George pointed this commercial from Starbucks out to me. It's sweet, but what's with the girl hugging the bear? Is that idea just out there in the air, part of the zeitgeist? Is there nothing original in the universe?
At the studio procrasinating a bit. I have a lot of commissions, and I need to get on them because they're for Christmas gifts. At least I won't be as lame as Amazon. I placed an order today, November 27, and they can't guarantee it to arrive by Christmas. That's with the free shipping of course. Oh well, most of the stuff is for me. Including this gorgeous book. That's the hold-up I think; delivery for that is 3 to 6 weeks.
Other gifts will mostly come from craft fairs and Etsy. My current favorite seller is Paraphernalia. I got a gorgeous goldfish necklace there and I constantly get comments on it. Items come from Australia though and it takes a while. For immediate gratification I will be paying visits to Rare Device, The Curiosity Shoppe, and Stumasa. If there is anyone reading this who has not yet been to Stumasa, get to Cole Valley immediately - it's incredible.
Orange County hottie and friend Suzanne put together some great gift lists, this one and this one and here and here and just a couplemore. She has done a lot of work digging out some truly wonderful things. Plus, you should all be reading her anyway. She's brilliant, funny, and sly.
Sly, that's a word I don't use often. I mean it as a compliment. It can be a good thing, right?
Here are some 49 Mile Drive signs in various colors. I love doing these.
(Eric just brushed my cheek with the softest paintbrush ever and told me it was baboon hair. I believed him for a second.)
After almost a month and a half of houseguests, Eric and I had this weekend to ourselves. We had my Dad, and Amy and Evan for his show, then Amy, Randy, Norton, and Jen for Thanksgiving. Before that, Eric's nephew Matt stayed for a month while he found an apartment in SF. So, we had lovely people around, but it was nice to get back to us.
We went to Target yesterday, and ooh-ed when we saw Amy's in-store installations and products. I wanted to tell everyone, "she's our friend!" When she got that job a year and a half ago, Christmas "07 seemed so far off, so it's incredible to see all her work there, where millions of people can see it.
She said she's getting a few negative comments about "selling out," which is such horseshit. She's the same artist she always was, except she got this wonderful job from Target which allowed her and Randy to open their restaurant. Artists are not required to remain poor; they can become successful and actually start to earn money. Imagine that! Good for you Amy; I hope Barney's comes knocking next and finances a month-long trip to the North Pole.
Today we went to the art store, then had an amazing lunch in The Alembic on Haight Street. What a great spot.
Now we're at home and enjoying a gentle Sunday evening. I'm painting, and Eric is watching TV, and we're both drinking wine!
Today I'm at work, but I plan on leaving early. Eric is already at home getting ready for tomorrow's feast. I love Thanksgiving, because it gives my man a chance to shine even more in the kitchen. How lucky am I?
Dad left this morning. We had such a fun visit. Lots of quality time, nice meals, and whiskey!
Here are two girls finished the other night - or is it the same girl?
the Holiday Market was such fun. We had a great turnout, and it was lovely to chat with all the other artistic women. I had never met Kate Durkin before (well I think I did briefly at the Capsule fair earlier this year) so it was nice to get a chance to get to know her, and I brought home one of her darling screenprinted and embroidered handbags. I also couldn't resist the most exquisite tiny fox stitched on paper from an old map, by the talented Dana. Oh and Jenifer and I did a swap and I got three of her gorgeous necklaces, ostensibly for Christmas gifts, but I have a bit of a Sophie's choice because I love them all equally and can't see giving any of them up!
I sold a few bear boxes, and lots of postcards. I recently had a sleuth of bears made into flat cards (see the collective noun? I had to look it up) and I'm selling them in packs of 8. The printing is really nice quality and I'm pleased with them. I also sold several 49 Mile Drive paintings. That's always a popular painting. I've done them in a few different colors, like pink and green, black and white. People like them, but when it comes to buying one, more often than not they go for the traditional colors of pale blue, white, and deep orange.
Here are some shots from the show:
After the show was over, everyone gone, and tons of food put away or given away, I drove home on the motorcycle, relaxed for half an hour and then put on a cute outfit. Eric and I went back across town to Bernal Heights to Shannon and Pierre's baby shower (which was more like a super fun cocktail party in her awesome house). They are expecting twin baby boys and they're very excited. One of the reasons it was so fun was that they dispensed with the usual shower habit of opening all the gifts while everyone sits around watching. I hate that; it's soooo boring, so I was thrilled we didn't have to do it.
Then, it was over to Circolo for Alisha's 40th birthday bash. What a rager. She looked utterly stunning in a strapless blue dress and red heels (she never wears heels). After cocktails and much mingling-chatting-laughing-dancing, Eric and I left with Dan, who was at the party too, and went to a little Mission bar, Homestead, for a last drink where it was quiet enough to talk. The bartender was a bit curt and grumpy, and Dan said, "you can always spot the bartender who wishes he was doing something else."
We bumped into Jen and Jenny of The Candy Store and their friend, who were out celebrating Jen's birthday. It was a fun time. After that, we dropped Dan home and were back in our house around 2:00. It's been a while since we've had such a late night, and it was FUN!
I came home one day last week to discover that Eric had made a book (with iPhoto) of my art. I was so surprised and thrilled, and he wrote the loveliest intro. There are a lot of pages, and he clearly put a lot of time into the layout. He is awesome!
My dad comes tomorrow and I'm excited. We're going to take him to Mendocino. I think he will love the magnificent Pacific coastline on the drive up. I like having my dad here. He's easygoing, fun, loves Eric's cooking, and clearly enjoys spending time with us. He's fond of the little feral cat in our garden we feed every morning too, Willie. I swear he asks about Willie more than about Eric when I talk to him on the phone.
Here are two girls of a strange hue for my next show at Hotel Biron, opening December 5th. It's called The Girls Are Alright and there will be a lot of girls. I have to do more of them facing the other way though. This side has always been easier to draw!