February 13th, 2013
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.
February 5th, 2013
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!
January 9th, 2013
I just spent a month in our house by a lake for the holidays. Glorious! I barely checked my email (pretty daunting but slowing answering them now!) and I took a little break from painting.
When I’m there, I like to live in the moment and I don’t think much about life in NYC. BUT, when I got back on Monday and just started walking around, it was pure EXHILARATION! I forgot how much I missed the guy who walks up and down my street with a ukulele and a chihuahua, or how I can walk one block and pick up a dozen pink roses with my New York Times. I also forgot how quickly things change. Suddenly there is a Pret just steps away, but the tiny Japanese wings place on my block closed. This is New York.
I am not going to lie and tell you I walked past City Bakery yesterday and did NOT purchase a hot chocolate. Of course I did! It occupied about 57% of my brain while I was away for the month. Could be because it is winter and it is just SO.GOOD when it’s cold outside. Or it could be because I am pregnant with a BOY and when he wants something, he has to have it. So, while I enjoy coming back to NYC for the art, fashion, etc., etc., I have to say that the first thing on my mind was a Murray’s bagel with lox (doctor approved!) and what I was going to order for dinner. Enough home cooked food! I need thai, ramen, sushi, and everything else in this great city! It’s good to be back.
December 13th, 2012
I am so excited that after lots of concepting, drawing, and development, my porcelain trays are here! From sketching the original concepts to working with the makers in Portugal, it has been a wonderful experience. It’s just so amazing to hold them in my hands. You can check them out here in the shop. Also, here they are in Lonny!
November 7th, 2012
** Update…Sorry but this print is no longer available
For those of you who are not on Facebook (I’m lookin at you Mom and Dad!) I posted today that I am selling a print and the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I am so sad about the devastation in Staten Island, Breezy Point, and especially the Jersey Shore. Like most N.J. kids, I grew up going to the shore, and it hurts to see the pictures of the aftermath in towns like Bay Head , Belmar, and Seaside Heights. Some people lost everything.
When I posted this Leopard Coat art on Pinterest and my blog, I got a great response, which is why I’ve chosen this one to sell. I am hoping to get a great response again, and to be able to help out a little. Here is the link.
October 22nd, 2012
Every once in a while I do some GIGANTIC watercolor paintings. To tell you the truth, the prep for these is more difficult than the actual painting. These were done for Ralph Lauren last week. There were 5 and the largest one was 48″x96″ (!) Usually when I do something that large, I have the paper cut professionally at this crazy studio/workroom called Duggal on 23rd st. This time I was like, it’s Sunday, Duggal is closed, I can totally cut these myself. So I rolled back the rug, rolled out the paper, secured it with some books (and a couch cushion!)
HA! On my last cut, the paper tore 1″ into the 96″ side. Off I went to buy another roll of paper. Then off I went on Monday, with a 20lb roll of paper balanced on my daughter’s stroller to Duggal. At the end of the day, my paper was cut, and I was ready to start the five paintings.
It was a crazy few days, but it all came together. I have to say that every time I am challenged do something huge, or do anything that is out of my comfort zone, and I do it, it gives me more confidence for the next time.
But maybe I was a little over confident of my cutting skills Now I know for next time.
October 2nd, 2012
Have you seen this interview with Jenna Lyons and Garance Dore? I think it’s fascinating that she has worked at J.Crew for 20 plus years. It’s very inspirational for anyone starting out as an intern or a design assistant to hear about how she got her first job coloring in rugby shirts! My first design job was taking sports team logos on the computer and sizing them down to fit onesies and baby t-shirts!! And here I am ten years later doing what I’d never thought I would be doing. I love hearing about how people get from point A to point B. I highly recommend watching it!
September 26th, 2012
Real live people watching is my favorite thing, it’s better than Facebook as far as I am concerned Luckily I live on a busy block. With three salons, a preschool, a few teeny restaurants, and about a thousand dog walkers, there’s always something to look at. I especially love the building right across the street that has a bright turquoise fire escape where people smoke, get some air, and talk on the phone.
I think Alex has picked up the people watching gene. When she gets up in the morning, she runs to the window and calls out everything she sees. Then she looks for her ‘friend’. There’s a very busy flooring company across the street and the same man is always there, loading and unloading the trucks all day long. Every morning without fail, he looks up and waves to her, then she gets shy and runs away. Who says New Yorkers aren’t friendly? One day we’ll have to go down and properly introduce ourselves!
September 19th, 2012
I am desperately in love with this coat…..and anything Emerson Fry does for that matter.
September 12th, 2012
Now that the temps are dropping (eh, kinda), and it’s fashion week, I am thinking about fall clothes. Summer is over, and it’s time I trade in my white Levi’s cut-offs for printed silk pants, and my racerback tops for floral button-downs. I saw these two beauties on the street this week, and they will be my inspiration. I mean hello, a bright Hermes headscarf with pastel floral shirt and tweed skirt? Perfection in seasonal transition dressing. And I’ve never seen a stripe I can’t get on board with.
Part of me wants more of a streamlined look ala Carine. Ok, I did not see Carine this week, but she’s so amazing that when I saw this pic on All the Pretty Birds I had to paint her. She is flawless!! So, which look would you go with….