Monday, September 1, 2014

Robert Bingaman

Newport Day

2014, 57 x 78 in. acrylic on linen

Happy Labor Day and here's some incredible art to just think about, freak out over or just gaze upon.

Newport Night

2014, 57 x 78 in. acrylic on linen

Pool 4

2014, 65 x 115 in. acrylic and oil on canvas

I mean. I LOVE this stuff. - ( ego confession: I'm kinda mad that I didn't think to do this. )

Pool 6

2014, 42 x 58 in. acrylic and oil on canvas

 Damn. just total brilliance.  

Pool 5

2014, 65 x 115 in. acrylic and oil on canvas

   By the way, and even better, these Night Pool pieces are HUGE. 

Trachycarpus Takil - Kumaon Palm

2014, 16 x 16 in. acrylic on birch panel

Cycas Revoluta - Sago Palm

2014, 16 x 16 in. acrylic on birch panel

Robert Bingaman is an American Artist living in Kansas City, Missouri.

You want to check them out in person or even buy one? 

They're at  Haw Contemporary Gallery in Kansas City, MO. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

I see the light

When we first moved into the new house, the kitchen had one of those, Ingo Maurer, "Zettel's 5" fixtures hanging above the kitchen island.

And while it was romantic, interesting, thoughtful and had a nice way of diffusing light, the two of us, we weren't meant to be.

 That, and I've been eyeing the, oh-so trending, industry standard parts fixtures - DIY or BIY (depending on your wallet, resourcefulness and general level of patience to sanity matrix). Because complicated puzzles are my Ritalin, and $150.00 seemed a little easier to spend on a trend than 4k, I chose DIY.

Lindsey Adelman who, from what I can tell, really brought this trend into the spotlight, makes some really cool versions. Which you can purchase, pre-made. For a lot. BUT she has also,  put together this awesome kit that only requires your patience and a handy electrician.

Sure it's not for the squeamish. But, it's completely doable, and like I said, oddly calming to create.

Here's what you get in the box:

I should note, they don't give you the wire strippers, hammer, measuring tape nor scissors. Also, that fabric covered, black cord is one I had ordered, thinking that I might need more wire. They do send you that nicely coiled gold wire. 

Then you down load this pdf and prepare to have your eyes start to spin a little. But, hold on, it's cool. Because it comes together pretty easily.
Explode Your Brain, View.
Thank god for Juan.

Lights on,

Isn't it so great??! I'm totally stoked.

A few other joints around Cali that sell pre made Industry Parts Fixtures (there must be a better name for these things) 

Big Daddy Antiques - SF and LA

And I hear that you can find some great ones at the Rose Bowl Flea. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

peace out

Art | Link | Letter

The Green Tablecloth
oil on canvas
23 7/8 x 27 1/2 inches

Where in I give you a bit of art, some links and some good reading from my week's finds. 

+   A nice collection from the art of American landscape and watercolor artist, Nell Blaine. Kool Aid color for dayz. 

+   Ellen Langer on Mindful thinking. I can never get enough of this kind of stuff.

+   Like Knows Like - A co-founded initiative by filmakers who create short documentary films about cool, creative people. My favorite is this one on Lisa Congdon. I love her energy and her work. She inspires me.

+   Made this for dinner, and it was delish.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

surf side

New house = New teen bedrooms. First up, the 13 year old surfer chick. Not to get all, West Coast/LA on you - this kid is my Pisces. My little fish. It's all about the water....that and the salt in the air/sand in the hair/don't care attitude. I wanted to give her a space that was as down to earth, playful and reflective of the Cali-girl that she is.

To make the headboard, I found a beautiful piece of wood at Home Depot, bolted it to the wall and pasted on a, found, surf photo from the 70s. If you do this, make sure to get the anchors and large bolts. ( Otherwise, Flat Stanley ) If I had it my way?  I'd have made the image a bit funkier. Something like a Jeff Devine shot. But it turns out that this little fish, has all of the 'p.i.t.a. client' personality traits that sometimes come with this biz. My hands were tied.
 ( Her room recently had a camp trunk explosion so I can't take a photo of the finished product just yet )


2.  Boone Light fixture by Park Collective (another fave lighting source is Omega)

5. Gold bean bag by Nneka Okorie (the one in picture is only avl in Canada)
6. Kalixx shelving Ikea

the B to the Log

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