Making a Ghost and a Mess!

I'm lucky to live with someone who is so inspiring and talented. I'm also lucky to live with such a cute pup that follows him around, endlessly. 

Alex is preparing for his new show, alongside Matt Ritchie, at Gallery 1988!
I asked him if I could hang around and film him from start to finish as he made a new piece for it!

The video and info on the show got a post on Juxtapoz!

Hong Kong

Getting ready to head out to China. I'm interested to see what Shanghai is like. All I have to compare it to is the time I spent in Hong Kong which was under British rule for so long, that I wonder is it very different? Is trying to make this comparison similar to trying to find the similarities between New York and Los Angeles, just because they're cities in the same country? WHO KNOWS!!

What the excitment for this trip HAS gotten me to do was revisit some shots I took from Hong Kong. It was such a vibrant and unique place, that I can't wait to go back to the waaay East Coast!

 

 

A birthday well documented

For my birthday, I treated myself to a Fuji Instax mini camera! Since I shoot so many crisp, well planed advertisement shots all day, having a such a lo-fi point-n-shoot no-retouching-anything is like a breath of fresh air. 

When my friends sang me happy birthday this year, I was so giddy that I couldn't stop smiling. Not to mention the added humor of them waiting for the moment that I would try to blow out the assorted mix mash of candles. My wish to always find something to laugh about happened before  I could even blow out the candles!

Shaping light

my favorite time of day used to be sunrise. I used to love beating the sun to the start of the day. However, we recently made a move to a new home with a west facing balcony and its changed my outlook on the subject. One of my new favorite things is winding down the day on the balcony and watching all the patterns the sun and our fencing creates. I recently went ahead and got some primo seating so that my little best friend can join me in watching these shapes and colors around 7pm every night.

my favorite martians

April 25th was apparently Alien day. Named because of some obscure number combination that was placed on the side of the ship in the movie Alien. I'd roll my eyes at this, except I LOVE that movie and so having a day where I get to see people celebrate it is silly and amazing! 

It got me thinking of ALL of the aliens I love, and inspired me to share a couple of my other favorite aliens. I used construction paper and paint to make these guys. Can you guess what these aliens are all from?

Making taxes a little more magical

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Did you know that Main Street in Disney World is full of classic U.S. Mail boxes? You can still send mail from them, and the get stamped with Mr. Mickey Mouses town of residence. I figured the people who work for the IRS have a pretty bland job so I hope my mail to them makes their day a little brighter, on this tax due date!

iParks

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Over the weekend, my best friend came in for a visit. Last time he was visiting us, Alex and I were living in San Francisco and we took a sporadic day trip down to LA to go to Disneyland. 

It only seemed appropriate to make a goal out of going to as many Disney parks as we can, within our friendship. So we went to Disney World!
I had big plans of pulling out the old bulky Fuji land camera, and bringing my new little personal camera, but when we finally got into the park, I realized I had forgotten them at home! I ended up just using my iPhone and had such a fun day. Even after my phones battery died.

 

 

Share Your Ears!

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During Disneylands recent 60th anniversary tv special, a really great charity campaign was introduced called #ShareYourEars, where they will donate $5 to Make A Wish Foundation for every photo shared of you and your “ears” and hash-tagged #ShareYourEars. What makes this campaign extra special to me is that I was lucky enough to shoot some of the portrait photos that Disney is sharing for this campaign and it’s great watching them being spread around knowing that it’s for such a good cause.

Sometimes I'm really so proud of the work I get to do.

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It was a Super Tuesday!

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I've never felt so passionate and fascinated by an election, as I have before our most current one. For "Super Tuesday", I wanted to create something that would remind my followers that its their time to vote!!! I did so by trying to make friends of each of the participating states, and let people know that if their state was shaped like one of these guys, then get out and vote! Our opinion counts now more than ever.

Draw-lloween

This year, I found some time to participate in "draw-loween" where every day, a Halloween related key word is posted on Instagram for you to draw your own version of. 

I can't seem to NOT think in puns, so I had a lot of fun making these Halloween characters that were mainly just a play on words…

LA-ter!

I just got back to the east coast from a three week job in Los Angeles where I did the following things outside of work:

  • only got trapped in bad traffic once
  • finally bought a Zankou Chicken shirt because I'm pretty obsessed with that damn chicken!
  • climbed around in a painted mansion (a.k.a. a Marilyn Mansion)
  • watched Clueless from my pool (a.k.a. a dive-in movie) 
  • trekked up Griffith park chasing multiple sunsets
  • found a secret Japanese stationary shop in Venice Beach

Surplus Candy LA

While I was out in LA for work, I found out that one of my favorite fellow pun masters Hanksy was on the west coast turning an abandon mansion into a one night only art show. He and a group of others that are super crafty with a can of spray paint dominated the mansion in a top secret location, painting nearly every crevice of the rickety 4 story interior with tags and art and puns! I got to come in for a sneak preview and take some photos.  

Road Triplets

I've always loved an excuse to spend long amounts of time in the car. A controlled climate where I'm in complete control of the music, direction, and going into unfamiliar surroundings in a completely familiar vehicle.

Living in Orlando hasn't been the most thrilling experience of my life, but it's amount of liveliness makes the 2 hour drives to Tampa feel really exciting.  Especially when my favorite Tampa pet friendly hotel has rooms available, and someone/ band I enjoy braves the swampland of Florida to play! 

This weekend we:

  • packed up the pup and headed to Tampa to go see Patton Oswald  make fun of an accountant in the audience, a clown from Silverlake, Donald Trump, and Florida.
  • ate dinner at a restaurant called Ava.  Home of fancy pizzas, perfectly grilled octopus, and a steak so good that every bite was described to me as the best bite of anything Alex had ever had.
  • fed Harvey his first ever serving of wet dog food, which he went crazy for and the animal biproduct-y smell nearly made Alex hurl.
  • did NOT visit Taco Bus, for the first trip ever.
  • took Harvey to a puppy beach to make some friends and dig his claws into some sand
  • waited 40 minutes to sit outside at Daily Eats, where I got some delicious Mexican breakfast bowl , Alex got a delicious Californian breakfast bowl, and Harvey got some floor scraps of the person who was previously seated at our table
  • got lured way off the highway by a sign advertising a flea market complete with a free circus and a live gator feeding! 
  • listened to more than enough 90's alternative music, for the next….week or so...


Party Animals

I live everyday like it's a Friday for a 17 year old that has just obtained their first bottle of liquor and access to a car. Except, replace 'liquor' with 'puppy' and 'car' to 'rainbows'…and replace the age '17' with '7'.

I live everyday like a seven year old would, if she could cuddle puppies and harness the joys of a rainbow.

  

Island of Adventure

I just got home from the BVI. It's still hard to believe how much different the sun felt and how pridefully slow the service was. Getting back into my car, and driving to work instantly made me miss the 45 minute sailing trips to where I needed to be. Way less traffic jams in the Caribbean sea.

playing foot-sea; morning fireworks; my future Xanadu style loft