Currently Obsessed With

Marble Fence

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Cats Being Jerks

I could watch these videos all day

 

Hand pulled prints from the Lions Nest

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These houses are amazing!

 

The most painterly dresses created by Stella De Libero

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The timeless Julie Christy

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and now at 71!!  Still amazing!

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Portlandia

I binged watched this show and I’m not embarrassed about it at all

 

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Also currently obsessed with Fred Armisten, since he came out and sang with my other currently obsession, Blur at the Hollywood Bowl last week  Of course he sang one of my favorite songs Park Life, only he changed it to fit the LA setting, calling it Echo Park Life!  Seriously funny stuff!

 

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Currently Obsessed With….

Some things around the web that I am currently obsessed with!

Best LA Restaurants for Groups

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Colorful Couches from Apartment Therapy

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Gorgeous Riverboat Wedding at the Scarlett Belle

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Can’t wait to check out the Broad Museum

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Tattoos are just getting more and more amazing!

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Items you didn’t know you could recycle and how to do it.

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Currently obsessed with the art of Kate Shawkateshaw1

I need to learn French before my trip.  This is going to help.  ‘crossing fingers’.

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Love this faux fur!  Winter is coming!!

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I need this garden in my yard now.

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Can You Tell Which Ones Are Considered Fine Art?

I have been seeing a sponsored link on my Facebook page from an art auction company called Paddle 8.  I was intrigued and checked out their site.  It was full of contemporary art one could bid for online.  Sort of like a high end artsy ebay.

However upon further investigation I was amazed at how ugly and ridiculous the art was.  Seriously. Yet, all of this rubbish was being praised and described in such lofty attributes, I for a moment thought the Onion had taken of Paddle 8.

Example on one piece of ‘art’, the description reads “Succo’s contemporary take on abstraction is grounded in a desire to see patterns emerge through repeated gestural activity. Working in a limited, nearly monochromatic palette, the trace of the artist’s hand becomes the principal agent of expression. Here, in “UNTITLED [RB#1]” cyclical flourishes dance over an icy, blue-grey surface of lacquer and oil paint.”  WTF does that even mean?  Either way, the starting price is….wait for it……$9,000.00!  LOLOLOL

Here is what their trying to pawn off as art.  (and they will probably succeed.)

This actually looks like my drop cloth.

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Anyway, I thought I would try an experiment and submit a piece of my abstract art for consideration to be auctioned off at Paddle 8.

I submitted with a lofty description of how I use found medium to convey a sense of sustainability in the pieces.  I incorporate acrylic, oil, gold leaf and objects for a textured and layered visage.  I thought this description conveyed the proper pretentiousness for  my experiment.

However, since I’m not a ‘listed’ artist, I was rejected with a curt, but polite email.

For a moment I was slightly hurt, but then again, I realized the rejection might possibly be a compliment.

Anyway, I thought I would see if my readers could tell the difference between which one I submitted and which ones are actually up for sale at this very moment for thousands of dollars.

Here goes.  Which of these four paintings are being sold on Paddle 8 for thousands of dollars and which one is hanging in my bathroom.

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D.

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Here are the links to see if you answered correctly.

A. “Untitled” 2013

B. “Untitled” 2014

C. “Never Lost” 2014

D. “Bright and Contemporary” 2014

 

 

 

Bigger Is Better When it Comes to Bad Art

Abstract art is one of my favorite forms of art.  Why?  Because anyone can make their own amazing stuff.  Some of my favorite artists are easy-peasy to replicate.  My new house has tons of white walls just begging for art.  Seeing that I am cheap, I have decided to make my own art, because I’m not about to go out and pay $160 million for a Picasso like some people!

Any-whoo….I was shopping at my local thrift store up here in Oxnard and I came upon this huge 5′ x 4′ beauty on sale for $29.00!

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This painting manages to make flowers ugly and dull!

 

 

 

Not worth it you say?  Alas, I bought this for the canvas and the frame.   A framed stretched canvas of this size would cost well over a $100.  And remember, I am cheap.  So I bought this baby and lugged it out to my Prius.  However Prius was not having it, so I hoisted to the top and roped it.  Granted at one point I felt like the car and canvas were going to set sail.  Luckily I made it home without damaging  my precious masterpiece.

I started by painting the canvas and the frame with my stand-by Annie Sloane Old White paint.

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I then spray painted the frame, a brass color.

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Then I just had FUN!  I also tried gold leafing for the first time.  It was tricky, but since it didn’t really have to be perfect..hence what I love about abstract…it worked out pretty well.

This was before I did some blending.

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One of the many blank spaces that needed a little boost and some color.

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I tried it in a few places, but for now, it’s my headboard.  When I finally get a headboard, I might switch it out.  I absolutely love it and feel like I’m falling in when I gaze upon it.

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Picasso Rip-Off Garden Art

I had a blank spot of yellow wall in my back yard that I wanted to fill with art.

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I decided I would try my hand at re-creating a piece myself. I had some relative success with making my own Rothko’s and a Franz Klein. But they’re both really abstract and relatively easy to recreate. I wanted to give Picasso a try. Years ago I painted and actually sold my version of Sylvette, Girl with a Ponytail. I wish I had a picture of my picture, but alas, you’ll have to look at the masters instead.

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So, I thought I would try another woman painting. I wanted lots of primary color because frankly, that’s the extra paint I had!

I decided on this one, because I like to lay in the backyard on my big comfy chairs and take naps, so I thought she would fit in nicely. This is The Dream. I love it.

 

 

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I bought a huge (too huge) piece of plywood from Lowe’s for $30 and went to work.

 

Work in progress in my make-shift studio…outside under an umbrella. I am finding, that Picasso is really hard to recreate because all his lines are so fluid. Although they’re simple, they represent something exact. A slight up-turn here or there really makes a difference. I guess it goes without saying, but he was truly one of the greatest artists ever.

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Finished and installed! Yes, my proportions are completely whack, but that’s what’s so cool about recreating a Picasso. It’s okay! My girl’s head is much too big and her body is too narrow. Oh well, I like her face and am happy with that. Her legs are going to be sawed off so I can hang her. (This really sounds like a horror movie plot! LOL).

 

 

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It’s a nice little spot to have a cup of tea.

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I like that I can lounge on my patio and take a nap while watching my girl taking a nap.

 

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I signed it and gave credit where credit is due.

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Cool Things to Collect

I love collections.  Although at this time, I’m busy collecting paint brushes and cans of paint,  I am always thinking, some day, some day,  I’m going to get down to business and start a serious collection.  Until then, I can admire the tenacity and persistence of others.  Here are some amazing and unique groups of cool stuff to check out.

Links can be found on my Pinterest page “Collect”

 

Vintage colorful suitcases.

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Vintage alarm clocks

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Vintage flower pins!  Swoon!e7217370d8a3187905978ed724e9eb1f

 

Vintage family portraits of strangers.  I love random faces!

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Pez dispensers!!

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Vintage fans

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Silverware

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Vintage globes

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Vintage radios

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Vintage doorknobs

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Vintage Fiestware

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Vintage Pyrex in turquoise!

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