Friday, December 9, 2011

New Paintings

{And The Last Dustbin You'll Ever Buy}

My "office" feels like a Wardian case these days; getting off the dreary subway and walking into the studio is like entering a Victorian hothouse. The space is small, the roof leaks, and it sounds like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are galloping through the pipes when the radiator gets going, but I really love the place. The north-facing windows make for excellent painting light and ideal houseplant growing, and all those tentacular bromeliads and epiphytes are starting to creep into the paintings:
















On another note, P's buddy, Brendan Ravenhill, made a fantastic video of his clever dustbins being fabricated in Los Angeles. Not only is Brendan a design genius (see his Perfect Bottle Opener in my gift guide from two years ago- that thing makes the *best* stocking-stuffer), but he's one of those rare souls who marries New England utilitarianism with a West Coast Mid-Century aesthetic, and that, my friends, appeals to my bicoastal heart most acutely. He's like if Charles Eames had been born a Yankee blacksmith. I'd trade a painting for one of his cord chandeliers in a heartbeat.

Have a great weekend, friends. More of Brendan's work here

21 comments:

  1. beautiful. i'm loving your work. i know what you mean about the workspace. i've been there. i was usually freezing too. i hope your staying warm.

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  2. Mmm, almost tropical. I like it. :)

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  3. LILY! get ye amaryllis in soil, girl. my stag fern just bit the dust. wah.

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  4. Ha! You post about a dustbin 1 day after my mother finally broke down and bought a sub-par trashcan! She is the type to obsess over finding the most practical, long lasting, best of its kind object so she'll definitely appreciate this- even if it's too late.

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  5. Desi- thanks lady!
    1S- yes!
    Katie- I KNOW, it's unforgivable. It's happening today, I promise! Sorry about the staghorn- tell me the tragic tale- overwatering or underwatering?
    Flying- oh, she'll LOOOOOVE it. I have a great SimpleHuman foot-pedal trashcan in the kitchen, but I'd love one of these puppies in the studio.

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  6. So much depends on the light of a space - it can make ALL the difference! I love this space of yours.

    xo
    cortnie

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  7. That is the cutest video of a trash can I have ever seen. Okay, the only. But still! I love it! I want one! I also want the machines that made it -- wow! Can you say take-your-fingers-off? AND your studio looks restful and inspiring and I love your tentacular bromeliads.

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  8. love the palette in the last one. have to say, i've had a hankering for non-western greenery this week along the lines of alchemilla, hakone grass and paperwhites. sigh!

    i look forward to the next new paintings! something dense and rich is coming on, no? happy painting li'l lil!

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  9. Aaaaah! Your paintings are just so beautiful. Put me in mind of Hawaiian quilts, somehow.

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  10. It is great to have a dedicated space to create...and to hold items that inspire the process!

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  11. Love the new paintings and your cozy studio — but, first and foremost, wanted to thank you for directing me to that Perfect Bottle Opener. My pops AND my boyfriend are now getting one in their stockings! I know they'll love it.

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  12. Such a wonderful collection of plants - all kinds of greens and textures and growing directions. They look very happy to share your space. Thanks for the peek into your work - really looking forward to seeing what happens with these. That close up of the big curvy brushstrokes pulls me in even though I'm usually drawn to more bold colors.

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  13. Your office is wonderful, I wish I had a space like that. I'm with you on those chandeliers, and I also like a lot the stool and the table. I love simple lines. I'm a lover of simple lines in a messy house and shop. What's wrong with me.

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  14. it's heaven in there!! i can't wait to meet you...
    j.

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  15. that's a fine-looking staghorn you have there, woman. how does it cling to your board?

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  16. your description sounds like our new apartment, clanging radiators an added bonus. Love these photos Lil--love love love what you're working on--when things quiet down would love to see you guys and your studio! My brother teaches at NYU so maybe I could meet you down in that hood for an alcohol laden hot chocolate or some chocolate laden alcohol. whatever.
    My best to P! Dinker-ji 4eva!!!

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  17. Oh the pretties. I'd kill for big north facing windows like those! *expletive* Post-1960 SoCal homes all seem to be built with small bedroom windows, it's like for 40 years nobody wanted light. Drives me crazy!

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  18. Thanks for all the nice comments! Check out Jen Causey's photos of the studio up on The Makers Project for some REAL photographs. She's amazing!

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  19. god i miss painting. your work is so inspiring. just lovely.

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  20. Lily, those painting are terrific! You have such talent. I can't wait to see what else you will create. Hope all is well.

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