Saturday, May 31, 2008
1. If you could invite 5 guests to your dinner party who would they be and why?
a. John Irving. I have an intellectual crush on him (Does my husband know? Now he does as he happens to be a loyal Spinach blog reader)
b. Carmindy from What Not to Wear. She's cute. She's nice. She's got good makeup tips. Who can't use some makeup tips?
c. Jimi Hendrix. I just want to touch his hands. And listen to him sing. And play the guitar. And...(that's where the filtering kicks in.)
d. Audrey Hepburn (in her late 20's). I'd show her a picture of me dressed up as Holly Golightly for Halloween. And of course she would tell me that I am the spitting image of her. I'd probably spend the whole night practicing my posture and trying to make my neck as long as hers.
e. Hitler (before the Holocaust). I'd poison him in the first course foregoing the entire Holocaust. Yes, I have seen Back to the Future and boo on you for asking.
So there. It would be a lovely dinner party. I would be dressed impecably. The food would please everyone (I obviously wouldn't cook it) and it would be held somewhere other my small apartment which has no proper dining table. Everyone (with the exception of Hitler who is dead after the first course anyway) speaks English and will have something to contribute.
Monday, May 26, 2008
This work was cathartic for me. I think with each passing year, I have come to terms with my body. I have been told that this is normal. I myself have struggled with body image issues, as I think most women do at some point in their lives.
The first, Measurements: Bust, depicts the pressure women have to have perky, perfect breasts. The explosion of breast enhancement surgery is just one example of this pressure. The second piece, Measurements: Waist, emphasizes the pressures to be thin.
Check them out in my store: http://spinachNpeace.etsy.com
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I moved to New York City this past September. So I'm still getting used to culture and habits of the city. It seems that everyone leaves the city for Memorial Day weekend! The city is a ghost town. Except for Fleet Week!
My first taste of Fleet Week was when I saw that episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie Bradshaw (yes, I must use first AND last name), almost hooked up with the guy with the sexy New Orleans accent, but her loyalty to her city abruptly ended the near encounter. I wasn't sure that Fleet Week was actually a real event. I thought that it had been made-up for the purposes of the show...until...
Two Memorial Day's ago I came to the city with my friends because hotels were offering amazing deals (little did we know the weather would be miserable and the city a ghost town). The one consolation we had was Fleet Week! We were really excited about living Carrie Bradshaw's life. None of us hooked up with any sailors, but the sitings made us giddy.
I'm not a huge fan of the uniforms. I know there are many women who melt at the sight of a man in uniform, but I am not one of them. Why do they wear those uniform everywhere they go even when off-duty?
Anyway, the Sex and the City movie is here! Who's seen it? Who has plans to see it?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
Inspired by a photograph Dave took while we were in Cape Town, South Africa, this is the most popular piece in my shop. It has the most views and the most hearts.
While in Cape Town, we stayed in the neighborhood of De Waterkant, which is right on the water. The buildings are all brightly colored and likely inspired by the beautiful coastline. This is the view from our rooftop in Cape Town. I hope to revisit the beautiful country of South Africa again.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Road by Cormac McArthy
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
I recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns to all women. It is a powerful novel with themes of identity that I think all women can relate to. My husband read it as well and really enjoyed it.
I recently reread Middlesex for a book club meeting and I enjoyed it as much the second time as the first. It is a complex story about a girl who becomes a man. The author somehow had me relating to the main character.
The Road. What can I say about this book except that I haven't completely digested it yet. I read it in a couple of days, but the book is still haunting me.
I read Eva Luna in Spanish, but from reading Allende's other books in English, I doubt this surreal tale gets lost in translation.
Currently reading: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Next to read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
And finally, I leave you with a picture of my favorite reading spot in my apartment. I have a date with this chair at about 1pm everyday as the sun shines on it.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I like spinach so much that I'm going to share one of my favorite spinach recipes with you:
1 cup of fresh spinach
1 tbsp of your favorite jam
1/4 cup of orange juice
Mix the above ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
This drink is sooo refreshing! I know it doesn't sound good (and it doesn't look that good either which is why this post is picture-less), but it truly is delicious!
I like peace so much that I'm sharing it always with you! Peace be with you all!
Monday, May 12, 2008
I am currently offering buy one get one free to my first 10 buyers. So if you see something you like act quickly:)
I encourage you to browse around etsy as there are SO MANY awesome sellers there. If you have an etsy account, don't forget to add me as your favorite (heart me!). Thanks!
Notice the softness in the female figure as paralleled by the flowers and the stiffness and support offered by the male figure as paralleled by the tree trunk.
I think this is Dave's favorite piece. I'm sure it's because he thinks he inspired it...maybe he did.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
I'm sure you're wondering why he has no clothes on. Well, when I married Dave, I married him--not the material things he comes with. I thought stripping him down was a way to express that.
This piece along with the bride are hanging in my living room. I told Dave that they would face each other when we are happy (hopefully most of the time) and I would put them facing apart when we fight (hopefully rarely).
There is one more piece in this series to come...
Sunday, May 4, 2008
When I got back to NYC from my wedding, I was inspired to put my experience into art. This is exactly how I felt as I was getting married--completely at peace. It was a happy time, but more than anything it was a really peaceful time. I didn't want to paint a stereotypical bride. Instead, I chose to make her less literal--no veil.
In fact, if it weren't for my mom, I probably would not have worn a veil myself at my wedding! I seriously thought my mom was going to start crying when I suggested that I wanted to omit the veil. I then suggested a bird cage veil and she told me it looked like chicken wire. I finally committed fully, and had a full-length cathedral mantilla style veil!
I guess this painting is my inner desire to eliminate the veil!