Supreme Bliss, Unending Joy

When you're hot, you're hot and I've been on a painting roll lately.  I've had an image in mind that I very much wanted to capture on canvas; but I've been painting long enough to know that until I'm in the perfect mindset, I should NOT pick up a brush.  Well, that perfect state presented itself yesterday and I am delighted!

Here is my latest and most favourite work to date:

Pointe Aanandha 12x16 Acrylic on canvas

and in its place of honour:


I chose the name Pointe Aanandha for several reasons.  When I was a kid, one of our favourite beaches was called Pointe Lebel and this image reminds me a little of that place.  The word Aanandha is Sanskrit for supreme bliss and unending joy - what better word to describe an idyllic scene?  It is also the way I feel whenever I am in the groove and painting (or doing anything creative for that matter).

Plus it kind of sounds like my name and I like that too!  LOL



Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you're doing it in a place of supreme bliss.

Cheers!




Seascape & Skies

"To see the summer sky is poetry, though never in a book it lie - True poems flee."  -Emily Dickinson

I'm fascinated by skies - grey skies, blue skies, cloudy skies, stormy skies, any sky really. I love how sunsets and sunrises change the sky. The colours and the blending of those colours amaze and delight me and I love playing the "what does that cloud look like to you?" game, too.

Small wonder that most of my paintings feature the sky in some way.  Sky and water.

So today, I tried to capture both in a painting of the sea.  Hope you like it!


and here it is with the mat I chose:


and now framed:



Isn't it amazing how a mat and a frame change the appearance of a painting?  
Something else that fascinates me!  ;)

and here's one for the road - a photo of a gorgeous summer sky at dusk

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.  ~James Dent"

Have a happy day!


Shower Curtain from a Table Cloth

A few weeks ago I was completely blown away by a fellow blogger's living room.  Do you know Krista from The Happy Housie?  Well, her living room is SPECTACULAR.  You don't have to take my word for it, see it HERE.

I adore colour.  I've been trying to embrace white and shabby chic but what really butters my bread is bright, happy colour.  That's what Krista's house is all about and when I saw it, I instantly knew I had been on the wrong path.

Today I went shopping and while browsing through housewares, I found an outdoor table cloth that I fell in love with.  That tablecloth was going to be the inspiration for my main bathroom's colour palette.  My already made over not once, not twice but three times main bathroom.  Yep.  Keep at it until you get it right - that's my motto!  The best part about finding the perfect inspiration is that I'm so excited that I can't rest until I finish it!!!

The Shabby Chic Lamp


While rummaging through the local re-use it center, I came across a tri-light lamp base with a harp.  No lampshade, just the base.  It was cut glass with a brass look base.  There is no cost for anything at this center so I brought it home and didn't photograph it.

I spray painted the base antique white and it sat for 2 years in a closet because I couldn't find a lampshade that I liked.  And I still didn't photograph it.

After I finished decorating my bedroom in a cottagey, shabby chic look I realized my old lamps weren't going to work in the space.  I put a pretty pewter lamp with a linen lampshade on one night stand, but what to do with the other??

I suddenly remembered that lamp which was now out in the shed ready for my garage sale!  But what to do for a lampshade?  I had a quick look around the house.  I decided to use an Ikea lampshade that is a white background with blue flowers on it that I LOVE.   Here it is on the original lamp base from Ikea:



 Ikea lampshades, however, are not made for harps - what to do???  I found a plastic piece in a drawer that is supposed to be used in a patio umbrella stand.  I got it out and it fit over the lamp socket perfectly!  With the wider edge, I was able to set the lampshade on the lamp.

Tah-dah!

Shabby chic lamp for my new bedroom decor:



Boy am I glad I still had this lamp!!  Isn't finding stuff for free just so much fun?!



Have a happy day!

House Tour 2013

Here's my house today, it's just had a bit of a facelift with fresh aqua paint on the door, white trim and some DIY shutters.  Come on in for a tour.


My new FAT Coffee Table


Last fall I found a solid wood coffee table at the dump in our "Re-use It" center. There was nothing wrong with it except that it was old-fashioned looking and had a few scuffs and scrapes to the finish. I was able to cram it in my car (adding a few more scrapes!) and bring it home where I planned to use the top for a bar table. I pulled the whole thing apart the moment I got home and never took any photos. Yep, bad, bad blogger!