Art Shopping

The gold piece, with the hand transforming into a tree–I’m seriously considering buying it for our home.

The photo is mine. The art pictured is that of a group of talented individuals in Sydney, in a group exhibition.

The question (and a piece of my hesitation) is how to frame or hang a triangular piece, especially one whose bottom is a point.

Thoughts?

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Made in America

The above scene is a light festival in Centennial Park, NSW. It was one of my first experiences with night photography. The below scene took place in my favourite cafe in Surry Hills. It, too, was a first experience. Italicised writing is me.

Are you American?

Yes.

Do you know Francis?

I’m sorry?

Francis. Do you know him?

Um,  no, I’m sorry I don’t know your friend. It’s not exactly a small country.

(In my head: Of course! All Americans know each other.)

Happy new year!

Happy new year!

The above shot was taken at Tempus Two Vineyard in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Isn’t the architecture done beautifully? I love the look you can achieve when you embrace the medley of organic and inorganic shapes. My favourite pieces of art seem to all have this in common.

Texture, Dynamic, and Colour

17 November

Today I’m thankful for art. In particular, I’m thankful for the challenge of figuring out a tricky framing… and nailing it!

It was a piece bought years ago from a photographer. It was mounted in a cheap almost styrofoam style matting and it was starting to fall apart. I took it apart to frame it properly only to find out that it was cut into unusual dimensions too. It took me far longer than I initially had expected to even find a suitable size frame. I ended up buying an inexpensive print from Ikea solely for the sake of the matting I wanted. It had equally unusual dimensions, but I had an idea. Texture and dynamic and colour would be my guides. I took everything home, made a lovely mess of our office/studio and starting really working through this other artist’s piece. I finally felt it in my fingers that I was finished when this beautiful framed photo fell into my hands. See below.

18 November

I am so thankful for homemade mac and cheese. Mine’s full of veggies and keeps us healthy and happy. Here’s the recipe.

19 November

Today was lovely. I spent the day with two lovely women doing a day’s worth of wine tasting together in the Hunter Valley. I’m so thankful to have them here and to have these weeks reminiscing of our college/uni days together. Wine country is a lovely addition too!

20 November

I’m so grateful that flat shoes/ballet flats/gladiator sandals are ‘in’. Heels are pretty and sexy, I know, but I’d rather be barefoot any day. Today was exhausting and I’m dead on my feet. They’ll be okay though.

21 November

I saw my city from a brand new view tonight. Of course that was after I worked two extra hours at work without a break. Ugh. It was a wonderfully productive, completely draining, can I have some chocolate now, type day.  I met a few friends in the tallest skyscraper in town so watch the sunset. I love city living, especially one that puts me smack dab next to the ocean. Today I’m thankful for all the cities I’ve called home over the years.

22 November

Today was me and me alone at home. Doesn’t happen often. I packed for our weekend away. I cleaned. I did errands. And? I sat. I read. I drank coffee. I’m thankful for a Friday at home 🙂

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

30 days of thankful

1 November

Tonight I’m thankful for starting November surrounded by some of my very best friends. Pizza and movies — a simple night made perfect by closeness, friendship, and understanding.

2 November

Thankful for my partner in crime who loves me for all of my qualities–lovely, annoying, and quirky. Thanks for the sparkling clean house I came home to today.

3 November

Thankful for my immediate and my second family. I would be in a much worse place without you all.

4 November

Thankful for the freedom to bitch and vent when I’ve had a trying day. Thankful for the friend who listened. And, thankful for good rum.

5 November

Thankful for my weekly chats with my mother and sister overseas. Despite the time difference and the obvious miles, you’re still with me all the time.

6 November

Thankful to have grown up in the state that was the first to legalise same-sex marriage in the US. Today Illinois followed suit. It’s about damn time that the rest of the country wakes the hell up. All love is equal. And it’s worth noting that I’m glad to have grown up in a community where it was acceptable to question the way things were done and change them if you could.

7 November

Thankful for having one of my very best friends living here in Sydney with me. It blows my mind that we’ve known each other for seven years already and that we’ve lived in both Columbus and overseas together. What a wonderful sister.

8 November 

Thankful for a workplace that sponsors me to be live in Australia. I love traveling and they’re a huge reason that I’m not “traveling” but really living here. It’s a beautiful thing.

*Curious about 30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you 🙂

The Way You Intend

Australian SeascapeNot everything turns out the way you intend. Sometimes though, the outcome is beautiful.

I was working on one canvas today and it came out completely, horribly, in every way the opposite I had planned. I put it aside and threw myself into this. I’m glad I did.

I washed my brushes, cleaned up my artist’s board, and started anew.

Narooma

This image began as a photograph I took in Narooma, NSW, Australia. In the above three shots though, it’s clear I took this piece a few steps farther. This is a 12 x 15 1/2 inch canvas (1/2 inch thick). The  image has been transferred to it, creating an entire new effect. This clear, Australian seascape has life to it now.

An Aging Bridge

I won’t exaggerate. I love Vermont.

You can find these falls in Rutland, hidden under an aging bridge. If you’re going, wear walking shoes. Trust me. The paths aren’t tricky but the footing nearer the falls can be, especially if it’s rained recently. Also be sure to chat with a local about the train schedule before heading that way because they’re incredibly loud and you’ll feel the ground shaking from blocks away.  All of that aside, the view is worth the walk.Rutland Falls

Rutland Falls

Rutland Falls

Basking in Blue

Blue MountainsMy throat’s sore. I’m exhausted. And I dealt with too many perturbed people today, but everyone loves looking at mountains.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Your Next Baking Endeavor

While I’m not one to regularly post food photos, I had to share this with you.

Ready?

Skinny Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

And they don’t taste low-fat whatsoever. The mind behind the madness is Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. Here’s your recipe!

Between prep and bake time, you’re done in about 30 minutes. And there’s no oil and no butter meaning no guilt for those on a diet. I tend to be cautious of baked good recipes that cut out such staples, but these are moist, fruity and decadent. The secret is apple sauce.

You have half an hour to spare right? Try it.

I like to grab one in the morning, on the way to work. Just heat it up for 15 seconds or so in the microwave; grab a serviette for the chocolatey fingers and go.