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Friday, July 25, 2014

DIANA GREENBERG ARTIST RECEPTION

Happy Friday, loves! My big sis is in town, so I'm just quickly dropping in to let those of you in Austin know of a fun event tonight going on tonight that's featuring a local artist:
Remember Diana? :) She has a show that will take place tonight from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Flatbed Press. Here's the location if you aren't familiar with it:

Flatbed Press
2832 E MLK Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

It should be a good show! There will be other artists showing their work as well. 

Have a great weekend, and hope some of you guys can make it! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

FLOWERS & VOGUE

Annnd celebration time! It's Friday, guys! :)

Yesterday morning, I was scuttling around in Austin's morning drizzle in an effort to find just the right flowers for a few friends. I didn't even make it as far as the checkout lines when I saw a gorgeous image perfectly in line with my eyes:
I usually pride myself in my achievements of pulling my hands away from enticing fashion magazines, but this time I couldn't stop myself. 
Unfortunately, I've always been the type of person to judge a book by its cover--according to this cover, the entire issue would be incredible, don't you think?
In addition to my small problem of convincing myself that anything with pages will be entertaining based on its exterior, I also tend to flip quickly around, staring only at images and forgetting about the words. 

We'll see if the stories are up to par with the insane imagery. 
Meanwhile, the flower arranging went well--meaning I managed to get three skinny bouquets out of the lot that didn't look completely ridiculous. Somewhat selfishly, one of the main reasons I love giving flowers to friends and acquaintances is the surprised reaction. It's like I'm lurking behind the shadows, waiting to jump out with both arms roving when somebody receives their fragrant petals and sleek leaves.
I was puffed with pride at the store when I decided not to buy flowers for our little apartment, but here I am with the gift of Vogue posing on my desk. Oops.

Did you get the issue yet? Is it as good as it looks?

Monday, July 14, 2014

THE 4TH & MISS OBI

Er, happy SUPER late independence day to all you guys from the U.S.A.! I'm ten days late, but here are some fireworks for you:
You'll never have any idea how long I tried to capture an okay photo of the fireworks. They are hard for me to shoot! I basically had to ditch the big camera and just use the iPhone in the end. 

Our tiny family took off from Austin back home to Abilene, Texas to celebrate July 4th for a long weekend--we shot our own fireworks in the country (this was my first bewildered time to attempt doing so), and during those four days with friends and family, I met a precious little being who now belongs to my older sister:
Obi is a baby black lab, and she is the epitome of playful and sweet. 
From the moment I met her, I realized she was a wiggler full of energy. As you can see from above, she doesn't take herself too seriously--something we all can learn from. :)
I absolutely adore it when puppies have to grow into their oversized paws. That wobbly run never fails to make me smile big time. 
Gah, I can't stop grinning. I know for a fact that the next time I see Obi (pronounced O-bee), she'll be huge. It was such a joy to see her before she grew up too quickly. 

Oh, and a small language lesson for you: Obi means "heart," originated from the African Igbo language. At least, that's what Google told me, anyway. 
Did you partake in the celebrations? 

Hope you're having a great start to the week!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

THE MAKEUP

I was sitting on the bed early this morning and just beginning to put on makeup, and I noticed how absolutely delicious the light looked beaming through the window. So of course, I had to document probably one of the most mundane activities of my daily routine (if I even get around to putting on makeup).
I bet makeup artists probably have such an awesome time playing around with countless choices…but me? All my makeup fits into one little bag that my mom gave me from a summer promotion by Clinique, and it's filled with pretty much just sample makeup and little things from the grocery store. 
I tried with all my might to wear foundation at one point in my life, but I finally just gave up after breaking out for years, and now it's down to blush, concealer for my tired eyes, eyeliner, and mascara. Lipstick is happily worn on those dressy days, but Natural Ice chap stick usually does the trick for me. 
Makeup: 
Concealer: Sorry! Don't have the brand on this one--it was a gift from a friend who bought it in Hong Kong
Mascara: Clinique High-Impact Mascara in Black

I could take photos in this beautiful light for the rest of my LIFE. 

Hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far. xoxo

Friday, June 27, 2014

A MEETING WITH DIANA GREENBERG

This past Tuesday was such a treat for me.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Diana Greenberg, an Austin-based abstract artist whom I met a week beforehand at an anniversary grand opening party at Canopy, a co-working space for creatives in East Austin. Awestruck viewers grasping glasses of wine were continuously filling Diana's studio of vibrant color and serene patterns, and I couldn't help but immediately be reminded of one of my very favorite artists, Mary Ann Wakeley, as a looked at the paintings before me. I was spinning around in circles in search of the artist who created the captivating paintings, and I noticed a beautifully-poised woman with soft dark hair, clad in an airy, white sleeveless button up, khaki shorts, and the exact same pair of Sperry sandals that I own. I quickly learned that all the gorgeous artwork was created by no one other than her, and her name was Diana.

Diana, accompanied by her sweet and supportive husband (don't you love the men who go to their wive's / girlfriend's events??) talked to Clay and me for quite a while about Diana's work and getting started in the art scene, and just as I wanted to tug Clay's sleeve in an effort to let all the other interested visitors have the chance to talk to Diana, she exclaimed, "We should get coffee and talk more!"

You cannot imagine my happiness, judging by how much I love to meet creatives in person. Diana was gracious to let me feature her work on the blog, and in combination with a vanilla latte, a blueberry pastry, a camera, the mostly absent pen and paper, and an impromptu visit to Diana's home, this is what I learned:
Diana outside Mozart's Coffee Roasters in Austin, Texas

Although Diana now splits her time between raising two little ones of her own and rushing off to one of her two studios in Austin, she has a background in marketing, boasting a degree from the University of Texas. 

She has lived in beautiful cities including San Francisco and Dallas, working for the likes of marketing at Neiman Marcus, and she even headed her own stationary company, in which she illustrated cakes and lingerie, in addition to other various works of art. 
Two of Diana's original pieces in her Austin home

As an artist who likes the "quick painting" nature of acrylic, I was enamored by Diana's perseverance of using oil by choice, painting layer upon layer. Diana told me about one of her paintings that took 10 days to dry (which is actually short for oil paints!), and she had put in the living room to dry. Unfortunately, her daughter came up with oil-covered hands, minutes later. 

"I don't know what I was thinking, hanging an oil painting to dry there!" Diana smiled, recalling the look on her daughter's face. 
Diana's son, age 5, & daughter, age 3, in front of another original painting by Diana
Photo taken by Diana Greenberg | edited by Danielle Selby

…But I mean, seriously, you guys. I think if I had kids this adorable, I would have A LOT of trouble trying to convince them not to stick their hands in virtually anything that's supposed be drying.
Diana holding up a drawing of a dragon created by her 5-year-old son

Diana told me that her kids are oftentimes the inspiration behind her paintings; sometimes, she can visualize a finished piece, and if her busy schedule allows, she rushes to her studio to try and capture the fleeting image. Following their mom's footsteps, Diana's kids have taken to art, and their pieces are lovingly strewn around their home. 
A close-up of Diana's kids' artwork

Side note: isn't that a spectacular dragon? Her son is FIVE, you guys. The happy little bug isn't shabby, either. 
A close-up of one of Diana's original pieces

In addition to her paintings being inspired by her kids, Diana is also influenced by a range of art including japanese woodblocks and various works created by Patrick Herron, Pierre Bonnard, Vincent van Gogh, and Willem de Kooning. 

During our visit (in which I basically forgot to use a pen and paper to write down anything due to excitement), something Diana said really stuck with me:

"As artists, we have a lot of trouble comparing ourselves to another artist and thinking our own work isn't as good, but when it comes to great musicians, do you think they compare themselves to other musicians in completely different genres? It's all about finding your voice and developing that path."
Diana inside Mozart's Coffee Roasters in Austin, Texas

A big thank you to Diana for allowing me to share this heartfelt meeting! 

If you're interested in seeing more of her work, be sure to check out her website: http://dianapresleygreenberg.com

To see some of Diana's work in person, you can also visit her studio:

Canopy Studios
#122
916 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78702


Upcoming shows featuring more of Diana's original paintings are in the works, so if any of you happen to be in Austin, I'll let you know when the information becomes available. :) 

Y'all have an awesome weekend! 
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