Goodnight to The Duchess

Very sad to learn of the passing of The Duchess of Alba. If you know my work, you know I've done quite a bit of peerage research over the years. She was the most titled aristocrat alive, and at the time had "the most expensive wedding in the world". In fact, here are all her… Continue reading Goodnight to The Duchess

Summertime Snaps

Working on this girl, and she's annoying me... New book and print collection from my husband... tea towels of Elizabethan kitties! From my pal KB... In a summer funk, but still trying to do something... Space girl in a cup dress of sorts. My fashion illustration students were totally weirded out... Also! Framed and Unframed… Continue reading Summertime Snaps

Trench Coats, Book Covers, and Portraits in L.A.

I am featured on The Style Letters, all about spring wardrobe choices  -- it finally is looking like spring -- and my love of trench coats. Also the story of my new Dolce & Gabbana trench. My husband, Ben Vendetta, has his debut novel coming out later this year. He can't decide on a cover,… Continue reading Trench Coats, Book Covers, and Portraits in L.A.

Sensory Overload Work Environment

I pull photos from magazines and books for various colors, textures, poses, inspiration, and such for my art -- I have for years. It has gotten to the point where the catalog of touchstones has gotten out of control. What I used to do was plaster said images over the walls of my studio so… Continue reading Sensory Overload Work Environment

Random Things Of Beauty

In no particular order... Cire Trudon bust candles. They come in black too! A skull candle by D.L. and Co. He has so many great designs, how could anyone actually light a match and melt them? I've been on a decorative masking and duct tape kick. The shop Nothing Elegant on Etsy has many cool… Continue reading Random Things Of Beauty

Coffee Tables Books That Do and Don’t Deliver

I've had my eye on this new puppy, being that fits in perfectly with my art and design coffee table book addiction in subject matter and so forth. But until I can thumb through it, I am wary. What if it doesn't live up to my standards? Granted my standards might not be everyone's, but… Continue reading Coffee Tables Books That Do and Don’t Deliver