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Carolyn Brann

Carolyn Brann

Carolyn Brann is a loyal customer and friend of Hi Sweetheart! She is also a business owner, wonderful mother to her daughter, Lily, and an artist! Check out this "Wonder Woman" on Instagram to see her latest creations and read on to learn about Carolyn, her artwork and her life in La Jolla.

Tell us a little about yourself...the basics...

What part of San Diego you live in?  La jolla 

Favorite color?  Currently orange, (but rotates between green, pink, or black)

Favorite Netflix series?  This is a tough one – Mad Men will always win, but these others are pretty good - Lovesick, just finished Master of None, currently watching season 2 of Love.  Also Casual on Hulu and Transparent and I Love Dick on AmazonPrime.  I swear I do get out of the house!

Would you consider your self a morning person or a night owl? Night owl, but I have to get up early so I have to balance it.

Favorite item of clothing?  Jeans

Favorite travel destination?  Italy, any beach

Coffee? Tea? Matcha?  Coffee

Let's talk art! 

Do take art classes here in LJ, if so where?  Yes, at the studio of Nasser Pirasteh, the La Jolla artist whose In/Out sculpture made a lot of news last year.  The story behind the piece and how it affected the community is really cool.  They just published a book about it. 

Where can we see your work?  Some of my paintings are currently hanging at Philz Coffee, 1060 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas. You can also see (and wear) a few of my paintings as yoga pants.  San Clemente-based YogiRu clothing takes original art and transfers it to yoga pants and two of my paintings have been featured.  https://www.yogiru.com/pages/carolyn-brann. They work with several independent artists and their goal is to bring original art to life in high-quality apparel – and they’re made in California!

What artists inspire you?  Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam FrancisClyfford Still

Did you study art in college? Nope, I studied Finance.  About 15 years ago I wasn’t happy at my job and asked myself what I would do if I won the lottery.  The answer was take art classes.  So I took some drawing and watercolor painting classes at Santa Monica College.  About 4 years ago, I wanted to learn oil painting so I started from the beginning with Nasser.  First charcoal and oil pastels and after a loooooooooong while, oil painting.

If you had to share an Airbnb weekend house with 4 other artists, Living or dead, who would they be? And why would you invite them. 

Andy Warhol – I would love to know how his mind worked and get first hand accounts of all that was happening during that time. 

Danielle Krysa – she does podcasts (Art for Your Ear) and has a blog (The Jealous Curator, www.thejealouscurator.com).  She’s also written a book that’s for sale in your store Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk.  She sounds so down to earth and goofy and funny, I want to think we’d be friends.  Plus, she does the best collage work - stuff you totally wish you’d done.  

Jon Hamm – a different kind of creator/artist, plus h-o-t! 

Lee Krasner or Helen Frankenthaler – If I could get over being starstruck, I’d want to paint with them and learn about their styles, background, techniques.  I hope I wouldn’t be too tongue-tied to ask intelligent questions. 

What's on your Spotify playlist right now? Mostly the Baby Driver soundtrack.  Plus I keep repeating this song by Childhood called Californian Light.

Your favorite gallery/ art museum in SD? In the world?  I love the Athenaeum in La Jolla and San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.  It’s hard to think too far beyond California with places like The Broad in LA and SFMoMA and the DeYoung up north.  I’ll have to get back to you on that one!  

We love you, Carolyn! Thank you for sharing & keep inspiring others with your art!

xoxo, Hi Sweetheart

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