life in technicolor

Monday, April 14, 2014

Every day I am out and about walking in this city, my eye catches beauty left and right. Beauty is seen on my runs, beach outings, walking to and from work - you name it. Everything is so crisp and clean and literally smells like a mixture of fresh linen and perfume, which I believe is all of the jasmine. The azure skies are saturated as they are a backdrop behind the white washed art deco buildings from the 1920's and I am constantly smiling while walking around. I know I sound like a broken record but I am always in awe when I step foot outside. I love the silhouettes the palms create which takes me home and reminds me of the palmettos in the south & Caribbean.

This place is so well manicured - it's truly a treasure by the sea, I will give Santa Monica that. Los Angeles even. I'm kind of a sucker for Los Angeles. Though I couldn't and don't plan to live here my whole life, the time that I will be here I truly enjoy and find it magical. Every street I see is out of a movie. So many films from the past, the classics or current day films where the plot takes place in the past in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or the heart of Los Angeles, has all come to life and I feel like I'm sort of living this haunting hollywood dream from decades ago and it's truly thrilling. Actually living in Los Angeles has met  my expectations of how I envisioned it while growing up in the south. Los Angeles seemed foreign to me and there was never a reason for my family or I to fly across America to see it. So I viewed it through film and imagination and it's finally come to life.

Today while running, I was listening to the Elvis Presley station on my pandora and I was running on the street pictured above with the homes that were most likely built in the 20's or 30's no doubt, and the song 'Mr. Sandman' by The Cordettes came on and I had to stop in my tracks because I seriously felt like I was transported back into time. The music was too perfect to be true - it was so fitting with my scenery, with the small homes whose charm still existed with manicured lawns and a breeze blowing through the palm trees. It was a moment that I'll remember. There is so much history here in Los Angeles and it intrigues me more than anyone could ever imagine.

For kicks, here is my favorite photo taken in Venice at Muscle Beach which I think this wraps Los Angeles up for the time being.

On a side note, for photography's sake, I kind of wish men still wore black speedos. Yep, I said it. From an artists eye, it just photographs so well when fitting it into a composition - it's half the reason why I love this photo so much. Splotches of black speedos. Weird, I know. Also, I wish clowning around like this and beach activities such as this still occurred. We are all too good for that now, and caught up in our devices and such. Oh fiddle-dee-dee.

decisions, decisions, oh the artistic decisions...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oh I'm in a rut. I just don't know what to do. I want to create some sort of spring collection of artwork, whether it be abstracts or realism. Abstracts hand me over such battles. They are difficult - they are harder creating than one would think, and I find myself stumped and looking at other current abstract artists who are my age, and a lot more successful and extremely talented and I admit, I find myself becoming very discouraged. Sometimes when I compare my abstract work to other artists I feel very amateur. But I am a fine artists - I have a degree, I have studied with an emphasis in painting all through high school and college so I shouldn't feel defeated. It's just hard is all.

I don't have the most legit website for my artwork, I don't have a .com and since the move to Los Angeles I am now in search of a printing company to help myself produce prints and giclees of my artwork so that I can always have artwork available for purchase. But it's money. I probably shouldn't be publicly writing my doubts within my own work, as it's far from professional, but I'm real and majority of the time, I like to throw my hands in the air because I don't care.

As of late, I have been questioning if I should focus on my butterfly paintings and take a breather from the abstracts. I have a great audience who love the butterflies and I can continue with this collection and go forward with it. It would be perfect for spring and summer and I do find a joy while painting them. So, I'm going to continue to think about it a bit, but that is where I am at. I just need to focus on one thing at a time and stop looking at other artists work, unless they are my favorite master painters. I need to find my niche because I'm all over the map. And.... I need a vacation.

happy to snooze

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Holy smokes! March has been so busy and so tiring I cannot for the life of me wait to not have to hit the snooze button tomorrow morning at 4:30 in the morning! With a few days off from work, I'm ready to take it easy, read, paint and do my thing! As much as I enjoy walking to work every morning, I won't have to walk past this view while the sun rises - though I do enjoy the view but I'm excited to just be in my bed.

I'm ready for a vacation as I have said over and over again and I beginning to think I should stop saying it or else I'll be driving myself absolutely nuts. I'm heading to Utah for a weekend the end of April for my cousins wedding and I am so excited for a quick getaway. It will be so nice to see family and friends from college and be in a place that is quite familiar to me. I love being around my family. Until then, I can't wait till Snoozeday Tuesday!

craving the southern coast, the florida keys & anything clear and tropical.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Before I speak my mind, I am well aware that I currently reside in sunny California, in a very beautiful and manicured city by the sea. I am so appreciative of it and each and every day I step outside I am thankful for the beauty I am surrounded by.

But, there is something so much more magical and exotic and intriguing to me down south and further down into the Caribbean. I know, I know, I am biased because those are my stomping grounds but that is how I feel. I am not going to complain about the beaches here in California by any means but if I could choose, shockingly I'd take the Atlantic over the Pacific! Sometimes I feel that people believe Calfornia to be some prized possession - God's gift to the world if you will. I can see it, but at the same time I know there are other places that for me, are just as beautiful, if not, more appealing and that's okay. So strange enough, even though the ocean is right outside my door - I have been longing to go to the Florida Keys and the Caribbean.

I know I am not going to Florida or the Caribbean in June, but Hilton Head Island is my one true love and I wish it would get here already! My parents are currently on a cruise in the Caribbean and they made a pit stop in Florida and I was so envious of their tropical and humid adventure!

I grew up visiting my grandparents in Florida and I have some of the fondest memories and so Florida has left such a sweet taste in my mouth. I love the white sand and the crystal clear waters, WARM waters might I add. I love the architecture of the homes, the pastel colors splashed throughout and I love the humidity. Lately, there has been some chit chat with my girlfriends of having a girls trip to the Florida Keys and I stayed up so late one night thinking all about it. I was so excited - but realistically it just wouldn't work out. Too far travel wise, not enough time to squeeze in a good decent week to make the trip worth it so we tossed the idea and we are saving it for a raining day.

What a teaser, because now it's all I can think about. It's all I have been craving and reading up on and reminiscing the time spent there with my family growing up. I just so badly want to go back to that now that that stage of my life is over with since the passing of my grandparents. I've always viewed Florida as magical. It always seemed so chic to me and maybe that's because that is how I viewed my Grandma Jean and that is where she lived. There was always an adventure - so many themed parks, childhood dreams coming true at Disney World, exploring every inch of the world as a young tyke thanks to Epcot and our families favorite -Busch Gardens where I discovered my love for roller coasters. I miss playing card games with my grandparents and learning how to whistle while rocking in my Grandmas rattan chairs on the porch. I loved her rattan furniture. Loved it.

My grandparents neighborhood was filled with live oak trees and the spanish moss hung like garland. It was eerie, especially at night when we'd take walks down the street to see my Great Grandmother and eat whatever she was fixin' in the kitchen. During the days, my sisters and I would drive my grandparents golf cart to the pool and I remember thinking the pool was so grand and majestic. You know how when you're a kid everything seems so much bigger, mighty and vast? That's how I viewed it - and the pool always had music filling background noise that consisted of the whispering of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. The pool scene in the film with Whoopi Goldberg, 'Corina, Corina', always reminds me of swimming in my grandparents pool in Florida. Everything was so relaxed, so beautiful, so charming and simple. And that's what I miss. I miss my grandparents a lot. That's why I love Florida because it takes me back to a time in my life that I truly cherish and I won't ever forget. I loved their company, even though I was a shy little girl, but I appreciated the world that they introduced me to down there. Therefore, Florida is familiar and brings a feeling of comfort to me. So with that said, I've been longing for a dose of Florida and it's been on my mind lately.

for my personal records

Monday, March 17, 2014

This is just for my pure personal enjoyment. I love lists, wether they be to-do lists, packing lists, grocery lists, and favorite lists. My birthday is just around the corner and I wanted to jot down a record of the things I love and remind myself of what I loved when I was 24. People change, you know? My interests won't ever change but the specifics within those interests could possibly change. So this is just for entertainment.

On two side notes, the Zoo and I were abruptly woken up at 6:25 am this morning by a 4.7 earthquake. Yes, this is my first experience of an earthquake and though it wasn't too crazy, it was strong enough to wake us up, lasted a good 15 seconds which doesn't sound long but when you're living through it, it seems like forever and the whole apartment was shaking. Luckily only one dish broke in the kitchen but I was screaming. I've never experienced anything quite like it. I have always said, tornados are the most frightening and evil looking natural disasters. But growing up with them, I was fine because you can prepare for them and you are warned hours ahead and the city has sirens that go off telling you to get in your basement. But, an earthquake - no warning, nothing.

The sound was the most frightening. It sounded as though a bull dozer was digging right below us. Apparently we were right in the epicenter of the quake and it's been years since an earthquake of this magnitude has hit so they are worried this is the beginning of a big one. I'm thinking Zeke and I need to move back home to Georgia ASAP.

In other news, I spent the morning creating "paint chips" to create color palettes for future spring collection of abstracts! I am really excited! Now, for the list:

1. favorite book(s) : Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil & Gone With the Wind
2. favorite artist(s) : Degas, De Kooning, Matisse, Bernini, Michelangelo, John Singer Sargent, Monet, Manet
3. favorite color(s) : chartreuse, coquelicot, cornflower blue, periwinkle, bright lilac
4. favorite song : Georgia On My Mind  - Ray Charles
5. favorite scent : fresh laundry
6. favorite ice cream and from where : pomegranate frozen yogurt & guava frozen yogurt  - sweet rose creamery 
7. favorite food : anything cajun creole
8. style icons : grace kelly, lauren bacall, jackie kennedy, olivia palermo, audrey hepburn, c.z. guest, giovanna battaglia
9. favorite fruit(s) : watermelon, honeycrisp apples, tangelos & lemons
10. favorite holiday : 4th of July & Halloween
11. favorite pastime : ghost hunting & painting

the sea & perfume.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The past couple of weeks here in Santa Monica have been absolutely beautiful! Zeke and I have been spending our time taking walks through the neighborhoods and I can't help but recognize all of the beautiful botanicals and foliage that Los Angeles has to offer! I do believe this makes Santa Monica smell like perfume, and with the warm breeze blowing off the coast of the sea, a flood of the aroma comes seeping in through our windows at night and it puts me into a nostalgic slumber.

We spend our Saturdays at the beach where I find myself drooling over the stripped umbrellas that remind me of the amalfi coast which I long to explore - la dolce vita! This weekend Zeke went out of town for a golf trip so it's been a weekend full of relaxation, reading, writing (my little cousin and I are putting our imagination to the test and writing a mystery novel with illustrations included) watching movies, and spending hours in the sand. Though I miss Zeke, I can't complain of the time I have spent alone! I love my surroundings and I'm taking in every bit of it!

happy birthday mama!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Today is a beautiful day, for it's my mama's birthday! She's a hoot and gives off quite the roar with her spunky personality and her craving to live life to the fullest! I always say, she's the perfect mix of Doris Day & Lucille Ball - but better because she's my mom who has taught me some of life's most valuable lessons both by word & example.

She's a loving mother, the best friend and an all-around perfect lady. I aspire to be her one day, as I know both of my sisters think the same! Though I wish I could spend the day with her celebrating, I know she is having the time of her life in Florida with my Dad ready to board that cruise ship to the Caribbean. Sigh....

Happy Birthday Mama! I love you so, especially this kissable photo of you where I want to squeeze your cheeks! xoxo

valentines day

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It's no secret that I am very much behind with my posts, but alas here is the scoop on Valentines Day. Zeke and I decided to sit back and relax this year and come what may. We didn't want to make a fuss of the holiday as with past years we have taken turns to surprise each other with some festive Valentines Day. This year, we were spent and luckily our plans were made when my parents decided to fly out and visit us!

It was the perfect weekend and especially the perfect Valentines Day. To spend the sweet holiday with my parents who set such a great example of love was certainly special. My mom and I took a walk through the neighborhoods of Brentwood that morning and grabbed a quick bite to eat and then we met up with my Dad and Zeke and ventured to Ventura and walked the boardwalk and had dinner at our favorite BBQ place in Los Angeles. We ended the night going to the Santa Monica Pier and actually took advantage of what the pier has to offer and laughed and screamed like kids as we rode the roller coaster over the ocean and topped it off with ice cream cones. Once again, I felt as though I was living my favorite episode of the 'Twilight Zone' as we rode the coaster over the ocean with the coastal skyline of Santa Monica sparking down below.

We spent the weekend taste testing just about every restaurant in town filling our bellies and just about toppling over. We drove the streets and neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and let the sun shine on our faces in Malibu. It was a relaxing weekend with the best of company. I wouldn't have spent my Valentines any other way! I sure do miss my parents right now, but luckily I get to see them the end of April as we will all be meeting in Utah for my cousins wedding! Let the countdown to the family reunion begin!

p.s. I forgot to mention that I finally spotted a celebrity and to say that I was star-struck is far far from what I was really feeling. We had lunch literally next to Christ Martin, the leader singer of Coldplay, and GWYNETH PALTROW'S HUSBAND. We were so close to him and his daughter Apple that I could hear every word of his conversation. Of course I wasn't eavesdropping, but I will admit to  biting the crap out of my tongue when I'm pretty sure he caught me snapping pictures of him.  I had too! I couldn't help myself! Spot him in that picture of my mom eating her lunch? Eeeek!

Valentine's Day Collection Part II

Friday, February 7, 2014

I feel like I'm working in a factory! Zeke goes to bed at a decent hour and I'm sweating in the "studio" meaning, my dining room past midnight working up a storm with my brushes and paints and I've been having so much fun! I love working on a collection that is based only on Valentines Day. I'm thinking I should make a book out of this collection... maybe even sell it!? We shall see, we shall see! Either way, new artwork was added to the shop! They go quick! Ya'll are making me work, work, work!

And I thank you!

Valentine's Day Collection

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Excited to announce a Valentine's Day Collection of original abstract paintings! So far, each and every painting have sold out, so you could say, today was a sweet sweet day! I plan on adding more and more paintings throughout the days leading up to Valentine's Day so do keep an eye out and check every day for new additions to the Valentines Collection. What a blast I've been having painting these small, but whimsical abstracts that are pretty marvelous when matted and framed!

To take a look or shop:

los angeles livin'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Well, what can I say? The living has been easy here for our first month in our new home. I am completely in a trance with our new location. The architecture really brings the past to life as it's all very Art Deco. I've always had an eye for architecture, even when I was younger, but the older I get and throughout my years of art history classes and learning more and more of my surroundings, the curiousness of it grows deeper and deeper. Like I've mentioned before, I plan on living and viewing things in Los Angeles as it were in the past. I'm a total dreamer and though this may not be pure reality, who cares - it's making this adventure even more thrilling!

Along with architecture, I love reading up on the history. Above on the left is an apartment complex located on 4th Street in Santa Monica. My eyes fell in love with this building on a trip here last August and I made note of the location, went back to Utah and Google Earthed it. I zoomed in and was able to get the exact address and started my research. Knowing we would be moving to this city in just a few short months, Zeke and I had our eye on this one with hopes of moving in. The history was extremely hard to come by, it was truly a mystery but what we did learn was that there was no availability  within the complex. Luckily, we only live a block away so while I walk into the shopping areas, I make a point to walk past this place along the way.

And alas, the building on the right, and by far my favorite in Santa Monica, is The Georgian Hotel, built in 1933. Known to be haunted, which is a total jack pot and right up my alley, the hotel was built for intimate gatherings for the 'high society' and the celebrities of old Hollywood catering to one of my favorites, Clark Gable. Considered to be one of the most  modern facilities of it's time, The Georgian was filled with the night life along the sea with martinis, jazz music, beauty parlors, extravagant dining rooms, and the most notorious American gangsters such as Bugsy Siegel and silent film actor and director Fatty Arbuckle.

They say that the Speakeasy Restaurant within the hotel is where the ghost and apparitions occur. Waitresses have claimed that they hear sighs and gasps when the restaurant is closed and empty. They hear footsteps running through the halls and in the morning, while setting up, they are welcomed by a voice saying, "good morning." I think its about time I go dine there...

Another one of my favorite spots is the 'Ivy At the Shore" right on Ocean Avenue. I love this restaurant so very much because every time I spent foot in it, it takes me back to a familiar place. I feel like I'm back in Florida where my grandparents lived before they passed away and my family would visit often. It has a total Florida Keys vibe and the decor could just be my future home. With the rattan chairs, and the botanical print pillows, floridian pink walls, the abstract figurative artwork and the sailboats all around, I was in Heaven. Oh, and to top it all off, I ordered a bowl full of Gumbo! And yes, it hit the spot!

As of late, January's weather has been just absolutely perfect which according to the people here, isn't normal. It's been the in the high 70's and sunny and for Californian winters it should typically be in the low 60's and very rainy. Apparently California is experiencing the worst drought and it's becoming so extreme that the state is starting to worry. With that said though, the nights have been pretty dog-on eerie and I have been eating it up! This street corner is on the corner of California and 2nd Street and it reminds me just a wee bit of a street corner in Savannah. Though it's hard to tell in this photo, this building is a dark red brick with a mixture of palms and shady trees all around. One night, Zeke and I were walking to the grocery store and there was a warm breeze and fog began to roll in through the streets. The tall art deco buildings seemed to disappear in the clouds allowing little pockets of light glowing in the sky from the windows. It was mysteriously magical and you best believe I climbed into my pajamas the moment I got home and began reading my murder mystery novel. Throughout the night you could smell the ocean breeze.

Everyone in Santa Monica/Brentwood is extremely active. How could they not be with this beautiful weather year round and with Palisades Park shown above on the left?Palisades Park is just a block away from us along Ocean Avenue and overlooks the ocean. It is very well kept, has beautiful organically shaped trees that create the greatest shadows. The paths are wide and windy and filled with loads and loads of runners. With that said, Zeke and I are trying to be more active and live healthier lives, so this has become my place to run, or it was the first couple of weeks we have been hear until a friend of ours told us about the Santa Monica Stairs. Tucked into the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and on the boarder of Brentwood are these stairs that make me want to keel over and die. I have been running to them from our place and then run back from them after doing some sets up and down, up and down and I can promise you it will whip you into shape. I kind of love the run to and from the stairs though because it's an excuse to have my own parade of homes tour. This house above on the right in particular is my favorite as it looks like it came right from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Now, you know my love for Hilton Head so I always walk during this part of the work out to take in this home and its surroundings and I love to mentally place myself back in my second home away from home.

The only downside to our clean eating, is the fact that we have discovered by far the most unreal homemade ice cream to ever melt in my mouth. 'Sweet Rose' is the mothership of all ice cream. When Niki was in town, we were strolling through some shops and discovered Sweet Rose and it was a warm day so we got ourselves a few scoops and I about lost myself. It didn't take much to convert Zeke has he was long gone obsessed the moment he taste tested his beloved Luxx Coffee flavor. It's safe to say Zeke and I go almost twice a week.  I started out real good just getting a couple of scoops in a cup, but now I have gone straight to the waffle cone and I can't look back, I tell you. I now follow Sweet Rose on instagram and it's awful. I get an update on their flavors they are serving everyday and when I see that Pomegranate Soft Serve with the Smooth Tangerine Sorbet on that menu, I loose all self control. I can't wait to take my parents here over Valentines Day weekend. Also, I left my wallet here last weekend and they put it in the safe for me - so I pretty much owe them my life...

For the first month of living here and being away from friends and family, I've been blessed to have lots of friends conveniently having to pass through Santa Monica. Niki came for a weekend as we had a baby shower for Chelly to go to in Orange County and then Becca Boo passed through this past weekend and it was so fun to show them both our new neighborhood.

Dinner at 'Neptune's Net' with the Anderson's in Malibu

Palisades Park & Zeke at 'Baby Blues BBQ' in Venice

It's safe to say Zeke and I have been taking full advantage of our surroundings and we are making the greatest adventure out of it. I sure do miss my friends in Utah and I extremely miss my home and family in Georgia but I think California is the best place to be for distractions and keeping myself happy and full of life. I've been blessed to have a relaxing first month of the year. January has always been such a dreadful month for me while living in Utah. It was the longest month of my life, the coldest month and the most painful month and to say that I have enjoyed January for the first time in many years is mind blowing. I've have been blessed to experience a very warm and abnormal winter in January, going to the beach, trying new spots to eat, meeting new friends, and having time painting and reading. But don't you worry, I am taking action and becoming responsible and I'm truly excited to start my dream job on Monday as a Visual Associate at J.Crew and I'm ready to be put to work and to exercise everything I have learned with my Visual Arts degree while styling the J.Crew store on Third Street Promenade. Nothing could be more exciting for me at this time! Let the games begin, and onto February we go! 

New Abstract Pieces For Sale!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Excited to share with you TEN NEW and ORIGINAL abstract paintings in my shop for sale! And might I add at extremely affordable prices considering it fine art!

To shop go to :

this might tickle your fancy

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