Live Olive: Interview with Kelly Allen

I don’t like to be vain my dears, but to have oneself interpreted into painted form? To be seen as a muse in an artist’s eyes?  To pose for an up and coming Michelangelo?

I must say it is nothing short of thrilling to introduce the lovely Kelly Allen, a young and talented gal of repute who has offered to manifest my likeness in portrait form!

Her work is vibrant and beautiful, a wild collage of image and color that makes the eyes pop and the heart swoon.

Miss Kelly talks to us about her inspiration and what made her want to be an artist in the first place.

Kelly Allen at Work

Q: What stands out to you about Olive Oyl?

A: She’s not a classic beauty, but she speaks her mind, owns her style, and constantly has Popeye and Bluto chasing after her. Pretty rad if you ask me.

Q: What were your early inspirations that drew you toward art?

A: I was immediately attracted to any and all art material that was put in front of me. It’s always been an inherent part of me. My mom’s side of the family is very artistic, and I was always encouraged and appreciated for the things I’d create. I have always felt like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing when I’m making art.

Q: Tell us about the process of creating your Olive Oyl piece?

A: I knew that I wanted Miss Olive Oyl have a nice big hairpiece. I wanted her to be queen of the jungle. I am very much inspired by the Brazilian samba singer, Carmen Miranda, and I wanted her to have that kind of feel. So I searched through my collection of cut out images to create the composition with a temporary collage sketch. When I was happy with the composition, I translated it into a large drawing with colored pencil. Voila!

Finished Olive Oyl by Kelly Allen

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Olive Goil: Stephanie Gilmore

Ah, the sea! No one loves it more than me – the sand, the sky…the surf!

Except perhaps the blond and tanned and thoroughly super heroine-ish Stephanie Gilmore, the greatest gal surfer in all the land!

Miss Gilmore was born Down Under in 1988 and has won so many titles for surfing that you’d have to be an octopus with hands in order to count them on your fingers!  She stared riding the high waves at 10 and by 17 she was in the mix with the globe’s finest.  She is the ultimate Olive Goil – gutsy and glorious!

Kudos to Miss Gilmore!

One final thought: I myself am so very found of salty seas, do you think I ought to try to get on a board myself and see what I can do?

Mmmm….closing my eyes and making a wish!

Olive Loves: The Row Drawstring Ball Bag

olive_oyl_the_row_drawstring_bagSweet ladies! This is just the thing for exotic masquerades or curtseying to the queens or in general being the belle of the ball (you know I always am!).

Those whip smart Olsen Twins are at it again with just the prettiest, loveliest, most desirable bag ever.

This one is beaded and beautiful and made of silks and sequins and spice and everything nice.

Popeye better save his pennies, because I know what I want to be carrying to the next fabulous happening up ahead!


Olive Goil: Camille Rose Garcia

Take my hand and let’s explore the deep, dark wood!

Spooky, creepy but oh so pretty, the artist Camille Rose Garcia takes fairy tale magic and graphic novel detail and puts it all into her epic, adventurous canvases.

So far, Wonderland’s little Alice and that fair and sweet Snow White, have been reinvented by the super talented Garcia. Don’t expect kiddie bedtime stories or cartoony fun, Miss Garcia has a dark and stormy side that likes to take our expectations… and turn them inside out.

Take a look dear readers, but don’t be frightened! There’s nothing to fear here, but there is certainly much to “oooh” and “aaaah” about – Miss Garcia is mistress of her craft…

For our Los Angeles dearies, you can catch her wonderful work live and in-person in your fair city until April 14 at the Michael Kohn Gallery!

For a glimpse into her strange and fabulous world, visit her website!