Wow, can you guys believe it’s already November?? It’s almost time to get ready for Christmas! Haha.
Anyways, I have a new design in my shop! I call it, New Mexico Bull Skull.
This piece is influenced by my time living in Santa Fe, New Mexico (some 10 years ago now). I have found myself reminiscing about it lately for some reason.
The background photo is one I took of the landscape just outside of Santa Fe, in a wild place I used to go with my friends “romping” (aka off-roading). The dirt road takes you all the way to the Rio Grande river!
The bull skull itself is a common symbol of the Southwest and is a feature of several of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings (she lived in Abiquiu, New Mexico, which is where she made most of her famous artwork.)
New Mexico is a very cool and magical place, if you ever have the chance to go there I recommend checking it out!
Here is how this design turned out on some of the products in my Society6and Redbubble stores!
Sometimes I need to take a break from my day job, and my night job (which includes creating art, blogging, posting to social media, cooking, cleaning, working out, taking care of my Kitty, etc etc) in order to relax and recharge my batteries — while also gathering inspiration for new designs!
So, my boyfriend and I decided to take a little trip down to Los Cabos, Mexico, (which is only about a 4 hour flight from Vancouver) and we spent a fun and relaxing 7 days in the area.
Here are some of the highlights from our trip!
This was the view from our hotel room (which included a hot tub on the balcony!) at Royal Solaris Los Cabos Resort and Spa, located in San Jose Del Cabo:
While the resort was all-inclusive we still wanted to get out for a few days to explore the area. We wound up renting a car and checking out a few spots including Santa Maria Bay (where we did some snorkeling) and the city of Cabo San Lucas.
Besides that we spent most of our days relaxing by the adult pool being served delicious drinks all day long by our attentive waiter Alfredo, and dipping our toes in the ocean here and there (the undertow is too strong there to do much ocean swimming).
Oh and check out all of the awesome loot we got! As you can see I like tequila, hot sauce, sugar skulls and flip flops 😮
Now it’s back to work, creating new designs and working off all those extra calories!
Let me know if you have any questions about my trip, or about visiting Los Cabos, as I would be happy to try and help!
Well I never expected my trip to Paris would end in such a terrible way. I had an amazing time up until about 10 pm Paris time on Friday, November 13th when the terrorist attacks began.
The only way I can describe it as was very confusing and scary. We were actually at a bar very close to where some of the attacks occurred, watching the soccer game, and had to leave via an emergency exit in order to return to our rented apartment.
We made it out of the city around 5 am that morning to catch our scheduled flight home and luckily made it through the enormous security line at the Charles de Gaulle airport.
I feel very lucky to have made it home safely and feel terrible for all those who didn’t 😦
Since I wasn’t able to sleep well after I got home due to the time change, I worked on creating some prints from my photographs of the Eiffel tower. I have a ton more photos to share but they will have to wait until later.
This is one of a few different versions I have made: It is a black and white night time photograph of the Eiffel tower with the words “J’aime Paris” layered over top.
It is available as a print and more in my Society6 store currently. These could make great gifts for anyone who loves Paris!
This post is a little different from my usual art & design related content but since I went on this epic roadtrip with my boyfriend last week I thought I’d share with you some of my photographs and experiences!
Starting off in Vancouver, Canada we drove down highway 101 along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California, spent some time in San Francisco and ended up in Santa Cruz. After that we headed up the I-5 back home.
The first night we wound up staying in a little boutique hotel in Astoria, a small town on the very northern point of Oregon. After that we drove down the Oregon coast and took in all the beautiful coast lines, stopping for a bit on the windy, soft sand beaches.
That night we found a great campsite near the Oregon Sand dunes. The dunes were huge and awesome, it made me feel a little like I was in Egypt or something!
The next day we realized we had to book it to San Francisco in order to check into our hotel room on time. It was a long drive but there were lots of lovely views, winding roads, and we even managed a stop to drive through a giant redwood tree!
In retrospect, next time I would add an extra day to the drive down so we could stop and relax a little more.
Finally made it to San Francisco!
We did a 1 hour boat cruise of the Bay and it was totally worth it for the stunning views and great photos.
And of course we had to wander around Fisherman’s Wharf and eat some chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl while watching the sea lions on the Pier.
We pretty much did all the major touristy stuff there is to do in San Francisco. Golden Gate Park, shopping in Union Square, then a trip through Chinatown which is a great place to get cheap souvenirs by the way.
After spending a couple of days in San Francisco we headed on down to Santa Cruz for a fun and relaxing beach day (and night) which also included a crazy ride on an old and rickety roller coaster!
The next day we headed back towards Vancouver on the I-5 and made some major mileage. Once we hit southern Oregon we found this adorable campsite by a lake near Ashland.
The final day of driving was marked by crazy forest fire smoke hazing the sky and landscape all the way from southern Oregon to northern Washington State. It was pretty eye-opening in regards to the drought and major wildfire issues the region is currently facing, which is only getting worse each year.
Anyway I hope you guys have enjoyed checking out my West Coast road trip photos. I plan to work on some new designs over the next few weeks so stay tuned for that!
I would like to share some photos from my recent trip to Ibiza. If you don’t know, Ibiza is an island located in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Spain. It is known for it’s beautiful beaches as well as it’s world class nightclubs and parties!
Here are a few of the highlights…
I hope you enjoyed my photos and get to visit Ibiza one day too! I also spent about a day in Amsterdam so I will share my photos from there as well, so stay tuned 🙂