Whelp, we’re one month into this new year…how’s everything going so far? I spent most of January chilling with my dog and rehabbing his knee. Typically, I spend January resetting myself, I need some down time after the holidays.

How ’bout some circles on a Tuesday?

Under a bridge in San Jose

Under a bridge in San Jose

San Jose

San Jose

San Jose Museum of Modern Art

San Jose Museum of Modern Art

Chihuly exhibit, San Jose Museum of Modern Art

Chihuly exhibit, San Jose Museum of Modern Art

Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Travis Heights, Austin

Travis Heights, Austin

Portland

Portland

Interiors, I love them and enjoy seeing how other people have designed their homes. Lucky for me, this past weekend was the Tribeza Interiors Tour and I got to see some pretty cool homes. My pictures aren’t going to do this tour justice. I highly recommend checking out Tribeza’s issue on the houses, much better interior shots. I stuck to vignettes in order to keep random folks out of my pictures.

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I absolutely love this wallpaper…skulls, I think I love you! This unit, located on Waller Street was designed by Urbanspace Interiors, and they did an outstanding job. IMG_6977
Master bath perfection, my dream is to have the bath and shower closed off by glass doors…hello, tile amazingness, seriously. IMG_6983
The color palette for this room speaks to me. More cool wallpaper from Urbanspace Interiors. Close up of said wallpaper is below.
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Moving onto Katie Kime’s house, which is completely insane, and I did NOT take enough pictures I can assure you.
Neon signs with positive sayings were in full effect on this tour. Obviously, the one above the bar cart is on point.
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I’m pretty sure this outdoor space would be my bedroom. What you don’t see is the fireplace with a huge flat screen above it. Perfect area for lounging all year and look at that view. IMG_7003Master bed heaven…not sure I’d be able to get up as easily if this were mine.
IMG_7004 IMG_7007The most adorable bedroom for a girl to grow up in.
IMG_7009The above is the guest house, which I could also live in. I’m so annoyed that I didn’t get a shot that included the green tufted couch. Those stripes mixed with the pink about melted my heart. Think I could do a staycation here?
IMG_7019I am in love with  that console and below is a more detailed shot…amazing piece. The sitting room is pretty spectacular, lots of cool details. House designed by Turnstile Design. If you go on their website you can see the entire room, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
IMG_7017 IMG_7024More master bathroom awesomeness. This home is on Maria Anna Rd in Tarrytown and designed by Butter Lutz Interiors. The entire house is amazing but too crowded for me to get a good shot. Go to their website, again, you won’t be disappointed.
IMG_7026 IMG_7029That painting stopped me dead in my tracks. Again, I didn’t take many shots of this house, but out of all the ones we viewed, I could move into this one tomorrow. Home is designed by Allison Crawford Design, she’s also the homeowner.

If I haven’t said it lately, I’ll say it now, I have a thing for art murals. How cool would it be to have your work on a huge exterior wall? Pretty freaking cool, obviously. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of time and effort it takes to create something of this size outdoors dealing with Mother Nature. Well, Austin has an ideal climate for such work but other cities, not so much. Here are a few I enjoyed in 2015.

My gym

My gym

Hope Gallery

Hope Gallery

Alley in Chinatown, San Francisco

Alley in Chinatown, San Francisco

Nau's, Clarksville, Austin

Nau’s, Clarksville, Austin

I-35/ 4th St., Austin

I-35/ 4th St., Austin

Philadelphia Muses. Artist: Meg Saligman

Philadelphia Muses. Artist: Meg Saligman

Women of Progress. Artist: Cesar Viveros & Larissa Preston, Philadelphia

Women of Progress. Artist: Cesar Viveros & Larissa Preston, Philadelphia

Philly Chunk Pack. Artist Kenny Scharf

Philly Chunk Pack. Artist Kenny Scharf

Legacy. Artist Josh Sarantitis. Philadelphia

Legacy. Artist Josh Sarantitis. Philadelphia

Legacy. Artist Josh Sarantitis. Philadelphia

Legacy. Artist Josh Sarantitis. Philadelphia

Unknown, Philadelphia

Unknown, Philadelphia

 

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I would choose a word of the year to live by. Not sure I did anything more with this word other than choose one I liked, write a post about it and promptly forget said word. These words are so forgotten they’re probably on blogspot somewhere from years ago when I blogged on that site. Who knows, I’m too lazy to look and see what things I was going to live by during that phase of my life.
However, this year feels/seems to be different. And the only reason I say different is because I think the word “uncomfortable” has chosen me. Part of it is I feel like I’m on cruise control, and I need to spice things up a bit.

What does uncomfortable look like? For starters it would be getting my side biz of stationery/art on my Etsy shop. I’ve been dragging my feet for way to long on this ‘to-do’ item. Hopefully, by end of Q1 I’ll sing a different tune rather than the broken record I’ve been stuck on. Other things are yet to be determined. I’m pretty sure if there is a pit in my stomach on something I need to move forward on it, or at least sit in the discomfort for a minute. I can assure you this is NOT something I’m good at.

Random doodles so far in 2016. My obsession of triangles remains strong. Followed with a pic of Bronco post surgery.
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2016, you’re here, and it seems like yesterday was the beginning of 2015. Where does the time go? I know I’m not the only one that feels like life/time is on fast-forward. Although, I can’t lie, I do like the start of a new year, kinda like a clean slate, a chance to get organized or in my case, purging my house.

While purging my house I ran across some old sketchbooks, and it was fun to see the progress that’s been made since I started drawing on a regular basis three years ago. Apparently, there’s something to be said about consistency.

Where it all began in January of 2013…First three pix are from old sketchbooks, and the last three are recent works.
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How’s your 2016 treating you so far? Any big goals for the year?

My definition of solo travel is a chosen vacation by yourself that does NOT include work stuff or a wedding. A true vacation with you. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but for one reason or another I’ve always had someone wanting to go along for the ride. No complaints about that, traveling is always fun, however I wanted to see how I did completely on my own. Not surprising, I totally loved it. Philly was the perfect place for me, tons of art, history, architecture and people watching. Hello, is there a way to get paid to people watch? Someone please tell me. I could sit at the Parc all day with their freshly baked bread, some red wine and watch everyone walk-through/around Rittenhouse Square. All walks of life and never dull.

A normal Sunday at Rittenhouse Square.

A normal Sunday at Rittenhouse Square.

Philly is the perfect walking city, which speaks to me and my constant-in-motion self. There’s nothing I love more than getting up early in the morning and touring a city by foot to figure it out. The earlier I’m out doing this the better, much easier to snap a bunch of pix with less random folks in them. Once I have an idea of where things are and cute neighborhoods to visit in depth I’ll head back to the hotel to get ready for the day.

Radisson Blu- Rittenhouse Square

Radisson Blu- Rittenhouse Square

Not knowing where to stay when I booked my trip I randomly chose Radisson Blu in Rittenhouse Square. I was very pleased with the hotel and loved the location since it’s in a more neighborhood-y area of the city. First day there I met a local at the coffee shop, and she reviewed the things I wanted to see. Rachel gave her local stamp of approval on my itinerary. Made me smile.

Do you have a method of madness to your travel? I’m curious how other people do it.

Below are more Philly pix!
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National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

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08. December 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Art · Tags: ,

I absolutely love CAMIBAart Gallery on the east side of Austin. There are two locations, but I’ve only been to the one on E. 6th Street next to Cuvee Coffee Shop. Sunday I was lucky enough to see some art prior to me sitting down to work on adult stuff. I snapped a few pix to share with you. Enjoy!

Ender Martos- Dancing Eye

Ender Martos- Dancing Eye

Be still my beating heart, this black and white stopped me dead in my tracks. Apparently, this is Ender’s earlier work prior to him moving into color and plexiglass. The precision is beyond words for me to describe.

Ender Martos- Gazania

Ender Martos- Gazania

Ender Martos- Gazania

Ender Martos- Gazania

I mean seriously, would you look at that detail. This is acrylic, monofilament on plexiglass. Insane!

Ender Martos- Pentachromatic Spiral Diffuser Lens

Ender Martos- Pentachromatic Spiral Diffuser Lens

Side view to see the details

Side view to see the details

Ender Martos- Monofilament Guilloche

Ender Martos- Monofilament Guilloche

Detail shot

Detail shot- look at the perfect spacing between the holes…impressive to say the least.

Detail shot

Detail shot

Orna Feinstein- Bio Tree

Orna Feinstein- Bio Tree

Katy David- Storm Night

Katy David- Storm Night

Charlotte Smith- So Hot

Charlotte Smith- So Hot

detail shot

detail shot

Obviously, if you’re in Austin you should go to CAMIBAart Gallery…outstanding. I do need to go see their MLK gallery.

I can’t believe the final month of 2015 is here…I’m pretty sure I’m still in October of 2013, way behind to say the least.

U Penn- I am enamored with this sign

U Penn- I am enamored with this sign.

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
~Oscar Wilde

Ok, this is another round of pics from my Philly trip. There are so many making it impossible for me to cull it down. Sorry., I’m visual.

Top of City Hall

Top of City Hall

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IMG_6107Independence National Park
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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest residential street in our country. There are 32 buildings in this alley that were built between 1720 – 1830. (via) Super cute.

Betsy Ross' house

Betsy Ross’ house

1st American Flag designed by Betsy Ross

1st American Flag designed by Betsy Ross

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Free Library of Philadelphia

Free Library of Philadelphia

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Bummed I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside of this museum. Absolutely stunning exhibit of post-impressionist and early modern art.

Rocky's steps

Rocky’s steps

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This museum was completely overwhelming and I’m pretty sure I missed some of it. Intense to say the least and they could use a better cafe. I needed some substance to continue but not much of a food option.

Turns out I still have a ways to go through my Philly pix, stay tuned…

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

November is going to get away from me super fast. Between fun travel, work travel and Thanksgiving it’s going to take a bit to blog about my Philadelphia trip. However, I thought I would share a few photos from my trip. Again, this is just a sneak peek…I took a zillion and will need to sort my way through before sharing. Hope your November is off to a great start!
IMG_5984Love the fall colors, something we don’t see much of in Austin. This is in the downtown area near City Hall.
IMG_5987The weekend of the Cowboys vs. Eagles, obviously, they take their football seriously. The eagle is at an entrance/exit subway station.
IMG_5972 IMG_6097Two different sides of City Hall. I’m not sure which side is considered the front, and let’s just say I was obsessed with the architecture of this building. My pictures do NOT do it justice.
IMG_6035Red doors along Avenue of the Arts. 
IMG_6123Hey New Jersey, from Penn’s Landing
IMG_6159Awesome door in Historic Waterfront District.
IMG_6207Another awesome door but in Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
IMG_6214Yes, I’m obsessed with doors and am digging on the gold/black combo with squares. This was in Parkway Museums District.
IMG_6021 IMG_6051There is no shortage of sparkly walls in Philly and this is a teaser. Washington Square District
IMG_6101More fall color love from Old City Cultural District.
IMG_6103Words to live by. Liberty Bell
IMG_6185The building that sorta, kinda, maybe just a little resembles the Chrysler Building in NYC is another obsession I had while visiting Philly. If you know name of building save me some research time, please?
IMG_6199A little color love from my view while sitting at Joe’s Coffee Shop in Rittenhouse Square.

Stay tuned as there are so many more photos to share…

10. November 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Art · Tags:

Painting is always something I wanted to be good at and so far, I am not. Now, the only way to get better at something is to do it on a consistent basis. Guess what, I do no such thing when it comes to painting. Not too worry, I have a laundry list of excellent excuses.

Here we are today, and I just finished my latest ink drawing and I’m not really jonesing to start a new one. There are some unused canvases in my house and quite a bit of art supplies not being used. Art supplies are foam boards and cardboard paper leftover from my model building days while in Design School. Too expensive to throw out, so I thought maybe I’ll try my hand at mixed media and see where that leads.

Let the fun begin…
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IMG_5926IMG_5930Stay tuned as I’m not sure what the next step will be…

*All photography by Katie’s Design Studio…toes belong to her too!

03. November 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Art · Tags: ,

The B Scene is a monthly event held at the Blanton Museum in Austin. It’s always on a Friday night and something I’ve always wanted to go to, but other things have been on my agenda keeping me from attending. Well, October 2015, I finally made it happen. I reached out to a couple friend of mine, Karen and Judd, that join me on various art outings and they were wanting to partake in this Friday night fun.

Double stoked because it was opening night for the Moderno exhibit (“Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978.”) and I wanted to make sure I saw it. It’s amazing how many things I miss seeing due to time moving entirely to fast. I digress, if you love mid-century modern design go see this exhibit. The Interior Designer in me loved it. Below are some pix I took…
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Tablecloth fabric manufactured by Arte Nativa Aplicada

Tablecloth fabric manufactured by Arte Nativa Aplicada

The pattern lover in me swoons over the above fabric. I couldn’t get enough of it.

IMG_5885Am I the only one that visits museums and feels an indescribable need to sit in the chairs on display? It takes every bit of willpower I have not to go do it. I wonder if I’d be asked to leave? Hmmm…
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Painting- Superposition of Squares by Arcangelo Ianelli; Bar cart and chair (circa 1970) by Arturo Pani

Painting- Superposition of Squares by Arcangelo Ianelli; Bar cart and chair (circa 1970) by Arturo Pani

IMG_5880 I did not do the best job of capturing all the artists and name of their work. Next time I’ll be better I swear.

*All photography by Katie’s Design Studio