Monday, March 13, 2017

Home Improvement

I have been thinking for a long time about repainting the part of my house that people see when they first come in- it was badly in need of a make over- winter is the perfect opportunity for me to tackle indoor projects - once the warm weather comes I want to be out! My trip to Mexico really inspired me too.
Before- a mash up of drab color! I scraped wallpaper that I had hung maybe 15 years ago- no wallpaper for me ever again thank you!)

Pinterest inspiration

I purchased the moroccan pillow (in the center) from Native in Scituate- my main source of inspiration! I consulted with the owner ( Marie) she has a great eye for color and design and helped me so much! 

I went with this palette -
Loves helped too! I usually use the Ben Moore paint- but went with Valspar- I was very happy with it and the price was a LOT better...

The hallway with all the doors got completely done in a purple gray to show off the wildly painted floor- I painted right over the old floor- its plywood and has been painted many times- I actually may never get around to tiling it!

A mermaid and turtle on the floor -why not!

the powder room got the yellow paint- need some fun new towels...
Lisa Howard of Local Pottery made my sink and tiles many moons ago...

The sitting area got the salmon color. I hired Hilary from Duxbury do the cushion slipcovers (using drop cloths from Lowes- my go-to) she's the best!

Lamp hack-I took the crystals off the chandelier and batiked the shades- couldn't resist putting fake lemons in the bowl ( thank you Duxbury Dump! for the fake fruit)

I am thinking of buying a new fixture for this area but in the meantime this will do.
I love my house now!
Now I just need to clean it..LOL

Saturday, March 11, 2017

My Art from Isle Mujeres

I finally have gotten around to posting these- I left a month ago tomorrow- time whizzes by doesn't it?

This was the first morning. I thought painting on black would be fun- but it soaked up the pigment a lot. I had fun arranging my little pieces of stuff I collected while I was there around the edges of the paper in my studio this morning.
It's about 5 degrees out here today ( feels like) Mexico seems so far away!

I sat across from this on the ocean walkway and painted-tough to find spots to sit while painting there!  I had two adorable Mexican kids hanging out with me the whole time probably wondering why I would want to paint the rubble...

This was a courtyard that has a rusty old bike  and some other debris...

Looking toward the East, again black paper- looks better now than I thought at the time...

From the beach another morning. 
That's pretty much it! Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Isle Mujeres Part 3

This is the last post of Mexico. Our wonderful hosts, the Bacon family, were just fantastic!  Marnie's yoga classes were restorative as always but to be in that envrionment was transformative. Her classes are just lovely.  I learned a lot too- each day was themed...I even made the chanting meditation on the last day and so glad- I hope to do more of that.  Marnie's parents (who have come every year to this beautiful island for 35 years now) made sure we were all situated and were there for anything we needed- they also organized a snorkeling trip and golf cart tour and lunch all of which were a blast! 
I am so grateful to them and for having had this experience.

I love the colors of Mexico!

I tried sketching this- it was a challenge to find spots to perch....

This plant nursery was behind the hotel .

Can't beat the beaches there...

We visited a Turtle farm where turtles are hatched and brought up to be released into the ocean...

Love religious stuff - not that I am religious but I do love churches and statuary)

This is me on the very most Southern part of the island- lots of rusty sculptures there - and a Mayan ruin at the tip- it's the place to see the sun rise (I'm told!)

Our group at lunch in a fun Cuban restauant right on the lagoon- hats off to our waiter who handled 18 of us wonderfully) It was DELICIOUS

The fish was super fresh- he showed it to us in the bucket before it was grilled.

Me on left, Jayne and Leslie- new friend!
Sandy Bacon ( Marnies beautiful Mum- photo by Marnie)

Deb and Jayne- amazing sky!

Love hibiscus flowers- falling at my feet...
Roberto and Sandy! (Marnie sent me this picture I love it!)

Live music on the ferry-
At the Airport. 
Thanks for looking. I must say- blogging is about sharing of course- but doing this is also a record for me as well- I will forget too soon!
I am home now trying to figure out how to make my house more colorful. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

I met these two cutie pies while I was painting along the sea wall walkway.We didn't speak the same language- but communicated pretty well.

I did a sketch here- anabandoned courtyard.

Hurricanes left a lot of damage and some people, unable to afford to rebuild, had to walk away from their homes forever.

Cant get enough Caribbean blue!

The Maleacon

This is the gate to an artist's house I met- and some of his works.

Loved his collages - fused fabrics and paper and canvas and paint.

This sculpture greets passers by.


boarded up stuff

Had to take this touristy shot!

Outside the hotel- Mayan art

Down the street from the Hotel

A scene I sketched- perhaps to paint bigger. I will post my art next time.I didn't get too many paintings...
More to come!