Monday, June 29, 2009

Liz Scott - Featured Artist

Quadrant by Paper Pie Shop on Etsy
Quadrant Print by Liz Scott

Liz Scott is a Los Angeles based artist who, among other things, makes colorful, abstract paintings and prints that deftly combine a range of influence. Textile patterns from the late 1960’s, printed designs from Scandinavian cookware, and geometric abstraction all come to bear in her work. Scott blends these influences seamlessly into a whole that is distinctly her own.
Her paintings and prints find context and precedent in the work of such painters as Thomas Nozkowski and Alfred Jensen. Like her predecessors she refers to hard-edged geometric abstraction while subverting the coldness that can result from technical precision. Scott accomplishes this by taking an intuitive, free-form approach to pattern and repetition. Patterns are referenced but break down in accordance with her intuition.

Curious Cubes by Paper Pie Shop on EtsyCurious Cubes Print by Liz Scott

Diamond Grid by Paper Pie Shop on EtsyDiamond Grid Print by Liz Scott

Like the paintings of Alfred Jensen, Scott’s work shows a personal, obsessive approach to abstract subject matter while unrestrained mark making invite and reward the viewer’s own interpretation. The reference to pattern, order, system and regulation in her work provides a jumping off point for the imagination rather than confinement.

Stained Glass by Paper Pie Shop on EtsyStained Glass Print by Liz Scott

Her work celebrates freedom with the language of order and regularity. The result is work that is visually striking and conceptually complex. It is no small feat and one that Liz Scott accomplishes with easy-going verve.

Dottie by Paper Pie Shop on EtsyDottie Print by Liz Scott

*Prints are available at Paper Pie Shop
*Fabric available at WonderFluff
*Liz's Blog

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mikey McD Style

Michael McDonald I used to stumble around in the dark. Like so many of the unenlightened I thought Michael McDonald was only good as an object of mockery. Then, one day I realized that my mockery of Michael McDonald was born of a deep appreciation for the man and his music with which I hadn’t come to grips. Now, I bask in the light—to a point.

Michael McDonald’s output from the mid 1970’s through the early 1980’s really moves me. Fans of this musical period should be familiar with his hits with the Doobie Brothers. “What a Fool Believes,” and “Takin’ it to the Streets” are obvious examples, and you’ve probably heard his solo jam “I Keep Forgettin’” while you were waiting to have a cavity filled.

For me, however, Mikey McD reveals his true genius as a backing vocalist. You can hear him on a handful of Steely Dan songs from 1975-77, but his dulcet tones also ice the cake of many a tune by such Lite Mix luminaries as Patti LaBelle, Carly Simon, Little Feat, Nicolette Larson and Kenny Loggins, to name but a few.

Michael McDonald is the the soft rock version of Harvey Keitel’s character Winston “The Wolf” Wolfe from “Pulp Fiction.” The year is 1979 and Christopher Cross is working on “Ride Like the Wind.” It’s a good song, but something is missing, something that could make it great. He calls McD. “I’ll be there in ten,” says Michael. Eight minutes later he’s in the studio ready to (softly) rock.

You can count on Michael McDonald. Bottom line.

Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross feat. Michael McDonald

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rest In Peace

Thursday, June 25, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award

The results are in! One lovely Leslie of Stymiepie Studios has awarded us with the "One Lovely Blog Award."

In accordance with the acceptance of this award we are to pass along the love to 15 (or so) other blogs we think are equally lovely. So we've decided to honor all our blog friends and followers (plus a few extra).

If you see your name on our list you can pass the award along as you like. We don't like to abide strictly by the rules, so feel free to make up your own!
Peace and love from Bees and Trees. Enjoy!

Haute Whimsy
That Wondrous Time
Loomin' Blog
Jellybeans Art
Lilly Shay Style
Lemonade Sun Productions
Photos by Rosie
A Journey Called Life
Dalkullan Jewelry
The Gentle Bear
Letter Writers Alliance
Hula Seventy
Geninne's art blog
Hey Harriet
Roadside Projects
Rosie Hillman Photography
Found paper Co.
Felix and Jayne
cabin + cub
fabulously funky
my polaroid blog
The Uniform project
Paper Pie

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Here's the Story...

of a man named Brady! Here's a little snippet of our Brady bunch inspired treasury...

Fancy Cat Vintagedaydreamersnosam nosila

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Treasury Tuesday

the wheatfield

doe.c.doecabin + cub

Leah Gibersonhappytape

Pearson MaronGeninne

p.s. I have some of that lovely happytape Japanese masking tape and it is the coolest tape ever!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Front Page Fandango!

Woohoo! Another of our treasuries has made it's way to the front page of Etsy. I really enjoy making treasuries and it always makes me so happy to see the artists I've chosen up there in lights (as it were). If you missed it there you can check it out here!

blue bell bazaarlcm paintingsKeri Lou new York

Vintage Embellishmentdoe.c.doeLeah Giberson

ireneplummerartsusantiquemy darling dinosaur

Route 3 Photographyjodiehurtatouchofvintage

Riverside School, Thamesmead

Riverside School, Thamesmead

Riverside School, Thamesmead, England. Portrait #2 Sam Uba 1978, George Plemper

Trees and I really love these photos taken by George Plemper at the Riverside School, Thamesmead between 1976-78. The children seem so comfortable in front of the camera; there are no stilted poses or forced smiles. What makes these especially compelling is that the photographer has given the same care to each image as you would expect from photos shoots of models or actors, "important" people. Every freckle, every rumpled jacket or shy smile, is exposed in all its true and honest beauty. Its impossible to look through these photos without seeing how perfectly beautiful this group of completely normal children is. And in that revelation we can't fail see the beauty in ourselves.

Riverside School, Thamesmead

Riverside School, Thamesmead Portrait #81 ~1977, George Plemper

Riverside School, Thamesmead

Riverside School Portrait #45 1977, George Plemper

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Woody Guthrie

The Woody Guthrie Archive

"I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.
And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think you've not any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I'd starve to death before I'd sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow."
-Woody Guthrie

Statement quoted in Prophet Singer: The Voice And Vision of Woody Guthrie (2007) by Mark Allan Jackson.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Front Page Fandango!

1980 Yearbook Portrait - Science Lab at BeesAndTrees.Etsy.com1980 Yearbook Portrait - Science Lab at

Our newest print made it to the front page this evening and we're really psyched! Yay! If you missed the fun you can still check it out here and in our shop!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Now in Panavision!

Bees And Trees on Etsy

This is a panoramic photograph I (Bees) took from a scenic overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I used a Diana F+ camera on a tripod and rolled the film forward just enough before each shot to overlap the exposures and create the panoramic image.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Treasury Tuesday

It's time once again for Treasury Tuesday!

I had planned out a few different themes for this Tuesday, but at the last minute I decided to combine them and ended up with a pretty eclectic mix for my week in review. So with no further ado... Enjoy!

please be still

Studio FinchThe Social Cellar

xenoteesEvery Day Moments

Paper Pie ShopSew Mo'