From a lovely and creative young lady named Megan, come these fabulously decorated, one-of-a-kind Glamorous Glasses! Megan used bits ad pieces of lots of things to get this fabulous affect. I'd wear these in a heartbeat! Doesn't this make you want to create a unique pair for yourself?
I never really embraced the narrow eyeglass frame trend of recent years. I stuck to my standard, roundish, wayfarer sort of frame. "Bigger and rounder" is the phrase I always use when I visit my favorite optician. And it's been the same for about 40 years. But in this case, "smaller and smaller" is what I would ask for. Aren't these fabulous? I need these...for something!
This is an illustration I did after reworking an old piece I did for Soap Opera Digest years ago. The theme of the old art was that every family had at least one skeleton or slightly nutty member in the closet. In this case, it was the grandma!
What do you think? Do you think every family has at least one eccentric character? I do, but I'm not saying who that person is in my family...
I was recently interviewed by Monica Lee over at Smart Creative Women. Monica runs a great site that gives people the opportunity to hear about artistic journeys from the artists themselves. She also offers sage career advice and consultation if you are a working artist or creative person.
I was happy to share my history, even if I did reveal the extent to which I STILL have my Rockland County New York accent! I don't know about you, but I love getting to know the hows, whys, and wherefores that artists go through to get to where they end up. I truly enjoyed talking about my own winding life journey in the arts.
I am also sharing some pictures from my home as well as some new paintings. To be honest, everything in my life is pretty connected: the books, the art and the things I collect. Can't really take one thing away from the other. So go over to my other blogs, Design Rocket and Cats and Jammers Studio for more peeks into my studios and home!
Well, yes. Yes I do have more than one pair. I won't tell you exactly how many, but I just picked up my latest today ( a pair of striped illestevas to be exact, fitted with transiton progessive lenses) and while I was there I left another pair to be fitted with prescription lenses, too. I don't buy designer clothing, designer pocketbooks or fancy shoes (although I could develop a serious custom cowboy boot habit, given the chance), so my fashion vice of choice is eyewear.Lots of eyewear.
But Mr. Gok Wan says I should have more than one pair. Well, then, I say OK!!! Anyway, that's my story and I 'm stickin' to it!
If you love Mad Men, it is hard NOT to love Christina Hendricks' character, Joan Holloway. And if you love glasses, it's not hard to love her in great eyewear!
A good friend sent me a cringe-worthy interview of Ms. Hendricks which I will NOT post a link to, but that interview also called attention to a Beauty Pageant for glasses wearers! Yes, there is such a thing and you can enter.
So....last week I played hooky from ICON. What is ICON, you ask? ICON is the big Illustration conference that is held in various locations around the USA, every other year--I think. This year it was held in Providence, so the location was close and easy to get to, and I would not have to spring for airfare and hotel fees--which, BTW, is one of the reasons I have never bothered to go before. That, and the fact that I have been too darn busy for years to attend many conferences of any kind (and it is not getting any easier).
But I digress. The major reason I did not attend was the fact that my heart was not in it, even though I paid to register months ago. After a while, if you have been illustrating for as long as I have, one event blends into another and you hear the same talks over and over again. And at some pont talking heads are just that--talking heads. Plus, the longer I make art, the more selfish I get about my time and how I spend it. Hence, I stayed home. Art is one of those things: it is aways better to actually DO it than talk about doing it. I tend to get very antsy sitting and listening to people talk about how I should be making art. It makes me want to go home and make art.
But the day was not lost, because I did indulge myself by doing something I absolutely LOVE to do, even though it was not making art: take a good friend shopping for eyeglasses. And, while we were there, OF COURSE I had to try on a few pairs myself. Which means I also got new eyeglasses. Surprised at me? Of course not. You know me well.
My friend, writer and illustrator Carlyn Beccia, said she loves Cat Eye glasses, a la the 50s and 60s, but that her face was not well suited to them. Wrong! She has the perfect face for Cat Eyes and picked out the most perfect pair (although I was really hoping she would get the red ones). They were nicer and redder than these, but you get the picture.
It was wonderful being in FOCAL POINT opticians in Newton. The reason is simple: they have thousands of frames, they know I am an eyeglass fanatic, and they let me spend literally hours trying on new frames of all kinds in all colors. It is my absolute favorite place to get eyeglasses. I bring friends and family there all the time.
Here is the problem: I could do this seven days a week. And if I did, that would not leave much time for making art and writing and illustrating children's books which is what I also do every other waking moment I can (well, when I am not hunting for antiques and junk). And here is one more small problem: buying lots of new eyeglasses can be very expensive.
So, what's a gal to do? Do VIRTUAL EYEGLASS SHOPPING. Which translates into being on line....a lot. But I just discoverd that I can not only look at frames on line, I can read all about them now that I have checked out 20/20 Magazine, which is "OF, BY, FOR, and ABOUT" eyeglasses.
Here are some links to James Spina, the editor in chief of the magazine narrating some eyeglass fashion shows. Can I say that I drooled over the jewled pairs? And coveted the colors? Check out "THEY LOOK GREAT IN GLASSES" and "GenEYE" just for starts.
Back in the sixties, when I was living at home in good old Stony Point, NY, I used to spend a lot of time in Malloy's Pharmacy. It probably had something to do with my mother needing to pick up prescriptions, or maybe we were just hanging around, but I have vivid memories of being in the middle of the store staring into the costume jewlery counter.
It was there that I purchased an amber, beaded necklace for my mother, most likely for her birthday or Mother's Day. I also remember getting a necklace with a football pendant. That was in the middle of my cheerleading/majorette/collegiate taste era. I am certian I purchased several circle pins of assorted colors to wear on my "coordinated sweater which went over the matching wool skirt" outfits.
And then, there were things like this:
Watches with changeable colored bands and face rings! Tres Chic!!! If I got a set like any of the above (the one I remember, tho, from the mid 60s was not quite as fancy) I could match my circle pin to my watch set and also to my sweater/skirt outfit! That was my fashion fantasy supreme!
Well, even though I spent many hours looking it it in Malloy's, I never did get the watch set. To be fair, I never wore watches back then. And, I was also never on time, either, so there you go. Besides, before long, I wouldn't be caught dead in a circle pin, so it was no great fashion loss.
BUT--one can only imagine how my heart would have skipped a beat had I seen this set which you can find on Etsy right here:
Somewhere by 1964, I had managed to convince my mother that I needed reading glasses and I was able to finagle a pair out of her at E.J. Korvettes in Nanuet. MY FIRST GLASSES!!!! They looked almost exactly like these:
Remember Korvettes? That was another place that I killed a lot of time in. I distinctly remember standing in the record department staring at albums by the Everly Brothers and a very young Bob Dylan, all of whom seemed to me to be particularly hair challenged.
But I digress. Back to the main object of my affections: the glasses. So, can you imagine my delight if I had seen the set above with their changeable color accents on the frames?? Be still my heart.
However--and this is a BIG HOWEVER-- today you can now get glasses that allow you to fool around with your "look." The company that I am talking about and which I have a pair from is called DILEM and the temples are iterchangeable and the choices of colors and designs are great fun!
These are all the same glasses with different temples. The temples snap off and on very easily.
Are these cool or what? The temples also come in assorted solid colors. And the frames vary, as well.
If these had been around back in the day, I am sure I would have read the eye chart upside down in order to qualify for a pair...or pairs.
Now if only they could figure out a way to change the color of the frames themselves, along with the temples, I would be in eyeglass heaven for sure. I might even get matching circle pins.