Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LK Art and LA Hot Guy(s)!!!!

I saw it in Dayna's Studio. It was a piece she had created in a Lisa Kaus class. I googled her and found her other works of art and schedule of classes. Wanting to take one of her classes, I would always be off on the timing until.....

.....I see one scheduled for the end of June down in LA....YES! I immediately sign up for both days - two separate days of exciting classes. A couple of weeks before the trip I email Russ Stacey "Mr NBC" to see if he can get me quick Jay Leno tickets - a day later they are sent to me (how much do I love that!). The trip is set...two days of art and another one added to see Russ (and Jay!).

Day one is spent unpacking in our very retro room filled with huge chihuahua pictures (I loved waking up looking at him each morning~NOT!)....

....and then heading down the pathways to the glorious Manhattan Beach! The air and the sand and the sun felt fantastic (I have really been missing that sun thing!)!!!!

And nasturtiums (love you Andy) along the paths.

The next day was spent with Russ. Russ Stacy has got to be one of the nicest and most musically talented guys in the world! It started with a personal tour of NBC....

Touching the exact same spot Bob Hope touched 30 years ago....

And getting to be the news anchor woman and hang out with Fritz - the HOT LA Weather Man!!

Off to attend the Leno show, followed by margarita's with Russ and then a trip to Universal CityWalk for a water tube massage and chocolate Ice Cubes!

Day one of the art class was called "Gridlock", working with graphite, drills, dremels and wax. This was my created masterpiece! Tired from the all day class, a group of us decided to meet for happy hour. There I show Gary (the "real" hot guy of LA) my creation.

Day two was called "Color My World" (learning new painting techniques) yielded this masterpiece!

After two days I am artfully exhausted. I do not know how Dayna does a five day class. I am back showing Gary my second piece asking which one he thinks is "the best" and he chooses the cake one (and then I remember one of the Sketchbook artists' up in Seattle saying that art needs to be given away). With that, Gary is now the proud owner of the cake picture!

I kid him later on that evening when I got back from seeing a show and dinner about still having it and he showed me the picture he had posted of it on his Facebook with "rave" reviews! Hot and such a heart warmer!

A wonderful first trip of 2011. Sunshine, an old friend, new art, new friends and meeting and learning from a teacher who (I found out after talking with her at the end of the last class) lives just 10 blocks away from me in Portland.

Thank you Russ for being such a gracious host and thank you Gary for being such a gracious receiver of my cake!


  1. What a great blog post about your trip to LA. I'm impressed by how much you packed into such a short period of time - great variety, too. I love the pieces you created and think it is wonderful that you gave away the "cake" piece!

  2. Man, Bobbie, you KNOW how to travel! It ooks and sounds like a wonderful trip packed with many fun things and good friends. I find it rather appropo of our culture that you travel to LA to take a class from a Portlander neighbor! I also like the philosophy that art needs to be given away, and I think it covers a lot of ground. There may be many, many ways to give away art. ~Catherine L. Mommsen, Washington DC (Sometimes Blogspot doesn't recognize me and I have to sign as Anonymous. What's up with that?!)