My San Francisco Big Life

“Just because I’m not a size 12, doesn’t mean I have any less of a life to live. I’m a big girl…& I have a big life to live.” -Tess Munster

Sophia reigns as the most viewed Swankety Swank photo on flikr in the last 7 years
Sophia reigns as the most viewed Swankety Swank photo on flickr in the last 7 years

It is said that we become new every 7 years. Continue reading

#EatingArtist

Get a piece of pie!! "Angel Falls" watercolor  by Yabette
Get a piece of pie! “Angel Falls” watercolor by Yabette

CALLING ALL WORKING CREATIVES!

We are living in a new paradigm of awareness for creating what we want.

We want paid. We eat!! Exposure will not feed us. This change has to come from us.

That ugly phrase, you know the one, has been an accepted part of our consciousness too long. We will never speak of that ridiculous, sad, outmoded stereotype fairy tale to each other, in reference to ourselves, and most definitely NOT ever to our children. When it is mentioned, we will gently and happily state with a smile, “Actually, I am an eating artist”.

From now on, we claim our value as an #EatingArtist

Join me in my campaign to rise up together to raise awareness that ARTISTS EAT!

Post your beautiful creative self, post your art, post your kid making art, post your new book, post your performance video, post your created dinner and hashtag it #EatingArtist

Join me as we decorate the Internet on all of our social media with #EatingArtist love!

Here is my first:

EAWishing you all much love and success! xxoo Yabette

Effervescent Epistle

"Orlin the Spater" oil by Yabette Alfaro
“Orin the Spater” oil by Yabette Alfaro

When a friend sent me an art card last week, it really made my day. One of the best methods for chasing away the winter blues is to write a note and send a card. It feels good for the sender and the receiver!

I am thrilled to present art cards available here in a variety pack of five. Continue reading

Observations From Swankety Sanctuary

Isn't that the cutest Throw pillow from "Deysbreeker, Amsterdam" by Yabette Alfaro?
Isn’t that the cutest throw pillow from “Deysbreeker, Amsterdam” illustration by Yabette Alfaro?

It’s been a wondrous year. As I look at what has been accomplished, I am feeling fulfilled, smarter, and more in love with myself, my fellow artists, this succulent city by the bay, and the ever expanding universe. Continue reading

A little goes a long way for the Holidays

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I love the holidays. I love the lights and artful displays everywhere. I love drama and high impact style! While this 5×4′ “Joie de Vivre” painting is available for $3k (inquire at swankety@gmail.com to purchase) I am offering smaller art at gift prices from my year end bargains.

Here are a few examples of small art that makes a large impact. Go to the shop to see more art from as low as $50! View the portfolio (look at all options in the drop down menu) for the rest of the paintings that are available and email for purchase.

May your holiday season be drama-free, except in grand decor!! xxoo Yabette Continue reading

There Is No Virtue In Deprivation

TINVID coverIf you have followed SwanketySwank on Facebook, you may be aware that I have been working on a book of cafe illustrations from recent travels. In fact, you may be tired of hearing about my joy for all that I loved about everywhere that I went. ha! So I’ve got more of that just for you. In fact, I will not let up in my relentless excitement for life and all that is delicious. Continue reading