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A couple of years ago my friends Christa and Eric and their two kids moved from LA up to the Central Coast where Christa grew up. Christa dreamed of moving back up to the Central coast with her family by the time she turned 40, and they did it!

Home of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee  in Arroyo Grande, CA,
Christa washing herbs from the garden. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020
Kitchen of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee in Arroyo Grande, CA
Christa and Eric renovated their entire house after moving in.
They did the design work themselves using Pinterest for inspiration.
Oscar and Wesley shot by Christa Renee

Oscar and Wesley getting ready for school, copyright Christa Renee

They have two kids that they are home schooling, lots of guests coming and going, and tons of projects happening all the time.

Eric and Christa's sheep, copyright Christa Renee

Lonely Palm Ranch sheep, copyright Christa Renee

We’ve gone up to visit them a few times a year since they moved, and it’s been incredible to see all the work they’ve done since they moved. The ranch is an amazing place for their kids to grow up. Spending time in nature, learning responsibility doing ranch chores and incorporating their lives into their home school curriculum.

Wesley working on the ranch, copyright Christa Renee

Wesley working on the ranch, copyright Christa Renee

Home of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee  in Arroyo Grande, CA,
Frittatas are a regular family meal, made from fresh organic eggs laid by the hens on the ranch. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

One of Christa's homemade Frittatas, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

One of Christa’s homemade Frittatas, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Eric Pfleeger making coffee in his kitchen in Arroyo Grande, CABefore moving from LA, Eric and Christa opened Collage Coffee , with their partner Kevin. They sold their share in the business, but Eric is still pretty serious about coffee and makes a spectacular cappuccino for the guests who come by. He uses a sweet La Marzocco an industry standard for specialty coffee shops.

Some of his favorite roasters are 49th Parallel, Four Barrel, Little Wolf & Brutal. On a recent trip I brought up a bag of Devocion Wild Forest I had at Document in LA. We made some pour overs that were pretty perfect!devocion

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The view from above the valley, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Last year they renovated their house, and converted the tack room off the barn into a guest suite ( it’s super cozy ). Below is Christa last Winter in the new Tack room bathroom. They used the leftover tile Eric’s bought from his friend Faile for Collage to cover the shower interior..rad!!

christa_failAlso, they created a studio for Eric in the shed where he is hand silkscreening calendars and art for friends and clients. Last year they hosted 40 + people for Thanksgiving, planted lots of fruit trees and are now working on their vegetable & flower gardens… Oh I forgot the sheep and lots of other stuff… It’s a lot!!

Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee at home in Arroyo Grande, CA, co

Eric and Christa with their favorite months from the Lonely Palm 2020 Calendar. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee at home in Arroyo Grande, CA, coYou can follow along on their journey on instagram where Christa documents her family and the ranch in a beautiful way that is honest and beautifully photographed. Check out Christa’s work here – she’s a lifestyle photographer and commercial director.                  See more of my work on my website & my instagram feed.

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  1. Green car in foliage, 2 ) Straw hat @ Burgerlords, 3 ) Dover Street Market 4) Beverly Hills Shrub Wall, 5 ) Beautiful ladies at wedding.

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Six years ago when my daughter Vivienne was about 7, she decided to sell some of her drawings to make some extra money. She knew about instagram, so she taped several small drawings up on the living room wall and began pricing each one, usually around $1.00 each. She asked me to post each one on to Instagram so my friends could buy them.

I was pretty reluctant, but I did as I was told. The first picture sold to a complete stranger named Mara who seemed nice, and agreed to come over the following day and pick up her artwork. She said she was going to bring an artist friend along who was visiting from New York. Jason Polan came with Mara that day.ACS_1506.JPGThey went through a big pile of Vivienne’s artwork with her to see more because there weren’t many on the wall. Jason was super excited and bought 2 pieces ( one was a drawing of a hot dog and the othr was a Ketchup bottle with a face on it ). As they looked through the pile of drawings Vivienne said, ” I don’t like these at all”, to almost all the drawings. Jason responded to her as though he was speaking to one of his peers, ” I know it’s really hard to look at old work”.  Which was hilarious to me IMG_0CE3F1D43DC3-1.jpeg

We didn’t know anything about Jason at the time, just that he was an artist and lived in New York, and that he was really nice. Im so sad because this week I learned that Jason is no longer with us. I came to love his work and followed it closely. Jason loved drawing, he loved New York and he loved making people happy with his artwork.

ACS_1509Along with taking on the impressive goal of drawing every person in New York, Jason also started The Taco Bell Drawing Club a weekly gathering for him and friends to draw at whichever Taco Bell he happened to be near. This week there are Taco Bell Drawing Clubs happening all over the country in Jason’s honor. His friends, and fans are gathering in his honor to celebrate his life, eat tacos and draw. I went to a Taco Bell Drawing Club in Glendale today and met a bunch of incredible artists, writers, and friends of Jason. Here are some photographs.

Taco bell drawing club, copyright Diana Koenigsberg

https://jacksjogren.com/ holding a drawing he made of Jason Polan.

Taco bell drawing club, copyright Diana Koenigsberg

Ken Garduno and JW & Melissa Buchanan drawing at Taco Bell in Glendale.

Taco bell drawing club, copyright Diana KoenigsbergArtist Dave Kloc

Taco bell drawing club, copyright Diana Koenigsberg

Brandon Bird at the Taco Bell Drawing Club memorial with his custom Orbach1

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PAINTED BY JASON – WORDS TO LIVE BY ” WORK HARDER AT BEING BETTER”

This time last year, native New Yorker Greg Garry & Michael Jorris relocated from Soho, New York to LA for work.

Moving from a small NYC apartment to a spacious Park Labrea 2 bedroom has meant that Greg and Mike can spread out a bit, add to their record collection, have a guest room and for the first time garden! Their place is a combination of vintage finds, artwork that Greg has collected over the years, and pieces that Mike has made like the cameos shown below.

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Greg & Mike at home – artwork from Greg’s vintage collection, eye painting by Mark Gagnon

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The bar – Absolutely fabulous!

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Mike in front of his newest hobby sewing. He also makes macrame, builds stuff & gardens.

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When Greg & Mike moved to LA they had 1 crate of records…

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A corner of the dining room – at left a portrait of Jennifer Saunders of Ab Fab – at right cameos of Greg, Lucifer and Mike made by Mike.

Michael Jorris and Greg Garry at home in LA

Mike and Greg in front of the cameos created by Mike.

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Greg in a Mr. Turk dinner jacket.

Mike, Grey and Lucifer

Mike, Grey and Lucifer

 

This week I got to visit with artists Noel Hennessey and Thomas Renaud of LGS Studio in Glassel Park, CA.

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Thomas Renaud at left and Noel Hennessey of LGS studio. Behind them are pieces from their Tephra, Studded, Ridge and Ritual collections.

Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana KoenigsberBefore starting LGS Studio, Noel and Thomas had been friends for many years and have always supported each other in their lives and creative endeavors. Their work is remarkably unique, and comes out of their own inspirations and musings ( The Flintstones, planet Mars, Greek Sparton Weaponry etc. ).

Thomas and Noel have 15 years of combined experience working in Photography, painting and advertising that has informed their work, and helped to create a clearly articulated brand. No doubt the there could also be a Brutalist inspiration happening here as well?Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsber

Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsber

Thomas at the wheel, LGS Studio, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2019

Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsber

Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsber

Noel glazing a Teffra piece Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2019

Studio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana KoenigsberStudio LGS ceramics, Los Angeles, CA, copyright Diana Koenigsber

I took my daughter and some friends to the  Climate Strike in Downtown LA earlier this month.

Organized by Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg , the Climate Strike is a national movement that’s taking place every Friday where youth activists stay home from school to protest the abhorrent Climate Denial of our President and the lack of action our local government is taking to combat the Climate Crisis.

Watch my video below to see some images from the march and to hear a clip of Greta Thunberg’s inspiring speech.

 

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  1. Mercado Jamaica – 2. Casa Robert Brady – 3. Museo Dolores Olmedo – 4. Streets of Tepotzlan – 5. Chiles Enogada- San Angel Inn – 6. Ricardo Linares, Cuernavaca, 7. Cafe Tacuba – Mexico City , 8. Casa Azul – Museo Frida Kahlo, 9. Studio Diego Rivera