Garden of Allah Hotel, 10″x12″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
The Garden of Allah Hotel has captured my imagination for many years. It was a hotel located in Hollywood, California, on the Sunset Strip and was well known for having many celebrity guests like Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway. Even F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there for a short time in the late 1930’s. It was the kind of place where a party began on the terrace, and by early morning, the party was in the pool- suits, gowns and gimlets be damned. It was built in 1913 and it was gone before the 60’s even arrived.
From November 13 until December 25 we will be donating $1 from every item sold in our etsy store towards ‘EROC’ (END RAPE ON CAMPUS) a US advocacy group that works to end sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities.
I’m happy to announce that we are developing a stationery range! The pocket notebook collection is available now, but over the next year, journals, notepads, calendars, wrapping paper and cards will be added to the mix. For several years, I’ve dabbled in stationery with licensing imagery to third party publishers, and although I really wanted to create and publish my own collection, it always seemed such a daunting task. But then the stars aligned (I befriended a graphic designer) and in between gin and tonic fueled talks, things began to fall into place. I should also mention that the range will be available for wholesale.
Here we are in our second week of October, which means that I’m into my second week of Schocktoberfest. This is a terrible tradition that John started years ago which consists of at least one scary movie every night until Halloween. This year there’s been a few iffy ones like the 1980’s classic ‘Chopping Mall’ which really had nothing to do with any ‘chopping’ (thank god) but rather three killer security robots in a shopping mall and lots of death by laser beams. In terms of actual ‘scary’, I would say the Conjuring 2 scared me the most with the creepy nun/man/demon thingy. I actually hid under my covers after watching that and sweated until I mercifully passed out. The Taking of Deborah Logan was also creepy and very well acted, and American Horror Story Hotel has made me never want to check into a hotel again unless it’s the Four Seasons– and even then I’m checking the mattress. I’m fairly certain that John will also insist that we watch ‘The Witch’ again because we’re pretty convinced that Finnegan (our beloved King Charles Spaniel) is actually Black Phillip, the mischievous devil goat. On occasion he gets the same glint of evil in his eyes.
Puff Sleeves, oil on canvas, 12″x16″, oil on canvas. For sale on etsy.
Like many people who spent their awkward years in the 80’s and early 90’s, I’ve had an aversion to puff sleeves for a long time. This blouse though, could make me get over it. The trick is to have the ‘puff’ at the bottom of the sleeve rather than at the top.
I’m still not over my aversion to perms, frosted pink lipstick, or balloon curtains though.