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Chanel Red

A Room of Your Own

I’ve written a fair bit about my funny fancy parlors. Are they real? Are they figments of my imagination? A combination? All of the above. I would like to jump into a room filled with leopard lounge chairs and a pink velvet settee. Art clustered on the wall, vintage charts mixed with contemporary treasures and hand me downs, lots of books, flowers and general elegant coziness. Everyone welcome, no coasters required, tea cups preferred and animals on furniture most likely.

These parlors welcome you to sit down, stay a while. Flip through the glossy magazine, sip your drink, put your feet up and let your imagination wander for a bit. Our busy-ness will wait. They are an XO to life and living with loveliness in all it’s quirky imperfectly perfect beautiful forms.

xoxo

If this particular Fancy Parlor is inviting you in, it’s on display at elizabethW in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s large, 30×30″, perfect for a mantel or a statement piece. Painted sides on 1.5″ gallery canvas, ready to hang.

“Think Pink Parlour” 30×30″

Contact Kelly: [email protected] or 831.626.3892

Nautical Parlour

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Emerson

I love this quote, this sentiment and this reminder to be present and appreciate life’s lovely moments as well as it’s ebb and flow. Especially this week. Thanksgiving week, a week by definition, a time to be even more grateful and to soak in all the goodness life has to offer and that we can offer back.

This Nautical Parlour or Portrait in a Yellow Room is a nod and heartfelt expression of a love of surrounding myself with the things and people (and fur people) we love. Vintage trophies, old portraits, your nana’s china or a hand me down fisherman’s sweater, these are the classic, nostalgic and beloved treasures of our every day life that makes it a little sweeter. What are yours?

“Portrait in a Yellow Room” 24×30″ oil on gallery canvas

Available at the divine Watson Kennedy Fine Home (where they also wrap, ship and make things generally delightful in every way.) xo

Fancy Envelopes

Fancy Envelopes: Mindalopes by Carpe Diem Papers, with a cup of tea and shortbread, stamps and penThis afternoon in sweet Ashland, Oregon, it’s pouring icy fog rain, dark by 3pm, wind howling around the house and I am recovering from part one of some dental work. Before you turn green with envy, there is an upside. I’m home for the afternoon doing “nothing”. “Nothing” is a requirement when I’m supposed to have some down time but it doesn’t prevent me from binge watching Season 3 of “The Crown” (omg), sipping tea (it goes half way in) and organizing my fancy envelope collection!

Organizing and prepping because enough people have asked me, “do you ever sell these?” to which a savvy entrepreneur would reply, “of course!” and which I used to reply, “uh, not really, I hoard them”. Business School, 101.

But now I am putting some fun assorted packs together so we can collectively keep the art of the illustrated and handwritten note alive. Details are here and I’m excited to share. Hand painted ones are coming soon.

As always, thank you for reading, creating, laughing and enjoying the little things on this creative journey.

See you in the mailbox. xo

 

Paris in April 2020!

Come join us on this magical unique week long event hosted by Deep Travel Workshops. All the merveilleux details here.

April 4-10 2020

Table Setting

Table setting is an art. You can’t get it wrong, the only requirement is using your good stuff, your everyday stuff, whatever makes your heart sing stuff and group it together. There are berries to pick outside or your grandparents salt and pepper shakers or your tapered candles that you’re “saving”. Use them today. If you do have nice china, take it out. It will make you feel so good! Stack your plates, use more glasses than you need, extra forks, the teeny tiny ones, the sugar cube tongs with the claws, you name it, if you’ve got the funny when will I ever use this stuff, use it this holidays!

There is total joy in both creating an artistic inviting table and sitting down at one. I don’t like precious. I want people to feel comfortable. Lasagna on Limoges? Ok! Or sparkling water out of cranberry glass goblets? Sure! Grocery store bought shortbread cookies on a pink china and matching tea cups, oh yeah.

Tea for two? Dinner party for eight? Last minute leftovers for three? All worthy for a table setting created with love and imagination. xo

This painting had the holidays in mind, china from my cabinet, berries from my front yard, Crown Derby plates and vintage flatware and white pumpkins from the farmers market.

Available here (and FREE SHIPPING!!!)

Table Setting

Table setting is an art. You can’t get it wrong, the only requirement is using your good stuff, your everyday stuff, whatever makes your heart sing stuff and group it together. There are berries to pick outside or your grandparents salt and pepper shakers or your tapered candles that you’re “saving”. Use them today. If you do have nice china, take it out. It will make you feel so good! Stack your plates, use more glasses than you need, extra forks, the teeny tiny ones, the sugar cube tongs with the claws, you name it, if you’ve got the funny when will I ever use this stuff, use it this holidays!

There is total joy in both creating an artistic inviting table and sitting down at one. I don’t like precious. I want people to feel comfortable. Lasagna on Limoges? Ok! Or sparkling water out of cranberry glass goblets? Sure! Grocery store bought shortbread cookies on a pink china and matching tea cups, oh yeah.

Tea for two? Dinner party for eight? Last minute leftovers for three? All worthy for a table setting created with love and imagination. xo

This painting had the holidays in mind, china from my cabinet, berries from my front yard, Crown Derby plates and vintage flatware and white pumpkins from the farmers market.

Available here (and FREE SHIPPING!!!)

Paris in April: An Artist Life Workshop

I’m not sure what is more exciting, painting in Paris, sitting in a café in Paris, roaming the gorgeous streets with no other purpose than experiencing beauty and architecture, sitting in a park absorbing life and culture, visiting world renowned galleries, shops and museums or….visually documenting all this in the beauty and comfort of a perfectly located Parisian hotel in the Marais. Best part? We don’t have to decide!!!

I am thrilled and excited to share more of the upcoming Paris workshop hosted by the wonderful team at Deep Travel Workshops.

They are hosting a one week Paris trip focusing on the Artist’s Life through the art of illustration. We will be painting small postcards and in sketchbooks to send home or to keep (mailed of course from a Parisian “la poste”), spending time in classic cafés, taking fabulous photos with our iphones to document the treasures we find on our daily journeys, visiting museums, galleries, parks and iconic Parisian landmarks that have inspired artists through the generations.

My part in this is l’instructrice. Or…instructor, guide, helper, art teacher, biggest fan, enthusiastic art supply sharer and moderate french speaker should you temporarily lose your mind in Ladurée or Sennellier and want a wingwoman. I’ve got you.

Anna and Christina, your Deep Travel Workshop hostesses, say it best here with their Paris Mini Guide. They have taken people to Mexico, Morocco, Spain, France, Nepal and beyond and have made lifetime friends and connections in the most unique pockets of the world. Including Paris. Read here for all the details and sign up information. This is a very small group so we can travel easily together, be spontaneous with schedule changes that fit everyone, enjoy classic french meals ensemble and truly soak in the Parisian culture for a week.

Dates are April 4-10, 2020

Day to day scheduling is subject to slight variance due to weather and/or tickets to museums/galleries. This trip will fill your creative cup to brimming. We hope you will join us for this slice of la vie Parisienne. xo

P.S. A word on painting and art supplies. This is for all levels. This is not an advanced instructional workshop requiring equipment and supplies for painting en plein air. We will be using watercolor and gouache for maximum mobility and ease of use at the hotel, in a park, café or any public space. We will be documenting and illustrating our trip as we go. It might be a charming french tea tin, the view of the Luxembourg Gardens or a portrait of a french poodle. (Les chiens do seem to be more charmant there!) The goal is to illustrate our time there in whatever manner inspires us. I will help you get set up with appropriate supplies before we leave. I am a big advocate of EASE. I want the art and painting part to be joyful and simple. No drawing or painting experience is necessary. Everything we will be using is portable and light. Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions about the painting portion or specific art supplies.

P.P.S. Merveilleux details here.

Creativity Takes Courage

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse.

Yes it does. And if not courage in a lion roar kind of way, a gentle consistent showing up no matter what kind of way. Do some paintings feel slow or hard or above my learning curve? You bet. But when there is joy in the activity, the courage shows up and walks beside me and shows infinite patience in the messy middle temper tamtrum stage of art. (Nod your head, painters, you’ve been there.)

I would not consider myself an exceptionally courageous person in life pursuits. I push my own limits….comfortably. I’m not an adrenaline junkie or speed freak, I never liked downhill skiing much because of the speed, trees I was likely to run into and fear of…trees and speed.  I tend to play it more cautious but there is something about painting and art and most creative pursuits that makes me say, WTF, why not. What do I have to lose? What if Matisse never painted those crazy colors because it was not in vogue at the time. He knew. He knew he had to muster the courage and paint irreverent goldfish and pink art studios and portraits that he was told were “garish”. But he did it anyway. And well….Matisse.

Creativity does take courage. And a sense of humor. And perseverance. And good snacks. I’m sure Matisse would agree. He was French, after all.

Thank you, Henri Matisse, for the brilliant and simple reminder. xo

“Creativity Takes Courage” 24×30″ oil on gallery canvas. For inquiries, please email

Bonjour (and April in Paris)

What is it about Paris? Other than everything…for most everybody…?  For me it represents history, architecture, culture, the arts, the dedication to a life lived in the small beautiful details. The people watching. The air, the color, the river, the romance, the food, the coffee, the fashion, the freedom. I’m not alone.

It’s been many years since I’ve been and even conjuring up the last visit, I can find an endless well of inspiration. The muse is generous in this city. Paris appears to have been built to help writers, artists, musicians to pause and create. I’ve captured or remembered photos and memories in Paris that have inspired paintings years later.  No detail is too small. The packaging. The storefronts. The parks. The museums and galleries. The bateau mouches, the perfect olive green outdoor park chair at the Jardin de Luxembourg. Les croques monsieurs!!!

I’m thinking about all of this because next April 4-10 2020 I am giddy thrilled (je suis ravi!!!) to share that I am part of a week long Parisian Artist’s Life workshop in collaboration with the incredible team at Deep Travel Workshops

I have often teased the owners of Deep Travel that I want to go on their kind of trip! Their adventures are culinary, literary, artistic, creative, organized, fun and include those special details like discovering that perfect art supply shop or that buttery croissant or that quiet cafe or….the perfect light to spend hours sketching and painting in the park. Sign me up.

We will be exploring, capturing photographic moments, savoring the cafe life and painting what inspires us. We’ll use postcards, sketchbooks and canvas, no experience necessary, just the love of Paris. This will be about the art of feeling, seeing and creating. Have you ever dreamed of painting a Parisian postcard and sending it home? Moi aussi.

More details more blog posts more photos more paintings more inspirations as the months unfold. I am dreaming of Sennelier on Quai Voltaire already….

Merci Christina and Anna of Deep Travel Workshops for creating this workshop. It will be merveilleux!

A bientot. xo

P.S. Click here for questions, inquiries and details about this trip and all their adventurous offerings.