I think we’re all experiencing a roller coaster of emotions during this quarantine. I know I sure am! I’m trying to stay sane by staying at home, working on some art, and painting walls! My boyfriend has a great podcast called Thick Skin which he records underneath our swimming pool. He wanted me to paint something cool on the walls as if it were underwater. I headed to Home Depot and picked out 3 pretty blues that match the tiles in the ceiling window looking into the pool. I think it turned out pretty awesome, after a long week of sweat and pain to get it just the way I wanted. Sometimes I really think I know what I’m doing then it turns out I really don’t- but that’s OK. I took a step back, figured out what I needed to do to make it right, and continued on.
Ten of us girls headed out to Palm Springs to celebrate my very dear and long time friend Helena Tamargo. She’s my favorite little firecracker and is a sister to me, so I’m glad I was able to go! Some of the girls I’ve known for years, others I’ve met only once or twice, and the rest I met for the first time. It was an interesting mix of fun, hard-working ladies who all had a common interest of letting loose for the weekend. Helena’s friend Melody brought us all the cutest goodie bags filled with face masks, aspirin in case of any hangover, makeup, snacks, face wipes, and anything else we would probably need for the few days we were there. The house was absolutely beautiful, big props to Helena for finding and booking it! It was decorated super retro style which gave us the ultimate Palm Springs vibe. We had the amazing Alyssa help serve us all the most incredible meals-deliciously displayed, good enough for the best restaurant in town (she’s a professional food stylist)! Dimirra brought her expensive camera and took some beautiful pictures. Christina, Helenas’s sister, had me laughing the entire trip and it was good to spend time with her too. Sasha did mushrooms for the first time so that alone is awesome. She had a very deep, positive experience that she’ll always remember!
Helena is my girl and always will be. LOVE YOU BOO! Thanks for the good times, always!
If you’ve tried the food at Salt’s Cure, you know it’s good! They opened a restaurant called BREAKFAST, and their griddle cakes are pretty ridiculous. They hired me to paint over the side entry walls with a new, clean hand-painted sign.
I had the chance to fly up to San Jose to assist the very talented Morgan Bricca, Muralist Extraordinaire! She really was the sweetest, and was so open about her experiences as an Artist. I appreciate the time I got to spend with her.. She’s a special soul who continues to grow everyday and has such a great attitude towards life. What a blessing! She set me up with her neighbor, Anh, a vietnamese hairstylist with a gorgeous Airbnb. Anh and her husband made me feel at home, inviting me to meals and wine..top notch hospitality! Take a look at some photos I took of her property. They have a chicken coop, bee hives, a tennis court, pool, and a bicycle she lent me to ride around town whenever I needed!
It was such a fun time..plenty of drinks, food, and sun. We stayed at the Pacifica Pueblo Bonito Resort – one of three sister resorts. We were able to visit all of them and each had a different vibe. Pacifica is definitely the most high-end, but Rosa was old school Mexico with lounge chairs on the beach and waiters at your service! The beach was perfect, exactly what you would expect laying on the sand with a view of the teal blue water. We took a walk and found a restaurant called the Office, which turned out to be the best Mexican food spot we could find! It had the freshest seafood, tastiest guacamole, and also served us cold coronas in a bucket of ice. You can’t beat the ambiance there either! Party Central!
I highly recommend this resort for anyone wanting a lot of R&R! There was plenty to do from riding ATVs and whale watching, to Parasailing and snorkeling. I hit the spa for a massage and facial, which was super awesome and much-needed! 🙂 The food was excellent and the customer service was top notch. It was a blast and cannot wait to visit again!
I was asked to include a piece for the Chiari Brain Malformation Art auction; an event to help raise money for research of Chiari Malformation. I jumped on it and created a colorful canvas, inspired by the vintage textbook anatomy of the brain. I love the “old-timey” words we rarely use these days and I’ll admit I had to look some of them up in the dictionary. I added a RESET button to give the painting a modern feel, as we are living on the cusp of robotic humans taking over, in my opinion. I named this A Healthy Brain.
It was sad to say goodbye when my baby was auctioned off, but it was for a good cause. For that, I’m grateful to have been able to help people with this condition.
Here are some photos of the process of beginning to end- which took me a couple of days: Continue Reading »
This past weekend I was asked byBarkbox to draw pet portraits in Manhattan Beach! It was so fun meeting everyone and to support such an awesome company! I took about 25 min for each dog and used photos because my models don’t know how to sit still very well 🙂
Barkbox just launched their first book called Dogs and their People– a collaboration of stories, anecdotes, and photos for all Dog Lovers. Check it out in the link above!