San Francisco Open Studios in the Mission is almost here (weekend 1)! Hope that you will visit me at Studio 202 @ The Art Explosion Studios, 744 Alabama Street (@19th). So many wonderful artists and designers will also have their studios open. When? Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. There are so many studios to visit in the area, a great way to spend the weekend. www.artspan.org/artist/christielarussell
Last weekend Valerie Aigron made a special stop in San Francisco while traveling on business in North America. The occasion? Well two fold. Spend some time with us (such an honor to call her friend) and to pick-up her painting; “The Martini”. As I said on my Facebook Fan Page, I am very excited to have my painting go to France. As a painter I find this to be very romantic. Valerie is the Export Manager for Cave de Rasteau, located near Vaison-la-Romaine in the beautiful region of Provence. And BTW, the wines are quite nice and at an unbelievable price point… they are available in many fine wine stores and at Whole Food Markets, give them a try.
My partner Anne made us an amazing (Bond, James Bond) Martini to toast the transfer of the painting... a toast... viva la France! Viva la California! Life is so great. Viva your close friends from around the globe!
The total eat/ drink local (Slow Food) can be done for one fantastic Martini! Where there is a will there is a way. Vya extra dry Vermouth. Produced in Madera California. Meyer’s local lemons Vodka of your choice (in the case of the painting Grey Goose of course)… want to stay total local food shed? No problem, Hangar 1 Vodka (made in Alameda, California). I have never been one for distilled bevereges, so it has been an aquired taste. But that said I have always wanted to understand Bond, James Bond. Vodka = lemon. Gin = olive.
In Studio 202. I finally finished the 2nd painting of Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Park #2 (oil, 20x20”)
and Summer Swim (oil, 48x36”).
I have three new paintings started, always have new paintings and drawing in the works, will have to wait to get back to them until after Open Studios.
Some very cool car sightings recently… this posting is the international tour! German, English, Italian and USA.
Check out this beautiful 1962 VW Bug that was parked in Hayes Valley.
Also spotted was this really nice Triumph TR4 (known as the TR4). This model was produced between 1961 and 1964, and a blast to drive!
Loved this Fiat 500 (I think it’s a 500, some of the models were very similar). How cute it this car! More like a pet.
And speaking of cars that seem to be more like cute little pets. This one is our new MINI Cooper S Clubman Ice Blue. We waited for 10 weeks for her to be made and delivered from England. Fun? Wow talk about the fun factor! So love having an English sports car again! Our new girl is a very fun shooting break!
And for the another cool car sighting in this posting check out this 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe model I spotted in Moro Bay, CA. This car is restored in original condition, meaning, there are some flaws, but that’s the beauty of it (well for us car buff’s).
As a wrap up to this postings car sightings, here is a little something you can pick-up for a mere $145k. Audi R8 V10 spotted in Avila Beach.
And now to some of the cool new street sightings I’ve come across in the last couple of months.
This is a Colla stencil, lasted less than 2 days on Valencia Street (@18th). Probably the most beautiful stencil I have seen in a long time and I have my guesses as to why it was painted over so quickly, but, this is not a political blog, so I won't go there.