Oh to be able to draw and paint!
Carson Ellis is one of my favourite illustrators; she does all the Decemberists' cover art and she and her husband, Decemberists' frontman, Colin Meloy, have just published this beautiful book, The Wildwood Chronicles.
You can download the first four chapters free here.
It's set in a forest on the edge of Portland, of all places. Which reminds me of Portlandia, the show responsible for "Put a Bird on it" as well as this gem, "Dream of the 90s"....
"In Portland, it's like the Bush Administration never happened! In Portland you can go to a record store and sell your CDs! In Portland you can put a bird on something and call it art!"