So I am a little bit over 1 month into my 100 days of painting and I have 28 paintings! I got a few days behind last week when I ran out of resin but I’m back on track now. Currently the majority of the paintings (about 20 so far) are smaller 1×1 pieces and the rest are larger pieces. I initially was super nervous to do the larger ones and didn’t think I’d enjoy them as much as the smaller pieces but now I’m really loving doing larger pieces. At this point I’m mostly viewing the smaller pieces as experiments testing out different color pallets and when I come up with something I like I’ll make a larger piece using that palette. I’ve definitely been drawn drawn to a few different color palettes as you can see above. Blues, pinks and black and whites are my favorite so far. I’ve tried variations and other combinations but I keep coming back to these colors. I think just the nature of fluid painting blues look really good and because colors can overlap and create new colors I prefer to do three different shades of a similar color and then one accent color unless of course it’s black and white. I’ve been sharing pieces as I make them over on my instagram so if you are curious and want to see more, check it out!
Andre and I are headed to Bali soon and one really cool unexpected thing that is happening while we are there is a photoshoot with a girl named Destiny who happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet. We went to high school together and she was actually one of my best friends little sisters for a long time until we became roommates in college and she became a really dear friend to me as well. As destiny would have it my friend Destiny is going to be in Bali at the same time as us so we are going to hang out do yoga, go to the Green Village and if everything works out do a photoshoot in freaking Bali! This will definitely count as my just for fun super creative life giving editorial style shoot that I’ve been dying to do. Yayyyy! So crazy. So cool!
- 2 cups kale leaves
- 1-2 large cucumbers
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 1 apple
- 1 inch knob ginger (peeled)
- 1-2 large ribs celery
I recently was at True Food Kitchen and enjoyed a very refreshing Kale-aid which I really wanted to try to make at home. I don’t have a juicer so I ended up doing this in my food processor and then blending it a little bit more in my Nutribullet. Since it was already a bit thick and more smoothie like I also blended in some ice. If you do have a juicer I would suggest using that instead and then serving over ice. Either way it is pretty refreshing!
I recently had the opportunity to shoot a lookbook for jewelry designer Melis Cohen for her new line of temporary henna tattoos aka Henergie! I met Melis about a year and a half ago when she was the jewelry designer for another shoot I was doing with Stephanie Gentry. We shot in September in the middle of the desert for a full day and it was really really hot. I was starting to get more than a bit overheated and I just remember Melis following me around with a sunshade so I didn’t get totally fried. She was so incredibly sweet. Not to mention her work was completely gorgeous. When she contacted me to do this shoot I was absolutely thrilled to be able to work with her again. As per usual we couldn’t have made this happen without an incredible team! Some of my favorite muses Mia & Sayde were our beautiful models. Hair was done by the fabulous Jaime Voelz-Leaman and makeup by the ever so talented Sandy Goldstein. Melis officially launched the line of temporary henna tattoos at the beginning of May and area available for presale here, yay!
For my 30th birthday I really wanted to do something special. I was thinking maybe a trip somewhere I’d never been. But my birthday came and went and I totally didn’t have time to plan a trip. Fast forward to almost three months later and I have finally planned my trip, to Bali!!!! Still several months away (going in September) but I can’t stop thinking about it. We booked this insanely gorgeous Airbnb pictured above. It’s an antique joglo set in the rice paddies of Penestanan surrounded by so much green within walking distance of a place called monkey road. Absolutely perfect. It’s been about three years since I’ve taken a vacation so I think I’m ready for a break!
Guys, I turned 30 this week!! So weird but so good. To celebrate I really wanted to take a photo of this time in my life particularly with my giant unicorn painting. The unicorn was a gift/trade for one of the very first websites I designed for an artist Glen Allen. I love this thing and I think it sums up the last decade of my life pretty well. Getting ready to move in a couple of weeks and I am sad to say the unicorn may not have a place on the wall. Kind of want to go a tad bit more sophisticated so may be in need of a new more grown up spirit animal. Any who this is 30 and I am ready and excited for the next decade of my life!
A few photos of darling Alexis shot at Tremaine Ranch a couple of months ago for our ongoing hairstyles project for the Confessions of a Hairstylist book. Hair by Jenny Strebe of Confessions of a Hairstylist Makeup by Stephanie of SN Makeup Artist Photos by me. Excited for our final shoot on this project next weekend!
It’s been awhile since I’ve done an etsy shop update but I’ve added a few new items from our look book shoot as well as a 1950s/1960s wedding gown I had previously shot. I have a ton really fun pieces I’ve used in editorials and other shoots over the past year I am getting ready to list as well so if you like vintage, keep your eyes open!
I am a person who is constantly making lists and goals so I don’t think New Year’s is the only time to make resolutions but it’s definitely a good time to reflect back and evaluate your future dreams and goals. I found my resolutions from last year and it’s funny because a lot of my goals this year are exactly the same. This either means I did not succeed last year or it is a goal that is constantly going to need attention and growth. Some of my specific creative and professional goals I did really great on. I separated my photography brand from my vintage brand and also launched a new portfolio site and blog. I did a lot less work for free and also worked on a lot of really exciting projects I couldn’t even have dreamed I would be working on. I got contracted to do photography for a book put out by a major publisher! I started taking on weddings which was something I had been totally intimidated by for a long time. I got published by a major wedding blog! I met and got to collaborate with so many amazing professionals. In my day job I’ve been able to take on more creative editorial projects which I love. I feel like I’ve really grown as a designer and have a lot of work that I’m excited to share.
As for last year’s personal goals I wasn’t quite as successful ha. First let’s talk about a couple things I did well at. I no longer have a Starbucks addiction and my bank account is thanking me for it! I successfully finished furnishing and decorating my apartment and it has really become my favorite place to be. A big 2014 goal of mine that I didn’t do so well on was to really be intentional about my relationships and to make more time to be with friends. I tend to fill my time with projects and have very little energy left at the end of the day to do social things. I really felt the weight of this over the past year. I went through some really really hard things and felt pretty isolated. To make it worse I didn’t really have much of support system to help me through it. All that to say making relationships and community a priority is going to be HUGE for me this year. I’m still figuring out what that is going to look like but at this point I know that it’s something I need badly and I also know that I have great things to offer other people. I just started reading Make it Happen by Lara Casey and it’s really been helping me to sort through what is important. I’m absolutely thrilled for the new year and a fresh start. Let’s do this 2015!