Sunset in LeDroit Park

Last month I took this photo, at 5:01pm, at the corner of 5th St and T St, NW, in my neighborhood in DC, LeDroit Park. I finally worked on a few watercolors of… Continue reading

Happy New Year of the Monkey, 2016

  I’m a day late in posting these — both virtually, here on the the blog, as well as posting the old-fashioned way, in the mail. The new year, 2016, is the year… Continue reading

be still

“Be still, and know that I am god.” Psalm 46:10 Etegami of a late-autumn sunflower, bowing down under the weight of the flower, from a photo I took in my neighborhood, at the… Continue reading

Consider the lilies

“Consider the lilies” This etegami features a line that I thought originated from a couple of 19th-century poets I’m familiar with —  a poem by Christina Rosetti and a personal letter by Emily… Continue reading

it’s decorative gourd season…

Etegami usually (um, never?) features curse words. But, I couldn’t resist, after reading this 2009 essay from McSweeney’s, “It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers,” by Colin Nissan. I especially love the part about Diff’rent… Continue reading

Angel frappe

One more watermelon etegami of the year, this time featuring a cocktail recipe I worked up this summer, the Angel Frappe. It is an absinthe-based cocktail, inspired by Mt. Defiance’s Absinthe, a local… Continue reading

How about a grape?

Another pun for the week, following on the Japanese lemon pun… this one is again in Japanese, and reads “ぶどうひとつぶ、どう?” (budou hitotsubu, dou?) and means, “How about a grape?” 

Summer smiles

  We are having one last semi-summery weekend in DC in early October… 

When you’ve got lemons

  you make a lemony pun in Japanese, right? The card reads “レモンの入れもん” (remon no iremon), which means, basically, “a thing that lemons are in.” It’s funnier in Japanese.

Love is the Elephant

“Love is the elephant and we are the blind mice unable to understand the whole.” I painted this elephant as part of a project to illustrate some cards for a game called Bamboo… Continue reading