Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It was 85 degrees in the morning and I left the apt in a tank top and jeans....and then this happened....

Freak storm today in Florence- sending this out to all you Californians bearing the heat wave over there...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Walking around Firenze

There is so much to see! I got up early and trecked a bit around the south side of the Arno before getting down to work - here are a few pics as the day was beautiful!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Finally settling In....

I think we are finally settling into life here in Florence! Frida and I are moving into permanent digs this weekend - a rad apartment right on the Arno river, overlooking beautiful gardens, a castle and I believe the oldest church in the city. (I will verify this.) Monday classes start and I couldn't be more psyched.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

We made it !!!

After trains, planes, buses and taxi's we finally made it! The only thing we did not get on was a boat...and a bicycle......very jet lagged and groggy, but happy.  The best thing so far is hearing the church bells chime every hour. Fantastico. Here are a few photos of the city I took while walking around trying to find a grocery store.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Up and Moving to Italy

Frida and I are now en route to Florence, Italy! She is the biggest trooper ever- going on 29 hours of traveling due to flight delays- still stuck in the airport in Frankfurt.....we press on......here are a few pics from the various airport terminals that we spent 6-8 hours in each.

Note to self: dogs throw up when accidentally given fizzy water instead of flat....

Not sure who's luggage this is but it's kinda cool.

Doggie relief station in the Washington DC airport - she wasn't having it.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Redoing/Updating Mural

This past month I have been working on updating (basically redoing) an existing mural that looks as though it was originally created in the 1970's or early 80's. Although the design already existed, it was fun choosing a brand new color palette. I hired one of my best friends Victoria Howard, who is a fantastic artist to help me out, which made the whole thing even more fun. The clients are wonderful and I was really fortunate to get the project! Frida was glad as well, and art directed a bit as you can see in the photos.......

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Leaving The Comfort Zone of Los Angeles....

Dear Barnsdall,
We need to talk. I still love you, but I just need some space. I never cheated on you. I'm just trying to do what's right for both of us. It's been quite a ride: 17 years of teaching art to kids up on the hill. Today was my last class. It's not you, it's me. I think you're an amazing school. There's no one else, I swear. I'm just not ready to settle down. So it's really over, then. I guess we're breaking up. I hope we can still be friends. What, you want my key back? What do you mean, get out? Fine! Come end of August, I'm picking up my stuff.... Hello, Italy! :))))