Freeways and Overpasses: An Artist’s Muse, Part II

above: Ben Aronson‘s Closed Ramp, Westside Highway There has been such an ongoing interest in a post I did months ago, called “Freeways and Overpasses; An Artist’s Muse”  that it’s time for Freeways and Overpasses; Part II.

Freeways and Overpasses: An Artists’ Muse. Part I.

above: Wayne Thiebaud’s “Freeways”, 1978 Having grown up in California, the car culture capital of the world, and having done a lot of driving in my time (including two cross-country trips), I’ve grown accustomed to the sight of freeways and overpasses. I never found them ‘ugly’ as so many people claim. And I was happy […]

Cityscape Show IX Opens at George Billis Gallery. And Here Are 28 Pieces From It.

Today is the opening reception for the ninth Cityscape Show at George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, an annual favorite of mine (see ourpost on last year’s here). The group show features depictions of Northern and Southern California’s natural and man-made surroundings, capturing everything from the state’s urban elements and lifestyle to its vast geography […]

The Surreal Sci-Fi Art of Simon Stålenhag Coming To The Big Screen.

Simon Stålenhag, the internationally acclaimed author, concept designer and artist behind Tales from the Loop (now a series on Amazon Prime Video) and Things from the Flood recently produced his beautifully illustrated novel, The Electric State, through a Kickstarter campaign and it was just optioned to be a film.

A Look At Carmageddon – 20 Awesome Photos.

The Los Angeles Times has done a great job of keeping us Los Angelenos up to date on the dreaded “Carmageddon” (also referred to at Carpocalypse and Autopalypse) with photos and updates by many of their staff members.

San Francisco As Seen By Artists Greg Gandy And Jeremy Mann

Principle Gallery in Virginia, recently showed a painting exhibit named ‘City Views’ featuring the work of San Francisco-based artists, Jeremy Mann and Greg Gandy. I have long been a fan of Greg Gandy’s and am now a new fan of Jeremy Mann’s as well. Having grown up in the SF Bay Area, I feel these […]

Cute, Casual SoCal Accomodations: The New Custom Hotel

Custom Hotel is an LA boutique hotel that offers a contemporary design aesthetic at affordable rates for the international business traveler staying for one night as well as the leisure guest escaping for an extended weekend retreat.

Artists Take The Plunge: The Swimming Pool As Subject.

Above: My now stolen pool painting by Christy Botkin Reeves, 48″ x 72″ I got such a wonderful response to my post about varying artists’ freeway and overpass paintings, that I thought I’d do the same with one of my other favorite subjects: the swimming pool.