Grizzly Bear at BSP Kingston

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a live show. Grizzly Bear has been a favorite of mine since I saw them open for The National back in 2009 in NYC.

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They recently released a new album after 5 years, Painted Ruins, which was recorded not far from Kingston, NY. Grizzly Bear decided to ‘warm-up’, start their tour & showcase a few of the new songs at Kingston’s BSP. What a great venue. Wherever you stood, whether in the very back, the far left or smack in the middle, it was a great view and exceptional sound.

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With opener Delicate Steve, the mood was set. We settled to the front-side of floor and watched Grizzly Bear set off their latest tour. I loved every song. Every harmony. Even the trapeze girl twirling around while Ed Droste serenaded us.

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Go see them. They are a great, great band. They will be back in the US in November for a few shows. Selling out fast.

 

Life Changes

hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog. I’m awaiting our daughter’s arrival in a few days, so I’ve just been a bit busy…and pregnant. I did want to share my attempt to decorate our baby’s nursery. Hope it inspires other little girls rooms out there. Room is 8×10 with a window facing west.

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Items list: JoyBird Rocking Chair, Hot pink pillow by West Elm, nuLOOM moroccan rug, ‘AVA’ letters, wooden wall stumps and bronze shelf brackets by Anthropologie, Animal prints by Society6, RH Baby&Child Airin Spindle Crib & Marcelle Dresser, Mirror and Kallan storage furniture by IKEA, Land of Nod lamp, 3 Sprouts storage boxes.

Long Lost Roll

I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 8 years ago and carried 3 cameras in my bag, including my 1978 Hasselblad. Cut to 2015, where I have a fridge full of film that I’ve been ‘working on’ for a few years (I do double exposures and re-shoot rolls at different countries and times of days, see an example here). I had a few 120 rolls of film that I shot recently and took them to get developed. To my surprise, one of the rolls was from my trip to Peru!

I remember taking these pictures, specifically ’cause I had found the courage to ask locals for a photo. I remember being disappointed when I didn’t get these images back when I developed all my film from that trip. Here are a few images from this roll, I’m planning on gathering the full series again and updating my website with them 🙂

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Blue lace shoes

Just finished the latest pair of my shoes series. Need to sign it but not sure how I want the painting to be oriented! Hmmm….

For all shoes visit my painting site.

   

    
 

Vivian Maier

The discovery of Vivian Maier’s work a few years ago was such an incredible surprise for many, including myself. Her life is so mysterious, and her photos hint of long lost stories. I really love seeing how she captured these moments in time. There are a handful of links out there about this amazing urban photographer of the 50’s. Artsy.net’s Vivian Maier’s page has a wonderful compilation of her images, a bio, and other great information on the artist. There’s also a website dedicated to her. I recommend diving into her life and be inspired.

Photos by Vivian Maier (1926-2009)




Kehinde Wiley – A New Republic

Went to the Brooklyn Museum to see Kehinde Wiley’s work today. It’s truly a good way to get to know this artist and his craft. There’s no denying that Wiley is an incredibly talented artist and painter. Most recently he’s been doing sculptures and stained glass pieces, but his paintings were definitely the highlight for me. His large canvases take full command of the room. His use of bright, saturated colors and intricate patterns reel you in. I was mesmerized and inspired. If you have a chance, go see it… you won’t regret it. The exhibit runs through May 24th.

Below you will see images of the exhibit and detail of his work.

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all work by ©Kehinde Wiley