Nature inspiration!


Saw this at work the other day and it really struck me. The contrast of the greens and purples is very eye catching and the asymmetry of the leaves is very interesting.

I know it’s just a weed but it is a very lovely one! I will have to think of something fun to create from this shape. Plants are some of my favorite bits of inspiration for artwork!

Color Schemes · Inspiration

Color Scheme for this week…

This week is busy at work as well as at home so I want some rich invigorating colors to keep me energized. Obviously, this sort of thing is personal and subjective to each person but deep dark colors help me feel bold and powerful–and of course purple is my power color. Set against the deep blue it makes me feel like taking on the world!

The food looks yummy too! Food and Wine is my FAVORITE magazine for food photography–gorgeous stuff!

I hope you all have a splendid week!

Ricotta and Roasted Grape Crostini 
Books · Inspiration

Great Expectations

This is a lovely quote and makes me want to read the book. I’ve read a lot of other Dickens, perhaps it is time to check this one out!

Charles Dickens’s work is something I have to mentally prepare for–the sheer weight of his sentences and words. His stories are great once I get into them, but making the leap takes commitment. It’s funny how some books you can slip right into and others are work, but they can both be equally satisfying.

Goals! · Inspiration

I don’t know who Abraham is…

… but I like what he has to say!

I would even take this a step further and say don’t just create a vision in your mind but write it down. Even if this vision changes as you work on it writing things down makes them more concrete–plus you can have the satisfaction of marking things off a list which is ALWAYS my favorite thing to do!

Every strike through is a small step of progress towards my goal!




Color Schemes · Inspiration · Prattling

Color Inspiration: misty morning

It is a rainy misty morning today and I wanted to share some color schemes that always come to mind on these sort of days. Cool, mysterious, dark, melancholy, misty, morose, glittering–are all words that come to mind in the rain. These colors soothe. These colors make me think of magic and tall mountains that need scaling to fulfill a quest–of deep forests where tendrils of fog wrap around ancient trunks.

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The vibrant teal offsets the grays and hints at the pop of springtime that comes with the rain. New life is growing nourished by the drops. 



Sea Fare - Cool, calm color palette from Better Homes & Gardens (August 2014).
The colors of fog and mist that wrap through the trees in the drizzle. 


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The hint of purple in the violets and crocus peaking their heads up drinking in the water. Spring is creeping in drop by drop as the rain falls.