ROOF PARTY NOW AVAILABLE!

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Roof-Party-Art-Print-Cheeky-Design
Roof-Party-Art-Print-Cheeky-Design

I am SO excited to announce that my art print Roof Party is now available on Minted for purchase, find it here. I created three color options to select from and am now torn on which one I want. This has been a really exciting and rewarding experience to go from creating the piece to actually seeing it available in so many sizes and frame options. Thanks to everyone who were so supportive during the process, and to those who have been checking in on it's availability!

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

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“Would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse. A girl doesn’t read this sort of thing without her lipstick.” –Holly Golightly

 Reading Truman Capote’s short story classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s for my book club proved to be a challenge in fighting off the iconic beast of the film. Images of cats eye glasses, and long cigarette holders were pushed back to make room for a much more stripped down, nuanced, and real story. A testament to the fact that books historically have been allowed to be the truth tellers of their time, Capote’s story broaches the topics of homosexuality, miscarriage, and teen marriage with an honesty the film version could not, 1961 was after all the epicenter of the moralistically controlling Hayes Code in cinema. The film stripes the honesty of Holly, and her blunt observations, with a more polished, presentable version. I, like most, am still enraptured with Audrey Hepburn’s Holly. She uses a lot of the nuances and mannerisms from the story. But, I find the Hollywood ending, and the forced romance of the movie, to limit the scope of the book, which really is the farthest thing from a romance that you could get. It’s more of a study of people trying to find “home” in the frenetic center of a big city. It allows you to gleam a very liberated female character, flaws and all, as an honest portrayal of her time. Phony or not, Holly is one of the more intriguing characters I’ve read in some time.

 Hear Truman Capote read an excerpt here.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Spanning over 60 years, and involving an ensemble cast that might easily be close to 100, Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel, definitely lives up to it’s titular “grand” scope. This fast pace tale of the life and times of a hotel, it’s staff, and the cast of characters that come through its doors, is spectacular in its set designs and storytelling. Although sometimes overwhelming with the amount of characters and scene changes put into it, the heart and soul remains in Ralph Fiennes’ portrayal of M. Gustave, the amorous concierge. Fiennes’ soulful Gustave takes pauses to pontificate on romantic poetry and look longingly off-camera, creating the much-needed emotional cornerstone to all the capers. Anderson is in a field of his own as his vision transcends...

THE HEART

THE HEART

Yes, this is the second time on the blog I have used this Woody Allen quote. Maybe painting it will get it out of my system, most likely not. First, is the genius in it's simplicity. We all have been there at some point, the heart trumps logic, and we impetuously jump in, eyes closed, heart open. Sometimes it's a lesson and other times...well, it's life. Second, is the cutting real-time implications of Woody Allen  (still an all-time favorite of mine needless to say) saying this at a press release about his choice of leaving his longtime love for her teenage, adopted daughter. Ouch. Whatever side you fall on this, there is a truth and honesty at it’s core that’s hard to avoid. The duplicity of the romantic notion of going with your heart above all else, and the cutting honesty that in love comes selfishness in many forms. Something to think about…I’m probably gonna paint this one a few more times to think on it.

JUST FLOAT

Image by Andrew Jason Leung, found here.

Image by Andrew Jason Leung, found here.

Is it an illusion that Summer is supposedly more relaxing than the other seasons? Yes, we are getting ample beach and pool time in, but I have to say I feel just as busy as any other time of the year. I think that expectation is left over residue from school years, where you took your finals, threw  your text books in the air, and freeze-frame jumped while fist-pumping into the air, followed by three months of blissful nothing. C'est la vie, this is not meant to be a complaint. I love Summer, but I do dream about an extended period of just doing nothing but floating. Isn't the above image by Andrew Jason Leung gorgeous, and captures this thought perfectly? Very In the Mood for Love. Have a great weekend.

SAND, WATER, BIKES, & PAINT

SAND, WATER, BIKES, & PAINT

It could be because of the beach subject matter (very close to my heart these days), it could be because of the bright pops of color (which I’m always a sucker for), it could be because of the loose, abstract subjects playfully taking form with hints of patterns…whatever it is, I am loving Teil Duncan’s paintings. This Georgia raised artist is part of the emerging South Carolina art scene that I keep happening upon. There’s something in the air down there, cause there is a wonderfully whimsical and bold style coming out from there recently. Teil’s prices are very friendly but the challenge is snatching one up before it’s sold.

Find more of her work here.

THE CHALLENGE: HEAD WRAPS

Image & tutorial found here.

Image & tutorial found here.

So I’ve been dreaming about rocking a head wrap ever since seeing Coline do it so effortlessly on her blog. I looked around for some tutorials that resulted more in her style, rather than in the rockabilly or really retro looking ones. I don’t know, maybe it’s the whole look, outfit & make-up, that determines where you will fall on the head wrap spectrum. All I know is I’ve seen it done really well and it looks contemporary and simple and I think I’m ready to give it a try.

Check out Keiko Lynn’s and Huffington Post’s tutorials!

Images found here.

Images found here.

I HEART SUN-KISSED, 70'S SATURATED STYLE

I HEART SUN-KISSED, 70'S SATURATED STYLE

So I couldn’t contain my love for the film HER to just one post, so here’s another. I think it’s always the sign of a great movie when you are moved on so many levels, connected both visually and emotionally to the telling of the story. In a film market saturated with super heroes and machines clobbering each other, it’s refreshing to find films that are quiet in their development, and unconventional in their story lines. I wanted to share some more images from the film that focus on the beautiful sun-kissed, peach hues that carry through most of it...

I WANT TO BE HERE

I WANT TO BE HERE

We just watched Spike Jonze’s film HER finally (way past overdue, I know) and I can’t express enough how much I loved this film on so many levels…let me count the ways. One, the futuristic vision of a world saturated in bold pops of neon, sun-kissed in a retro 70’s film stock style, adorned with midcentury furniture, and characters wearing un-ironic high-waisted pants, was impeccable. If the future is this stylish, sign me up. Two, the stellar performances of it’s stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson...

CRYSTAL COVE

CRYSTAL COVE

Picture a place, tucked away in a sleepy cove, clear, warm waters lapping soft sand. Scattered old beach houses dot the surrounding mountains and weathered picket-fences ebb and flow, mimicking the calm shoreline. It's the kinda place that harkens back to a Gidget-era, where everyone just really wants a chance to get kissed by the sun and feel that calm glow on the back of their eyelids. Well it's Crystal Cove folks, and we were lucky enough to go there for our Fourth of July. We beat the inevitable crowds, who flocked there by 12, by getting there at 8:30 and staying til 1. We set-up camp close to the water and then ate a relaxed breakfast at the Beachcomber restaurant, literally right on the sand, complete with a killer Bloody Mary below (yes, that's a crab claw). We could not have asked for better weather, company, or all around experience. It was relaxing and exciting all at once. Hope you had a great long holiday weekend as well, back to work!