T’s Birthday Wish

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Hold a treasure close to your heart.

Close your eyes.

Then…

Make a wish..

Say a prayer.

Sing a song.

Twirl around.

Tell someone Thank You.

Tell someone I Love You.

Tell yourself I Love Me.

Believe in Peace on Earth.

Know that you are loved.

Then…

Go out into the world and follow all your dreams!

Happy Birthday Sweet T

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xo skyblue

Let it Snow – Featuring Mabel and Hootie

Soooo ready to get snowed in with Scofield, Olive and Stew… I think it will be an Instagram weekend.  Maybe some new art.  Who knows.

Mabel and Hootie are getting frisky by the fire in this little video.

Will you be snowed in this weekend too?

Have a good one!

xo skyblue

Hootie loves Mabel

Hootie loves Mabel

Let’s stop for a moment, as Autumn light fades.

Summer is long gone.  Fall is nearly devoid of all color.  New England is known for its breathtaking foliage and autumn wonder, but the window is small.  It feels like i blinked and the color was gone.  Last weekend, I knew it would be my last chance of the year to enjoy the warm sunshine and colors in my yard.  Tiny still-lifes everywhere. I didn’t want these moments it to go unappreciated and forgotten.

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Sure enough, here it is the following weekend, and the grey veil has settled upon us.  The sky is drab, the blossoms are shriveled, and the trees are almost bare.  Sandy threatens to wipe out what remains.  It will be cold and grey for the next five months.  Goodbye color and light…for now.  This is where art comes in.

“Dawn’s Garden” sky blue

Stay safe in the storm.

xo skyblue

The art critic.

Are we truly living to our fullest potential in the spaces we live in?  Are we really getting the most out of those spaces?  We work hard, and pay a lot of money for the spaces we live in.  We might as well use them to best suit our own lifestyle and make the most of our lives.

For instance, you could have a room designed to make it easy, and fun to exercise. You could create an office to jump start your dream business.  Maybe you would like a colorful family art studio and game room. Have you thought about a romantic massage corner to spice things up?  How about a mini zen yoga retreat?

I have visited many houses that have a TV room, in addition to a formal living room.  I have seen many “spare bedrooms” that looks more like a hazardous storage room.  You too probably know someone who has a fancy dining room that gets used twice a year.

Why not ask yourself, “Do I have a space like this in my home?  How could I better utilize one of these spaces?  How could it better my life?”

With a little elbow grease, some creativity, a few Etsy treasures, and a trip to IKEA… you can make make your home more than just a living space… you can make it a LIVING space!  It can’t hurt… you might get inspired, and the most magical moments will happen there.

the art critic.

skyblue on a rainy day.

xo

Tiny Still Life from the Studio

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Put on the music… light the candles and Nag Champa… put on the hipscarf!

i have ached and waited all week for Saturday, when my plan was to wake up, drink coffee watch HGTV with my family, and then spend the rest of my day working and dancing in my sunny studio.  Well, there is no sun (surprise) but i can get over that. Maybe it will come out later. I do hope it will be a productive day. I know i will probably get distracted by housework, HGTV, and WordPress, but besides that I am working today!  Back off World!  (-:

Nah…just kidding, World… love ya, see you soon!

skyblue, XOOOO

…tiny still life

Tiny Still Life – Skyblue’s first attempt at a photo series?

Look inside the studio of an artist, a dancer, a yoga instructor, you might find a window into one’s soul.  I am enamored by the spaces these individuals create… whether it’s neat and tidy with a purpose of design, or an organically evolved chaotic jungle of art.  There is always movement, color, surprise – nothing ever stays the same for long. There is no type of room or space I find more invigorating.

One can easily find a window into the lovely spaces of artists just by doing a quick Google search or picking up some of the gorgeous magazines that showcase them. Every artist has their own style, process, inspirations  – no two are EVER the same.  The depths of an artist’s heart and mind are right there in front of you, in the form of a remodeled attic, or a messy backyard shed.  Do they surround themselves with clutter and chaos, or colorful bins and tidy shelves?  What kind of music do they listen to, or are they surrounded by sounds of the city, or birds?  Do they drink coffee, eat Twizzlers or sip exotic tea?  I can’t get enough of the books, and art supplies, the beautiful sketches and unfinished paintings.  I am not partial to painters… there’s potters, furniture builders, and dress designers.  That list is infinite.

Much joy can be found is in taking a closer look.  There is so much beauty in the unfinished painting, the piles of random fabric, and the dirty paint brushes that might be found throughout an artist’s studio.  I love to stop and notice these moments in the creative process, grab my snappy and capture the spontaneous splashes of color and light that bring you closer to the creator that dwells there.  These can be very intimate moments for the artist, not always easily shared or understood.  They say a little something extra about the artist and the art that is created there.  It feels innocently voyeuristic and exciting, and gives the artwork so much added dimension.

One day I would love to be able to take the time to travel the cities and countryside, visiting artists, dancers and others in their studios.  I dream of taking my camera, and my notebook and spending sunny mornings with those who would invite me.  I would humbly observe the artist at work, capturing tiny moments in their process, and tiny still lifes in their studios… those that might never be noticed otherwise.

Until then, I can draw inspiration from the images shared on the internet, and from the objects in my own little orange studio.  I often get distracted from my work by the lovely little gatherings of treasures and art supplies that move throughout my studio on a daily and hourly basis.  I might be making a painting, or putting together a gift-basket, or doing some yoga, when suddenly my snappy takes over.  The resulting images are scattered throughout my blog here, but I’ve decided I really LOVE these moments, and get so much inspiration from them.

I share these moments of solitude and joy and beautiful chaos in hopes that others will find theirs, and share them if they choose… in hopes that others will notice them too.

Here goes.  This tiny still life just happens to be from a basket I gave dad for his birthday.

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Have your own tiny still life to share? Respond and link us to yours.

skyblue, xo.