Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thanks, but....

bad santa

Have you ever received an ungrateful response for a gift that you gave? My grandma used to open up Christmas gifts and say things like, "Well that is different" and "A for effort".  HA! All in all, not the response one really hopes for, but not TOO bad.

When times are good at work, we tend to send gifts to select clients and vendors.  My boss wanted to give a gift to a paper conservator that we use -- a woman that struggles financially.  I figured a gift card to Whole Foods (a nice grocery store) for $300 would do the trick. Upon receiving the gift, the paper conservator called and said something like this to me, "Thank you very much for your kind and generous gift, but in the future it would be greatly appreciated if you could give me a gift card to a more reasonably priced grocery store -- one like Trader Joe's."  !!!!!!!!!!!  I listened to the thank you+complaint combo and stopped short of telling her that in the FUTURE it would be much appreciated if she brought us a REAL DESSERT instead of the tasteless waste-of-calories pound cake she dropped off every year.  CRIPES!  If you don't like a gift, can't you just keep your yap shut?!?!?!? 

One more ridiculous holiday gift sister-in-law has worked at Starbucks for years.  My oldest sister gave her a gift bag of STARBUCKS PRODUCTS for Christmas.  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pamela Kendall Schiffer

I am under the weather and feeling a bit overwhelmed from all of the holiday chaos. 'Tis the season! Anyway, these serene paintings take me away and make me feel a little bit better. Enjoy. :)

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Yosemite Valley, December, 2012

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Low Tide in Winter, Devereux, 2006

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Round Bales, 6 AM, 2010

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, A Single Wave, 2004

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Grazing Cows, Winter, 2008

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Green Hills, Hollister, 2009

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Wave Lavender Light, 2007

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, December 9, Yosemite Valley, 2012

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Drakes Bay, 2009

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Longhorn at Hollister, 2009

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Hollister Ranch, 2007

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, Late Afternoon Light, 2009

Pamela Kendall Schiffer, October Snowfall, 2010

A native Californian, Pamela Schiffer has lived in Santa Barbara for over twenty-five years. She studied painting and ceramics at UCSB, earning her B.A. in 1982. In her recent work she focuses on detailed portrayals of the local landscape and shoreline, as well as painting the wide-open landscape of Wyoming and Montana, working in oils, watercolors and pastels. In 2008 and 2009 she collaborated on a series of original lithographs with master printer Geoffrey Harvey at Sunlight Graphics in Livingston, MT. She spent a month as an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in northern Wyoming, in winter 2008. She received an Independent Artist Program award from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Arts Fund in 1993. Her work has been exhibited at the Craig Krull Gallery, the Easton Gallery, the Ucross Foundation, the Channing Peake Gallery, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the University Art Museum, Westmont College and the Ventura County Museum of History & Art. She is also included in the Easton Gallery publications “Gardens of Santa Barbara”, “The Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County” and “The Easton Gallery: Fifteen Year Anniversary, 1990-2005”.

“My paintings continue to study the landscape and ocean areas of Santa Barbara, as defined by light. Some are subtle, reflective and atmospheric studies while others are very direct, focusing on the effects of full sunlight or moonlight on something as stark as an agave stalk.

I am moved by the power of simple things in my observations of nature, be it a lone drifting cloud, birds soaring, a stand of trees in the distance, backlit and glowing, or the sublime blue of the sky. My paintings reflect my sense of things beautiful and profound, joyful and optimistic, quiet, still and timeless.”

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Breaking Abbey

This is SO FUNNY!  But only if you are a fan of two of the best shows EVER, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey.

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If you don't watch either show, YOU SHOULD! But you need to start from the beginning and see every episode. SO GOOD. Seriously!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Marion Peck

Marion Peck, Landscape with a Submerged Deer, Oil on canavs, 2008

Marion Peck, Breck Girl, Oil on canvas, 2008

Marion Peck, Big White Pussy, Oil on canvas, 2011

Marion Peck, Dream #722 Many Animals Are Coming Up From The Beach, Oil on canvas, 2008

Marion Peck, Little Puppy, Oil on canvas, 2007

Marion Peck, Bunny Love, Oil on canvas, 2007

Marion Peck, Dream #57 Night in Venice, Oil on canvas, 2008

Marion Peck, Boy with a Puppy, Oil on canvas, 2007

Marion Peck, Sliced Serpent, Oil on canvas, 2012

Marion Peck, Rainbow Clown, Oil on canvas, 2009

Marion Peck, Nice Girl, Oil on panel, 2008

Marion Peck, Bouquet, Oil on canvas, 2007

Marion Peck, Animal Love Summer, Oil on panel, 2005

Marion Peck, The Evil Snowman, Oil on panel, 2003

Marion Peck, Dream #186 Block Party, Oil on panel, 2008

Marion Peck, Birdy, Oil on canvas, 2007

Marion Peck, Supper Club, 2004

Marion Peck, Pepi 1964-1979, Oil on canvas, 2006

Marion Peck, Dead Bird, Oil on canvas, 2012

Marion Peck, Kittens, Oil on panel, 2003

Marion Peck, Red Clown, Oil on canbas, 2009

Marion Peck, Leviathan, Oil on panel, 2004

Marion Peck, Fuck You, Oil on canvas, 2008

Marion Peck was born on October 3, 1963 in Manila, the Philippines, while her family was on a trip around the world, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. Subsequently she studied in two different MFA programs, Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome. She currently lives in Eagle Rock, California.

With references ranging from Pieter Bruegel and Roland de la Porte to Holly Hobbie and paint-by-numbers, Marion Peck mines the depths of art history, popular culture and the human experience for her meticulous narratives. Sometimes referred to as a contemporary surrealist because of her propensity to incorporate dream imagery into her work, Peck looks beyond the subconscious, reminding us that the waking world is never quite as it seems. And with her dark sense of humor and irrepressible optimism, she assures us that while life can be ominous, tragic, even deceptive, it is also beautiful, magical and alive with hope.

(VERY) interesting side note: Marion Peck is married to Mark Ryden.  To read more about this interesting couple and the similarities of their work, click here.  To see images of their wedding (interestingly enough, I love the work of both artists but I am MORTIFIED by these wedding pics -- lol), click here.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Frances Stark

Frances Stark, Bird and Bricks, 2008

Frances Stark, Stupidity (pink), 2009

Frances Stark, Subtraction, 2007

Frances Stark, Chorus Line, 2008

Frances Stark, Push, 2006

Frances Stark, There will also be things that I don't like, 2007

Frances Stark, I went through my Bin, 2008

Frances Stark, Exceeding One's Own Strength, 2007

Frances Stark, Backside of the Performance, 2007

Frances Stark, To a Selected Theme (Emerson v. Nietzsche), 2008

Frances Stark, Oh god, I'm so embarrassed, 2007

Frances Stark, Hoover in a Corner, 2006

Frances Stark, Free Money, 2004

Frances Stark, A Woman and a Peacock, 2008

Frances Stark, Called upon (Same thing over and over), 2007

Frances Stark, Untitled, 2009

Frances Stark, Pretty Ugly, 2008

Frances Stark, Chorus member in special position, 2008

Frances Stark, Underliner, 2002

Frances Stark (°1967, Newport Beach, California) is based in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts(Los Angeles, California).

Through both writing and visual art, Frances Stark addresses the conditions of creative labor, producing candid and affecting work about the nature of artistic practice and the corresponding yet integral banality of the everyday. The artist’s body of work stands as a self-reflexive inquiry into the process of artistic production, and the often-elided demands of daily life.