Howard Russell Butler and Me

A very satisfying moment on my Facebook Profile (with the clutter blurred).
I see a lot of synergy between my “I-10W x 110” and Howard Russell Butler’s Eclipse painting.

Howard Russell Butler is my Great Great Uncle. I never met him, but he is a huge influence on my art.

[I wish I could add images of the two paintings mentioned below but I can’t find them]
I grew up with this painting. It still hangs in my mom’s living room, many houses later.
This is one of my favorites, it hangs in the family cottage on Martha’s Vineyard.
[Will add whenever I do].

My great uncle (his son) gave me this pastel in the early 80s

Howard Russell Butler, Desert Landscape [not officially titled, not dated], Pastel on paper, 6×9″
With it, came the story of Howard Russell Butler taking the train from New York to Santa Barbara and sketching live from the train window. The story goes that he would work from the sky down, filling in the foreground details when good ones appeared.

I tried this method from a car. It did not go well, I got car sick.
The chalk pastel was awfully messy as well.

Anne M Bray, I-5, CA, 1982, Pastel on paper, 11×14″

It just so happens I’m accompanying a friend on a road trip up I-5 in one week.
I had already been thinking about the possibility of doing some sketching, since I won’t be driving (unless he gets a migraine). My Instagram @annembray will tell what transpires!

This post inspired by:
1) a Facebook post by a friend showing some solar eclipse art
2) remembering seeing HRB’s eclipse painting the same visit that my great uncle gifted me the Desert Landscape pastel
3) finding an article via Google about a current exhibit of HRB’s eclipse paintings!
4) the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s challenge is Satisfaction

#June1-30Challenge Day 30: 30 Books

Day 30 Thirty Books
June 30, 1936. Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published.
Have you read Gone with the Wind? Do you want to read it? What books do you want to read? What books have you read that you recommend? What books do you not recommend or will you not read?
Give us your list of thirty books.

Note: I have a lot of books. Some have been in my possession since high school, which means they’ve traveled across the country a few times. I wrote an exhaustive list of all my fashion books for SpyGirl —  one of my more insane episodes because I provided links for all those still in print.
For my last day of the June Challenge, I give you 30 of my cookbooks, with links to any recipe(s) in each mentioned on my Glutton blog.

30 Cookbooks

Fannie Farmer, 1943 edition [Inherited this from my paternal grandmother]
Banana BreadBanana Muffins, Popovers, Cornbread Muffins

The Joy of Cooking, paperback edition vol 2, appetizers, deserts, baked goods
Tomato Chutney

The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two
[Did I have Book One? I swear I did! I remember using it in college!]

At Home with Japanese Cooking, Elizabeth Andoh

Madhur Jaffrey’s World of the East Vegetarian Cooking

The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, Mollie Katzen [gift from Kim, 1983]

Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen
Gypsy Soup

A Taste of India, Madhur Jaffrey 1985

Preserving the Fruits of the Earth, Stanley Schuler
Zucchini Sandwich Pickles

Cucina Fresca, Viana La Place & Evan Kleinman

Pasta Fresca, Viana La Place & Evan Kleinman

Cucina Rustica, Viana La Place & Evan Kleinman

Vegetables Italian Style, Viana La Place

The Great Chile Book, Mark Miller

Green Chile Fix Cookbook, Lois and Gerry Hoddenbach
really more a pamphlet, includes the genesis of my NM Chile Enchiladas recipe:

Bradley Ogden’s Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Food Lover’s Handbook to the Southwest, Dave DeWitt 1992
a (mostly) now useless travel guide with a smattering of recipes, it was my bible in the 90s

Cucina Simpatica, Johanne Killeen & George Germon

Preserving the Taste, Edon Waycott [gift from Heather]

Biscotti, Lou Seibert Pappas
Coconut Biscotti

Mustard Book, Jan Roberts-Dominguez

True Thai, Victor Sodsook

El Charro Cafe, Carlotta Flores

Local Flavors, Deborah Madison

Blue Plate Specials & Blue Ribbon Chefs, Jane & Michael Stern
Cheesy Grits

Small Batch Preserving, Ellie Top & Margaret Howard
Chile Jam II, Chile Jam III

The Joy of Pickling, Linda Ziedrich

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, ed Judi Kingry & Lauren Devine [gift from Mom]
Fig Jam

The Phytopia Cookbook, Barbara Gollman & Kim Pierce

The Lemonade Cookbook, Alan Jackson & Joann Cianciulli


Bonus tip, found while choosing my 30 to list:

from The Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden, David Hirsch, p88.

We have a severe cereal moth problem. I’m going to try this out in all our grains and beans that don’t fit in the freezer, my current storage solution.

#June1-30Challenge Day 28: Pizza

Day 28 Twenty-eight Dominoes
June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo along with his wife, Duchess Sophie. This assassinated started a domino effect resulting in World War I.
There are 28 dominoes in a full set of dominoes. Do you like to play dominoes? Do you like to play games? Why or Why not? What are your favorite games? Tell us about a time you played a game with friends or family.
Or write about The Big Game from your high school or college days.
Maybe you don’t like game playing, especially in relationships. Write about that.
Alternative: Write about your favorite pizza.

Pizza Print

My first job was Pizza Delivery Girl for Skip Perry’s Pizza, in Goleta, CA. This was during the summer after my sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara. A friend in the Dance Dept worked there and got me in.
Skip’s pizza was Chicago-style, thick crust, rectangular shaped. At that point in time, I disliked pizza. My friend Kim visited me for the summer and she got a job at Taco Bell in Isla Vista. We traded pizza slices and taco shells. It was a summer of carbs!

I decided to create some lithographs of pizzas and build them the way a pizza is built. (At that point I had advanced to clerk/cook and was making the pies). The cheese layer was not opaque enough, so I gave the prints “double cheese”.

Anne M Bray, Olive, Bell Pepper, and Ham Pizza, Lithograph monoprint, 15 x 22″ ©1976

I cannot seem to find any print with the pepperoni.
I would like to sell this on Society6 — can you imagine a duvet-as-pizza?
I guess I’ll have to recreate it all over again — digitally this time.


#June1-30Challenge Day 25

Day 25 Photo Challenge
June 25, 1967. Broadcasting of the first live global satellite television program took place on this date. It was a show called Our World.
Without the invention of the camera, we would not have television.
Today is your last photo challenge! This one may seem difficult, but you can do it!
Using your camera, take a video about Your World and share it.
Alternative: Post a picture representing the number 25. It can be twenty-five items, twenty-five people, or something showing the number 25.
Alternative: Post a gallery of 25 photos that have a shared theme. You can cheat a bit on this one and post five galleries each with five photos having a shared theme.


Last week, you saw me at eighteen.
Here I am at twenty-five, climbing the pyramid at Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico.
January, 1982

For giggles, I added this to Patti’s Visible Monday.
Wish I still had that dress.  Wish I could find that fabric! It’s stripes of cotton (yellow, looking light grey) alternating with stripes of transparent rayon (black parts). Dress came from Fiorucci.

#June1-30Challenge Day 24: My Treasure

Day 24 Twenty-four Carat Gold
June 24, 1509.  Henry VIII was crowned King of England.
Henry the eighth valued a male heir. He wanted one. He wanted a wife who could give him one. He left the Church and created his own church so he could get divorced and marry a new wife.
Twenty-four carat gold is valuable. Some value riches above all else.
Tell us what is valuable to you. What do you treasure? Write about your treasure.

My Creativity
My creativity is my treasure and I won’t hoard it


#June1-30Challenge Day 23

Day 23 In or Out
June 23, 2016. Britain votes today whether to stay in the European Union or get out of it.  The choice is simple: In or Out. But the ramifications of a vote to leave are complex and uncertain.
Have you ever had to choose In or Out? Maybe it was a job that you didn’t like. Or a business deal. Maybe you were in a relationship where you had to choose In or Out.
Write about making a simple but difficult choice.


June 1993.
The ex gave me an ultimatum: either you quit Mattel or I’m out of this marriage.
OK, I quit.
I painted.
I tried to make a go of being a full-time fine artist.
I really missed a regular paycheck.

Mattel calls with a temp offer.
I call back, agreeing to work 3 days a week.
The ex says “I’m gone,” and moved out.
I was sad for about a week.

Best out that happened to me.

One of the dolls that I worked on during my divorce:
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[Image source: The Barbie Collection — site works intermittently]

Wait. I just remembered something.
We got married on June 23, 1979.
Cue eerie theremin music.


#June1-30Challenge Day 19: For Dad

Day 19 Nineteenth Letter? No!
June 19, 1989. The movie Batman premiered. My Andrew thought Batman a great hero.
Can you be a blogging hero without utilizing the 19th letter of the alphabet?
Do not utilize the nineteenth letter of the alphabet when writing your article to be made public on your blog today. The topic of the article may be anything you like. It can be any length. But it cannot contain the nineteenth letter! 

Day of Dad

1982, Providence, RI

Hi Dad,
I now have your hairdo, though I go more trimmed on the lower part of my head. You’ve been gone for twenty now. We all yearn for you.  Have a great Dad Day!

#June1-30Challenge Day 18: Eighteen!

Day 18 Photo Challenge
June 28, 2016. The White House News Photographers Association “Eyes on History” gala takes place tonight.
The photo challenge is getting harder as the number increases!
Post a picture representing the number 18. It can be eighteen items, eighteen people, or something showing the number 18. Maybe even an 18-year-old!
Alternative: Post a gallery of 18 photos that have a shared theme. Or post three galleries each with six pictures having a shared theme.

I’m eighteen and just graduated from high school.
I sewed my dress out of bed sheets because we were told not to.


#June1-30Challenge Day 16: Licensed

Day 16 Sixteen and Licensed to Drive!
June 16, 1903 The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
Sixteen is the age at which you can get a driver’s license in most states in the US. Was your first car a Ford? Tell us about getting your license or your first car.
Alternative: Write about a road trip.


I was a late bloomer getting my driver’s license. I didn’t take Driver’s Ed until the winter of my senior year in high school. Four girls in a sedan, one a Japanese exchange student who could barely see over the dash. It was terrifying when it was her turn!

Before the test, I practiced in my parents’ wood-paneled station wagon. That was a lot of car to parallel park! Test number one was taken in Millerton, NY. Failed, because I confused my left from my right and got in the wrong lane to make a turn. Oops.

I took test number two later in the summer, further upstate. In consultation with my cousins (who all got their permits as soon as they could), it was determined that Herkimer was the best location for passing the test. Success!

A few months later, I had a new Fiat 128 and hit the road for college in Santa Barbara.


#June1-30Challenge Day 14:

Day 14 Fourteen Line Poem
June 14, 1578. Fourteen-year-old William Shakespeare wrote his first sonnet.
Actually, I made that up. Shakespeare really was 14 in 1578, and he did write sonnets. But no one knows when he wrote his first sonnet. Today may be the day you write your first sonnet, though.
Write a poem of at least fourteen lines. You may want to try writing a sonnet, but any fourteen line poem will do.

In Praise of Scarves

Scarves how I love thee, in so many ways!
Pink, green, and purple elephant square, souvenir of my youth.
Mom’s Hermes keepsake, Paris 195?
Fiorucci dot, staple of my Otis student years.
Hand dyed, hand loomed ikat, you have a mate in Providence.
3.1 Phillip Lim BOOM! Bigger than imagined, now a tunic.
Oaxaca rebozo, the señora wrapped my cabeza traditional style.
Gold and wine paisley, from Kim, from India.
Hand painted silk from Mercedes — I miss you, girl.
Dotted Maiwa, I hear the siren call of Vancouver, BC.
Mod dot by Bill Blass, best go-to graphic square.
Moschino Olive Oyl, smaller than I dreamed, big ideas planned.
Bella’s striped rainbow, gone missing all winter, recently found.
Scarves, you always fit, no matter what my size.

(Note: first two scarves are missing from the photo — couldn’t locate)