Meet The Artist – “JEFF MITCHELL”

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One thing we love most here at Oak Tree Vintage is introducing our readers to incredible artists, musicians, brewers and performers. It is an honor though when we get to introduce you to artists who specialize in genres that we are particularly fond of, in this case, Dia De Los Muertos inspired art. Meet Jeff Mitchell.

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His art doesn’t solely focus on the Day of the Dead genre, it also includes pop-culture works that are intriguing, edgy and would appeal to people who like a bit of a twist to creative expression on print. If you are a fan of Adventure Time (as so many of us are), you need to experience Jake the Dog through Jeff’s imagination. Throw out those stale depictions of cottages in the meadows that are so grossly ensconced in chunky 60’s bronze plated frames, these are definitely prints worth flaunting in your living room that no one will snub! Treat yourself to art that is diverse, moody and has the ability to make you want to wallow in the eccentricity of Bears in Suites, Bill Murray and Mariachi Skeletons.

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We had the opportunity to ask Jeff a few questions regarding his work, his style and what advice he has for aspiring artists. Here’s what he had to say;

Oak Tree: Who are you and what do you do?
Jeff Mitchell: My name is Jeff Mitchell, and I’m the owner/artist of Boxing Bear Studio in Tulsa, OK.
Oak Tree: What or who inspired you to become an artist?
Jeff Mitchell: This guy I knew in college, Roger Disney. He would paint in oil with a palette knife. He was the first career artists that I’d ever known, and I realized that any regular guy who works really hard and has a passion for art can make money painting.
Oak Tree: Is this a hobby or a way of life for you?
Jeff Mitchell: I am a trained graphic designer, and I make my living with design, illustration and painting.
Oak Tree: What’s integral to your work? Environment, sound, light, food, drink, emotion, people or just your own imagination?
Jeff Mitchell: Creating art, for me, is a solitary practice. I’m easily distracted, so I have to retreat to a place where I can focus. I create a lot of pop art, so I like to have music or movies that are related to the subject of my current work playing in the background.Oak Tree:What has been a groundbreaking experience?
Jeff Mitchell: The first year I started selling and distributing my art, one of my Day of the Dead paintings was selected to promote the annual celebration in Tulsa. A few weeks later, I was driving down the highway and noticed my painting lit up on a billboard. It was one of the first times I felt I was transitioning from a hobbyist to a legitimate artist, and validation is so important when you’re starting out.

Oak Tree: How has your artwork evolved over time?
Jeff Mitchell: I try to learn new techniques and push myself every time I create something new. I have a tendency to move too fast, so I’m trying to slow down and really develop the styles I use.

Oak Tree: What style of art do you most identify with?
Jeff Mitchell: I’m definitely drawn to editorial illustration, street art and commercial muralists.

Oak Tree: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Jeff Mitchell: Not a response in the traditional sense, but I had a guy pull my boxing bear painting and have it tattooed on his leg. Once I came to terms with the permanence of it all, I was honored.

Oak Tree: What is your dream project?
Jeff Mitchell: I’d love to get the chance to create an illustration to accompany an article in a magazine.

Oak Tree: How different do you think your life would have been without art?
Jeff Mitchell: I probably would have been a musician. I think artists age better than guitarists.

Oak Tree: As an artist, what do you think is the best way to deal with criticism?
Jeff Mitchell: It depends on the source. If the criticism is coming from someone I respect, I’ll definitely listen. If the criticism is unsolicited, it’s probably not worth my time.
Oak Tree: What advice would you give aspiring artists?
Jeff Mitchell: Make art for yourself. Trust yourself. If you remain honest, your art will connect with people.
Jeff’s art has certainly connected with us here at Oak Tree Vintage and you should definitly have his art connect with your space! Here’s a few places where you can view and purchase Jeff Mitchell’s work:
Instagram   Twitter      Tumblr     Facebook     Boxing Bear Online Shop    Etsy
Everyone here at Oak Tree Vintage would like to thank Jeff Mitchell for his time, talent and contribution to the world of art!

KOTOLAN – A Free Music and Art Event Sept. 10th

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Haven Studio and Gallery of Los Angles announces the first major art show displaying works by Joshua Ian, a prolific artist and key documentarian of indie band Kotolan and the downtown scene.

Based out of Los Angeles, the alternative music group has a blend of art rock, Latin soul and Japanese 60s pop with vintage production aesthetics. Lead singer Junko sings in English, Spanish, and Japanese gives the audience a performance like no other female singer in the industry. She has shared the stage with the likes of Chicano icon Lalo Guerrero and Linda Ronstadt. WOW! But Kotolan continues to “WOW” us all. Band member Otto has also had the opportunity to record for Snoop Dog, Marc Anthony, Ozomatli, Sheila E. Kotolan will be performing live, and the band is scheduled to go on at 9pm.

On view September 10, 2015 on the same day as Downtown Art Walk for one night only, the show will also feature photo-based works alongside archival artwork by Danny Greene, Mr. Black Brain, Emerson Barrett, Geoff Melville, Lekit, Atomik One, Rusty Blades, and Geo. In keeping with this month’s Street Art and Performance theme, Haven Studios will be organizing a special show featuring an eclectic range of street artists and performers local to the DTLA art scene.

Join us at our unique urban art gallery in Downtown Los Angeles for Downtown Art Walk. Start the night at KGB Gallery & Haven Studios. It will be a night filled with friends and colleague so bring plenty of business cards. A new way of networking and buying art. Live entertainment, DJ, cocktails, culinary cuisine, and art.

From the DJ that brings everyone together at Grand Park D.J Black Shakespeare from The Lions will be spinning live.

And for those foodies out there, the food truck sensation Tokyo Doggie Style will provide the choicest of grub, while inside mixology bartenders will keep you guessing ingredients all night long.

Remember this is a FREE event.

When:

Thursday, September 10, 2015 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where:

Haven Studio & Gallery

1640 North Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

**by Natily G of Haven Studio & Gallery

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“NEVER FEAR, HOLIDAY SHOPPING IS HERE!”

Ladies, ladies, ladies…what do we love more than makeup, shoes and flattery? Well, outfits to go with them all of course! The holiday’s are right around the corner and before you know it, the 2015 Viva Las Vegas, Hootenanny  and other great rockabilly shows are here. What will you wear? No worries my dollies, we have a few suggestions for you at some devilish good prices. Be sure to contact Oak Tree on Black Friday for some extra discounts, free shipping and gift with purchase!!!! Hold on to your stockings my dears because this is gonna be hot!

For purchase inquiries, contact oaktreepurchase@gmail.com. 

Holiday Sales! Send purchase inquiries to oaktreepurchase@gmail.com. Include the name of the product on the subject line

Holiday Sales! Send purchase inquiries to oaktreepurchase@gmail.com. Include the name of the product on the subject line

Classic Pinup Flask and Card Case Combo $30 on sale

Classic Pinup Flask and Card Case Combo $30 on sale

Red Diva! Perfect for any retro style. $35

Red Diva! Perfect for any retro style. $35

 


STRESSED IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS

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With so much LIFE going on everyday, I sometimes need to show myself that I really REALLY love me. Most peoples initial thoughts would be a massage, a manicure, a foot rub, a night out with the girls….NOT I says I! My way of a therapeutic moment is baking. Yes, baking. Be it cookies, cakes, cupcakes, experimenting with frosting recipes or cobblers…I de-stress when I bake. Think about it, your CRACKING EGGS! Your BEATING the dough! Your steam is keeping everyone clear of the kitchen giving you some alone time with a better kind of happy ending! What I’m trying to say is letting out your aggression on your dough is much better than letting it out on your beau, right? Well, sometimes😉 I may not look as glamourous as Dita when cooking in the kitchen, but my family thinks I came down from the heavens when soft, warm cookies come out of the oven. My secret desire is to look like Dita when I’m cooking, but have the knowledge (and let’s face it, the kitchen) of Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman on Food Network. I – LOVE – HER!!! My sweetheart of 7 1/2 years married me this year, I think it’s because my cooking skills have stepped up significantly since I began to watch her show. She makes everything seem so easy to make, she really loves butter and I have developed kitchen envy! Even my wedding registry reflected our new addiction to cooking appliances as almost everything on there was some sort of cooking tool!

 

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OK ok, enough of my girl crush rant. Let’s move on to some recipes! I tried this chocolate chip cookie recipe I found on Pinterst while gathering wedding ideas and I have been making them for every special occasion since then! It’s a “move over Mrs. Fields cookies” kind of cookie.

Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.
3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.
4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)
5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

 

 

Looking for a great cake to add some color to your spread? Try these beauties!

 

 

And of course! This blog wouldn’t be complete without a Ree Drummond Cookie Recipe!


INFINITY SPECTRUM – One of Echo Park’s Finest

Joshua Ian, Founder of Infinity Spectrum

Joshua Ian, Founder of Infinity Spectrum

Los Angeles residents, did you know that you have a visionary photographer right in your own back yard? NO!? Well, let me share a little bit of a conversation I shared with Mr. Joshua Ian over the weekend.

Oak Tree: What inspired you to get into photography?

Infinity Spectrum: When I was growing up, I played a lot of RPG games and read a lot of comics. I don’t think too many people outside the realms of RPG players and Comic nerds such as myself can really

appreciate the level of artistry that goes into bringing a character to life and the emotion that is put into every single part of what brings it to life. I wanted to do that same, through photography, you know…bring

characters to life by overlapping game aspects into real life subjects. During my last year of high school I decided to enroll in PCC (Pasadena City College) and start my journey there.

Oak Tree: What would you consider to be your first “accomplished” piece of work?

Infinity Spectrum? I was in my last year of high school and was taking a photo journalism class. Our instructor was trying to get us to take shots worthy of being included in a gallery show for the Salvation Army.

Armed with a Lumix point and shoot camera, I went out and took a few pictures that resulted in some very disappointing shots. I was trying to hard to mimic other peoples style and failed miserably at it! Frustrated, I

went off and took a walk around Echo Park Lake to re-evaluate my ideas. Echo Park has so much going on all the time I was destined to find something (and myself) on my walk. In the water, I saw a toy sail

boat with a little white sail. Something about it made me think of, yup, a video game. I zoomed in, took the shot and took off. The sail photographed very saturated and the rest came out clean, together this gave the shot

a dimension I was not purposely aiming for, but I fell in love with the contrasting looks. This photograph made it into the 2009 Marshall High School Gallery Exhibit at the Salvation Army location on Sunset Blvd.

I found my style, I experienced the creation of a successful piece and now I wanted to learn all there was to learn about photography.

Oak Tree: What is Infinity Spectrum up to these days?

Infinity Spectrum: This year alone my work has been on display at Art Share L.A. and the Stillwall Exhibition in San Francisco. I feel that my knack for seeing details that others would normally overlook, ignore or

neglect is part of what adds emotion & perspective to my finished pieces. I am currently focusing on portraiture, photographic advertisements and political candidate campaign photos. I will say this, if a challenging or exciting

opportunity comes my way…I won’t hesitate to accept the challenge, no matter where it takes me!

Oak Tree: I want to be photographed! Actually, Infinity Spectrum did take a few shots of me and my Mr. at our wedding and I have to say, I LOVED IT! I felt they kind of resembled a bit of classic old Hollywood. What do you all think?

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So, Mr. Joshua Ian, what if someone wishes to call upon your talents and would like to be photographed or have their products photographed…how would one reach you?

Infinity Spectrum: Well my dear, until my own personal Bat Sign has been finalized, regular ole’ email would do just fine! I’d love to hear from your readers and even collaborate with artists who’d be interested in creating together. infinityspectrumphoto@gmail.com.

www.infinityspectrum.com

 

 

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“Not So Fast!”

We all have those blah days where we don’t want to wear any makeup, don’t want to pretty up our hair and just want to walk out that door as is. Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead without my eyebrows and some lipstick…that’s just the way this little mama rolls. No eyebrows, no dice! (Please know that I do have eyebrows and not some weird bald section over my lids due to tweezing malfunctions. I just prefer to make them a little more fabulous than what’s already there.)

Here are some Oak Tree Vintage favorites for looking chic on those lazy or on the rush day’s.

“Hair”

Did you just wake up but look like you took your finger out of a wall socket? Well here’s an easy quick fix that will help you bluff a bad do!

Nothing says “Sexy Messy” like a great head scarf like those from Pinup Girl Clothing!

This is one accessory that will take you from a.m to p.m. in one easy step. Scarf’s don’t take up much room, so keep a black one in your purse or glove compartment for a hair saving pick-me -up!

These little pretties run $23 at Pinup Girl Clothing, not to bad for a time saving quick fix. Low on the dollar? No worries. There are always great finds at your local thrift store! While everyone else

is passing up the very understated scarf section, you’ll be there  picking up the creme of the crop in low key elegance.

“LipStick”

The power of color compels you… to please please please not go out looking like a muted monotone manikin! You don’t have to clown up your pretty little pout, but please add some color to your on the run look. Let’s face it. Lipstick was invented for a reason. Someone, somewhere said, OMG! These chicks look like HELL-P! Not really. Lipstick actually dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia. Even then, humans had the need to distinguish themselves among others. Lipstick, on a bad face day, can help distinguish whether or not you took the time to invest some love to your look.

Oak Tree Vintage recommends …

Neautrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20. It comes in 6 subtle shades that give your lips just enough color to kill the monotony of a flesh toned lip, but also protects them from the sun while adding a nice sheer gloss. $8.99 http://www.neutrogena.com

Bésame Cosmetics Crimson Cream Rouge. This is truly a magnificent product. Keeping this in your purse will ensure light color for your lips when applied lightly, deeper color when layered on and rosey cheeks for that  express p.m. look! $22.00 http://www.besamecosmetics.com

Bottom line my darlings, don’t neglect to spruce up your on the go routine and always carry some quick fixer-upper’s in your purse and in your car. A little something goes a long way. You never know who you’ll run into and you certainly don’t want to be the topic of the day at the salon!


“Leg Paint On His Back!?”

“Women want men, career, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love and cheap stockings that don’t run.” –Phyllis Diller

On October 27, 1938, Charles Stine, a vice president of E. I. du Pont de Nemours, Inc., announced that nylon had been invented, the name of ‘nylon’, the ‘ny’ part of the name literally standing for the initials of New York. He unveiled the world’s first synthetic fiber not to a scientific society but to three thousand women’s club members gathered at the site of the 1939 New York World’s Fair for the New York Herald Tribune’s Eighth Annual Forum on Current Problems. He spoke in a session entitled “We Enter the World of Tomorrow” which was keyed to the theme of the forthcoming fair, the World of Tomorrow.

After the New York World Fair when nylon stockings hit the market on May 14th 1940, women rushed out to buy them, not in their thousands, but in their millions! Over 72,000 pairs of nylons were sold on the first day of release in America and 64 million by the time a year had passed. The allure of wrinkle free, bunching free, inexpensive leg wear proved extremely popular putting a colossal dent into all preceding forms of established hosiery manufacture.

From the time of their original inception back in 1940, stockings had changed little. At that time they were “fully fashioned”, created in a wide variety of sizes to fit the leg exactly and knitted together down the back showing a seam. During the time when nylon stockings were hard to come by, women had become quite skillful at drawing a line down the backs of their legs to give the appearance of stockings by mimicking this seam line. However, that changed in the late 60’s when manufacturers found they could make nylon stretchy by crimping it under heat and then when Lycra was invented by DuPont in 1959, there was no longer a need for fully fashioned stockings. Later, the seams too were to disappear as manufacturers moved away from knitting flat to circular knitting machines, which eliminated the need to join the material.

Q: What’s a wife more afraid of finding on her man than lipstick on his collar?

A: Leg paint on his back.

During World War II, many women had no stockings and so they ‘penciled in’ seams, using eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to draw lines up the backs of their legs to create the look of stockings. This was not the only cosmetic approach to hiding one’s bare legs. In a copy of The Professional Beautician 1942, there was an ad for beauty shop owners to stock Curley Colortone Cosmetic Stockings. The vintage wholesale advertisement for professionals promises that each unit of Curley Colortone Cosmetic Stockings includes a jar of Colortone and a jar of Curley Foundation Creme and clearly shows that salon product was also available.

A 1938 issue of Popular Science boasted “Cream Replaces Silk Stockings,” a new cosmetic “boon to the outdoor girl,”.  In fact, the Smithsonian, showing us Leg Silque Liquid Stockings by the Langlors Company, says that such leg makeup had been available since the 1920s — but “it wasn’t until rationing was introduced during the World War II that the product became an essential commodity for many American women.”


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