So thrilled to be featured alongside Laduree macarons, Hermes Cuffs, and Charlotte Olympia in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Off Duty section! Click here for the slideshow.
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I sort of thought that with 3 weeks until my due date I would be lolling about in a caftan, intermittently drinking green tea in bed with a hair mask on and catching up on Girls. I also thought I would cancel the babysitter and just build legos with Alex all day.
Seems that I have a about 5 projects going. Which has actually been great, since it takes my mind off the chaos that will ensue when there are not one, but two babes here. Don’t get me wrong, I welcome and embrace this chaos. Just best to not focus on ‘how will the nap schedules work?’ ‘who will make breakfast in the morning?’ or ‘how do people have more than one child?’ and so on and so forth. Thankfully there are many people in my life who tell me ‘it will all get done’. And they are so right, I tell myself, when I have my afternoon burst of energy. I am still telling myself that when I am drifting off to sleep at 8:30 pm. Thankfully, The Bachelor season has ended so I don’t have to force myself to stay awake past then.
I had the best time, it was a great group of people, and it made me so nostalgic for art school! I always say that if I could do anything for the rest of my life, I would just go to art school and hang in the painting studio all day. Of course when I told the students this, they looked at me like I was crazy, since they are so ready just to start their lives and careers, as I was too back then.
I just wanted to tell them about all the different things they could do as artists. When I was a student, I was like…what am I going to do when I graduate?? But there are so many things you can do…fashion…textiles…graphic design…product design…basically I told them that the world is their oyster! They were great, and I would love to do this again sometime.
I also talked to them about perseverance, which happens to be something I am dealing with right now! Sometimes you spend a day painting and nothing comes out right and you say to yourself, ‘well that was a waste of a day’. This aspect of being an artist never changes, whether you’re a student or you’ve been painting forever. You always want to rework things and nothing ever seems finished. I worked on this yesterday and I was like…damn! I should have given her a jade green clutch! A jade green clutch would MAKE this. So then I tried painting her again and the face was just wrong, wrong, wrong. So I think I will try again today to get her right, inspired by what I told the students!
Furbish is doing a pop up shop of my work right NOW!! Please click here to see 2 new prints as well as my trays!
A colorful interior:
And a wedding donkey!
Can we talk about hair for a minute? Blonde hair specifically. I have been to a thousand salons, declared my devotion for each and every one, then gotten too comfortable and burned one too many times. Isn’t that how it always goes? Highlights are a slippery slope. I was coerced into getting just a few during my first couple of years at Syracuse, and by the time I graduated, I was a full on, all over, one dimensional blonde (and I was tan. in the winter. in Syracuse, NY. crazy lady.) I’ve since taken it down a notch, but never underestimate how addictive blonde hair can be.
Recently I was burned once again, by asking for ‘golden’ blonde, and coming out ‘orange’ blonde. So I am trying another place. I’ve made my appointment way in advance (usually I am looking in the mirror freaking out and trying to get an appointment for THAT DAY.) Then I read this which made me think…enough with the golden American blonde…I have been asking for the wrong thing all along! I need Scandinavian blonde! The holy grail of champagne-y blondness. I will ask for Scandinavian blondness. So that’s my plan.
I’ve officially exposed myself for the hair-obsessive I am. But, I have friends who for blow outs twice a week and others who traverse various NYC boroughs to hunt down the secret curly hair place. So at least I know I am not alone!
Today I was going to do an illustration of a King Cake and say Happy Fat Tuesday! But then I realized that it is in fact Ash Wednesday, and I missed it. So instead I must go get some ashes and think about sins and atonement and what I’m giving up for lent instead of thinking about delicious cakes with plastic babies. Although…do I really need to give anything up? I mean hello, I can’t drink alcohol or too much coffee since I’m pregnant, so I think that is quite enough restriction for right now!
The good news is that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and I have NOT given up candy this year (I have in years past=misery). I used to like going out on Valentine’s Day when I was single, because you pretty much knew that everyone else was single too. So- will you single girls get out there tomorrow and have a few cocktails for me? I will be watching dvr’ed Top Chef and hopefully eating chocolate from a Duane Reade heart shaped box, living vicariously through you.
Today I decided to get down to business and clean out some things for the arrival of the baby. I did what I NEVER thought I would do…..I threw out ALL of my beloved Domino magazines. Nevermind that they broke a dresser drawer with their sagging weight, or that you can probably find every single image that was ever in them on Pinterest. It was still sad!
So here is an ode to Domino with 5 things that make me happy (remember ’10 things that make me happy’ at the end of each issue??) This is to remind me to move on to things that make me happy right now, and to forget about the piles of magazines (and everything else I cleaned out) that is in the past!
1. Hermès Balcon du Guadalquivir….the most beautiful pattern.
2. Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream….mmm wish I had one right now.
3. The Paris Wife. Have you read it? I loved it. This weekend I am going to the library to take out A Moveable Feast and anything else about Paris in the 20′s.
4. My big chambray men’s shirt that doubles as a smock. Nothing is more comfortable right now.
5. The softest, perfect shade of orange, leather shopper from the Gap of all places!
I would love to do a series where I illustrate other people’s happy things….something to think about!