Category: Art & Design

March 27 2017

Manhattan’s Stunningly Streaky Skyscrapers by Alexandra Pacula

Artist Alexandra Pacula just sent word that she’s opening a new show on April 20th. Called Vertical City, it will be held at Gallery Henoch, in New York City, until May 13th. For this show, the Polish-born, New York-based artist was inspired by the grandeur of Manhattan’s shimmering towers. A total of 12 large-scale paintings will be on display, which will all capture the city at night.

Doesn’t this almost look like a manipulated photo? I asked Alexandra about that and she replied, “It is a 100% oil painting on canvas no tricks.”

The moment I saw this painting, I fell in love with it! Particularly I love the vertical streaks and the rainbow of colors. Wish I could see this in person. (New Yorkers, do your part and check this show out.)

March 27 2017

Celestial Rug Resembles an Impressionist Painting

I’m a sucker for anything that resembles art, or in this case, an impressionist painting. (Maybe even watercolor?) I guess that’s why I fell in love with this rug. Houzz is having a major sale on it right now, it was $879.00 and now it’s $280.24 (you save: $598.76, that’s 68% off). What a steal!

Got to love the name and description. It’s called Nourison Celestial Area Rug. And here’s the description: “Cosmic consciousness inspires the Celestial Collection by Nourison. These heavenly area rugs possess a dramatic beauty, with rich, saturated colors that swirl together in unique and vivid designs. Each stunning area rug conveys a sense of movement and energy that verges on divine.”

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I like this one too but it makes me feel a little bit queasy.

Houzz website

March 27 2017

Gorgeous Customizable Lighting System of Glass Spheres

Think of all the fun you can have with this! Spanish lighting brand Vibia has just launched its latest customizable lighting system, which features blown-glass spheres supported by a metal matrix. The light globes can be suspended at different heights.

“The intention was not to design a completely defined and finished product, but a tool which allows any customer to create his own lighting lamp, in relation with the architecture space, the area to light and the desired kind of graphic pattern,” said designer Toan Nguyen.

“These individual parts constitute the kit of tools that designers can mould and adapt to individual commissions, a system of multiple modules that allows the specifics of each project to dictate the optimum lighting solution.”

Reminds me of Bocci lights.

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via [Dezeen]

March 24 2017

Fun Links of the Week

How was your week? We celebrated our friend Sonny’s birthday yesterday. It was great hanging out with old friends. This weekend we’ll be going to a resort in Dana Point to celebrate my niece’s birthday. Remember our past family trips like to Terrenea and Pelican Hill? I miss taking pictures so I’m going to lug the camera around with me. Next week, I hope I’ll be able to share with you some fun family pics.

Now, let’s get into the fun links of the week.

I love the look of paint splatter but I have never seen it on heels!

Buzzwords change daily; today’s it’s microinfluencer.

Good reminder.

Daniel Arsham’s new exhibition looks amazing..and trippy.

I want to fly to Chicago just to see this.

Society6 just started selling cool leggings with art on them. I’m loving Frida Kahlo.

Stephen Wilkes’ day to night in France photo is stunning.

I love all things pink. (Hence the hair!)

An interesting read about Instagram. (Cool podcast on the company at NPR.)

This cloud house receives a rain shower when occupied.

I love reading about strong women who are successful at their jobs.

For photography newbies – this 5 minute animated video describes aperture pretty well.

March 23 2017

Adorable Stick Figure Comics About Everyday Life by Dana Zemack

Artist Dana Zemack just reached out to me to tell me that her new book just came out! How I Feel Today: Comics About Everything is “a collection of comics that explore the things we feel, from the glorious highs to the garbage-y lows to the endless and unruly in-betweens.”

Why? “Because we have feelings, and it’s super gratifying to see them brought to life via a surprisingly expressive, eternally resilient stick figure girl who’s both super cute and extremely real. And then we can be like, ‘bhahahaha, yep that’s familiar.'”

The book was a successfully funded Kickstarter project. You can buy it now for $16.50 on Dana’s website.

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You can also follow Dana on Instagram here.

March 20 2017

Audrey Kawasaki’s LA Sky-Inspired Print

This past weekend, one of my favorite artists, Audrey Kawasaki released a new print. It was only for this weekend, meaning it was a timed print and if you didn’t get it on Saturday or Sunday you are out of luck! Sorry I’m telling you about this so late. I scooped mine up at 10:30pm last night, I almost missed the midnight deadline.

According to Arrested Motion, the piece, called As I Fall, was inspired by the smoggy sunset of my hometown, Los Angeles. I love the use of pinks and blues; it’s my favorite color combination.

You can follow Audrey Kawasaki on Instagram.

March 16 2017

Mindfulness and Fearlessness

First, I wanted to say that I’m sorry I’ve been gone the past few days. It was Parker’s birthday on Tuesday and we celebrated for a few days. Also, I’ll be off tomorrow to change my hair color yet again! This time it’s going to be called what I call “horizon”, pink on top and light blue halfway down the middle. Hope it all works out!

There are a few things I wanted to share. One is this book I bought called The Mindfulness Manual and the other is Time Magazine’s Mindfulness issue. Both are really good reads on how to slow down and really appreciate life.

Here’s a quote I liked from the first book, under the article The Path of Joy:

Do I trust my own inner guidance? At the heart of every soulful life is the ability to ask your own questions and get your own answers, free from others’ judgement. It’s about tuning in to your innate wisdom and trusting what comes forth. The only way to do that is to cultivate a deeper relationship with yourself-free from the filters of fear and doubt and free from other people’s ideas and expectations. These filters build up over time and can cloud your ability to make decisions that are in alignment with your highest good.

Do I follow my heart or listen to my head? The heart never lies; the head does. We can overthink, doubt and rationalize almost anything, because the mind likes stability and a step-by-stop process. But the heart is nonlinear and sensing. So while our minds may make us believe it’s best to not take risks and avoid repeating the pain of the past, our hearts know the way to happiness.

Do I believe I can create the life I want? Your thoughts, actions and emotions all determine what your life looks like. When you don’t believe you are powerful, you allow others to hold the key to your life and happiness. And when you allow others to hold the power, you limit the options available to you. Know that by listening to your heart and your inner guidance, you truly can create-and live-the life you want. All is possible.

Written by Eden Clark and John Germain Leto

If you haven’t checked out the Instagram account of poet Mark Anthony, please do so. He’s a hopeless romantic. I bought his book.

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