Saturday, December 19, 2009

CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!












Did you know the original house used in the movie A Christmas Story was auctioned on ebay in 2004, purchased for $150,000 by Brian Jones, a San Diego entrepreneur and fan of the film since childhood, and renovated to appear exactly as it did in the movie?! After spending $240,000 in renovations and stocking the house with props and replicas from the movie, the house opened as a museum and gift shop in 2007. Staff members give tours every half hour and maintain a well-stocked gift shop.

The house is located on 3159 W.11th St. in Cleveland, Ohio and welcomed its 100,000th visitor in August 2009.

A dozen of my favorite Christmas songs:

1. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
2. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
3. It Must Have Been Old Santa Claus - Harry Connick Jr.
4. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
5. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
6. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
7. Dominic the Donkey - Lou Monte
8. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
9. Last Christmas - Wham
10. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
11. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
12. Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty


My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies:
1. A Christmas Story
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original cartoon version)
3. It's a Wonderful Life
4. Home Alone 1/Home Alone 2
5. Christmas Every Day
6. Rudolph (the clay animation version)
7. Elf
8. The Shop Around the Corner
9. The Holiday
10. The Santa Claus

Enjoy and Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

KITSCH SIGNS

As you may have detected, I love things from the 50s, 60s and 70s... especially gaudy home decor. There's nothing like a good, vintage novelty sign to make your guests chuckle or question your taste in design. Here are some great kitsch signs I found on etsy this week. Perhaps you'll find their witticisms to be as amusing as I find them. I apologize for not providing links to each item, but browsing for these items yourself is half the fun:













Monday, November 9, 2009

Embarassing Moment

Love this story...

I was pleasantly surprised to be seated next to a very handsome man during a conference. We flirted casually through dinner, then grew restless as the dignitaries gave speeches. During one particularly long-winded lecture, my new friend drew a # sign on a cocktail napkin. Elated, I wrote down my phone number. Looking startled for a moment, he drew another # sign, this time adding an X to the upper-left-hand corner.
~Kari Moore (via Reader's Digest)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How I used to pick up boys in college...

I was going through old emails today and came accross this hilarious conversation I had with my mother on AIM on Friday, January 30, 2004, Enjoy!!

ME: i have a movie date er something on saturday lol
MY MOTHER: so how was your day?
MY MOTHER: uh-oh
ME: pretty ok i guess
ME: urs?
MY MOTHER: with whom
ME: with a guy from my tv broadcast class named justin
ME: hes a junior.. hes pretty cute
ME: bad taste in music tho and hes really into sports
MY MOTHER: oooo
MY MOTHER: give me all the details
ME: those were the details lol
ME: hes in my class but not in my group
ME: and today he came into the room i was in with a notebook
MY MOTHER: how did the date happen
ME: and i was bored so im like.. gimme ur notebook so i can draw all over it
MY MOTHER: and what did you draw
ME: lol... a squirrel frozen in a block of ice
MY MOTHER: OMG
MY MOTHER: lol
ME: HAHAHA
MY MOTHER: and that impressed him?
ME: and then i drew his name in block letters, an ice cream cone, uhm a multiple choice sentence about the class.. and i included my sn
MY MOTHER: sneaky...ky....ky....ky....ky....ky...ky
ME: JUSTIN: I was impressed by the wayward squirrel in my notebook, that was cute.
MY MOTHER: hahaha
ME: lol
MY MOTHER: it was the squirrel!
ME: squirrels work every time lol
MY MOTHER: hah
ME: O:-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Buy four prints and SAVE $20!!

*NEW* in my etsy shop: The Beach Treasures collection.


This set includes four fine art prints:

1. Seaglass and Driftwood
2. Sand Dollar, Starfish and Feather
3. Seashells and Scallop Shells
4. Horseshoe Crab and Coral

You save $20 buy ordering a set of four prints!!

All prints measure 5x5 OR 10x10 inches with polaroid edges. Perfect wall art for your beach house or any house you wish were by the sea.

Like all of my polaroid fine art prints, these images are UNEDITED.

Printed on archival matte paper with top notch professional printers. I send ALL my images to a professional printing press to be printed when you order one.

LARGER sizes (20x20 and 30x30) are available, please let me know what size you would like and i will gladly create a custom order listing for you.

All images Copyright Jena Ardell. All rights reserved.

http://jenaardell.etsy.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

Truly Inspiring: Michael Wolf

German-born author and artist Michael Wolf was raised and educated in the United States and has been living in Hong Kong for 15 years, a decade of which he has spent as a photographer. Wolf's work focuses on vernacular culture, particularly Chinese culture. His projects range from thought-provoking portraits to grand-scale gallery installments that beckon the introspection of society as a whole.


What first caught my eye was Wolf's 100x100 collection. For this project, Wolf photographed residents living in Hong Kong's oldest housing project, Shep Kip Mei, where each living space measured 10 x 10 feet. I was eager to peer into each room to see how individuality played a role in conceptualizing the limited space. After viewing a handful of photographs, I was left speechless. Instead of mind-numbingly satisfying my voyeuristic eye, I was left wondering: What personal possessions would I [be able to] keep if I only had 100 square feet?

Other projects by Wolf serve a similar slice humble pie. One such installment titled The Real Toy Story, consists of 16 images of Chinese toy factory workers surrounded by 16,000 plastic toys. The result: a powerful juxtaposition of imagery that invokes morality.

For this exhibit, Wolf scoured thrift shops in California for toys (all of which were made in China); sanded the back of each toy; glued several magnets to each toy back (45,000 magnets total); installed 30 large panels of sheet metal to a gallery wall; and covered the wall with the toys. It took three people working 10 hours daily for three days to attach all of the toys to the walls.

What impresses me most about Wolf's work is the level of dedication to his craft. Both projects were simple ideas which he took to a impressively higher realm. Seeing projects of this magnitude inspire me to conjure grand-scale ideas of my own which I hope will one day impact others as much as Wolf's work has impacted me.

More information about Wolf and his work can be found in this interview or on his website.

Friday, October 9, 2009

10 Truths

I haven't posted a blog in awhile so I thought this would be a good icebreaker and give me the opportunity (or obligation, hehe) to start blogging again.

I was tagged by Mr. Joel Alexander. Now it's my turn...

I must name 10 different HONEST things about myself. If I tag you, then you can do the same!!

1. My goals in life are to own a beach house and swim with manatees. (And become a successful photographer, of course).

2. I have an Associate's degree in French but I'm too self conscious to speak French in front of people... so I'm hoping to finally change that.

3. I secretly like getting poison ivy blisters.

4. I misinterpret song lyrics all the time but I usually like my version better, so I'll refuse to learn the correct lyrics in fear it will ruin my perception of the song.

5. I've always loathed bats and now I have every reason to continue loathing bats. If you know me, you'll know why... let's just say rabies shots + insane medical bill. :(

6. I own over 300 Archie comic books. I stopped collecting in 1997 or 1998, but I'll still buy pre-1970s issues if I happen to stumble across them.

7. I used to be anti-FarmVille (you know, the virtual farm application on facebook) and now I play it all the time. In fact, I'm probably harvesting my crops as you read this.

8. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a Roxy model.

9. I'm addicted to Pinkberry. There, I said it. Medium original with pineapple + strawberries + blueberries... that's my usual. :)

10. I have three tattoos and I want more. One will probably be an anchor.

Now I'm tagging...

Megs: http://wrapstar.us
Aaron: http://feaverishphotography.com/blog
Addison: http://loveaddsphotography.blogspot.com
Kate: http://flapperdoodle.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend, can't wait to read your responses!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Featured in Elle Girl Korea August 2009!!

My photography is featured on pages 2 and 33 of this month's Elle Girl Korea!!

Cover of the issue:

My Froggy on the Letter From the Editor page.
Full Page spread on page 33!!

AND ONLINE!!

I'm so excited to finally be published in a magazine. :)


In case you can't read Korean, here is my interview in English. Not sure what parts they published:

1-1 have you been published anywhere? My work has been published in a Madrid-based online magazine, 10x15, and a London-based online magazine, Appendix Magazine, as well as numerous blogs -- the most notable being Decor8 and {Frolic!}. This is the first time I am being published in a print magazine so I am very excited!

2 What are your favorite things to take the picture? I love photographing things, people, places or situations that have a dreamy, nostalgic appearance. My goal is to "transport people back in time" by creating authentic-looking retro images reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s; so I usually choose objects from those decades.

3 What are you working on right now? Right now I am working on three collections: Daydreams, Life's a Beach, and Under The Boardwalk. The latter two collections are offshoots of my growing Summer Love collection. These collections will be able to view on my website this fall. I also plan on publishing a book titled Summer Love in October which will feature 75 images, including a lot of never-before-seen work.

4 What puts you in the mood to create? I constantly want to create things because I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am able to turn my visions into something tangible. When I do not have time to create something, I make lists of things I want to create. I draw inspiration from anything and everything -- summer, the ocean, Old Hollywood movies, clothing patterns, vintage photographs, the composition of everyday objects, etc. I also spend a lot of time browsing the internet for images that catch my eye because I believe maintaining an inspiration folder is crucial to every artist.

5 What artist(photographer) do you admire? And reason? I admire artist David Hockney's vision of water and fixation with swimming pools. Hockney's Polaroid collages are impressive, especially since Photoshop was not involved in the process. I love the composition of Robert Bechtle's automobile paintings because my eye gravitates toward balance and symmetry. I am in awe of Old Hollywood photographer George Hurrell's portraits. Hurrell used light like no other photographer could or has ever. I am inspired by the simplicity and honesty captured in both Bill Wood's and Bill Owens's photojournalistic shots. Their work is so raw, it almost appears candid. I always strive to capture a similar sense of authenticity. As for contemporary photographers, Peter Granser is among my favorites because I share a similar admiration for subjects and landscapes that appear subtly absurd.

6 What is your dream? My goal is to keep the past alive and to own a tiny bungalow near the ocean where I can shoot photographs all summer long.

7 Where can we see more of your stuff? You can view my portfolio on my website: www.jenaardell.com. I also have an etsy shop http://jenaardell.etsy.com where I sell fine art prints and my work is also available for commercial usage through Getty Images.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Exciting News :)


My "Hello" soup shot made it to Getty Images's TOP 8!! http://tinyurl.com/klaa3p WOO WOO!!

Photos from APW Gallery's Something Different Show (where 30 of my polaroids are on display until Aug 23rd 2009).

Hope everyone is having a great summer!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

It's About Time

Have you ever noticed how many song titles are TIMES?! Here's a very eclectic playlist of songs with times as their titles...

Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline
At 1 AM - The Subways
2 AM - Slightly Stoopid
3 AM - Eminem
3 AM - Matchbox 20
4 AM - Gwen Stefani
5:55 - Charlotte Gainsbourg
6 AM - Roots of Creation
7 o'clock News/Silent Night - Simon and Garfunkel
8:16 AM - 311
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
10 AM - Sexy Lucy
11 O'clock Tick Tock - U2
Noon - Slot
Afternoon Delight - Will Ferell

Feel free to add more...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

10 Great Photography Quotations

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see. ~Elliott Erwitt

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. ~William Albert Allard

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask "how," while others of a more curious nature will ask "why." Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. ~Man Ray

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary. ~David Bailey

You don't take a photograph, you make it ~Ansel Adams

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film ~Robert Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer ~Ansel Adams

Your equipment DOES NOT affect the quality of your image. The less time and effort you spend worrying about your equipment the more time and effort you can spend creating great images. The right equipment just makes it easier, faster or more convenient for you to get the results you need. ~Ken Rockwell

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

News and Happenings: 6/21/09 (and special offer, oh my!!)


My work is featured on booooooom.

I've also be blogged by Appendix Magazine and FFFFOUND!

AND I can't believe I forgot to mention this earlier... four of my photos made it to The New York Times Blog!! (fourth row down). Check it out!!

Happy 1st Day of Summer Everyone!! :)

ONE-DAY ONLY BLOG OFFER: Receive free shipping if you order my "Welcome Summer" 8x8 fine art illustration before 12 AM June 22nd.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

News and Happenings: 6/11/09

Three of my photos are featured in Madrid's online magazine 10x15. Check out their "I Love Pools" issue here.

My etsy shop and blog are featured on Spiffy. :)

One of my illustrations is on Pinkberry's website now.

Blogged by Sweet As Candy.

I relisted more retro fine art prints in my etsy shop PLUS a greeting card set SALE!! http://jenaardell.etsy.com

AND SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST... *drumroll* I'M HOSTING A 8x10 RETRO FINE ART PRINT GIVEAWAY!! You can win an 8x10 Homage print.

Hope everyone is getting through June Gloom with a smile and umbrella.

Featured in 10x15's I Love Pools issue




Check it out!!

UPDATE 2/18/2011 : Also featured in 10x15's I Heart Dos issue!!




Monday, June 8, 2009

Send some smiles across the miles...


PRE-SUMMER SALE: For a limited time only, receive FIVE fine art greeting cards + envelopes for only $12.95 in my etsy shop. Order before 6/21/09 and you'll receive a 6th card FREE.

Friday, June 5, 2009

I Love Coronado

Spending three days with my friend Margot reminded me how great it is to have old friends. No matter the distance or time spent apart, you can always pick up where you left off...
I just returned from a three-day trip to Coronado and I must say, I loved it there. It felt like I was in another state outside of California. I took the train (for the first time) and was so impressed by the whole experience. We stayed with Margot's family at the Hotel Del, which is AMAZING. You should go to Coronado just to venture through it. Its history dates back to 1887 and is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California.

Between the train stations and the Hotel Del, I was in vintage-heaven. There are really neat 1920s wooden bench seats at Union Station that are just asking to be photographed!! Sounds crazy, but as I was walking up the train platform, I really got a feel of what it must have felt like to live in the 1920s-1930s. For a brief moment, I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach that made me wonder if I ever hopped on a train to ride to a Victorian beach resort in a past life. I imagined the opening scenes from Anna Karenina (the movie -- not the book, hehe).

Coronado itself is delightful... it's like an upscale, small beach town. Orange Street is lined with little souvenir and surf shops and there is a plethora of Mexican and seafood restaurants. It's the perfect destination for people with children or a romantic getaway for adults. If you are hoping to spend most of your time at the beach while you are on vacation, forgetaboutit. We spent the least amount of time on the beach. In fact, the ocean seems like it's just scenery there. My biggest peeves were the Marine Layer (that clouds up the sky every day until noon or 1 PM) and sand fleas. Los Angeles county beaches are dirtier, but they do not have sand fleas.

West Coast beaches look pretty, but they leave a lot to be desired. I'm still an East Coast/Jersey Shore girl at heart.

This was rather interesting though... I was searching Google Maps at our hotel and came across this:

A closer look:
My first thought was Coronado knew Google Maps was coming to town, so they constructed this giant sand sculpture but after further Googling, I discovered that the GIANT letters are a permenant fixture. In fact, guys in bulldozers maintain the letters, which are about four feet high. Whoever started this even planted/rooted sea grasses on top of the letters to help preserve them and make them easier to read from the sky!! I just wish there was an observation deck somewhere to see all the letters and, more importantly, photograph them. ;)

I RECOMMEND:
For Breakfast: Beach-n-Diner, 1208 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
For Dinner: Swaddee Thai Restaurant, 1001 C Ave, Coronado, CA
For Adults: Beach, boating/kayaking, a Romantic stay at the Hotel Del, shopping along Orange Street, Old Town, San Diego, and there are tons of activities in nearby San Diego.
For Kids: San Diego Zoo, Sea World or Legoland.

Link to the review I wrote about Swaddee.

View from the train heading back to L.A.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

His name is Nick H-e-x-u-m

"Somebody pointed out to me that the point of a relationship is to relate. Humans need to hear other people that they can relate with and have similar thoughts and feelings. When you can provide that through art, when people say, 'That's the same way I feel,' then that's a masterpiece. The more honest we get with what's going on in our hearts, the more people connect with it and feel it." ~Nick Hexum of 311

excerpt from a recent interview via Artist Direct.

Smart guy who's looking good with a mohawk. :) Can't wait to see 311 live on MONDAY!!!! If you haven't already checked out their new album Uplifter, you can listen to the album in its entirety here. I highly recommend "It's Alright," "India Ink" and "I Like The Way". Great album to grove to this summer!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Can't wait for Summer!!

Things I am looking forward to:

JUNE
-Selling prints on Getty Images
-Secret 311 Concert :)
-The release of 311's new album Uplifter.
-311 hosting LOVELINE radio on Tuesday June 2nd
-Spending three days in Coronado with my friend Margot and her family
-Going to see The Wallflowers at House of Blues with Rick
-Midnight showing of Almost Famous with Adam
-Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale... yes, it's actually something I look forward to, haha.
-Chilling with my friend Kevin who will be in CA with his girlfriend

JULY
-A week down the Jersey Shore (feat. Rick on the East Coast!!)
-Being a part of APW Gallery's "Something Different" Group Exhibition in Long Island, NY. Opening night is July 17th!!
-KKP weekend full of antique/thrift shopping and Thai food
-Photoshoots, photoshoots, lots of photoshoots!!
-Taking my grandmother to an Elvis impersonator concert
-Making scrabble tile pendant necklaces with my grandmother
-Beating my mother at scrabble
-Helping Lindsay decorate her new apartment
-Seeing Justin's new apartment

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

-South of the Border roadtrip with my Mother
-What About Bob Trip with my best friend Andrea
-Hanging out and making silly videos with KKP at Princeton
-Spending my 25th birthday with family and friends back home
-Beach day trips with Lindsay
-Baking a 14-layer cake with Andrea
-Statue of Liberty field trip with my mom, Justin and Andrea (possibly Zac and Jess too!!)
-Spending as much time with family and friends as possible!! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UPDATES

I currently have 28 images up for sale (for commercial and editorial usage) on Getty Images AND 24 more images will be added!! You can see my collection for Getty Images here.

I was interviewed by fellow photographer Aaron Feaver. You can read the interview here and you can view Aaron's work here.

I was also interviewed by Amelie Foley. You can read her article (en Fran├žais!!) and the interview (in English) on her blog.

And as always, you can follow me on twitter. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Keep Me In Your Locket

Stumbled across these vintage photos that are too good to keep to myself:




Enjoy the weekend!! XOXO

Monday, April 27, 2009

Outfit For Under $40

Excited about a recent purchase, I decided to create a silent film. You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGLRlVS9iUo ENJOY!!

Music: Plucky Daisy by Kevin MacLeod.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Feeling Good

My work was posted on {Frolic!} AND decor8 yesterday, woo woo!! I'm glad everyone loves the Summer Love Collection.

AND *drumroll* my work is for sale at Getty Images now!! I'm really excited about that.

Expect some updates at jenaardell.com in the very near future... or next 20 min.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spotlight on: Photographer Bill Wood

I felt like I hit the jackpot when I recently discovered Photographer Bill Wood's expansive collection of 1950s and 1960s Americana!!

Wood spent nearly 40 years photographing local businesses, showrooms and product displays in Fort Worth, Texas where he owned and operated the Bill Wood Photo Company. His photographs were not meant to be artistic in composition or style, but Wood's authentic -- borderline deadpan -- portraits predate a style emulated by today's photographers.

After his death in 1973, Wood's family decided to sell the negatives of his work. Wood's collection would have not reached mainstream media had actress, and avid photo collector, Diane Keaton not purchased 20,000 of his negatives. Keaton kept the negatives in storage and would occasionally make contact sheets, each time finding hundreds of images she loved. With the help of freind Marvin Heiferman, Keaton turned the archive into an exhibition and book project.

"Some of us can just never get enough imagery, never enough staring at stills. It's a hunger. It's a real hunger, it's a starvation. You need more and more, there's never enough looking. Ever," Keaton has said of the project.

In May 2008, Keaton and Heiferman curated an exhibition titled "Bill Wood's Business" at the International Center of Photography in New York City. You can find a copy of the book containing Wood's work here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

HAPPY EASTER/PASSOVER EVERYONE!!!!

Here are some Easter photos from my flickr photostream:




Easter Best
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.



Me and Thumper
Originally uploaded by jena ardell.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Edible Penguins


Check out these adorable penguins I made for Liz's Passover Dinner!! Next year, I'm adding yamikas. They are sooo easy (yet time consuming) to create. All you need: two cans of unpitted olives, carrots, cream cheese and toothpicks. Your guests will be thrilled.

Here's how to make them:

1. First, either using baby carrots or regular carrots, create your penguin feet by slicing carrot rounds. If you're using regular carrots and small olives, stick with the tapered half of the carrot so the feet will be smaller/proportional to the penguin body. Slice as many carrot rounds as you would like penguins for. Starting in the center of each round, carefully cut small outward V's (to make the carrot look more like penguin feet). Be sure to save the V's you cut out for the beaks!!

2. Prep olives by holding them vertically and slicing one side from top to bottom. I did not have an pastry bag when I made my penguins but if you have one, your prep time will be cut in half!! Fill your pastry bag with cream cheese and pipe cream cheese into the sliced olives. This gives the penguins their white bellies. If you do not have an pastry bag, you have to fill the olives using a knife or your fingers and cream cheese will get all over the olives and then you will need to wipe them off... so invest in an pastry bag!! Set the filled olives aside, they are the penguin bodies.

3. It's time to make the heads so grab some more olives!! DISCLAIMER: If you get frustrated easily or are impatient, I recommend you pipe cream cheese into the center of each olive. This will hold the heads together while you are trying to shove a carrot nose into a small incision. If you think you have the patience or do not have an pastry bag, leave the olives plain. Take your leftover carrot V's and slice them vertically once or twice. Holding your olive horizontally, make a small X incision in the center of the olive. Stick the carrot noses into the incision and VIOLA, penguin heads!!

4. Now it's time to construct. Using a small dab of cream cheese, stick your penguin feet to a platter or dish. This is your base. Keeping your penguin heads horizontal, stick a toothpick down the center. You only need to bring the olive head 3/4 up the toothpick. When you have your head in place, slide an olive body onto the toothpick. Keep the bodies vertical and heads horizontal. Once you have a toothpick with both a head and body, stick the end of the toothpick into one of the carrot feet. You should have a penguin!!

5. TIP: Keep the platter chilled until your guests arrive, otherwise the cream cheese will melt and your penguins will slide all over the place. If you need to store them overnight, carefully place wet paper towels and/or Seran Wrap over the penguins. This will prevent the carrots and olives from drying out. ENJOY!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

5 FRIDAY FAVORITES

Some of these sites have been among my favorites for a loooong time and some I've just discovered:

1. As you can see, I looove making lists. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this little gem. Such a simple and wonderful idea!!

2. Flickr is heaping with all sorts of talents but this has always been one of my favorite photo streams. Zalita makes all of those edible goodies in her shop "Cupcake D'lights" in Durban South Africa. Everything looks too good to eat!!

3. Kewlest worldwide art project idea: A Home For Alice. People from all over the world send a Polaroid picture of their house (along with a little text about why they feel at home there) to Alice who displays it on her blog. The entire collection has already been displayed in a few galleries across the globe AND... "At the end of the project, all the best pictures will be collected to become a book, that will relate the whole adventure." AWESOME.

4. Lately I've been obsessed with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. There is nothing more romantic than a TRUE Hollywood love story that lasts a lifetime. You can watch their story here.

5. Zooey Deschanel + Joseph Gordon Levitt = 500 Days of Summer. August 20th can't come soon enough!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Where You Can Find Me:

A 12x12 styrene of my "Vixen" Retro Fine Art Print is currently for sale and on display in the L'Keg Gallery in Los Angeles.

Lipsticktracez is featuring some photos from my Summer Love collection in their online gallery. Check it out!!

Travelomo published a nice blurb about my Oktomat photos here.

I posted a slideshow of my Summer Love Collection on youtube complete with an awesome version of "Summer Breeze" covered by The Main Ingredients.

And as always,
I added some *NEW* items in my etsy shop: http://jenaardell.etsy.com

Much more to come!! XOXO

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

M.I.A

Sorry I've been M.I.A!! March was a busy month. Justin, my friend from college, visited me for a week and we spent three days in San Francisco. We rented a car and took Route 1/the PCH up the coast to get there. It took 10 hours to get there (instead of 6 or 7 hours via Route 5), but it was worth it!! I wasn't too impressed with Pebble Beach but the drive along Big Sur was amazing. We hit up all of the typical San Fran locales... went to Alcatraz; drove down Lombard Street; found the REAL Full House House (1709 Broderick Street); Visited Alamo Square/Painted Ladies; walked 1/4 way across the Golden Gate Bridge; took photos from the Marin Headlands; went to Fisherman's Wharf; ate Thai food. All and all, a fun trip!! I also introduced Justin to Pinkberry and now he is an addict. We ate Pinkberry (sometimes for breakfast!!) at least 4 times that week.

Also in March, my favorite boss Dave Nagel landed a HUGE job for Best Buy. It was a four-day shoot with 11 models and an excellent crew!! We shot at 5th and Sunset studios whose in-house chef spoiled us with breakfast and lunch every day. Breakfast burritos; bacon and eggs; French toast and fresh fruit for breakfast. Pork tenderloin on Monday; grilled chicken on Tuesday; salmon on Wednesday and skirt steak on Thursday--always accompanied by salad, sides and dessert!! Did I mention there's a coffee bar?! Best studio to work in!! During the four days, my boss shot an impressive 11,759 photos!! I shot a lot of production stills and videos that will available after the ad campaign debuts this October. I have to admit, I am impressed with the quality of Canon's 5D Mark II video setting... but the fact that it's manual focus is a drag. I had the opportunity and pleasure to work with Kirk Weddle, my boss's longtime friend, who produced the shoot. (For those of you who may not know, Kirk shot Nirvana's infamous baby underwater album cover for their album "Nevermind." You can read the whole story here). Watching Kirk and Dave interact and hearing all of their crazy college stories was a blast!! Can't wait to work with both of them again... which luckily will be soon!!

I've been drawing a lot of cutesy comics lately which I am hoping to display on a personal website. I just created an awesome summery comic but it's still spring so you'll have to wait to see it!! I'd love for a website or magazine to want to buy my comics for their publication. I should really look into it but I have to find the right market for them first.

And that pretty much sums up March, other than consuming lots of delicious Ice Pan, babysitting, going on an ebay spending spree and having my Polaroid camera break... luckily two replacements are on their way!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

BLOGGED in Peach & Pearl

Adorable nod from Emily at Peach & Pearl The Blog this weekend: http://peach-pearl.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-weekend.html

Seems like a lot of people love my R.S.V.P print.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What have you done for others lately???

Recently, I've been bitten by the volunteer bug. Last Friday, I donated five dollars to charitywater.org, an organization that allows people who live in developing countries to have access to clean drinking water. (Click here if you would also like to donate). This Wednesday, I will be making quilts with Quilting for Others - an organization that makes and donates quilts to underprivileged children. Next Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I volunteered to help serve breakfast to homeless people in Hollywood. How are you helping people in need???

Volunteering seems like a selfless act, but in volunteering you also receive something in return -- the gratification of knowing you made a difference in someone's life. Want to help, but don't know where to start??? Use google to find nonprofits that serve your community or, if you live near Los Angeles, visit Big Sunday to find ways to volunteer.

Even more ideas on helping others: become a Big Brother/Big Sister; walk dogs at a local animal shelter; visit seniors at a nursing home/care center; read to children at a local school or library; write letters/send care packages to our troops; donate canned foods to a food bank; give blood; volunteer at a local church; donate time or money to a cause you feel passionate about.

Spend one or two less hours in front of the television/computer and invest time in the lives of others. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BLOGGED in Paper N Stitch

Article about my work featured in Paper N Stitch: http://papernstitchblog.com/2009/02/09/americana Check it out!! :)

A great big THANK YOU to Brittni for the wonderful article/review!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

BLOGGED in Mixed Plate's Friday Favorites

Proud to be among one of online entrepreneur/designer Liana Miyamura's favorites: http://www.mixedplateblog.com/2009/02/friday-favorites-60.html

Monday, February 2, 2009

NEW!! Retro Fine Art Greeting Cards

Now available in my etsy shop!!






Sending smiles across the miles. :) Sets of five or single blank retro fine art greeting cards!! http://jenaardell.etsy.com