was also an avid outdoorsman and he especially liked to fly fish. Many of his paintings and works that explored these subject matters were done while on his frequent trips to the Adirondacks. An exhibit at the Chicago Institute of Art right now is showing some of Winslow’s works which explore these pastimes of the artist, wish I could get there to see some in person.


Kesler Woodward
November 30, 2010, 8:41 pm
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I first came across the artwork of Kesler Woodward when I saw his illustrations for the fly fishing book Bamboo Fly Rod Suite by Frank Soos. A resident of Alaska since 1971, his work both reflects on themes and scenes found in the “Far North” along with the landscape of the “Deep South.”

Along with his paintings Kesler has written about and helped author several books about other great Alaskan landscape painters include Eustace Paul Ziegler. Check out Kesler’s work here.


William S Rice
September 2, 2010, 7:34 pm
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I just recently learned of William Seltzer Rice the woodblock printmaker associated with the California Arts and Crafts movement. I have been trying to find more of his work online but there seems to be a deficiency. There is however a new beautiful book out of his work, California Block Prints. More about the man here.


Also for those, like myself, who don’t own a summer house to spend Labor Day in, here is a good reminder from Timothy Egan about a summer home we all own as Americans.

Free Life Center

Our friends over at A Mystery in Common are working on a collaboration for a T shirt with the Free Life Center out in Portland Oregon.  Consisting of two artists, Mark Warren Jacques & Seth Neefus, the Free Life Center will tour around the Pacific Northwest later this month.

The endeavor is probably best described as follows, “Mark Warren Jacques & Seth Neefus are two Portland-based artists embarking on a dream and you are invited to join them as they take their mobile art center on a nomadic journey.”
-Leslie Miller
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Description from their site:

-Free Life Center is a hand-crafted, one room structure, viewed as and art installation as well as an experience.

-Built primarily of reclaimed / salvaged materials (thanks ReBuilding Center), the structure emanates the artists’ homespun aesthetic and commitment to a high level of DIY craftsmanship.

-Within the building viewers are encouraged to explore every nook and cranny; finding that each element (painting, drawing, video projection, sound, performance) has been considered as a part of the construction and experience in whole.

-As a modularly designed structure (i.e. designed and built in movable pieces) Free Life Center may be modified in size to be shown in a wide variety of viewing contexts including gallery, venue, and natural environments.

-At its largest configuration the structure is 12ft width X 16ft length X 10ft in height. (24 person capacity inside structure)

Allan Wexler
February 10, 2010, 7:52 pm
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Artist/Architect Allan Wexler has been a huge influence and inspiration to WildWood for sometime, so much so I recently used his work to illustrate and inspire my students for an assignment I gave them. His work explores the routines and rituals of our everyday lives and how they relate to the built environment.

As said in his statement, “The works isolate, elevate, and monumentalize our daily rituals; dining, sleeping, bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanism that activate ritual, ceremony, and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.”

Ed Ruscha on Winter
December 20, 2009, 10:23 am
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Ed Ruscha’s Ice at Nice Price via NY Times.