Print Isn’t Dead, Dahling!

I’ll have a limited edition set of prints in “Print Isn’t Dead” thru WWA Gallery coming up!

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She is 10×14″ printed on 100% cotton, natural white fine art paper and only $35. You can see the original here.

For one week, everyone who is signed up for the Preview / Mailing List can get free shipping on the prints they purchase (or a coupon if they are international) if they purchase prints from the show.   Visit WWA Gallery and click on “Add Me to the Preview List”.

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Opening reception is Wednesday, July 17th from 5-9pm if you are in the Los Angeles area and want to grab one in-person.

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, so he is asking people to vote for their favorite over here at the Elephant Stone site. It takes place in 1985 and there are slutty goths, stupid jocks, thrills, pills, and Bobby Gillespie! So based on that, go over and select your favorite design!

I couldn’t go, but family and friends took some photos from the reception at WWA Gallery for “Eye Candy” in L.A., the show is up now, so go check it! Cartwheel did a little recap as well.

See, no more sad posts about my health or videos of my family that make people cry (sorry about that).

Unicorns and Oil Painting: My Trip to SoCal

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You know what is great about living in Cleveland in the middle of February? Getting flown to Southern California for a week to work on a portrait commission! My freeze baby Cali blood came back, though, as once it hit 60 degrees down in the Beach Cities I was freezing! At one point during lunch with my husband’s cousin, he said my teeth were chattering. But hey, he’s from Poland and he was wearing a parka!

So I spent a lot of time in Dana Point working out of my mom and step-dad’s house, spent quite a bit of time in San Clemente with friends from high school and college, ate a ton of Mexican food, consumed much champagne, went to a place featured on Bar Rescue  — that clearly did not take half of the advice given, and even went to a few night clubs in Laguna Beach. Although every night I told the parentals to not “wait up”, I don’t think I ever stayed out past 11pm because I was so tired. I even went to a saloon from my high school days — and drank coffee. In fact, I’m pretty sure our outing to the opening reception at WWA Gallery in Culver City was the latest I stayed up! I was also very uneasy about driving the freeways. I grew up driving all around Southern California like a Queen of the Highway, but I had forgotten what jerks Orange County drivers are! I think by day 5 I had finally gotten my groove back and was driving like a jerk, as well.

This trip was a tad surreal as well. Some very “Real Housewives of Orange County” moments, but with a lot more Russians. The highlight was the impromptu trunk show in a mansion where everything was 80% off and I settled on an amazing Dolce & Gabbana raincoat. With leopard lining — duh! As my friend Andrea put it, you never know what will happen when you go out with me. My last day I went to take out cash for it and waiting impatiently for the Russian man named Boris to meet me at the mansion again, and complete the transaction. Fashion Drug Deal!

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oh don’t mind me, I just think more people should have chandeliers in their bathroom is all…

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The house I spent about half of my time on this trip. Not complaining, and I don’t think I even saw half of it!

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My old friend Lance took me out to Santa Ana for fancy cocktails and dinner. This was at Memphis, where we got whatever the bartender felt like making in the moment. Vanilla and something, I don’t remember but I liked it….

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CalArts classmate Lance, and his wonderful mom…

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Myself, Andrea (unicorn necklace and all), and Suzi!

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The “I Believe in Unicorns” show was super fun. It was also the book party for C.W. Moss who wrote and illustrated “Why Unicorn Drinks” as well as “Unicorn Being A Jerk”. Oh, and hey, what is this now? Where did all these unicorns come from?

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It was hard to get a lot of gallery photos, it was a steady packed house the whole night!

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Mr. Moss signing prints for fans…

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My old pal Dian and her husband-to-be…

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More unicorn girls!

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The best was when they were waiting in line for Gelato and the restaurant we were having dinner at…

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I got into the time warp action with C.W. Moss…

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Go buy his book!

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I suggest you view these paintings yourself. As you can tell, no photograph ever seems to get an accurate color, and there is a lot of texture in the backgrounds, too. In any event, the whole show is up on the WWA Gallery website.

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Back at Casa Dana…

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My mom and step-dad don’t mess around when it comes to their coffee. I still never got it right, I think it was too much effort for me that early in the morning…

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Floppy poodle…

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Django who sat on my lap at all times. ALL THE TIMES.

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Moar coffee to finish the portrait…

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And as far as the portrait commission? The finished work can be viewed here.

More Fuchsia, More I Say!

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All packed for my week in Orange County (and L.A. for this group show)

My husband will have to fend for himself for the first time since my surgery, except now we are in a new apartment; I showed him how the dishwasher works and I hope that’s all I need to do.

I had to ship my art supplies ahead of time for the commission I’m working on out in Laguna Beach, but with what I did have left at the studio, I started on this gal. I’ve had a sketch of her for more than 3 years and now getting around to doing it! Sorry for the crappy color on this photo, but it is more fuchsia than pinky-purple in person thus far. Someone once told me that every time they see the color fuchsia, they think of me. Well, this painting will probably turn out ALL FUCHSIA ALL THE TIME unless I be a hold on it. We shall see.