tugboat print shop: life of leisure

by Grace Bonney

The phrase “Life of Leisure” makes me both excited and nervous. Living in Portland this month has made me realize how trained I am to fill any free time with work. Meeting got canceled? Schedule a new one! Finished your work early? Start a new project! Sometimes that’s a good thing, but sometimes it means you literally are unable to turn off your work brain and relax. I’ve gotten a little bit better at relaxing this month, but I still get nervous about crossing over some invisible line into “too much leisure time” land. But if a life of leisure is anything like these prints from Valerie and Paul at Tugboat Printshop (click here to see their sneak peek), I might be able to get behind that lifestyle.

Tugboat’s latest line of original prints are all hand-drawn, carved and printed in Pittsburgh and celebrate leisure-time activities like hiking, RV-ing and camping. I was just discussing last night how badly I want to RV across the country, so the print above might be my inspiration for finally taking that trip. Right after I finish some more work . . .¬†xo, grace

More prints after the jump . . .

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  • Oh, these are gorgeous prints, but your last line is what got me to comment…

    Beware of RVing across the country! Or, at the very least, don’t attempt it in a twenty year old RV in record-setting August heat (and record-setting gas prices) with an air conditioner that breaks one hour into your trip and an RV that dies on the freeway in Memphis, West Memphis, multiple small towns, and Little Rock, before you throw in the towel and book a flight to the Grand Canyon because at this rate, it’ll take a month to get where you’re going.

    Seriously, though, road trips are fun–just make sure your vehicle is in good repair first!
    Just a suggestion.

    Oh, and I’m loving the blue-green hue in the third print–wouldn’t that be a great jumping off point for a color palette?

  • These are such beautiful prints! I’m especially inspired by the little house camper on wheels, as I’m building one myself! What cute styling! Thanks for sharing this beautiful artwork.

  • Ouch! I saw way too much of myself in your comment about being trained to fill every second of time with work, Grace. Maybe you can put together a biz ladies column on how to find personal time (and enjoy it instead of feeling guilty) while running a small business..

    Also, love the RV print :)

  • Wow, these are great. I watched the film Seraphine last night about the French painter S√©raphine de Senlis and I’m getting a little bit of her in these prints. The intensity of colour especially and the repeating patterns. Nice work.

  • Hah, I’m in the same boat as you and Laura in terms of my passion for work. It can be so incredibly difficult to turn “off” and chill out! I go through phases where I get really frustrated with myself for always needing to accomplish something, but deep down inside I know I wouldn’t want it any other way! ;)

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