BEAUTY CLOSE BY

 

 

It has always amazed me how close you can be to something wonderful and not realize it. Take, for instance, that little gem of a bakery that is on the other side of the street than the side you walk down daily, or the park that you drive by on your way home but is out of view from the road.

 

I’ve been driving by a place named Bryn Athyn in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania for years now. Always rushing to a client or back to the office, taking the time to stop never seemed like an option. The other day I stopped. Oh my – what a treat! The overcast day only added mystery to the beauty surrounding me. Here are three of my favorite photos from what turned out to be a very special place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: ROSS JONES

 

I love the work of the painter Ross Jones. Hailing from beautiful New Zealand, his work has been featured in galleries worldwide as well as publications such as the Wall St. Journal and Time Inc.  “My paintings are all about telling stories. They are a mixture of seemingly perfect places and events. But like all good stories, not everything is as it seems,” says Jones of his work.  I am particularly enchanted by his use of vibrant colors and the way he takes a snapshot of a seemingly everyday moment and creates a piece that has both charm and depth.

 

Ross took a photo of a piece he was working on for a client of mine.

 

 

 It’s neat to see the painting in process in his studio.

 

 

Here is the piece finished, framed and hung in a client’s sunroom.

 

 

Here is another of his works framed and hung.
The blooming lilac: with vibrant colors and brilliant composition.

 

 

I cannot say enough:  great art makes life better!

 

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: PYRAMIDS

 

I often wonder why I don’t remember most of what I learned in high school. And yet, I remember with clarity, the intensity and frequency of conversations I had with my friend Robin over the modern mystery of the ancient pyramids. Unless there has been a major breakthrough that I have missed, my understanding is that we still do not know exactly how the pyramids were built. Robin and I were shocked when we learned this.

 

Now, many years post-high school, life has thrown us greater mysteries.  Still, I will think about our impassioned dialogues regarding the fact that modern science hasn’t yet cracked the secret of the pyramids. In honor of high school friends and the mysteries of life, here are some pyramid-inspired home accessories.

 

 

There is a touch of ancient Egypt in the base of this sharp-looking lamp

 

 

 

The striped marble and wood make a handsome combo in this bookend.

 

 

 

Sleek and modern, I love the inverted pyramid in this table

 

 

 

 

This 9 piece brain teaser pyramid game is meant for one person.  I’m in!

 

 

 

A pyramid terrarium – perfect!

 

 

While their origins may remain elusive, their shape will continue to inspire us for centuries to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

 

Contrary to what it may look like out your window today, it really is the first day of spring.  In truth, it felt decidedly spring-like for most of the “winter” season.  The fact that winter chose to wake us up and then give us one last gasp was almost inevitable.  No matter.  Here is some artwork to put us in the mood and celebrate the vernal equinox.

 

 

Although year-round staples here in Philly, spotting a Robin was a sure sign that Spring had arrived growing up in Canada.

 

 

 

This minimalist drawing of lily of the valley beautifully captures one of the earliest offerings of the forest floor.

 

 

 

 

I love the hopeful bright greens popping out amidst the muddy terrain in this aptly named
“Misty Spring Forest” oil painting

 

If there is still snow on the ground in your neck of the woods, or if the temperatures hardly inspire a walk in the woods, fret not!  Soon enough the signs of spring will show themselves.