Wednesday, June 27

Working like crazy

for you my dears. So you will have so many new and cool paintings to buy and have shipped to you on fairy wings fo free.

A few facts:

1. I have been listening to Harry Potter all day long, and I turn it down when I hear footsteps outside my door, b/c I am soooo embarrased.

2. Looking forward to having dinner with my husband tonight. I feel like having a pretty drink in a feminine glass.

3. Everything I paint lately has tons of yellow in it. I am just loving yellow.

4. I have eaten an entire chocolate cake since Saturday.

5. Mark Ruffalo is so ugly. I didn't dream about him at all. Nope.

6. Boobs!

Thursday, June 21

July 2nd, 9am...set your marks...

 I am excited about my sale coming up, are you? We are celebrating our first year in the new studio. I know right! A whole year, and about ten extra grey hairs. Ok, so I have decided that the sale will start July 2nd, 9amish at least that is when I will send out the newsletter. You know, the newsletter that has the secret code you enter to get free shipping...on everything in the store.

1. Nothing can be put on hold for you for the start of the sale, so it is first come first serve.

2. The code lasts for exactly 24 hours, and that is it. No exceptions. (I have never done this before, so maybe I will offer the sale again if I decide that 24 hours is not long enough. You see I never know how it will go with newsletters. Sometimes a lot sells right away, and sometimes ya'll, like three things sell.) So...just go with it.

3. The only way to get the code is to get my newsletter. So sign up here.

4. If you buy a big painting (yes you get free shipping on it!!), I will still have to contact you to get your address to arrange shipping. We might be very busy, so be patient.

5. If you miss the sale, the free shipping coupon is not transferable. No exceptions. See you next time!

6. Free shipping for all items inside of the continental usa. Sorry International buyers. There will still be something yummy for you in the newsletter though.

7. Just a reminder that I am not doing commissions right now, so if something gets away form you, I won't be available to re-create it for you. I know it is frustrating when this happens, but I promise there will be more to choose from soon, there always is!

8. Exactly 666 people visited my shop yesterday. Duuuuude. Not really relevant to the sale, but the 14 year old boy in me is deeply impressed by the dark workings of the universe.

Side Smerk, 24x24 500usd.
Foxy, 48x48 1600usd.

Thursday, June 14

Redmond Aldrich

Chloe Warner emailed me yesterday to show me the Anthology painting she bought for a client in it's new home. Isn't this room ball'n? I remember loving her home so much when I saw it in Domino. I was a very poor student at the time, and I had a futon...but reading Domino, and seeing beautiful homes like Chloe's made my heart flutter a little faster, and that is what eventually lead me to painting. So I did a peepee dance when she emailed me and told me she had loved my work for a while.

Lets look at some of her other interiors shall we? One of my favorite Domino shoots ever was her SF home below. There was a video that I watched a ton when it was on the Domino site....and here it is!

Other projects that I love:

Wednesday, June 13

Pretty flowers

Had a studio visit from a florist, who brought me flowers. How pretty. So sweet. Don't forget to sign up to my newsletter!

Tuesday, June 12

Sale alert

So this morning my chore is to look through hundreds of images wonderful Kristi shot yesterday, of me, ouch, in the studio. I learned a lot about camera angles. And I learned that I have to start a facelift fund. It is so gross to look at so many pictures of myself. Also, if you are sweating durring a photo shoot, stop and put on some powder. Take my word for it.

I changed the photo b/c my mom was so appalled that I showed all of Coco's mis-matched nipples on the internet. This is the picture I ended up choosing as my official "this is me fuckers!" photo.

Anyway, I have been meaning to tell you guys....I am having a sale. In July it will be the one year anniversary of my beautiful studio. So, I am offering a never-before seen sale. There will be free shipping on every order over 500usd..even the huge ones that cost hundreds and hundreds to anywhere in the Continental US. Sorry Alaska, you get screwed again. Also prints and small paintings will be on sale, but I am not sure how much yet.

In order to find out when the sale is happening (early July, or very late June), you need to sign up to my newsletter! You will get an email from me and the sale will last for 48 hours. 24 hours. No exceptions. I gotta run and paint now, so there are plenty of paintings for you guys!

Tuesday, June 5

The one where Mexico helps O and I be a happier couple, with booze.

I love coming home from vacation, just love it. Sometimes it is even better than the vacation itself (like when we went to Spain and I was sick the whole time, that was a great homecoming.) O and I really needed to unwind, and it took me a few days just to relax. Dukes! I don't know why, to be honest. Usually I am the first person to put my feet up and get groovy. But it really did take me at least two full days to unclench my ass cheeks. It turned out to be one of the best vacations ever, mostly because we needed to address some issues in our lives. Isn't it fun to over share on the internets?

I can just hear Guantanamera playing in my head when I see this picture...and taste coconut. 

Honesty time: I realized (although I already knew this) that I was super annoyed, like most of the time, with O. I had become really distant and pre-occupied, and everything he did bugged the shit out of me. O and I pride ourselves on our great communication, but it had sort of gotten messy lately. I have become more sensitive to negativity, and as a result interpret like, everything, O says as negative and then b/c I visualize him becoming defensive when I bring it up, I don't and I seethe and then...snap. Double Dukes! I won't make myself seem more sympathetic by telling you that I am taking crazy meds and am under a shit ton of stress for stuffs ya'll will hear about in a few months. So lets not mention that.
I can sit at the beach all day, every day. You could just swim right out to the snorkeling too if you wanted. But we loved riding around on that catamaran there. With Juan Carols!

Magic time: Code words! Like spies! Along with monthly fancy dates, having code words has been one of the smartest relationship trickaroos I have ever come up with (although spies actually came up with them first). I got the idea from Meet the Fockers actually. We have one code word: Muskrat. It means stop right now, come here and hug me. I want googly eyes, I want kisses. I want the full Romeo (or Juliet) post haste. Make it a double. Having a code word is great b/c there is no judgment, at all, and no way a person could get defensive. Our rule is you must, no matter what, drop the tude, or whatever it is and be muskrat. It works perfectly.
I look like a cartoon character here. Well, actually always.

Code word Sunshine: My friend Sarah and I were talking the other day about being successful. We both agree that in order to attract love and success in your life you have to "Shoot sunshine out of your asshole." Thus codeword Sunshine is born. Remember when I said I was sensitive to negativity? Turns out O is too! Turns out we didn't realize what we were saying sounded negative to the other person! Tripple Dukes! 

Why don't I have a coconut drink in my hand right this second? I mean...right this second there is someone sitting on that same beach drinking one right? It hurts so bad not to be there. 

I was going to write some witty dialogue for you just now but instead I have a confession to make. I still am not really sure what I say that O thinks is negative! I can think of a million and one things that he says all the time though. Hmmm. This is such a great example of why we need the code word. I know I stress him out with my negativity because he has said Sunshine to me a few times since we got back. But I still don't have a clear picture of how to change for the better yet. We have been using it like crazy though, and I will learn as he will. So when we say Sunshine to the other person it means: stop now. No judgment from me, and you can't get mad, but stop. Now. Your words are harshing my vibe man. Brifuckingzilliant.

As soon as we got home I put this runner on our server, and went to pick some purple flowers. This has been one of my favorite posies of the season.

Awesome. We also have a super secret spy word that we would say to the other in normal conversation which means some shit is going down. Threat level midnight. Channel your inner Bruce Willis please. I don't know why we would ever need to use it, we couldn't think of one the other day, but it makes me feel special to have one. I watched a lot of cold war movies in the 80s.

I bought this hand made runner in Playa Del Carmen. I talked the guy down quite a bit on the price, after a while he started to say "come on now lady...lets get real here." I love the pink and red together.

It all worked out in the end, and eventually we decided to stay an extra two nights on the spur of the moment b/c we had not had our fill of snorkeling and room service and coconut drinks. Highlights of the trip were most assuredly animal related. We saw a Coati Mundi, omg cutest thing ever. We also went snorkeling a lot of times, and saw a ton of wonderful creatures including sea turtles which happen to be my most favorite animals (aside from elephants) ever. We took an epic cab ride with the nicest guy who took us all over Cancun, and to another city looking for artesanal goods. Did I mention the coconut drinks? Luckily I mostly still feel my nice calm vacation vibes. What is your magical relationship secret? The one thing you turn to when you need to communicate, or figure it out with your teammate?

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