Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hi All. For any of you local Bay Area types or those that might be in San Francisco this weekend...have I got a show for YOU!! This Saturday, August 1st, come join me and several other artists, crafters selling at the Art Bazaar at Galeria de la Raza. There will be jewelry, folk art, clothing PLUS DJ Chango Julius playing music 2857 24th St. @ Bryant
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Hi Again. I thought that was it for Saturday but I just found two Etsy treasuries with my work featured. Wow....always grateful and always ready to post their pics on the blogga. Many thanks to Liane from Spacestich on Etsy and fellow CCCOE member, who created the Bikini Babe treasury. Also many thanks to Alaina of Piruli Jewelry a fellow Spanglish member on Etsy for creating the Verano = Summer Treasury. I am very, very grateful to both artists for including me in their treasury themes. OH and by the way, the first treasury has my upcycled handbag with a pin-up girl in yellow swimsuit on the front. The second has my Loteria Mirror. Forgot to mention that.
My fabulous, photographer friend, Trish Tunney, from 1890 Bryant Studios is having a show at the Tedda Hughes Gallery tonight. She is going to be presenting some limited edition greeting card packs made from her Faux-laroid series. Along with showing some of her framed photos, there will be live performances, drag shows and fire twirling, at the gallery during the opening night reception entitled "Flaming Queens".
Oooooo. this sounds like fun!
Been working on a found, recycled, redwood, window frame. It was given to me by a fellow artist at 1890. She found the frame at a soon to be demolished neighborhood in the Hunter's Point area of San Francisco. The funny thing about this frame is the shape is assymetrical. Don't know why this house need a crooked window frame but there it is. I've been sanding and staining the piece but without loosing its "found" look. I've embellished it with santos / saints that are charms, or from small prayer books or postcards. I decided to name the piece, "Saints need Sinners" which is a quote from British philosopher, writer Alan W. Watts (January 6 1915 - Novemeber 16 1973.) The piece - what should I call it - an updated retablo? - is almost finished. I will be taking pictures shortly. I've never done anything like this before and am secretly (except I'm telling only YOU) an excited about my finished work.
Had an absolutely fabulous afternoon break with fellow artist and incredible wireist, Diane Komater. She made me a fabulous cup of hot chocolate while she drank tea and we talked about her family history, my family history our Dads and on and on. It was such a relaxing time filled with laughs, a little heartache and just good, good times. I loved it. I felt like all the cob webs in my brain had been cleared out! Diane is such a talented artist. Her hands create wonderous images with wire. You must check out her web site. Anyway, after our talk, we both thanked each other for the good, good talk and went back to work. It was a great time.
So, that's my Saturday blog to you all. I have a trip planned to lovely New Orleans in early September. Can't afford it but going anyway with my daughter Gaby. She wants to attend the University of New Orleans in the Spring of 2010. It will be a great excuse to return to my favorite city NOLA.
My husband is calling me. We have to give our very SENIOR dogga (dog in MY Spanglish) a bath. This can be difficult since she has very little control left of her bladder and bowels. That's probably enough details on that. Anyway, Kodi is a wonderful, sweet and tired old thing that continues to hang on even though she slows down every day. She is well loved in this family.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Please take a look and comment if you'd like!
My Shopping Connection
p.s. sorry for my mood swings...I think it is just one of those days.....!!!
Don't remember ever having a Summer cold before. Weird! I am feeling so pitiful!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I have a few more photos I uploaded into an album called Sunday Streets in San Francisco on Facebook. Here's the link:
Have a do-able Monday!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Summertime....and the livin' is breezy......Fog is blowin' and the skies are grey......
oh your Dad's a bitch and your Mom is done cookin'..... so hush little baby, don't you cry.....
sing my "fabulous" lyrics to the old George Gershwin song Summertime.....
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Just a reminder that the opening reception of The Many Faces of Frida is Thursday, July 16th.
The State Of California Office Building Atrium
1515 Clay Street-Atrium Oakland, CA 94612
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16th 5:00pm – 8:00pm
short ceremony by danza group in xochitl in cuicatl performing ofrendas in honor of frida
music by tara linda and luna nueva
libations and antojitos will be served
don't forget about the afterparty at somar bar immediately following the opening reception!
somar bar and lounge
1727 telegraph ave
for more Many Faces of Frida information:
Took this photo about a half-hour ago from my house window. Its summer in San Francisco and its sunny! We've actually had some days of heat this summer (actually this year) and it seems obvious that the climate of our dear earth is warming. Summer in San Francisco is typically cold, foggy and rarely sunny. Having said all that, I will take advantage of the weather and go take some other pics. of my beautiful city.
The many faces of Frida (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=114306245389&ref=ts) opening is coming up on Thursday and I'm looking forward to seeing my work displayed plus the work of the other very talented artists!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I've been included on an Etsy Treasury called Satin Doll and curated by Nancy McNally of localcolorist.etsy.com. Here's the link:
Nancy says that Satin Doll was written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer. It has been performed by such notable singers as the late Frank Sinatra.
Take a look at the Treasury.
It's 1:17am and I'm still up. What am I doing? Just wanted to post a quick entry. Saturday with "las girls" was fabulous. Lots of laughter, lots of understanding, not always in agreement but still way okay. It is wonderful to have such long time friends who can still understand, tease and council each other. What a wild group we are.
Couldn't get out of the house today...too much fun on Saturday?? Felt like just relaxing, reading and regrouping. The 3 R's. Husband went out with old friends to see the Richard Avedon exhibit at MOMA and that was just fine. So nice and quiet at home. Gaby (daughter) came home early from work (bad cold) but that was just a good excuse for me to lounge around with her.
I NEEDED this day!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Woke up this morning to a foggy summer in San Francisco. For some reason, felt much improved. Tired of carrying around this funk, I listened to will.i.am's song Its A New Day and felt just a little bit revitalized. Going to an all girl barbeque this afternoon and looking forward to lots of laughter.
Here's a link to Its A New Day. It may just make you feel good too!
I took the photo above at the Women's Building on 18th St. in San Francisco. If you're not familiar with the building, it is covered with the most spectacular murals painted by several different artists. It is amazing to view. Sorry, I don't know the name of the artist who painted this particular piece.
Have a good day.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Its Friday and I should be happy? Unfortunately I haven't been into the studio much this week. Monday afternoon and probably today will be my only days. I find I feel incomplete if I don't spend enough time working in the studio. Creating has become an integral part of who I am and what I do. If I don't put in the time, something is missing.
Delivered paintings and Frida dolls this week to Rachel for the Many Faces of Frida exhibit. Artwork looks great and looking forward to the opening next Thursday. Rachel does a fantastic job of creating luscious environments to showcase artwork. That girl is so talented.
Sales have been non-existent in the past two months. Ooooooo what a challenge it has been to get through these times! Honestly trying not to take it all too personally and do believe that my work is good and sales will return when people can afford to pay for gift and personal items. I know my prices are higher than others but folks, I have overhead to pay. I can't afford to sell my work for prices that don't cover my expenses. What a dilemma.
There was a death in my family and I attended the funeral in San Jose. The funeral was really beautiful with lots of singing and music. Cheo (my "uncle") would have loved the event and I'm sure would have loved to see all the familiar faces. He was always, always so sweet with a quick smile and full of positive energy.
I loved seeing all the familiar faces plus my tias and primos and primas. My family has a wonderful way of facing life's challenges with quick wit and lots of laughter. I love being around my cousins, especially because I feel like my wacky humor runs in the family. We are irreverant, silly, slightly sarcastic and love to throw that Spanglish into the conversation!! Oh my God, it is so fun to be around them. I truly feel at home and one with my primos. It is a wonderful feeling!
Saw the King Tut exhibit this week at the De Young. My daughter Gaby who is working there, had an invitation for family night so she brought me, my husband Gary and my friend Maryellen. It was interesting, amazing, awe inspiring to view the artifacts from such a sophisticated culture living so long ago. I feel like I need to brush up on my history lessons. What I learned from the exhibit was just enough to wet my appetite! Afterwards, there were food and drinks available to employees and their families. What a special event.
Tonight is the opening of the Richard Avedon exhibit. Gaby (she works at MOMA too) has gotten us tickets to the opening. I LOVE Richard Avedon but not so sure I feel like facing the crowds for opening tonight. Am I crazy or what for not being excited about this???? I'l figure it out.
Feel like crawling into bed and not getting out! Will force myself out of this house and to the studio. Always feel better after working.
This weekend is full of activities. Have an offical "girl's day barbeque" tomorrow which I am looking forward to. Lots of talk, lots of laughing. Very therapeutic!! Sunday have obligations which I am not ready for. Too many obligations this year. Managing to keep up with most but SO need to take a trip to New Orleans. Need to regroup, listen to my own voice without someone telling me what is the right thing to do.
Sorry for the tirade. Need to make myself important again.
Looking forward to a new week and starting over again!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
So while I'm going with this blogging business tonight, I thought I would include my addition in the IndieSpotting latest finds category. They included my Loteria Mirror which makes me so very happy. I am also including the link so you can check out all the other fabulous finds!
So one of my most favorite artistic / crafty chicas in the Bay Area, Rachel-Anne Palacios is curating a Frida Kahlo show in Oakland called "The Many Faces of Frida." Rachel-Anne has selected the work of over 30 artists in California who have interpreted the likeness of Frida using their own particular talents. I'm included in this list of 30 and will have 3 mixed-media paintings on display plus 2 Frida dolls I created. The show is being held at the State of California Office Building Atrium in Oakland. Here are the details.
The Many Faces of Frida
July 13th – August 28th
The State Of California Office Building Atrium
1515 Clay Street-Atrium
Oakland, CA 94612
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16th 5:00pm – 8:00pm
-6pm opening ceremony with in xochitl in cuicatl mexica dancers
-6:30pm-7:30pm live music with Tara Linda Music
-9pm-11pm Post Reception/cocktail party SOMAR bar and lounge www.somarbar.com
If you live in the Bay Area or are visiting, please come to the opening. It should be fabulous! If you can't make it that night, stop by for a viewing. The show closes on August 28th.
Have patience with me, please!