Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year From The Horn

Snowy logs and twigs in Pine Plains.
Thanks for following the wanderings here at Studio Horn. Love, Luck and Happiness to everyone in 2010.


A recent point of order on the upper east side...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Brilliant Tree

Just found this on Twig & Thistle - a wonderful DIY craft and all around inspiration blog.


Fun with wire in the studio... a floor lamp, complete with cord and socket.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Alfred DeCredico 1944-2009

My mentor and friend Alfred DeCredico died yesterday. This drawing, Forbidden, a diptych on paper, 1992, is one of his pieces. He was a brilliant teacher and artist. He was a great supporter of my work since I studied painting at RISD. I will miss him greatly...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today's Color Palette

In the spirit of my own battle cry "you cant paint anything!" these common tools are transformed brilliantly...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Today's Color Palette

During my morning search-a-thon I came across this interesting article and site....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Great Stuff From GSelect

Thanks to that style surfer, Martin, I have been clicking away at GSelect....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Houston Street

Sticker station on the corner of Houston and Mulberry.

Plush Toy Pile Up

ABC has the most brilliant holiday collection of plush animals - even life sized ponies and deer.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Today's Color Palette

This brilliant photograph was taken by Ellen Silverman. It's posted along with tons of fascinating and inspirational stuff on The Improvised Life. A big thanks to Ellen and Sally at The Improvised Life for their nice post on Studio Horn!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Men On The Street

Another photo from my Men On The Street book project...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

In The Studio

A snapshot of stuff on the ever-changing "display" desk.

Monday, November 23, 2009

1937 Herb with His Bear

This is a photo of a snapshot of my Grandfather, Herbert Ashcraft, with his pet bear. He worked in a WPA program called the three C's in Idaho, 1937.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today's Color Palette

Late night snacks on Game Night at the farm...

Heidi Howard

Thanks to the crazy brilliance of Facebook I keep reconnecting with some of my very talented fellow RISD alums... Heidi Howard, aka Von Conta, found me and then I found her website. Check out her beautiful signs...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kenmare and Centre

Another pic of my walk to work. Louis Vuitton is going a little Vegas on acid...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Talk To The Hand

Another photo from my Second Street project documenting posters, surfaces, architecture and light conditions.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I came across this beautiful piece by Simon Evans on Little Paper Planes this morning.

More From "Men On The Street"

This is another photograph from my Men on the Street project... I'll post a link when I finish the project and upload the photographs.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flower Shop

Another on the way to the studio photo....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

La Colombe Cafe

La Colombe de Torrefaction on Lafayette Street. World's Prettiest Coffee.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Roger Ballen

The photographer Roger Ballen is doing a book signing at Clic Bookstore and Gallery this Tuesday from 6-8pm. The gallery is a welcome new edition on the block where my studio has been for almost 20 years.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Anthropology Animation / Illustration

I had the good fortune to work with my longtime friend and creative collaborator, Jeffrey Miller, on a project for Anthropology recently. Using the amazing work of illustrator Heath Robinson as inspiration, I painted still and animated elements for the Anthropology website. Click the links to see the animation in action.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Door to Paris

This really is the door to Paris. The patched stone wall is so beautiful...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Self Portrait

West side sun makes remarkable shadows in photo studio, must take pictures.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chalkboard Paint in Colors

On an outing today in Redhook, NY, I came across this cool new product. It's produced locally by an enterprising and creative family and it comes in amazing, fun and modern colors. Check out Hudson Paint. I bought pale gray and a box of yellow chalk (feeling a bit Swedish, I guess). The bright orange was compelling - I think I'll use that in my wood shop...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Carol Bove

I really like the work of artist Carol Bove, these images were found on Little Paper Planes.

Peach and Plum

Thanks Bibliodyssey for this lovely Tudor book leaf...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Chat Eau X

The Chat Eau X is my "nest" project that I produced for The Public Design Trust's benefit auction this coming week, November 5. The "Nest" theme stipulates that the participants create a dwelling for a small animal, in my case, I chose to build a feline relaxation station / human use coffee table. Chat Eau X is made from pine, cedar, mdf board, stainless steel and sheepskin. Initial tests using live cats and hot cups of coffee proved successful.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Man On The Street

I am working on a photography project called Man on the Street. I'll publish a link to the project when it's complete. In the meantime I'll post some of the photos here....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Today's Color Palette

Carnations by way of Nice set of pinks for a dark gray day....

Monday, October 12, 2009

Today's Color Palette

Orange, Brown and Taupe - From Jeffrey Miller and Eve Ashcraft.... one of our still life pictures.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Ashcamp Lawn

I've added lawn mowing to my weekly routine and have a special pair of green shoes to prove it.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Serpent Graphics

I have been finding very beautiful snakes everywhere in Pine Plains. Must be all the rain.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cat With A Hat

So stylish. So Beachy. Thanks cuteoverload for this inspiring picture

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

One Pill Makes You Smaller...

Usually the same size in real life, Hank and Mack change size on film. Apparently.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Ashcamp Beehives

This summer is my first as a beekeeper. These are my 2 hives. The bees are amazing to watch! And they have been super busy pollinating everything in site.