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2017 Year of the Rooster Calendar

Year of the Rooster Calendar 2017

Rise and shine in 2017 with this festive and vibrant calendar celebrating the

Year of the Rooster.

What are roosters like?

Those born under the rooster can be observant, hardworking, self-confident,

single minded, talented, and straightforward.

Years of the Rooster include:

1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

This is a six-color hand pulled print edition of 115.

14”X20” Stonehenge paper stock

Calendars are mailed in sturdy cardboard tubes.

$25.00

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Year of the Rooster Calendar

Year of the Rooster Calendar

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When Pigs Fly

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Linoleum block print  12″x18″


Year of the Monkey 2016

Year of the Monkey 2016 Calendar

 2016 Year of the Monkey

Birth years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

2016 is my year, year of the Monkey.  The 9th animal in the 12 year cycle of Chinese Astrology.  Some characteristics of the monkey are wit, intelligence, curiosity, mischievousness and are clever with a bit of naughtiness.  If this is you or someone you know, all of you need this calendar.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251910088/5-color-screenprinted-2016-year-of-the?ref=shop_home_active_1

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This is a 5 color screen printed calendar in a signed and numbered edition of 100.  The calendar measures 14″X20″ and printed on Stonehenge stock.

Have a great new year!

Garret Izumi

Calendar detail.

 “What me worry?”


If All Else Fails

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Unnatural Gas Or What’s That Smell?

Natural gas and energy commercials have been leaking onto the airwaves for a number of years now. Lately, there seems to be more of them. Apparently, the sponsor wants to prepare us for a progressively aggressive sell of energy research and development.
A recent TV commercial depicts a group of college science students discussing the pros and cons of natural gas research and development. One student has reservations but the others students explain how new research and development is clean, environmentally safe and creates jobs. The student is won over.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in reality. Our country has an aging and outdated energy infrastructure of natural gas and power lines. Combine the decay of the systems with changing weather patterns and the stress on the systems increases. Global warming has produced record breaking conditions that will continue indefinitely.
No energy extraction is without risks to the environment. The ill effects have become more prominent as they have begun to occur with more frequency; nuclear meltdowns, oil spills, ground and water contamination, mining accidents etc. The number of people affected by these disasters is in the millions. The stress of this on the economy will eventually reach critical mass. Which will it be; evolution, revolution or depopulation?
I’d like to be an optimist on this one.  I like to think there will be a change in the way we do business with our planet.  A change that will be symbiotic not parasitic.


The Creative Well

I recently viewed a 100th Birthday celebration documentary on the life of Louis Armstrong, one of my favorite artists of the 20th century.  Louis was one of those rare artists with the ability to tap into the creative well and fully explore his abilities and talent.  With a drive and exuberance for life, Louis Armstrong redefined musicianship with his playing and singing skills.  He accomplished this by overcoming poverty and racism in early 20th century New Orleans with tremendous talent, heart and determination.

In 1923, he burst onto the national jazz scene in New York with the Fletcher Henderson Band, he played trumpet like nobody ever before.  But for me, his singing is what opens the doors of perception.  Beyond the gravelly iconic voice, was a sound of incredible emotional range.  Creativity gives us the opportunity to see the world in a new way with new possibilities.  The best of his recordings still open those doors of possibilities.

Some of my favorites in no particular order:

  1. Do You Call That A Buddy (1941)
  2. La Vie en Rose (1950)
  3. Hobo, You Can’t Ride This Train (1932)
  4. Winter Wonderland (1952)
  5. Heebie Jeebies (1925)
  6. Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya (1958)
  7. All of Me (1932)
  8. What A Wonderful World (1968)
  9. Hello Dolly (because it was #1 at the height of Beatlemania 1964)
  10.  La Cucaracha (1935)
  11. Mack the Knife (1956)
  12. You Rascal You (1932)
  13. A Kiss to Build a Dream On (1950)
  14. Body and Soul (1930)

These songs span 40 years of creativity, an exceptional accomplishment for an exceptional artist.  Thank you Louis!

Thank you David Lasky for the art!