Monday, October 03, 2011

Desert TreeI'll explain the origin of this incredible photograph in a bit. I'm going to feature them on my blog, but if you don't want to wait until I post, I'll tell you where you can see more.

I've been busy this last month, and can hardly believe it's already October. Along with my Disney job, I've been working on a freelance job that I just finished up last week for a fabulous company called Naked Princess. They are launching in the Fall with their gorgeous luxury lines of lingerie, home and body products. My friend is Chief Creative Officer and co-founder, and for the last two years has worked with a team to put a gorgeous line of products together with the finest of materials, designers and crafts people. I've been working with another awesome woman, the Chief Editorial Officer. I'll just state here that when I describe both of them, please don't envision the twats you see on TV who play at being what they think are admirable women. In a town full of bullshit artists and posers, these two are the real thing. Funny, fashionable, smart, hip, creative and absolutely real, who get other creative people and bring out the best in them. No posturing, because it's not needed. They are accomplished and I'm honored that they invited me to be a part of something that they've worked their tails off to make what it is. And, managed to also achieve their personal creative goals. Ayn, the editor, just had the feature rights to her book purchased by the same company that produces Californication.

At the end of October, I'm going to be in a photo shoot for the company along with the other contributors to their editorial publication, which I'm not sure I can mention yet. I have no idea what to expect, but I think it will be a lot of fun. One of the women is the founder or a contributor to Apartment Therapy, whom I'm totally looking forward to meeting. If any of you have been following my blog in the last few months, the reason why is obvious. I'll be working with them more in the future and look forward to it.

A few posts back, I mentioned that one of my dad's paintings had been featured in the Etsy Finds blog. Well, last month, he sold his first painting on Etsy! I was so thrilled to look at his shop one day and see "1 sale." And, so proud!! My dad and Marie were in the Czech Republic when I saw it, going on a cruise up the Danube River. I called the cruise ship and spoke to an extremely nice woman who became very excited when I told her the message to give to my dad. She said in her thick Eastern European accent, "Oh, he is artist? I did not know!"

Speaking of Etsy, that brings us to the photograph of the tree. Finally, after several months of cajoling from yours truly, Shannon has opened an Etsy shop, featuring photographs that he's taken on trips, out and about and when inspiration hits. He's been a professional portrait and wedding photographer for almost two decades and has a photographic eye that only comes from natural, artistic sensitivity and awareness to his surroundings and self. And, the technical talent to capture and translate that into a photograph. He's been on Etsy for less than a month and already sold three photos. It's just the beginning for him artistically in this venue and I can't wait to see what his shop and photographic work becomes. I was bugging him to open his shop because art like his shouldn't be hidden. It needs to be seen and made available to others who seek that respite and need a reminder that beautiful moments like this exist. It's been fun seeing him fall in love with photography again and hearing about the people who have been touched by his work and reached out to him through his shop.

So, visit Shannon's shop, and if you are on Etsy and don't have walls that are in dire need of gorgeous photos, add him to your circle and if you feel so compelled, favorite some of his photos. He's constantly adding photographs, so check back often.

Me at Micelli's in HollywoodAnd speaking of Shannon, we had a great time on his birthday at the original Micelli's in Hollywood, with singing waiters and the first cognac I've had in a long time. The bartender suggested a French Connection, which mixes Frangelica with cognac. I hadn't tried the drink before, and I have to say, it was awesome. Rich,deep and warm with a bit of the burn taken off by the ice. That was my idea, adding a few cubes and that made it perfect. I sipped it through the entire dinner and it was a great time. The photograph is me at the bar waiting for my "Connection."

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