how to spread a little hope around

with feathers

with feathers

© 2015 Kristina Růčková‎


cellphoneSketchpad stumbled onto the very talented work of Kristina Růčková‎, last night. We asked Kristina if the above image was a composite/double exposure or if she had truly startled a seagull. We loved the motion in the image – both on the diagonal – the apparent speed of take off, but also the blurred zoom effect giving it extra dimension. Kristina used MasterFX to create the image, offering that she doesn’t think when she creates – that everything is a happy accident.

Check out more of Kristina’s work on Instagram.
Her response captures the spirit of this blog, ntm, the spirit of Emily…

Hope is the thing with feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

how to not forget the capers

2 chicken breasts, 1 medium onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives, 2 cans diced tomatos, 1 small can tomato sauce, pinch of salt, dried oregano, basil, baby spinach... capers! Serve over penne. Sprinkle with feta..

2 chicken breasts, 1 medium onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives, 2 cans diced tomatos, 1 small can tomato sauce, pinch of salt, dried oregano, basil, baby spinach… capers! Serve over penne. Sprinkle with feta. Enjoy!

pairs well with a negroni (equal parts gin, compari, sweet vermouth. garnish with orange peel)

pairs well with a negroni (equal parts gin, compari, sweet vermouth. garnish with orange peel)

© 2015 Dave Weinberg