30 July 2010

Feathers and seed pods

nature finds

Sometimes life is just too busy happening to have much time left for blogging. Besides, when the sun is out and summer is shining (in this hemisphere at least), we all probably have better things to do than noodle about on the internet. For the moment, here is a picture of some assorted pretty things I've picked up on various walks and expeditions.

Photographs and artwork by Allison Gryski. © All rights reserved.

21 July 2010

A Monster at Breakfast


He had a monstrous appetite in the morning.

Photographs and artwork by Allison Gryski. © All rights reserved.

15 July 2010

Have Faith in a Bold Move

"At night, the fragrance wafted in through the windows."

I haven't been posting much recently, but there have been some significant changes at this blog nonetheless. I decided it was time to revise my website and web presence. Aside from a couple features, my website was outdated (partly because I focus on putting new things here on my blog). It just made sense to combine the relevant bits from my website into my blog layout. You'll notice some new things in the sidebar and some tabs at the top.

Notably, my restaurant review pages are now part of my blog. I included my fun little programs that auto-generate random magic, since I find them highly entertaining. For example, the title of this post is the "Fortune of the Moment" I saw just now when loading up my blog. I also switched the whole thing over to be published at allison.gryski.com, though you should still be able to find it through redirection if you go to the blogspot address. Have fun!

Photographs and artwork by Allison Gryski. © All rights reserved.

02 July 2010

Whence came the monsters

Friendly kitchen monsters

Sitting on my desk is a cute monster gocco print and a business-card version of another monster print, both by Carrie Wagner. They inspired me to draw some monsters of my own. Originally I was envisioning a sort of monster totem-pole, but part way through, I recalled this cute painting, which I saw when reading some artsy blogs recently. It suddenly seemed just right that the reason for this tower of creatures was cookies! My family will recognize the cookie jar. My Mom had supersonic hearing when it came to detecting the slightest scrape of that lid. Accordingly, my older sister taught me the way of removing it silently. To this day, I suspect we are the only two people with the knack.

Friendly kitchen monsters before painting

I had a lot of fun dreaming up different monsters, so don't be surprised if more cute and creepy creatures show up soon. The careful observer will also note a reference to my purple-suited aliens.

Photographs and artwork by Allison Gryski. © All rights reserved.