Way back in 2005, I got a commission to paint a pair of Mexican wrestlers for a San Francisco couple. Well, they are expecting a little girl so they contacted me for a third painting. Here are the three together:
I also changed the name on one of them (from Besitos to El Chino, which he thought described him better) and made all three into banner-style names.
Nick, Deedee and the girls were visiting this weekend and we went to the Warhol exhibit at the DeYoung (2nd time for me). They loved it, and when we came home Ella drew this. I think she has the Warhol aesthetic down.
Next weekend, come on out to the Bay side of the City to visit us at 3 Fish Studios and Diana Fayt at her lovely studio.
Life is good and busy these days. I am getting ready for a show, and getting ready to go to Ireland for two weeks. Eric is coming too, and we are squeezing in a two-day hop over to France to see some friends. Fun!
Monday was a glorious day here in San Francisco. Eric and I started out at the studio, but pretty soon we decided to escape for the day. We drove to Half Moon Bay and explored the most amazing antique shop (I'll post pictures later), then we continued to Santa Cruz and Capitola. Eric knew of a bike shop in Capitola, so we went there and spent several hours test-riding bicycles up and down the beachy streets, with a break for a Mexican lunch.
We both have mountain bikes (thanks Dave for putting in new inner tubes while you were here!) Mine was a $80 Craigslist find. It's fine, but it's heavy and slow. I wanted a bike that had big wheels and thin tires for efficiency, but a frame that made for a straight riding posture and a more recreational bike-riding experience. You know, for tooling around the neighborhood with a big grin.
Meet the Schwinn "Jenny," my gorgeous new bike:
I haven't had a new bicycle since I was 16, when my dad bought me one for doing well in my Inter Cert exams. That was the bike I had for the 2 years I lived in Dublin. I rode it everywhere, and when I moved to America I gave it to my flatmate Ann, who had just had her bike stolen.
So now I have this sunny yellow beauty, Eric surprised me by adding a basket for the front and a clip-on flower when they were getting it ready in the back of the shop. I love it!
Eric bought a bicycle too, an Electra Townie, which fits him perfectly. On the way home we popped in to visit Nick and Desiree and the kids. 10-year-old Belle got out her bike and the three of us went riding around the neighborhood. It made me feel like a kid, when it was dusk and you tried to get in one more ride before being called in for homework or dinner.
This week I have taken a 6-mile ride twice (to Sloat and back; Mapquest says it's 3 miles each way.) It's so easy and fun, but I still get my heart rate up. I want to make it a habit. I love my bike!
These are our friends Jason and Adrianne (this was at our studio last weekend). I went to Berkeley with fellow English majors Jason and Gina, so we've known each other a long time. In fact, Jason introduced me to Eric.
Jason is getting married next month to the 6-ft beauty Adrianne, who is cool and funny and writes graphic novels and dialog for video games. Eric is marrying them!
We just got our wedding invitation to their wine country wedding and it's awesome. Check out the photos. We're supposed to bring our "passports" to the wedding; guests have to complete certain tasks in order to get them stamped. It sounds so fun and interactive.
Congratulations Jason and Adrianne. We are so looking forward to your big day. If the wedding shower last night at Lalola is anything to go by, we are in for quite a party!