noticing a pattern: chevron

posted by on 08.15.2011, under Apt/Home, Art, DIY, Painting

{images via bash please studio // kelly + olive DIY // urban outfitters zigzag rug // gretchen jones chevron necklace}

It’s been around for a while and seems to be everywhere I look – chevron + zig zags. Lately I’ve been pinning images of it and I can’t really stop, so I’m suddenly finding myself longing to get out the painter’s tape and DIYing myself some chevron on the furniture, walls or anything else I can get my hands on.  I’m obsessed.

I’m currently saving my pennies for that gretchen jones chevron necklace.



Two Headed Girl

posted by on 06.25.2011, under Art, Love, Painting

Watercolor by Gabrielle Rose aka draw gabby draw on Etsy.



posted by on 02.18.2011, under Painting

chalkboard paint

grays + yellows

deep muted green

deep muted green, rust, gold

It’s about time our walls got some color.  I really love the deep muted green of the last image.

I also want a nightstand that tells me to SLEEP.

{via apartment therapy}


Os Gemeos – New Mural

posted by on 08.18.2010, under Art, Painting

Via Gothamist: ARG!  I’m out of New York for 2 weeks and I missed this.  Oh well – my favorite twin graffiti artists, Os Gemeos, just finished their mural in Chelsea this week with Futura on the side of P.S. 11 William T. Harris Elementary School.

They partnered with New York City-based creative studio AKANYC and street art website 12ozProphet to create the 80 foot high mural.  It features their recognizable yellow faced character wearing pants with different flags painted with non-traditional colors to express international unity.  “The idea is ‘one world one voice’, no borders, no separation, just everything and everyone working together for a single cause that is a better world.” – Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos divide their painting mode in two, painting together, and starting and finishing each other’s works. Joy loves their work too, of course.

Photos courtesy of – check out their site for more incredible shots of the work in progress.


That Was How I Met Roger.

posted by on 08.05.2010, under Art, Painting

The End.

Then I came across this beauty along the walls of his paintings, splattered all over in red like a Ralph Steadman piece.

We sifted through panels and panels of large scale artwork until I saw “Credo Quia Absurdum” (I believe because it is absurd) – gritty, scratched, peeling and dripping.

Credo Quia Absurdum

… and “Banana Girl.” I love her.

Banana Girl

He handed me a cold beer and invited us in to use his space for some indoor photographs. That was when we saw his paintings, like this one which depicts “what happens to a girl just 6 months after she moves to New York.”


Before / After

He offered us his guitar to use in our photographs.

Roger.  He had left the old piano outside his apartment for Make Music New York before assholes came by and destroyed it.  Although I think it looks more beautiful.

We went to Brooklyn to take some shots of friend and model, Aiesha, and found a magical street corner with dilapidated furniture and beautiful graffiti.

My cousin Marzia was visiting from Italy with her friends. Her boyfriend, Edoardo, is a photographer.

Once upon a time in Brooklyn…


Oil Painting With A Modern Twist

posted by on 08.03.2010, under Art, Painting, The Morgue of Ideas

Hello again,

Wait, I think I just had an idea for a fun project…

adding a contemporary twist to a classic painting!

It’s really fun and since I’m just learning, it’s better for me to copy from something rather than start out with my own image.

But I’ve had this idea of my own that I’ve been toying with. I’ll come up with sketches for it soon, but I’ll never be able to recreate it the way that it happened, I’ll paint it the way I remember it.

I saw two girls in a bathroom.  One was hugging the toilet while the other was holding her friend’s hair back.  This might sound twisted, but I thought it would make a beautiful well rendered oil painting.

Jim Phillips

posted by on 04.18.2009, under Art, Painting, You're Welcome.

Hello Again,

And now an homage to Jim Phillips.  Whether you skate or surf, you must at least agree that the art of Jim Phillips is bad ass.
I found a small block of wood in my dad’s workshop and after sanding it down, I painted it using acrylics.  It was the best day.


Os Gemeos

posted by on 02.20.2009, under Art, Painting

Hello Again,

When I started writing this entry, I didn’t expect it to end up the way it did. It was a happy accident. When I decided to write about Os Gemeos it was because I’ve always been attracted to their art and wanted to share that. I didn’t realize how their work has become so much more than that to me. They are an inspiration, especially now.

If you haven’t heard of Os Gemeos, maybe you have seen their iconic characters – the poor, the hungry, the theives, robbers and rebels – which cover the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. They are twin graffiti artists. There are strengths of twins collaborating artistically. I once read an interview about how they paint together. It’s very similar to how Noey and I work. While they are painters and we are animators, the process is the same. For example, sometimes completing something the other starts. Just like finishing eachother’s sentences or saying something in unison. I think twins work so well together because we share the same twisted, imaginary world.
I identify with their work because it is so different, and I’m drawn specifically to their unique characters. Before internet, Brazil was isolated from outside influences and what emerged were their fresh ideas across the canvas of the country. I am into art that isn’t necessarily pretty. Noey and I are killing off a cute little bunny in our logo. Gritty, dirty textures and styles that border on creepy, for me that’s the kind of work that can evoke more emotion than something that is classically beautiful. In this interview, Os Gemeos explain that their inspirations and influences come from their surroundings – growing up in a city where you have to survive, a dense city where people are living on top of one another, poverty, ugly things, etc. People living in New York can relate to that on some level.
In some of the poorest areas, the techniques, and messages of graffiti are truly stunning. The way their characters interact with their surroundings … I think this speaks louder than if they were exhibited in a room. It’s true that the graffiti will be painted over. But then the artists come back to paint again, and with a new message for the world.
The cultural diversity and unemployment has an influence in their art. This has had a huge impact on me as an artist. Their will, determination and resilience is a reminder. Don’t sit back and wait for opportunities. Stand up. Produce art. If it gets you down and depressed, use it. React to social issues in an artistic way.