Thursday, February 11, 2010
Venice Beach Girl
I am finally done with my Venice Beach Girl! I grew up on the Boardwalk of Venice Beach and this piece represents a lot of that - my parents, my brothers, pieces of me and my life and what I think about when I envision the LA of my childhood, or maybe the LA of my dreams. The essence of this strange place and the beauty I have always been obsessed with.
My mom was, and still is, a beautiful roller skating hippie dreamgirl at the Venice circle. My dad used to pull me along the Boardwalk in my red wagon, with his long hair and bell bottoms I could never squeeze into! They sold handmade children's clothes my mom sewed out of gorgeous Guatemalan fabrics that I modelled at our booth called "ItsaTansy" right next to one of my favorite restaurants Figtree's, which used to be just a little store where I would buy Flintstone's Push-Pops and then scamper back to the jungle gym that is no more.
It was a wonderful time and sadly that Venice is now gone, replaced by money and condos.... but at least the artists and the succulents are still here and as vibrant as ever...
Seeing it at this small size on a computer screen really doesn't do it justice. There is a lot of detail and a whole lot of sparkles :) and I'm not entirely sure of the colors in this since I made it on a PC and it looks much more vibrant on my Dell monitor. Can't wait to print this out huge!