Quoted from Wikipedia’s entry on Coco Chanel:

In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”


Classic Coco, the creator of it all

In homage to the classic and iconic dress (like it’s creator!) I recently added a canvas art print of my own rendition of “Little Black Dresses.” You can buy it in my etsy shop now (I will soon be adding it to my website.) It is a lovely 8 X 10 X .75″ canvas print, ready to hang on the wall or place anywhere you want color (and black!) Of course, it is based on older fashion image and all gussied up.  Click on the image to see more views.

art piece, black dreses, trolleyla

"Little Black Dress" print on canvas, by trolleyla

Here are more images, just food for thought on the classic and immortal “Little Black Dress.” I actually own the last image, the book based entirely on the theme. Available on Amazon.com, of course!

Assortment of Little Black Dress

"Little Black Dress" to infinity and beyond

Little Black Dress_1964

Little Black Dress ca. 1964

pictue of the book on the little black dress

"The Litle Black Dress" available on Amazoncom


Sometimes when I’m perusing my little ol’ Aperture Library for new piece to work on, I get  nostalgic for traveling. I see all my photos just sitting there, and I get stuck in the memories. Traveling is my first love- dare I say- even before art and style? A tough choice, to be sure, but they both produce the same feeling of discovery, communication, sharing, and anticipation of things unknown. When you travel, it will always be different than you have imagined. When you create art, it always turns out different than you have imagined. And both are in a good way!

Here are just a few I saw in my library today…let’s go!

Flower Store, Le Marais, Paris

A Beautiful Sky Above the Sacre Coeur

Sunday in the Luxembourg Gardens

MY OWN Lock, forever on the Pont des Arts (until the city removes them)

I just found this post about the removal of the locks on Le Pont des Arts; do you have a lock there?
Mon Dieu, il faut qu’on y retourner tout de suite! (OMG, we must return right away!)

P.S. For all you native French speakers, I can never choose the right verb… is it “retourner or “revenir”? And for you non-native French speakers, there are like five ways to say “go back”!


We continue to have glorious weather here in Los Angeles, so I thought I would post another art piece that I just added to my trolleyla etsy store.

This one is kind of pastel piece…I can’t seem to stay away from color for too long. I have definitely a surfer-beach theme going that feels good and I want to spend time on. I’m feeling a retro nostalgia for all things “Gidget.” Or maybe it’s “Moondoggie.” (Was that his name? What does that mean, anyway?) And I can’t surf. And the sun is bad for you! :)

Paddle Surfer, Malibu California , January 2011


Another great article from The Wall Street Journal, “How Video Art Inspired a Runway Sensation.” Narciso Rodriguez, who gained fame after designing Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress, tells how he was inspired by Jennifer Steinkamp’s video art. (I saw her work at the “Artist’s Museum” show currently at MOCA Grand Ave. here in Los Angeles.) If you’ve never seen her work, I urge you to go to a museum near you when she is part of the show. Absolutely beautiful!

Here’s a still image he was inspired by:

Still from Video art by Jennifer Steinkamp

And the dress:

Dress, Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2011

A video of Steinkamp’s work:

Of course, I don’t own, have never owned, and probably never will own, a $2700.00 dress! But this is a great example of how art and fashion are entwined, and you can see that a high end dress from a creative designer can be an art form. Rodriguez explains that he developed special weaving techniques, using extravagantly fine silk and master weavers from Italy. The company, Lorma SRL, has been weaving for five generations. “Lorma prides itself on creating new fabrics… they own a loom that can ‘weave’ without repeats”, producing the equivalent of a painting of fabric. “Without repeats” means that the pattern is never repeated, as it is in mass-produced fabrics, so the result truly is a “painting” on fabric!

I think the result is truly beautiful, as are the Steinkamps video projections. Sometimes a dress isn’t just something that costs a lot of money!

Jan 232011

Yes, I know it is THE reason why people move here, but contrary to popular belief, we don’t always have perfect weather in Los Angeles. We’ve had crazy rain storms and moist and chilly days this season. However, this weekend we lived up to our reputation! I went to Point Dume on Saturday, just north of Malibu, and got a lot of surfing photos; I plan on expanding my retro art work beyond fashion-inspired themes, and what better subject than the retro-nostalgia of surf, sand and sunny L.A.!

Here’s is one I finished today and manipulated…but I really took it on January 22, 2011! On a outrageously spectacularly sunny and warm day north of Malibu, California.

Paddle Surfer, Point Dume, California by trolleyla

Aug 192010

If you’ve read my blog or seen any of my etsy pieces, then you know that Andy Warhol is one of my favorite artists. I love everything about him; The Factory, his art, his early commercial illustrations of shoes, his wigs, and his quiet, quick humor.  Being fabulous in the 1960s also helps.  I found a promo photo of Ann-Margret playing cowgirl, and I just finished adding it to my etsy shop.

It is obviously influenced by Andy and his “Elvis” portraits, and how appropriate!  Cuz we know Annie and Elvis had a fling back in the “Viva Las Vegas” days.   I have united them through Andy, forever in art.  I want to blow this one up to room size!

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by trolleyla

"Elvis" silkscreen, Andy Warhol

The One and Only

Do you think my art will ever sell for $10 to $15 million (est.)??? Well, I would have had to been inventing this stuff first, but I’m happy honoring Andy. There will never be another!


Here are some new images I’ve been working on. I quite like them.

"Three Hats" by trolleyla

"Pig Tails" by trolleyla

As always, visit my etsy store to purchase these. I hope to get my store page filled out here soon.


I seem to work with faces and places a lot as my subject matter. Iconic places (like the Eiffel Tower or Ferris wheels) are always fun for me to reinterpret. One, because I get to reminisce about the time I took the picture, and two, because I get to add a “feeling” to the image. The bad part is how sick I get about not being there (anywhere) RIGHT NOW! But what is truly amazing is that a simple tree or photo of flowers can be just as interesting as a shot in France or Austria.

Here are some nature shots I took and edited in my iphone. They are from my trip to Colorado and I did them on the 2 hour flight home! Good thing I had these apps, because I had already read the Southwest Airlines magazine.

Colorado Tree in Green by trolleyla

Colorad Tree in Red by trolleyla

Sunflowers and Fence by trolleyla

Please check my etsy store to purchase these in a larger size.


I just went to see the amazing John Baldesarri retrospective at LACMA in Los Angeles, Inarguably, he is one of THE most influential conceptual artists, and it was exhilarating to see this exhibition. I have been particularly influenced by Baldessari’s use of “found” photography and the juxtaposition of image and language. Here is his painting, “God Nose”.

Baldessari God Nose

John Baldessari, God Nose 1965

“God Nose” was one of the few paintings that survived when Baldessari burned all his work pre-1965. (The only paintings that weren’t burned were in the possession of others.) I’m glad it was there; it showed his early preoccupation with isolating body parts!

I love his bold use of color, how he hides and reveals parts of images, his California heritage. If you get a chance to see the show in Los Angeles, you must.

I think this series I did, titled “Erasing Annie Leibovitz” must have been inspired by Baldessari. Of course, I was also referencing the famous “Erased de Kooning” by Robert Rauschenberg (another FAVORITE artist.) I’d be interested in knowing how you interpret these…I think I will post the series in my art section when i get it organized (planned soon on this site, along with my store!)

Erased Annie Leibovitz by trolleyla, 2008

Erased Annie Leibovitz by trolleyla, 2008


Whenever I sell a piece of art, no matter how large or small, I am so grateful. The economy is so tough, jobs are still scarce, and it seems like most of us are still scrambling to make sense of how fast everything changed. But it makes me happy to know that others are like myself— still wanting to surround themselves and their space with something that makes them feel good, either through glorious color, a beautiful image or just because they like the vibe. I see so much wonderful creativity on the etsy.com site, and I’m looking forward to seeing lots more at the Renegade Craft Fair in two weeks. I’m just very happy when I get to create ANYTHING, and I am thankful beyond measure when someone else likes what I created! I’ve always believed that creating was truly the most important thing in life. I often feel that our collective level of appreciating a craft has been diminished by the influx of super, super cheap stuff from China. All we seem to think about is how cheap we can buy something for, but you know the saying… “you get what you pay for.” When you buy even a small piece of art, you truly get something of value!

So on that note, here are a few new creations, and thanks to all those who buy art and make art!

And thanks to the one who helped make anything possible, Pablo Picasso. Viva España!