Hey Hey Trissta Lyman from the blog "Living on the Chic" just posted a little diddy about me! Chech out her blog at:
Meet Eliana Girard! From the moment we met in Montreal she has been a constant ray of sunshine! Wishing her all the best!
Catch the Season Premiere of So You Think You Can Dance on THU 5/24 at 8/7c, on FOX!
I posted a picture of Natsue’s first time at The Grand Canyon on instagram last night. It was 3 AM. I couldn’t sleep. I posted it for selfish reasons. I fancy myself some kind of a photographer, but nowadays every Joe Shmo has a camera. Everyone is a photographer. Everyone is a filmmaker. Everyone is a writer. Everyone’s a crafter. Everyone’s an artist. I’m going to take up underwater basket weaving just because no one is doing it. The thing is, I enjoy taking photographs.
I like this one of her. The Grand Canyon stands majestically behind her and yet the only thing that I want to look at is her. The hat she bought at The Venetian Shops in Las Vegas, knowing that those shops reminded her of our honeymoon in Venice. The wonder and awe in her eyes having just seen one of the wonders of the world. It’s not just the wonder I see, but also the love she has for me in her eyes. I love how she stands a little uncertain. We had just arrived back from Japan where she was looking after her father who has cancer. I know she wants to be with her family, but she’s with me in an unfamiliar country doing her best to make sense of a strange land and strange people, as she makes a new life here. I love how she is holding onto her camera. She grips it, holding on to it so that it doesn’t fall into the abyss. What else in her life is she holding on to?
So yeah. I don’t really care what anyone else thinks, this picture is mine, she is mine, this moment is mine. And even though there will be other moments, other pictures, I’m going to live in this one right now.
From the moment I saw work from Naoto Hattori in Juxtapoz magazine I was intrigued. I immediately went to his website and subscribed to his newsletter. Soon after I bought a small, affordable drawing that I have displayed both at work and at home. His surrealist portraiture is rich in detail and other-worldliness. I love his artwork and continue to be a great fan. Today, I was so excited to find that he will be exhibiting in L.A. soon! This Saturday, May 19th, he will be opening his solo exhibit, "Mind Portrait", at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. The exhibit will remain through June 9th. There will be an opening reception May 19th, 8pm - 11:30pm.
Here is a little more about him:
"I've been creating the imaginary world within my mind ever since I was a child. My vision is like a dream, where it's a sweet dream, a nightmare or just a bizarre dream. I try to see what's really going on in my mind and that's a practice to increase my awareness in stream-of-conscious creativity. I try not to label or think about what is supposed to be, just take it in as it is and paint whatever I see in my mind with no compromise. That way, I create my own vision."
Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan. He studied Graphic Design in bustling Tokyo before moving to New York in the late 90's to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1997 he showed at The New York Directors Club Spring Exhibition "Motion in pictures". The following year in he won The Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition as well as a spot in The New York Directors Club Spring Exhibition "The picture frame". In 2000 He received his BFA in illustration while graduating with honors.
As well as previous exhibitions at Copro Gallery, he has also shown at Fuse Gallery and Gallery 1988 here in in Los Angeles. Hattori been published in Juxtapoz magazine as well as many other publications. He has done CD cover, book jacket, posters, flyers, skateboards and snowboard design.
Inspired by masters Jan van Eyck, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Hattori brings pop surrealist portraiture to life. In "Mind Portrait", his current show at the Copro Gallery, there are three pieces that I am immediately drawn to:
Skull Beauty, 9" x 6.5" acrylic on board
The work features the skull of an old Japanese woman's in her traditional kimono complete with flying saucers hovering in the calm sky.
Mind Form III, 7" x 5.5" acrylic on board
Perhaps I am obsessed with Scarlett Johansson but there seems to be some kind of resemblance.
What do you think?
Mind Form IV, 9" x 6.5" acrylic on board
Reminds me somewhat of the Opera singer in the movie "The Fifth Element". I love the smooth porcelain face that is then contrasted with the architecture of the hair.
Prices for his work at the "Mind Portrait" show range between $1000 - $4000.
You can see a show preview at:
May 19 - June 9, 2012
2525 Michigan Ave T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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The other morning I was taken back to the Sunday morning breakfasts I had as a kid. Sunday morning was a lazy morning where my parents didn't want to put the time and effort into making breakfast for the crew of hungry mouths sitting around the breakfast table. Out came the boxes and bowls, the milk and sugar. Then we were ready to eat! There weren't any sugary cereals at our house. Those were reserved for special occasions like Christmas. No for Sunday morning it was usually corn flakes, rice crispys, and if we were lucky Chex or Wheaties!
So as I was having Honey Smacks for breakfast while figuring out the maze on the back of the box I was whisked back to my childhood where I would make impenetrable cereal box forts. At least until someone would ask for the box.
Painful lesson learned. Walked back out to my car to get my Casting Frontier bar code and found this thing stuck in my door. Apparently it was street cleaning day. Grrrr! This is the second on in just over a week. From now on I will set an alarm and read the signs VERY carefully.
Did a little guerrilla marketing and stuck my card in a corner at Wahoo's after downing a couple of fish tacos. Those tacos were SO good! Can you spot the card in the picture?
Today I felt like a kid going to his first day of school. I was nervous and excited, scared and thrilled. It wasn't for the lead in a sitcom or to co-star next to Brad Pitt, however it was for a commercial for Sony's Planetside 2 online video game. Only time will tell if I get the part. But I sure enjoyed the audition! A special thanks to Michelle Metzner who called me in for the audition! Onward and upward!