This week’s Illustration Friday challenge was to illustrate the topic LATE. There is a contemporary cafe in Rome with a full wall of sculptures positioned behind the tables for ambiance. I’m sure this is nothing special to Romans, but of course for someone from LA, where things are mostly all modern, stunning details like this conjure up a dreamy sense of history. I wanted this composition to feel as if it was pulled from an ancient Roman night, or better yet, maybe a dream involving Michelangelo.
So for the topic LATE, I thought of dozing Roman sculptures under a big Italian moon.
LA has been burning this week, which also means out of the destruction emerge the most spectacular sunsets…all the junk in the atmosphere is making our sunsets over the ocean look like paintings with cotton candy clouds and liquid mercury waves. I shot these in Marina del Rey:
I’ve been engrossed in this painting for a month now, which is a little uncharacteristic of me, but it’s been evolving. Here are a couple more detail shots of the changing landscape…
Just returned from Sin City, from a lovely few days of luxurious indulgence. Afternoons were spent lounging poolside and succumbing to daily shopping frenzies. Food consisted of celebrity chef specialties, fancy cocktails, and beautiful sweet treats that made my stomach jut out unfavorably. Nights were glittery and magical, and I finally caught “O” which was mind-blowing. I had to keep reminding myself to close my mouth, which hung open in amazement practically the entire show! Here are a few images from the trip:
Out on the strip!
Chums posing by the Trevi fountain
Oktoberfest @ Hofbräuhaus…Vegas!
T gets a birthday spanking
Cool bar at the Wynn
Chillin’ outside Bellagio
Sunday night I went to see Goldfrapp live at the Orpheum Theater downtown, on tour for their new album Seventh Tree.
This theater is BEAUTIFUL. It’s so classic and ornate…apparently it’s just been renovated. Everything is lined with gold or adorned with stained glass. It’s a true art deco treasure. It’s filled with vintage peacock statues, chic red velvet chairs, plush seashell couches in the lobby, and the walls are covered in sculptural forms. Everywhere you look are thoughtfully glamorous details…carved faces and swirl designs in the railings, golden fleur-de-lis wallpaper, glowing blue corridors with stained glass exit signs, and mermaids in the chandeliers. The ceiling alone was pure eye candy!
And these were our seats…the best in the house! Couldn’t believe it! I could see EVERYTHING. I could see Allison Goldfrapp’s glittery face paint, and all her facial expressions, the details of everyone’s costumes, as well as the notes on the stage, everything backstage…and if I turned around, I could see the sea of faces…almost what it must have looked like from onstage. We were perched just over the edge of the stage, but jutting out far enough that nothing was cut off.
During the second song, A&E;, Allison actually looked up, raised her wine glass and toasted me! She looked straight at me…and that is when I first realized that she could hear my cheering and see me dancing, because I was so freaking close!
The concert was AMAZING! They sounded so good! They played all the songs off Seventh Tree, and a few from Supernature. The crowd was wild when she played Ooh La La and Number 1.
The scene was folksy mixed with carnival chic. The harps and violins added a unique lyrical magic, while Allison Goldfrapp danced around the stage bare foot in a fashionable clown dress, before a maypole topped with deer antlers.
It was such an awesome night!!!!!!!!!
Photos courtesy of http://www.laorpheum.com, http://www.goldfrapp.com
I started a new painting series recently and have been working on this piece for weeks…these two images are close-up detail shots of the second version. I covered the first painting today with this new one, so it’s likely that next time you see this painting, these details might not exist anymore…but I liked the nuances in color created by this equation of paint and texture and wanted to show a sneak peak.
Well, my friend Milli was having a totally rad 80′s birthday bash…
so I headed up to SF to celebrate with her…
Hadn’t been to the golden gate bridge for years! As amazing as ever…
Graphite on Paper
Inspirations: Friday! + space suits and robot drawings
On-the-go quick sketch, graphite on paper
Inspirations: kimonos, maple leaves & memories of Kyoto in the fall, Polynesian tattoos, sitting in the sun
Watercolor on Paper, 5″ x 7″
Watercolor on Paper, 8″ x12.5″
Inspirations: Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, which I’m currently reading….fireflies, Chinese temple art, weeping willows, and catching butterflies with my sister when I was a kid.
[This was originally developed for Illustration Friday's concept of "foggy"]