Earlier this year I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with friend and collaborator Jeanne Kelley, to shoot a story for this month’s issue of GARDEN DESIGN magazine. The story is on preparing food from the garden. I photographed Jeanne last year for my blog, and featured her incredible garden and the community garden that she and her husband Martin share with their neighbors. All the vegetables and greens used for the food we shot was grown in the community garden, and the blood oranges and kumquats were grown in their garden. The colors are so saturated and ripe with the feeling of spring.
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Great coffee, and tasty, thoughtfully prepared food are what I get excited about when I go out. Besides the food, there is the space it is served in, which is often, sadly overlooked. But when it isn’t, and the design sensibility matches the vibe and intention of the food you’ve got this complete experience. I realize this is vague and pretentious statement… But still, you know what’s up when you walk into McDonald’s, yes?? It’s a clearly articulated experience.
Well at DINETTE there’s a sweet little vision happening. I absolutely love the chic Prussian Blue chosen to paint the exterior. It’s a tiny place, but the color draws you off the street and into the little take out window to order some treats. The interior is a small but kitchen. The menu for now, is homemade tarts, pizzas, small and perfect waffles, and coffee and tea that are all delicious.
I went to photograph the space and hang out with my friend Eric Pfleeger who did the branding work for DINETTE. Eric is good pals with owner Gareth Kantner, who also owns Cafe and Bar Stella, in Silver Lake.
Here’s the space.
Im excited to share with you the work of one of my favorite people. My aunt, Bonnie Saland, who after practicing for many years as a Jungian Analyst and raising 2 incredible adults, has turned her hands and eyes toward making art.
Bonnie’s created an impressive body of work consisting of painting, drawing, print making, and collage, that on it’s own is rich in color, texture, not to mention thought provoking. From this work, has come a really interesting line of house ware, textiles, and patterns, all derived from the shapes and images culled from her artwork, and then repeated in beautiful ways by friend and collaborator Margi Denton.
I shot Bonnie’s line of products last week at her home.
Her company is called PHILOMELA, please take a peak at a this little sample of Bonnie’s rich and inspiring collection, soon to be in stores and out in the world.
Wishing you a fantastic week!!
Bonnie Saland Fine art and Founder
Bonnie Saland is a practicing psychoanalyst and artist based in Los Angeles and The Sea Ranch, California. The interior and external journey provide subject and frame for her creative practice. Traversing an extensive archive of imagery from the personal and collective unconscious, she meanders through geographic, literary and spiritual references to provide an iconographic language with layers of meaning. A freely associated yet complexly organized body of work incorporates traditional patterning, abstraction, and the poetic use of color in an ongoing non-linear reconfiguration of journal, print, digitalized and textile format. Saland holds an M.F.A. (September 2012) from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design program at the Provincetown Work Center and is represented in Los Angeles by MB Abram Galleries.
Jeanne Kelley is a food stylist, cook book author, urban farmer, mother, and a recipe developer. She has an effortless way of integrating the garden with beautiful, healthy and delicious food. Jeanne lives and works in Los Angeles, with her husband Martin, and embodies the essence of the color green throughout her life and work, growing food, and living amongst the trees.
1) Onion Skins, 2 ) Sunset through the Oaks, 3 ) Elk at Alice’s, 4 ) Espresso, 5 ) Persimmon, 6 ) Saucer at Stumptown Los Angeles, 7 ) Dead Fish
It’s getting warmer every day as we’re moving into Spring, which makes me think about Grilling and getting outside to eat. I decided to share a favorite story from my archives. I shot this project for Smart Money magazine.
This was the second time I got to work with one of my favorite creative directors Gretchen LaGrange, who went on to work at Real Simple and BRIDE’S magazine, where we collaborated on many great projects ( hit the link and you can see some of them for yourself ) for over 8 years.
This story was all about grills and grilling accessories, and yet there was so much room for us to build a larger story around the 50’s women freed from the kitchen and practically jumping for joy to make some BBQ. Using a mix of vintage and new clothing we were able to create this woman who lived
in the present and also has the 50’s vibe. Stylist Mynka Draper pulled this off so beautifully. To see more work from the archive, hit the link here.
1. Antique bed in American Wing – Metropolitan Museum, 2. Little fingers and homegrown pomegranate, 3. Red Convertible – Palm Springs, 4. Succulent Flowers, 5. Naomi and Frankie’s Feet , 6. Summer Fruit
Today I spent some time taking photographs at my friend Alexandra Sheridan’s, new cafe / store in the Mission district of San Gabriel CA. Not only does Alexandra make fantastic food ( she is a long time chef and caterer ), but she is also someone with an eye for beauty and elegance. I’ve spent many years photographing the sweet displays she has always created in her home, simply to save them. Alexandra’s table like her home, is warm, inviting and filled with beautiful things and great food. Congratulations to my very dear friend on this exciting new endeavor!!
Here are a few images from my visit today. The food you’ll have to come to see and eat for yourself!
413 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel California 91776 (626) 319-8649