Tuesday, July 29

Random List

Virtual coffee date with me! This is whats on my mind. BTW, I would order an iced Matcha Latte with almond milk. Just saying. 
1. I loved this article from Kate at Wit and Delight about my generation (between x and millennial). I have been really thinking about "*having it all" lately and "doing what you love" and how these ideas are destroying me/us. Because we can't have it all, I mean thats just not possible. Even people who seem to me to have it all bitch about not really having it all. And anyone who knows anything knows that the more money you make, the more you need. The more time you get off, the more you want. The more friends you make, the more social you have to be to keep up. Also, its not possible for everyone to do what they love. It just isn't. Fuck.

I also loved reading this post about her anxiety. I like her even more now. I finally have to accept that I am an anxiety sufferer. Fuck. Oh! And speaking of cursing, a friend sent this to me and I was like all head nodding and giggling. I. Am. A Woman. Who. Curses. SHHHHHHIIIIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!!

Tangent alert. This totally reminds me of the word feminism. Its a dirty word I think to many people. But I reject that idea. I am a (card carrying) feminist and I think if we use and normalize the word, and associate it with normal every day women (instead of anyone who tries to use the word as a weapon against feminism) then it will loose its dirty edge. I simple, calmly and patiently reject the negative association it has, and I reject the ideas that have made it so. (interesting)

* Do people in Europe really not think about "having it all?"

2. Other things I loved was seeing Jenny Vorwaller's studio through Jenns eyes. I wanted so much to see her studio when I was in Seattle. It didn't work out logistically, but I love the energy in there from these photos. Jenny is like a deep, still ocean to me, and her work totally reflects that. Her instagram is full of beauty as well.

3. These pants are the tits. I like styles from the past, and I was about to hire someone to make pants like this for me. I bought both patterns, and the black ones I have in two sizes for a fitted look and a looser look. Didn't Audrey Hepburn say that she always bough something in every color when she liked something? Well if she didn't, she did now.

4. These shoes are inexpensive, very comfortable, a great walking wedge hight and cute too. I mean.....

5. I bought the best rug from esale rugs last week. (Its a Hamedan Persian style). It arrived in less than 24 hours and is clean, and exactly what I wanted. I think the only thing that could make that site better, is if they photographed their rugs outside in natural light. It would really help with getting an idea of the colors. I have a lot of experience with photographing things inside, and with colors too. So I had a very good idea of what I was getting.

Also you look great! How is your summer going?

Monday, July 21


Two weeks ago I went by myself on a beautiful trip to Seattle to visit with friends. It was going to be a much longer, different kind of trip, but plans change don't you know. I decided to keep my trip booked and shorten it so that I could see some people who I have been wanting to meet for some time now!

My friend Katie is an internet friend. Meaning we made friends by emailing and calling each other even though we had never met. I just love her. She is so sweet, has such goofy energy and is so freaking talented. I got such a good vibe off of her and I am not the only one, she just attracts talented, wonderful people to her like butterflies to a vine. I was so lucky to get to meet her in person, along with Jenny, Lydia, Dorothee, Jenn, Theresa, Brian (check out his talent here and vote for god's sake) and many more dear, sweet, funny, movers and shakers. Dorothee is a photographer and thank goodness that she was able to be there to capture so many moments so that I can remember the night so fondly. (I have an adorable photo of her, but since she prefers to stay behind the camera, she goes undocumented except for her exceptional eye).

We gathered at Theresa's adorable apartment affectionately called The Hacienda for its rad Spanish style architecture and Katie made the most beautiful arrangement of flowers and food. She is so chic, she can't help but make things beautiful just by being involved! I know, its getting sickly sappy, but I love her, what do you want from me? Check out Katie's beautiful (temporary) space on Apartment Therapy recently. I love her style, and I love that even though they are not in their forever space right now, she still makes a beautiful, homey spot for her family.

Anyway, I thought that you might like to see our sweet little party.

Jenn is such a looker isn't she? Plus she just radiates joy, she is a rare find. I really wish I could have spent more time (move to) in Seattle.

Theresa is endlessly chic. She just has great taste, and its effortless. I wish I could be like that!

Katie, Emily, Lydia, and Jenny. I love this picture! Hi sweet friends.

I am so hungry now for those delish potatoes Katie!

Can you tell how happy I am here? Having a freaking blast!

Thank you lovely ladies so much for making me feel so welcomed, for sharing your joys with me and for embracing me so lovingly! I miss you guys.

Tuesday, July 15

July 17th, Rosemary Beach Florida New Modernist Show!

Featuring yours truly. My paintings will be hanging at the Hidden Lantern Gallery in beautiful Rosemary Beach starting this Thursday, the 17th, for a few months (until October). I will be there opening night, huge grin on my face, swanky dress on my arse, and high fives for everyone. Seriously though, I wish I could see all of your sweet faces there.

Who: Michelle Armas

What: Abstraction Solo Show featuring canvas and paper paintings

When: 5-7pm Thursday July 17th. (Show will be up until October)

Where: The Hidden Lantern Gallery // 84 N. Barrett Sq. // Rosemary Beach // Florida 32461

The imprints that Michelle Armas’ abstractions leave on the psyche are long-lasting. An interplay of adventurous line + form results in compositions that seem to have sprung from hidden places in the imagination. It is a mode of expression that integrates abstraction, movement + an exceptional range of color – and it is unabashed color that is infectious + exciting, almost to the point of being fantastic.
In many ways, this is an exhibition about paint itself – how it drips, pools, stains + runs to the edge, how the artist masters + employs it. Armas takes up the Modernists’ call of the mid-20th century that paint should declare the surface on which it is painted. Armas answers with intense visual sensations that offer a direct + evocative summoning of paint. The results are like visual symphonies of punctuated bursts, gorgeous swaths + plumes, intermittent with frenetic lines or scribbles.
Armas, whose star is on the swift ascent in the worlds of art + design (she now counts four galleries that represent her work nationally), works from intuition + instinct, producing an extraordinary output that is both vital + ever-changing. Known for her brilliantly-hued, sprawling canvases, some of the best examples featured here, this show also debuts Armas’ explorations in oil + oil pastel on paper.

It is in this new paper series that Armas’ treatment of color on the two-dimensional picture plane is brought to its most dramatic effect. Palpable + active, this definitive new collection deems Armas, above all, a wildly inventive  + exceptional colorist.

Maybe you don't care about art? Hm? Maybe you just wanna go to the beach?

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