I live a nomadic life. Like the nomads of old it's life that's not marked by plane flight after plane flight, a day here, two days there. Like the nomads of old it's a life that is marked by slow travel. It's about living a few months here, a few months there.
My intention is certainly different than the nomads of old. I want to be able to immerse myself in different cities, in different cultures. I want to take in the world around me.
My recent visit to Chicago was not a part of the nomadic travel, it was a fast-paced, hit the city and leave again. One of the stops I made was to Lincoln Park. In the park is a free conservatory and a free zoo. To see all of the photos check out Sunflowermatt.
I wore my Andres Sendra blue patins monk strap shoes as I strolled through the humid greenery of the conservatory and as I passed the myriad animals of the zoo. I kind of fell in love with the meerkats. If I were an animal I might want to be a meerkat.
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In the Sunflowerman Mini Doc series I talk about the influences in my life and the things that bring me joy. It's all centered on my work as a Men's Fashion Illustrator, the places I like to go, the brands I love and the joy in living each day. One of those place is Aldea Coffee and one of those brands is Brew Watches.
Coffee is one of those joys.
I talk about it as a love in the video, but the case could be made that it is also one of my greatest vices. In Greece I would practice brewing in my briki up to 5 times a day. In Croatia it was an essential portion of my morning routine. Now, as I travel and work I brew my daily love, my daily vice in an aeropress every morning and most afternoons.
Aldea Coffee has been my second home in Grand Haven. Ruth and I only have a few months in Grand Haven but almost from the start Aldea was the go-to place for coffee, conversation and a little bit of work. (I even shot 'The Illustrator' all at Aldea). If you want to try some of the best coffee of your life, I'd suggest Aldea Coffee.
Brew Watches has been around for only a short time. When I first saw the Espresso Machine influenced design on instagram I immediately fell in love. The cushion case, the recessed strap fitting, the coffee influence, how was I not supposed to fall in love. And the chronograph feature is perfect for brewing almost any style of coffee. I'm an aeropress man myself.
If your a fan of watches and of coffee the Brew Watch is a no-brainer.
Everywhere I go I'm drawing. I'm sketching. I'm doodling away. Much of what I put down on paper comes from my thoughts, from the media I consume and I'm constantly drawing inspiration from the places I am.
Growing up in West Michigan, one of the great inspirations is Lake Michigan. Not only the body of water, but the entire ecosystem surrounding it. Cities have sprouted up along her shores, the dunes run the coastline and the fresh water is a meeting point for people all across the Midwest.
I went for a walk out on the dunes near Grand Haven early in March. Sun threw rays of warmth, scattered amongst the chill winds blowing over Lake Michigan.
Taking a tactical jacket on the visit was key to being prepared as an artist on adventure. Relwen provided the perfect jacket. There was room for my sketchbook, watercolors, brushes and some extras- I always take along too many extras.
The beaches were an occasional luxury growing up. It was the summer's gift to us to bathe ourselves in the sun and the sand and the water.
Ruth and I set 7 months for ourselves in the Grand Haven area. It's two and half hours from Chicago on the Michigan side. A 5 minute drive gets us to the Pier and the beach and the Grand River, which feeds the lake, sits right in our backyard.
Beyond the visual stimulation and the inspiration the area has given us joy in being so close to water. Our time in Europe saw us with in walking distance of the sea and the ocean for 6 months straight, and getting back to that proximity to water is intoxicating.
With the Relwen tactical jacket I didn't have to carry along a bag. My tools were on me as I walked the windy beach and the sandy dunes.