Yes, I've been away. But only away from my computer. I wish I had been somewhere fun gathering beautiful photographs or making art, but instead I've been cleaning my attic for the last 6 days. Oh my goodness. I never thought I had that much stuff. And it's been a resolution to get this job done since January of 2011. Impending guests got me motivated. You see I really do have to offer more than that scruffy (sort of) finished attic room to the unlucky guest who draws the short straw. So I pitched in and got rid of things, organized things and cleaned things. Now please understand that my house in OLD. I was probably cleaning up 200 year old dust. My husband is now calling me "the attic rat" because of my intrepid exploits crawling into corners where no woman should go. I even found 4 rolls of wallpaper wrapped in a newspaper from 1907! But it is done! And done well. And now I can offer a very nice, fresh room to that second guest. Yay!
The above work is by Kumi Obata, a Japanese illustrator. These are etchings, and I love their simplicity and graphic beauty. If you would like to see more of her work, go over here.