lulie wallace love…

Lulie Wallace is my latest art crush! I discovered her paintings on the pages of House of Fifty‘s summer issue. There’s just something about the colors, the whimsical stylized florals, and the backgrounds that really speak to me. I’d love to see her paintings in person. Maybe I’ll get to Charleston, South Carolina one of these happy days.

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace

i'm back…

Well…that was a long break from blogging! It was completely unintended, but the summer around here just has a way of sneaking up and stealing me! So let me sum it up for you: rain, bored kids, lazy dogs, messy house, no groceries left, entertaining kids, melting popsicles, birthday parties, BBQs, endless sleepovers, considering installing permanent beds for neighbourhood kids, sunburns, teenagers sitting around patio fire ’til wee hours, bikes and skate boards piled up on lawns, sunscreen stains on car seats, sunscreen smears on windows, dry grass, endless eating, dirty floors, wet laundry…sigh.

I did manage to escape the mayhem for a week of bliss at a painting workshop with my art crush, Mike Svob. I have admired and drooled over his paintings for years.

What a treat to watch and learn from someone who’s paintings fetch thousands of dollars!!!

I’ve taken other painting classes, and quite often artists are stingy with sharing information, but Mike was awesome. He gave us really solid advice and practical tools to use in our own practices, and I can’t wait to create more pictures!

Ta dah!

paint & canvas…

Painting is dear to my heart and I love seeing work by talented artists. One of my favorite Westcoast artists is Krista Eaton. She creates vibrant lush florals that just about jump off the wall. These photos can’t do justice to the actual paintings, which are peppered throughout Ocean Park village cafes and retail stores. One of these days I’m going to splurge on one of Krista’s beautiful creations!

I’m also a big fan of Bobbie Burgers, a Vancouver artist who creates stunning florals on huge canvases. The photo below is one of her gallery installations. Her artwork is on display at art galleries throughout Canada and the U.S.A. She’s a regular at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver.

set design to die for…

In an attempt to keep my mind off profiteroles, I settled into my bed last night to watch Something’s Gotta Give–one of my all-time favorite movies! I adore Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, but I covet that house! Oooh la la. Besides the amazing Kenton Nelson paintings, my absolutely favorite part of the house is Diane’s bedroom–that bed linen…that desk…that fabulous chair…those french doors…that beach view. Mark couldn’t believe it when I told him that girls do cry like that when their hearts are broken!

This photo was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest that discussed set design on SGG.

photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

You can imagine my delight when The Holiday came on immediately after SGG ended. The part where Kate Winslet‘s character explains to Jack Black that she understands exactly what his broken heart feels like, kills me every time. The cottage in Surrey is so cozy and charming–the creamy blue kitchen cabinets are adorable. But it’s the house in California that absolutely blows my socks off.  Hallelujah  Nancy Meyers — you rock! Keep bringing us fabulous movies.

photo courtesy of Kaleidoscope

photo courtesy of Kaleidoscope

By the way…I’m happy to report that the Angel on my shoulder won the sneak-another-profiterole-while-everyone-is-sleeping tug-o-war! Phew.

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