For most of my teen life I wanted to be an artist. I attended an academy at 12 years old and became a skilled oil painter and stuck with it through high school. I applied to art schools but realized it wasn't the smartest choice both creatively and financially. I realized I didn't want to attend and pay a school for art. It was a tough choice at the time but the wisest choice. Art still holds a special place in my heart. I grew up fantasizing about being the next surrealist of our generation. Dreamt of dying some obscure death and then finally being recognized for my work(just kidding. maybe. or not). Little ole me spent hours at the local Barnes and Noble with my nose in art books that I couldn't even purchase because I was too young to even buy my own ice cream. I spent most of my childhood days not socializing but listening to the Swing Kids Movie Soundtrack and painting blank canvases in my room. I was a quiet child but my parents saw the passion in my eyes and skill in my hand when art was involved.
So when you put someone like me in a city like Los Angeles, everything is exciting and taken as a work of art. The city is filled with likeminded spirits who appreciate it too. The past year has been filled with an array of proposals for collaborations. I lost that spark I had for art when I began working a "big girl" job. I lost that passion and excitement to design and create organically, to be inspired by everything and anything. And recently, I have been overwhelmed with the possibility of collaborations with people who share that same passion to create. It's the year of creating and collaborating with unique individuals! I've got some collabs lined up and in the works so I am really excited to see what comes of it! That's what is great about this city, everyone wants to create. People are excited about the idea of sharing their thought process and develop ideas. You are in a place where the mind and willingness to create becomes infectious. Graffitied walls at every corner, murals on sides of buildings, just watching women walk down the street with color draped garments can become inspiration. The entire city is a canvas! And just this past weekend a blank canvas brightened up Silverlake. The Vincent Lamouroux Bates Motel. I'm sure if you are local to LA, you know exactly what I am talking about.
For those who don't know of this "Bates Motel" business. It is an art installation that was unveiled this past Sunday. Artist Vincent Lamouroux painted an old motel ALL white before it gets demolished. People gathered together and were blinded by the blank white walls and white palm trees on a sunny day in California. This installation is right down the street from where I live, so I stopped by and got the fuck out because the place was packed with tons of bloggers and photographers trying to get their shots. The installation is all white, fences, trees, inside, outside etc. Word around town is that local artists will be allowed to use it before it gets demolished but who knows. All in all it was an interesting site to see when driving home. The crowd was filled with eclectic individuals who appreciated it immensely. It's things like this that bring people together to appreciate something before it's gone. LA is a great city, make sure to discover it as much as you can, and the people in it as well.
WEARING: PANTS & TOP FROM A STORE. ACCESSORIES FROM ANOTHER STORE.