Want to get inspired? Get on the road. It’s a great place to rejuvenate and stimulate your senses. It’s by far my favorite way to get somewhere new and see the world along the way. My mind can calmly wander and often, it’s in these moments that new ideas form or separate elements connect. The colors and textures of the scenery seem to become part of the narrative in my head, too. The wildflowers we see on the way to Texas Hill Country and the scarlet punctuation of Vermont’s Green Mountain Red Maples flicker and dance in the back of mind and later become something new.
Moorten Botanical Garden, a desert cactarium, is a Historic Landmark in Palm Springs, that was first opened in 1938, by Patricia and “Cactus Slim” Moorten. This place is so inspiring. All the textures, the shape and sculpture of the plants and winding paths. Its the perfect place to sketch or play with your camera.
An excerpt from Mimi Sheraton’s A Seducer’s Cookbook
“Ever since I was 15 and was persuaded to neck with a boy who gave me a frozen Milky Way, I have been aware of the seductive powers of food...in that simple adolescent experience one can find all the reasons why food succceeds as a seductive lure when other measures fail...
In January 1906 af Klint agreed to carry out what she referred to as the “great commission.” These divine paintings represent the “birth of the world” and incorporate forms derived from scientific visualizations related to the cosmic, the microscopic and the atomic.”
I love this essay from Diane Ackerman’s The Natural History of the Senses, so much. Every subject in this book is fascinating and Diane is a beautiful writer. I can’t get enough. I’ve been researching the individual senses and the role they play in our creative process and ability to live a vibrant, connected life.
I am LOW maintenance when it comes to beauty. But, I do know that when my body is scrubbed clean and my skin is smooth and refreshed, I feel bright and ready to take on the day. I listed a few things I use and love.
Even though all around us are reminders that its fall and the stores are filling with sweaters and wool, the designers are ahead and already showing collections for next year. I thought it would be fun to pull together the most interesting Spring 2019 collections. Click on the images to see the full collections.
The Swedish people love summer! Everyone is out and about walking, playing in the parks, riding their bikes. Its very cheerful! There are many cafés where you can enjoy the long days and unusual warm weather.
First days of September always get me excited. This year I truly can't believe how fast the months have flown by. People close to me know that this means I'm already dreaming of holiday cheer and twinkly lights, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. There is so much autumnal charm to enjoy before then.
I've been exploring self development for the past few years. Who am I? What's important to this gal? Me. What's she all about. In this process of reflecting on what I see and experience, think about and strive for... I have been seeing some patterns.
Ever since my grandmother Ursula bought me a pair of crimson silk high heeled Valentinos to wear to my senior prom, I’ve loved the bold and sensual qualities of the color. I felt young and wild that night.
Engaging my senses makes me feel vibrant and centered and optimistic. This is one of the ways I’m exploring mindfulness. I’m trying to stay authentically present (though not always easy) and conscious of how my life experiences make me feel each day. This creates a thread and that thread helps me understand who I am and in what direction I'm going.
In San Francisco, the spring days have been bright and the parks are all effervescent with this puffy white charlock that reminds me of the poppy fields of Oz. The time I've spent outside in the last few weeks has loosened some gears inside my creative mind…Birds are such a signal of spring to me and even living in the city, with a fire escape outside my window, I am thrilled to be visited by the occasional feathered friend.
After Thanksgiving, I travelled to Stockholm, Sweden where my best friend has moved with her Swedish fiancé. Walking around the city with these two was so fun, there is so much to see in this beautiful city! Some call it "Venice of the north" because of all the islands (12) and bridges (42). We spent the week ducking into shops and cafés, trying to stay warm (30 degrees!) and grinning at all the Christmas lights and decorations.
I'm feeling contrast and drama ~ a tablescape in the dark! Spanish Baroque painter, Juan Sánchez Cotán, created still lifes, or bodegones in the 1660s, in a strikingly austere style that feels fresh and modern today. Less is more and black is back.