End of the summer has me dreaming of beach days. Thinking back to a painting workshop spent seaside in sleepy Carmel. The first time I went there, eons ago, Clint Eastwood was still mayor and my friend and I actually caught a glimpse of him at the Hog’s Breath Inn (yoinks what a name!) A small beach town on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a picture perfect village and one of my favorite destinations for a weekend getaway. I’m looking forward to my next visit. What is up next on your weekend getaway list? PS This little seascape is sold, but there are others… I will update my Artwork page, I promise…
Plated to perfection. Whenever I want a dinner that is light, flavorful, and out of the ordinary, I looooove the Miso-Mushroom Butter by @chefstephvalentine from California Cooking and Southern Style. It is gorgeous on salmon but equally good on beef or stirred into quinoa, farro, or any nutty grain. It is a genius sauce and easily prepared. The onion rings are a bit extra of course, but worth it if you’ve got the time. Tap my link in bio to save this recipe for tonight’s dinner! china is @royalcrownderby #oldeavesbury
#neverforget Photography by @oneworldnyc
My favorite pool on the planet, truly, and I am lucky to call it home. It’s funny I always loved being in the water, but as a child I didn’t like swimming for its own sake per se. I liked flirting with the life guards, which actual swimming might have interfered with. Today swimming has become like a meditation, a place literally to feel in the flow and let the thoughts come and go as they may. A champ swimmer and friend, @reallyboderek, gave me her recommendations for goggles, waterproof ear buds (for the days I’m not so meditative), and a snorkel (genius!) and now swimming is all the better. I also use small swim fins and have just added hand paddle thingies. I look like the creature from the hot pink lagoon, but the workout is great.
I caught the sunflowers out of the corner of my (bleary) eye on early morning errands and thought to come back to paint it… Can you believe summer is at an end?? And it’s turning hot again. the fires keep at bay. Happy safe Labor Day to you all. . . #sunflowers #enpleinair #pleinairpainting #dalesnursery #santaynez #santaynezvalley #labordayweekend #saturdaymorningvibe
Just coming home from dinner with the girls after painting and see that harvest has begun, the Chardonnay most likely because that’s always first. To every season, turn, turn, turn. . . . #harvest #rancholazaca #oaksavannavineyard #santaynezvalley #santabarbarawinecountry
There are so many gorgeous ways to bring the indoors out, and Villa Fiorentina may win first place. In the heart of Tuscany, this splendid and storied manse has long been a place where refined elegance meets relaxation. Come, meet me in my stories for a closer look?
The Italian Villa Cetinale captures the true beauty and grace of 17th century Siena, redolent with history and as charming as it is grand. The Villa was designed for Pope Alexander VII by the architect Carlo Fontana in the Roman Baroque style. The gardens are renowned as some of the most beautiful in Tuscany. And the wisteria … you keep daydreaming there and I’ma run set up my easel. Visit my link in bio for more…
Let’s visit the wonderland of bespoke and vintage pieces: Etsy! If the stock price is any indication, many of you have already discovered the ultimate digital crafts and housewares emporium so rife with treasures that I can find myself lost for hours… But if you are seriously in the hunt for a specific item, the search can be a bit daunting. @verandamag is sharing tips to help you shop @etsy like a designer, and I’m taking notes. Join me? Tap my link in bio and get ready to #addtocart. Design Caroline Gidiere Photography Brian Woodcock for @verandamag
The divine Julia Reed at Bee Cottage for lunch in 2016. Man, will we miss her. So much to say and so much said already and beautifully in @gardenandgun ‘s Jon Meacham’s superb tribute, link below. Rest In peace and rise in effin’ glory, as Julia herself might have said, but she would not have said “effin’” https://gardenandgun.com/articles/in-memoriam-julia-evans-reed/?utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=august2020_linkinbio&utm_content=julia-memoriam #juliareed #whatavoice #gardenandgun @voguemagazine #anoriginal
Who says art isn’t hung on tiled bathroom walls or kitchen backsplashes? Art can and should show up in unexpected places. An old-school still life in a modern kitchen, or a traditional landscape over the loo, why not? Such contrasts and small surprises bring life into a space–and into life! See my stories for a few ideas for combinations… Photography: @madelineharperphoto Design: @theidentitecollective
Traversing memory lane and hiking back to Bhutan, prompted by @indagareco ‘s posting a few days ago of our congenial group en route to the precariously perched Paro Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. I loved Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom that each year measures its Gross National Happiness. I bet even Bhutan is using different metrics this year, as are we all. What’s on your travel bucket list? Photography by @sylvain_bouzat