Art
Inspired By Photos & Words in Book Form

Inspired By Photos & Words in Book Form

Given my recent preparations for the new blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about design, layout, graphics, and the like. This new online project will, in fact, be a blog, and the inherit home of such a thing is, after all, a website. As such, my mind is stuck on typeface and layout repeat… always...
Style Story... of Joslyn Taylor - Part 2

Style Story… of Joslyn Taylor – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Joslyn’s lovely Style Story! Not much has changed around here. I’m still struggling with “edit/post it disagreement” (a phrase I just coined this very moment). Let me explain… edit/post it disagreement |ˈedit pōst it ˌdisəˈgrēmənt| phrase, the overwhelming and often stress inducing disagreement within self when faced with the task of making tough decisions regarding...
Style Story... of Stephanie Casey

Style Story… of Stephanie Casey

Stephanie Casey has a smile that would brighten any room but it’s not necessarily because of  her flawless complexion, salsa red lips, or pearly white teeth as you would think. No, it’s deeper than that. Thegenuine joy of spirit that she obviously applies to all areas of her life flows easily from the inside out....
Match Made

Match Made

Two paintings… one of a professional, another by a child… both artists. When I visited California last month to attend my grandfather’s funeral, I came home with something very special – a beautiful Autumn scene oil painting by my father from years ago (not exactly sure when but almost positively from before my time). I’ve...
Side by Side

Side by Side

Traveling home is wonderful. I grab coffee with old friends, enjoy tea and cookies with my grandmother, discover new shows on Netflix with my family, and surprise numerous others with my unannounced arrival. It’s a good time! Now that I’ve been away from Nashville for just over two years, I’m starting to realize that another...
Blogshop Dallas + The Mine

Blogshop Dallas + The Mine

Last week was just plain yucky… the weather, my work, our cars. But I made a commitment to put all that behind me on Friday and, wouldn’t you know, things improved dramatically from that point on! (that’s what a positive outlook will get ya’) Saturday evening I waged against the torrential rains in my once-again...
Museum Treasure

Museum Treasure

Last week I modeled for a drawing and watercolor class at the world-famous Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. I was working with another member of Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth on abstracted interpretations of specific topics such as escape and conversation. I’ve never modeled for a drawing class before… lesson learned, it’s exhausting to...
The Importance of Art

The Importance of Art

Lofty post title, no? You might think that I’m about to expound on the academic reasoning of the importance of art (because i totally could!) . Ha, not so! No, today I’m just going to share a few reflections from a recent daytrip that made me ponder on the role of art in our lives....
Off Stage

Off Stage

As you may have noticed, things have been very quiet around here this past week! My time has been heavily committed to other happenings outside of this blog including my recent participation in a modern dance festival with Contemporary Dance / Fort Worth at The Modern over the weekend (artistically inspiring & a great evening out in Fort Worth). Other ”off...
Art & Life

Art & Life

When was the last time you visited an art museum? Be honest… last month, last year, last century?! If you haven’t recently, I implore you, make it a priority. David and I visited The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which we are now members of, and left with a renewed enthusiasm for and understanding...
Beyond the Walls

Beyond the Walls

How often do you really open your eyes to the details of your surroundings? Most days, I’m very aware of what’s around me (except when the house needs cleaning and the laundry is piling up… then I’d rather ignore my environment). Today’s photographs were taken while running around town late last week. Each scene struck...
Folding Screen... TAKE TWO

Folding Screen… TAKE TWO

Today’s TAKE TWO post isn’t make believe. It actually happened… to me!! I walked into Berry Good Buys last week and beheld this dusty, aged, tattered old gem. I knew immediately where I wanted to place it in my home and made no hesitation in snatching it up. Our dining table is in a dark...
Weekend Art Seeking

Weekend Art Seeking

As you all well know, David and I are enthusiastic supporters of the arts in all it’s forms. With busy work and school schedules, a small pocketbook, and in some ways limited resources, it is not always easy to get out and actually do the supporting that we like to talk about! But occasionally things...
One More...

One More…

… Ok, there may be more than just one more. In fact, if I can keep myself focused there may be many more paintings to come! What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post was that my artistic interests have also blossomed now that my freelance schedule opened up. Here’s a quick look at my most...
Pieces of the Process

Pieces of the Process

As two youngsters close to the academic environment, David and I are still very familiar with the idea of process being equally important as product. In school, this is a luxury that is not often afforded in the professional world. While our grades certainly rested upon the shoulders of the work we produced, it was...
Upholstered Art

Upholstered Art

Ok, it’s time for a little DIY action. A few comments on Monday’s post about Josef Frank’s stunning fabrics reminded me that I had yet to publish photos of a home project I worked on earlier in the month. (silly me… I usually jump at those opportunities to share) Since my days of interior design...
Amateur Artists

Amateur Artists

Last minute plans usually go one of two ways, really great or really not. This past Thursday evening, David had a last minute idea for a memorable (and affordable) activity to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. Our hope… that the plan would be great despite it’s impromptu arrangement. Instead of spending a large amount of money on...
Gallery Opening!

Gallery Opening!

Several hours of work and much deliberation later, my paper templates are filed away and my gallery wall of personal photos and artwork is complete!! (or, at least until I decide to make the next batch of changes… things are always evolving around here!) Take a look at the beginning of this project HERE. My...
Work in Progress... Art Gallery

Work in Progress… Art Gallery

What does one do when the budget is tight? FINISH those projects you once started and left undone!! I am finally taking things to the next step with my collection of framed photos and artwork that I intended to create a wall collage with far too long ago. Now that I’ve set my mind to...
"Raw Color"

“Raw Color”

I’ve been thinking a lot about color recently. (notice the swatches on my desk in THIS post) I finally committed myself to carefully planning the colors, concept, and design of our home rather than the usual spur of the moment, undeveloped decisions that I usually make. Of course, this is going to take some serious...
Orchid + Art

Orchid + Art

For some unsolvable reason, I have always secretly admired the pursuit of the minimalist…the aesthete who chooses to pare his or her surroundings and expressions down to exactly the essentials, nothing more nothing less. It strikes me as incredibly noble. Despite my greatest attempts at this lifestyle (although apparently not great enough to be noticeable)...

New Month… Fresh Slate

Since my days of school, which revolved around a semester based schedule, I have adjusted to a slightly different arrangement of time… the monthly schedule. Now, most all of my deadlines and short-term goals hinge on the beginning and end of the month. Needless to say, my wall calendar has become quite important. It stands...

Must-Reads

Part of my “job”  here on this blog is to scour the internet globe for resources and ideas (ok, well I do it mostly for fun), things that immediately grab my attention and hold onto it long enough to remember for the next time. That is the trick… next time. Those internet destinations that do...

More Than Meets the Eye

All Photos Credit to Abelardo Morell via National Geographic Life is full of small and curious things that inspire me and it seems as though I run across a new discovery everyday. Occasionally, though, I stumble upon something truly extraordinary…today’s post is about such a discovery. A friend recently alerted me to a fascinating photographer,...

Where Now?

You know how easy it is to procrastinate….we all do it! I would like to think that I don’t, but the sad truth is that occasionally, every once in a while, when I am feeling a bit lazy…I put things off. Up until recently, my artwork has continued to remain sitting on our floors. Well,...
Confessions of a Thrifter

Confessions of a Thrifter

By now, most of you know that I have a keen appreciation for hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough. My favorite pastime is vintage, antique, and thrift shopping. After my “This to That” series, which I am taking a short break from, and other second-hand inspired posts, I thought a brief summary of my...

Finishing Touches

I’m happy to say that my plan to begin sketching and drawing again has not fallen to the wayside like the fate of so many other projects. (…ahem, trying to shirk that reputation). So, here is a recent glimpse behind the scenes of my easel. I chose to work with water color pencils, a favorite...