This morning my mother and I will take our yearly pilgrimage to our former home, and city we love so much – New Orleans. We will be taking the very same route I used in my epic animated short – The Trip! I thought it might be fitting to repost it. If you haven’t seen it, please do! But be forwarded – it is NSFW, and may cause offense to some. It took me a year and a half to make & nearly killed me! But I am happy to report that it is an Official Selection of The Spike & Mike Animation Festival. And will be screened at all there events over the next few years! Spike & Mike debuted Wallace & Grommit, South Park, Tim Burton, Mike Judge, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and many more animation luminaries – and now me! Yay! So enjoy my little road trip adventure! oxo gd
The Trip by Grande Dame from Grande Dame on Vimeo.
Back down south in Georgia & I’ve been getting ready for my trip to New Orleans. Leaving tomorrow!! It just dawned on me that I accidentally deleted my track Chicken Man!! If you don’t know it, it’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Taking major influences from Hearts Barracuda and 70’s Prog/Space Rock – this track was made with 100% love! It is about a real person too! The Chicken Man was known as The Voodoo King of New Orleans. I used to see him all the time when I lived there, he had his own Voodoo shop in the French Quarter and many followers too. Some say his ghost still haunts the quarter streets. Read about him here… To download click buy button. Might have to enter 0, plus your email… Totes free! My gift to you for the next week! Rock out to a new genre – FOWL SPACE ROCK – by Grande Dame! Enjoy! oxo gd
As we made our way from the glorious desert to LA we passed the windmill farms and I couldn’t help but flash back to 1991, when I first came to California as a young idealist. I had just ran away from fashion school in NYC, and dyed my hair bright yellow and dreadlocked it (yes an unfortunate look for me!) and jumped in a friends van (who also dreaded and crazy colored their hair!) and headed west. When we came upon the windmill farms off the I-10, it just blew me away, like Star Trek, the Captain Kirk years… It looked so sci-fi and futuristic. I just loved it! I knew it was a sign…
We stopped at the best burger joint on the planet – legendary In & Out Burger. It was rammed too! But worth the wait! Yes you CAN taste the quality! Nommm….
As we drove into LA, it looked like we were approaching OZ; and a mushroom cloud had just evaporated and left this amazing colorful haze surrounding the sky and buildings… Cue the soundtrack from Beverley Hills Cop…
Was in LA to see my old friend William Wending of Oxygen Ozone. He’s kind of like a Willie Wonka of new health technology. On top of inventing ultra pure water systems that all the stars of Hollywood use, he also has all kinds of other fun gadgets and machines to try. One thing he turned me onto 20 years ago, was Ozone therapy. I have tried it every way humanly poss, except having my blood taken out, pumped with ozone and put back in – doing that next time! Above I’m having an ozone jacuzzi bath. It put’s oxygen into your skin cells and blood, quicker and more effective than breathing. It’s truly amazing and I know it works! Read about the benefits here.
This is what a week in California has done to me. I have never been so relaxed in my life. My skin is clear and healthy, I didn’t even wear makeup when I went to the airport, which I don’t think Ive ever done before… Seriously. Must come back more often! California agrees with me!
I spent from age 21 – 28 in California. Some of the funnest years of my life. This was truly a great reunion with the state I def left my heart and soul in. Goodbye Cali! I’ll be back in the summertime for more R&R & FUN! LOVE YOU!! oxo gd
More pix here!
Greetings from another galaxy, far, far away. Where the sun is always shining in this warm desert landscape. An imaginary, muzak, soundtrack of Astrid Gilberto
is pumped thru the air. No Isis or Ebola crisis here, and all the other doom & gloom turmoils of planet earth are now just faded memories… Welcome to the laid back land of Palm Springs where relaxation is the law…
All the houses are quintessentially Mid Century Modern. 1950’s concrete or stone, one story, flat roof, ranch dwellings, surrounded by massive palm trees and other fauna. The suns reflection on the palm fans look like billowing mylar canopies. Almost feels like being in a live action, super styled, Flinstones film set.
Every house has a pool, which is an essential relaxation instrument in this desert valley… And I can attest that it does the job quite well.
But it’s not only the exterior of the houses that are magnificent, the interiors are just as drool worthy… Picture perfect backdrops styled and camera ready…
It totally reminds me of one of my fave books – Interior Decoration A- Z With Betty Pepis. A 1970’s decorating bible…
Even the Sony Bono Airport has a spaceship look to it…
Look how massive the aloe plants are! Plus there are lemon & grapefruit trees in every back garden. And it’s perfect mumu wearing country… I finally have come home… Ha ha… more soon gd
Ps – more pics on my instagram
Nothing makes me happier than seeing photos of my work in peoples homes. It’s a great feeling to know they are pleased with my creations, and that something I created, could bring a bit of happiness into their lives. It’s my small part that I can do.
To me, color is therapy and the brighter – the better! It has healing powers and can lift you up out of the doldrums… Well it does me anyway & I know others are affected by it. When I had my solo show at PR Firm Ketchum Pleon a few years back, a few employees thanked me and told me what a joy it was to come to work and be greeted with the bright colors, that it started off their days on a positive footing! I was over the moon!
I am so pleased that they are pleased! It’s win win all the way round! If you need a color lift to brighten up your world, then click the pix and let the bright hues do their magic and put a smile on your face today! I promise it totally works! More soon… oxo gd