Monday, August 22, 2011

sunroom art studio

I've got house reno's on the mind as I anxiously wait to move into my husband's and my first home (in just 3 days!). I've been lying awake at night remodeling and decorating every room in my head, and while a lot of those projects will fall into the category of "someday," I'm hoping my art studio will be set up in the near future. Right now I'm thinking the sunroom would be a great location with nothing but peaceful green fields and flowers outside the 3 walls of windows and beautiful natural light filling up the space. It will be a little tricky to set up though and has no wall space to hang art, which might deter me from my dream. But, while I'm dreaming….a studio I love….

This is Robin Luciano Beaty's eco art studio, which was featured in Whole Living magazine a few months back. When I saw it I was obsessed! Robin was on a budget and wanted to create an eco-friendly space so she found a builder who allowed her to help him build this fabulous barn. I'm also totally in love with her encaustic abstracts and landscapes…

Thursday, August 18, 2011

a stroll in the country

My husband and I were bored yesterday so we decided to take a drive out to our hometown in the country. We took a nice stroll down memory lane and then stopped to see the animals on the University of Connecticut campus. I've always found horses to be such beautiful, magical creatures so we spent most of our time with them….

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

one week until i'm finally home!

I have been totally slacking on my blog entries lately (at least it feels that way to me). It really does bother me, though, because I feel like I lose my momentum in life when I'm not posting (or posting anything substantial)—it's a way to hold myself accountable for moving forward and committing myself to my art. But, as the summer winds down I find myself exhausted from the stress and chaos of living in a new city temporarily while most of my belongings sit in a storage unit. There has certainly been some fun too (this summer), but looking for a house and then jumping through all the necessary paperwork hoops in order to get ourselves into the house in a timely fashion (why doesn't anyone talk about how tedious and never-ending the house-buying process is?!) has got me looking forward to the end of summer and the new beginning my husband and I will embark upon this fall. 

We move into our house in exactly one week and I am ecstatic about it! I can't wait to get my hands on the largest canvas I've ever had to work with and my brain has not stopped churning—a kitchen reno, transforming the sunroom into an art/yoga studio, 2 cozy guest rooms to decorate, a master bedroom to turn into an oasis, an office to transform into a bright, cheery room that will inspire me to be productive and get my business rolling….so. much. to. do.

Monday, August 15, 2011

a trip to the capitol

I've done a few photo projects at the CT Capitol building (here and here) and am set to do another! This time I will be exhibiting my fine art and portraiture thanks to my supportive mother-in-law, Denise. I had originally planned to have my work on exhibit all summer, but with half my portfolio in storage and living in a temporary location, I just couldn't find the motivation. I am excited though, that I was able to pass the opportunity on to my talented artist friend, Hannah, who will be exhibiting her beautiful abstract series while I get my act together. I can't wait to see her work up on the walls of the Capitol (stop by and check them out if you are in Hartford!).

Hannah and I took a quick, somewhat chaotic trip over to the Capitol on Friday to check out the space and give her kiddos a little tour of the building they adorably think is a castle….

These flags are from the civil war! Crazy!

Doing some very important work at the Secretary of State's desk.

I love seeing the photos people choose to put on their desks at work. Love the red bandana on my husband's 20-yr-old self and the fur hat on his brother.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

adirondack canoeing

Last week we enjoyed the wilderness of the Adirondack mountains with an incredibly peaceful camping trip. We went back to the same spot we camped in last summer, about a half hour from Lake Placid. Last year's highlight was hiking the most vertical, intense mountain I've ever climbed, but this year's highlight was definitely the canoeing. 

We really enjoyed exploring this uninhabited island where we ate lunch and lazed around in the complete silence.

This pretty much sums it up.