our giant kitty just got chased by the chihuahua next door and quickly unleashed her claws in defense. i wonder if he will ever learn? it got me thinking about this baby chihuahua all alone in a birdcage down in san juan. i could have sat there all day watching people as they spotted the teeny tiny puppy in the window. it's spring break and we are off to the cabin to hang with family. rain rain go away!
raul is the only one with a mohawk in his tiny town of castine, maine. i think that says a lot. am hoping to do more portrait work this year. been feeling very inspired by the life and work of portrait painter alice neel. i bought two books of her work and checked out another three from the library. mornings and nights have been spent reading all of them. this one is my favorite, since most of the book is filled with interviews of alice telling her own story. she talks about her life, her ideas on art, and the world at large. it was the painting on the cover of this book that pulled me into her work. i am eager to watch the documentary on her life directed by her grandson.
paintings by alice neel.
from an interview in the book "alice neel" by harry n. abrams- "when i give lectures to these young people-for instance in baltimore i was once on a symposium, and all they wanted to do was "to make it". and i said to them: don't you know that before you make it, you have to have something to make it with. i think to go to new york and soho right off is absurd; you should shop around yourself, see what it is. see what your art is, and then when you think you've made some discovery, go in and do it. but don't do like me, don't just put it on the shelf."
"all experience is great providing you live through it. i would tell these art classes of art students, the more experience you get, the better, if it doesn't kill you. but if it kills you, you've gone too far. that's all. you never learn anything like you learn it by experiencing it".
one of our favorite spots to go for a swim with grandma. i love it when she brings this bag along.
two frames from our blackbird camera from our visit back in november. tonight we are packing up and heading home after a fabulous and fun family visit. jon's grandpa is a great little painter. i threw a canvas in my suitcase so i could get some help on my first seascape while we were here. of course it was inspired by lanakai and that awesome aloha bag.
we are very lucky to have family and friends on oahu and the big island. this year we shot two weddings on maui and enjoyed seeing a different island. in november we took off to explore kauai for the first time with our friend kate and it stole our hearts! the images above were photographed during the andy irons memorial at hanalei bay and at glass beach in hanapepe bay. the sand there is literally millions of teeny tiny morsels of glass. it's incredible!
we are excited to have a few of jon's gorgeous sunset photos from this trip and his images from the andy iron's paddle out featured on the hapa hale website this week. there is a great little interview with jon and an announcement that we are waiving all travel fees for hawaii weddings in 2011! because we love spending time with jon's grandparents on oahu, we want to get over there as much as possible this year. if the islands have a special place in your heart, go check out hapa hale, it's an awesome blog that features everything hawaii with a modern twist. the love nest section is packed with inspiring wedding ideas and links to local vendors, designers and artists.