Divisadero Art Walk

There are a couple of art walks here in the city and I know the first Friday of every month they have on in Oakland but until last week I had never been to one. I’m usually lazy when it comes to art and I always miss the Divisadero one (even though I can literally walk there) but this time I made an effort to stop in – and by effort I mean my friends were showing art so I had more of a reason.

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The concept itself is actually really cool. For about a 5 or 6 block stint on Divis there are open shops with people’s art displayed. My friends had their art showing in a gallery but there were first floors of apartments that were open and some first floor shops that were displaying works as well.

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It was a really cool community thing to do in such a little-big city and in such a cool neighborhood. It’s a great spot to meet people and to see some really amazing art (aka. my friend’s art – shameless plug, I think yes). You can check them both out here and here.

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For a little night cap we visited the La Urbana garage bar (sounds weird, but it’s cool) and had a couple tacos and brews to celebrate our artist friends. It was a great place to celebrate whenever they both got a text to tell them something had sold!

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Love n’ Haight

Black and white is probably the most classic combination there is, basic and original. It’s original and there are so many ways to describe the combo; the light and the dark, the good and the evil or the scary and the safe. I always used to say black and white weren’t colors, they were shades and that made them different in my mind. One wasn’t better than the other, they were just different shades in the giant spectrum that is reflective light.

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I love these wire wine bottle candle sticks because they bring both of those ideas together. The literal of the black wire and the white candle but also the imaginative aspect of the dark and heavy base against the light and bright top. This mural at Haight and Masonic does the same. It is dark and scary in some parts but once you notice the light you learn to appreciate the darker parts along the way. It is beautiful in all of its colors, dimensions and shades, accentuating and bringing life to the most classic color combo out there.

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Friday’s Favs

It’s not April yet, but the showers have started. Rain has visited SF and will continue to stay for the next two weeks (talk about outstaying your welcome). This weekend it will pour but the birthday party and class I am taking will still take place (I wish we had rain days). And since it will be raining anyway, I am reserving Sunday for doing nothing. After traveling and going away for most of the weekends in March it will be nice to curl up with a book at home. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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{turns out this is where Aladdin stays when he is in town}

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{dinner for 10 in our Sonoma mansion – the Cline Villa – last weekend}

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{the pool at our villa}

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{I’m no artist, but I made this to add some color to our otherwise all white and grey bedroom}

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{gorgeous bougainvillea creeping up the wall}

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Sometimes I wish I had that artist gene. It runs in the fam, my sister got it but it skipped me. She can literally draw or paint anything. She made a poster for me when I ran for president (of the 8th grade) that was my name in the same script as the Coca-Cola logo (ps. I won, and it was probably because of that poster). The coolest thing I have ever drawn or painted was a replica of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ – it was a total Monet. But instead of making my own art, like my sister does, or like she will hopefully do for me, I need to buy it. And you guys know I have no trouble buying things, no trouble at all.

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I am attached to art with lots of colors. I love that this one, by Kristy Gammill, is neon bright but also abstract. It could go anywhere in my apartment to add a pop of color. This girl on Haight has some talent, should I commission her for a painting to hang in my house? I might steer away from the skull, but she is using all the colors of the rainbow.

Friday’s Favs

Short weeks are the best. The four days go by fast and then it’s the weekend again! One drawback of this four day week is that I have to do a little work this weekend. But all is fair in love and start-up work life so I’m ok with it. It’s been a busy couple of weeks with no end in sight and I’m trying to stick to the resolutions (the only one I’ve really put time into is the running) and enjoy the little moments as the time flies by (don’t blink, or it will be June already).

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{Nate and I rode our bikes to the beach}

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{bloody mary bar at Hobson’s Choice}

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{went with the girls to a Warriors game to watch a friend sing the National Anthem – she was amazing!}

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{remember my friend’s from C.A.N., they had another amazing show last night – See America}

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{have a lovely weekend friends}

Wall Art

I have recently been buying more and more art to cover the walls. All the walls in my room have something on them so I started buying art for the rest of the apartment. Artwork is a true representation of your personality and it makes your apartment feel lived-in and homier.

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This drawing if of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. A couple years ago I went to visit my sister (who was staying there for a month) and this is where we first met up. It was the first thing I saw in this magical town and it has stuck with me. It is so fitting that J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter in the Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh because this city literally feels like Hogsmeade.

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Do you guys remember VHS? I know my kids will have no idea what these are and I think that is part of why I bought this print. There used to be stacks and stacks of these in the cabinet next to the TV when I was little. Remember how you had to rewind all the way to the beginning and how you could hear the little wheels with the film turning? Nostalgia, my friends, I think I am getting old.

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I studied abroad in Paris and it is so much a part of me. I know my house (when I grow up) will have little touches of it here and there, and I love this print because it reminds me of the little things I would pass everyday. From far away you can tell its about Paris (the Eiffel Tower is hard to miss) but when you get closer you can see street names and famous French people and things that you would only recognize from living there.

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I’m not sure if it’s kosher to have SF prints/stuff in your SF apartment but I couldn’t say no to these. The neighborhoods in SF, like many other cities, are so unique and these prints capture all of their different identities perfectly.

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I got these four because obviously I live in, blog about and love the Haight and that mural is actually where the background for my blog title letters comes from (copycats).

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The Panhandle print is so colorful and I have never lived that far away from it. It’s near and dear to me, as I run/picnic/walk through it a lot.

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Alamo Square is an SF icon, the Pink Ladies with the view of the skyline in the back screams SF, and everyone loves a cute picture of a dog.

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The Hayes Valley print feels like summer in SF to me. It is the cutest little neighborhood – with its Beirgarten, cute shops and amazing brunch places. I bought these SF prints and I hang them in my SF apartment because they are meaningful in my SF life and no matter where I go I can always take these little pieces of San Francisco with me.

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These two are from Etsy, (ISeeNoise) and there are so many to choose from. I got these because 1. I love gold and white (I’m a neutrals kind of girl), 2. they are super girly and 3. because I had nothing like them. They live on the wall next to where I keep all my jewelry and they add the perfect touch of sparkle.

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This print is also from Etsy (yellowlion) and my initial reaction to it was that it reminded me of the circle of life song from The Lion King (yellow lion = Simba = song stuck in my head, see my progression). It has tiny trees on it and hand prints and as you back away it all becomes a soft white circle of life.  I had it framed with a weighted bottom to accentuate the circular feel and it is one of my favorites.

What are your favorite pieces of art? Where and how do you find them? I’m always looking for new stuff!

C.A.N.

Creative Action Network (C.A.N) – is a company that was started by a seriously cool couple of dudes. They describe their business as “crowdsourcing creativity for causes.” It’s about connecting artists with important causes, they have done campaigns for Haiti and Obama and are making the public aware of issues through art, something we all can relate to.

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Last night they hosted an art show in the Mission, on gun control (#GunShowGallery). After this week, especially with the senate vote and with all of the happenings in Boston – this is a very sensitive subject. I’m not here to voice my opinion or to make anyone angry. I’m posting about this because awareness is important and because whether or not we want to face it this is a huge issue that is affecting everyone. I just wanted to share some of the inspiring art and inspiring words from last night. And hopefully this art will help us cope with the tragedy this country has faced.

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Van Jones (from Rebuild the Dream) was inspiring when he said “I know we have all had breakdowns, one or a few. I know I have. But every time I have a breakdown, it’s been a prelude to a breakthrough. And that is what is important.”

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My heart goes out to Boston, hopefully the breakthrough is coming soon.

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