Category Archives for "Inspiration & Favorites"

Oct 06

Beautiful Italy

Buon giorno!

I just returned home from an amazing vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice with my sister and all I can say is that Italy is an enchanted country! Wow what an experience we had.  We saw as many monuments and historical places as possible, but also enjoyed getting lost and finding our way back to our temporary homes in each of these spectacular places.  It seemed that with every turn a new glorious vision opened up before us. I’m apologizing in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. It’s just so hard not to click away when you’re there.

I’m still coming down from my blissful high.  I can’t say that any of these cities held a heavier place in my heart because they are all so vastly different from the next.  Rome is so ancient and mind-blowing, Florence is so spectacularly beautiful and full of art in many forms, and Venice is, well, the most unusual and crazy-beautiful city I’ve seen.  I don’t know if it’s the water energy that makes it so profound or its fighting spirit that you sense just walking the little cobbled streets navigating around sinking walls.  Ending our travels there was a perfect way to conclude our visit – though we didn’t want to say good bye to any of these places.  It is easy to say that the unifying force in Italy’s dramatically different cultures is its friendly citizens (we met such wonderful people), and of course the food and amazing Italian wines. I was shocked to discover when I got home that even though I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted I somehow ended up losing weight?!  Go figure?! I guess that’s the beauty of travel and de-stressing. 

More to come, but for now I’ll bid you ciao ciao and amore.

 

Sep 03

Photo MashUP – Bloomin’ Buttercups

Time for another Photo MashUP and I’m loving the definition on these little buttercup flowers.  Keeping the blue-green highlight hues was my goal and I’m loving how it turned out.  I’m working on creating a delft colorway of this as well and so far it’s looking really nice.  I’ll keep you posted on how that one turns out.  :0) Wishing you a beautiful week!

 

Jul 23

Photo Mash-UP – “Floral et Granit”

Happy Mash-UP!  I’ve been messing around with some photo editing programs, filters, and textures that I’ve acquired over the years, and truth be told I’m having a little too much distracting fun doing it.  I am LOVING the results so much that I decided to start a little series of them.  Here’s the first installment – “Floral et Granit”.

Below are the two base images that I used to get this finished product 

 

Wishing you a fabulously colorful and awesome week my friends!

Jun 22

Graduation Rainbow Color Palette

Hi my friends!  I’m coming off of a month of crazy-awesomeness as my family celebrated the graduations of both my boys (college and high school) and my beautiful niece’s wedding reception (the U.S. one since her actual ceremony was in Jamaica). It has been a big fat happy blur of activity and I think we are now ready to settle back into a regular rhythm of life, though this past month has been pretty awesome so I’m not complaining.  I love how this color palette turned out because it’s a rainbow, the perfect representation of the hope, promise, and joy I wish for my boys and my niece & nephew as they enter in to their respective new exciting life chapters. It also represents my wish for you and for myself as well:   Hope, Promise, & Joy! 

sending you light & love

May 02

Tag Sale Color Palette

This past weekend I had the ultimate treat of visiting my friend Jennifer’s ranch in Ventura to peruse her Spring Tag Sale.  Jennifer has an amazing sense of style and design and is in the midst of opening a shop that will house her vision for “home & garden & retro & anything else amazing that I’d love to buy”.  I’m so excited for her and I’ll be sure to announce more info as her plans take shape, but for now I just had to post this color palette (above) for you because I thought it was an amazing one.  These were just a few of the pics I took. There were so many nooks and crannies to preview and explore and I came home with some amazing new & vintage table cloths and tea towels, home grown lavender sachets in hand embroidered pouches, and vintage greeting card packs! I can’t wait for Jennifer to open her shop!

One more fun note … Jennifer’s husband is planting citrus and olive groves and soon they will be sharing the fruit and oil they will be harvesting to the world!  I can’t wait for that because that is my retirement dream! I’ll be watching closely and asking lots of questions as they progress for sure!  

Wishing you a treasure filled week!  Have some fun!

love & light

Apr 22

Practicing Ahimsa in Art & Life

Ahimsa is one of the yamas of the Yoga Sutra and it is most recognizably translated to mean “non-violence”.  If you practice yoga you will often hear your teacher reminding you throughout the practice to work through your positions with ahimsa.  Not that anyone would become violent per say in a yoga class, but we all know that if our thoughts could be heard aloud it would be mind blowing how horrendous and vitriolic we can be to ourselves and to others.  Whether it is psychological violence or physical violence, injury occurs, which is why ahimsa is a foundation to not only yoga but to life.

So here’s my story about this…  

In addition to some new branches of my art business I’m super excited about and setting into motion, I’m also starting what will end up being a year long intensive yoga training.  I’m excited and scared by it all, but mostly excited.  I’ve been running on adrenaline, caffeine, and yoga, and it’s been awesome! Until the last two days when my body decided it was done and needed a rest …….. enter ahimsa.

I guess somewhere along the way I stopped remembering to treat myself with love and kindness.  I forgot to embrace the journey I was starting, and just plain started to regress into nasty self hate talk.  It started with some art I was inspired to create but just couldn’t get to look right while sketching.  The hate talk came on with a vengeance :  “You suck! Can’t you sketch better then that?  Seriously you’ve been working on the computer too long – you can’t even sketch anymore!  You should just quit!”.  This then moved on to a computer glitch (I’ve had many lately) and I lost some work that had taken 3 hours to do.  More hate talk :  “You should know by now to save your file!  How lame are you?  I can’t believe you didn’t save the file and now you have to start all over again! You’re so stupid!”.   Next up was yoga class where I watched my limber and amazing teacher blissfully glide into full lotus position (Padmasana).  I don’t know what I was thinking because I’ve never been able to do this pose as of yet, but in my ego-mind I guess because I knew I had been working so hard on my training I felt that this particular pose would suddenly be available to me.  Well, as you might guess it wasn’t, and I felt like a fool.  Here’s how that hate talk went :  “You look like such an idiot trying to force your foot like that!  Who do you think you are? Ouch – you are going to tear something! I can’t believe you ever thought you could do this!  You should just quit now and save yourself a whole lot of pain!”.  

It was at that moment, when all I wanted to do was crawl into a fetal position and cry, that I finally remembered ahimsa.  Ahimsa to be patient with my art, knowing that practice and patience will bring forth the art I’m envisioning in my minds eye.  Ahimsa to know that technology is not full proof and that I am human and sometimes forget to take steps (like saving my file).  There also might be a greater reason for the need to start over again.  Finally Ahimsa to know that my yoga journey is just that … a journey / a life practice … and that even though today my body may not be able to enter into all the poses I wish to enter I will get there eventually with practice, and I WILL SIT FULL LOTUS one day!  

Today I am enjoying some play time, some rest time, and some unwind time ….  I’m helping a friend out by painting on wine glasses and vases that she will be giving to her students at her upcoming yoga retreats, and as I paint they are making me smile because on the vase is a lotus flower and on the wine glass is the sanskrit symbol for OM.  You’ve got to love how the Universe comes full circle in times of growth!

Wishing you Peace & Love

 

Oct 11

Autumn Color Palettes

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Happy Fall everyone! The two color palettes above are from photos taken at my sister’s house where she has the most amazing contrast of autumn leaves dripping above these vibrant purple garden flowers. Oh the beauty of nature!  

I’m so happy it’s finally autumn! SoCal isn’t getting the cool Fall weather that we’d all love to have, but it is starting to turn a little and the edge of summer seems to be subsiding – a little. Let’s just hope we get rain soon. Needless to say my house is decorated for Trick or Treaters, pumpkins bought, and my favorite Halloween coffee mugs are out and ready to be used in the morning. I’m also excited to be headed to another yoga retreat, my last for 2016, and I just had to share with you the newest addition to my Halloween decor that my sister just gave me! I’m thinking this little yogi will be going straight to my desk after the holiday is over.   He’s WAY too awesome to pack away! yoga-skeleton

Namaste
Little-Pumpkin

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