New Year, New Blog. . .somewhere else

Hello all,
Many of you have been asking where my posts have been. I've been fluxing (in a state of flux?) and am here now to tell you that I am changing where my blog is located.

It's here:  http://www.renvasiliev.com/blog.html

The new blog is part of my own website, which makes sense to use, eh? So I've updated the website and started the blog there. When you visit, go to the very bottom of the page where you came subscribe (again, sorry) to receive blog posts just the way you used to do. You can also get it via RSS, the link to which is on the top right of the blog post.

Looking forward to seeing you over there!


hurricane from space

This marvelous video shows the entire development of Hurricane Sandy and its interaction with the cold front coming from the north. Really cool! If you can't see the entire globe, go here.


short film about a printing project

Click on the words "Lennon's Poster" if the video doesn't come up on its own.

Lennon's Poster from Make Productions on Vimeo.
A short film following the recreation of the Pablo Fanque circus poster that inspired John Lennon to write 'Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite' for the Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Using the traditional methods of wood engraving and letterpress printing, Peter Dean and his team of experts bring to life Lennon's poster.

A Film By Nick Esdaile & Joe Fellows http://www.makeproductions.co.uk/


new work

relief print
6 inches wide x 9 inches high


new work

4 inches high by 6 inches wide 
relief print; linoleum blocks and lead cut


shrubs mark the spot

Canisteo, NY, in the Southern Tier, claims to have the world's largest living sign. Here it is.


the milky way

I went to Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania for an event called the Black Forest Sky Party, which is a weekend of astronomers of all levels coming together to look at the sky. Cherry Springs is a dedicated dark sky area, meaning that there are no human lights around and none allowed on the Astronomy Field, a meadow at 2300 feet elevation in the midst of the Susquehanna State Forest in Potter County. Lovely place! The Cherry Springs Dark Sky Association is responsible for helping keep this place dark. Go to the links, go to the park, you haven't seen a night sky light this one if you live anywhere where people light their backyards and parking lots all night long.

This image is best viewed large and in the dark. Click on it and turn all other lights out, and then it will be as though you were with me in the field.


another new work

Swimming Geometry
8 inches wide x 10 inches high



southern kitchen

Wonderful neon sign belongs to a diner in Newmarket, Virginia.


new work

8 inches high x 10 inches wide


clayton mercantile

This little storefront opens into a huge space full of the most wonderfully interesting things! I spent over an hour in here, picking up stuff to bring home. If you ever find yourself driving south from Columbus, Georgia, then you must take a detour from Eufala, Alabama, to Clayton. This is also the home of the whiskey bottle tombstone from the previous post.


whiskey bottle tombstone

When the town drunk died in the village of Clayton, Alabama, his widow had no money for a tombstone, so the citizens of Clayton got together and bought him this stone in the shape of the whiskey bottle he so loved. There's another story that has the wife designing the stone if her husband drank himself to death, but I think the first one is more to be believed.