Archive for January, 2012

art and yoga adventures in Tuscany

Friday, January 20th, 2012

I had the great fortune of being able to take two trips to Tuscany in the past year – one to ride bikes through the countryside and one to be more still, spending the days painting and practicing yoga.  Both trips had a very strong impact on me and helped re-focus my work in a way that I had not expected.  It’s quite amazing what can happen when one is able to break free from the daily routine and breathe fresh air in a place rich with history, inspiration and pure, unequaled beauty.

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I was invited to return to Tuscany in June to assist with the Toscana Creativa Art and Yoga Retreat.  I’m still pinching myself!  I will be preparing lessons that incorporate teachings on drawing, perspective and color theory, plus some art and architectural history, and musings on food and culture.  All my favorite things!  My dear friend, painter and yoga instructor Julia Ingersoll leads the retreat, which is presented by Women’s Quest.  We have room for several more participants, so please share the

idea of Toscana Creativa with the women in your life!  I can say with absolute certainty that this is an adventure of a lifetime and an experience to treasure.

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Celebrate the art of living while exploring the most beautiful region of Tuscany during our week-long art and yoga retreat!  Ignite your creative spark through joyful art-making: outdoor landscape painting in oil and watercolor, sketching and journaling for all levels of experience (beginners welcome!).  Revitalize your body and soothe your soul with heart-opening yoga.  Explore Medieval villages and Renaissance masterpieces, experience Gregorian chant in an ancient abbey, delight in luscious Tuscan food and wine, take part in a spirited cooking class and indulge all of your senses while staying in a beautiful villa in this captivating land where art is a way of life…and life is a work of art.  Return with a map of your imagination, a bundle of paintings, new insight into your heart’s desire and an experience to treasure.  Retreat cost is $3,500 (airfare not included).

What’s included:

  • daily expert instruction in painting, sketching and journaling
  • daily morning yoga
  • art and architecture history, on site, everywhere we go
  • a guided tour of the magnificent town of Siena
  • a soak in the ancient Roman spa pool of Bagno Vignoni
  • a private cooking class featuring local specialties
  • 7 nights accommodation at a beautiful, four-star villa-estate
  • daily breakfasts and all dinners, plus 3 lunches

Please contact me with questions or visit the Women’s Quest website for additional information.

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Berkshire Kitchen

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The Berkshire Kitchen embraces the concept of the kitchen as the heart

of the home, and was designed to accommodate multiple chefs and busy family life. An inefficient and dark kitchen was transformed into an open, modern, light-filled space wit

h multiple cooking and work zones, various options for seating, energy-star appliances, custom cabinetry and unique finishes.

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Lucky No. 13: site panoramas

Monday, January 9th, 2012

For the first month or so of walking the Lucky No. 13 site I was overwhelmed by the views.  There is beauty in all directions, and sometimes that makes the siting of things challenging.  Fortunately I’ve had a year to do a very thorough site analysis, and over time have come to understand the sun, the wind, the feeling of things, and how we want to live on this piece of earth.  I’ll share that process as we go, but for now, please enjoy these photos and allow yourself to get acquainted with the lay of the land.

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looking north to Lyons, CO

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looking east over Foothills Reservoir

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looking south over the ranch to the Flatirons

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looking west up into the foothills (where we live now)

[I’m standing in the middle of the property while taking these panoramas, and our boundaries are defined by the jack viagra cheap fence you see in the distance.]

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the naming of Lucky No. 13

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I like to name my projects.  Like naming an animal, a car, a drawing or a painting, anything dear to you, there’s something about personalizing things at this level that creates a stronger connection and bond.  I try to allow the things that resonate with me about a particular project to be the things that influence the naming.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes, well…I stick with [insert last name here] Residence.

Lucky No. 13 as a name evolved naturally – I’m not even really sure when I decided that this would be the official name of our homestead project, but at some point I just started calling the land Lucky No. 13.  And it stuck.

I knew that I wanted a logo to accompany this project through its development, and invited my friend Allison Bozeman of BirdDog Press to visit the property with me so that we could talk ideas.

Fortunately Alli knows me well, and we’ve collaborated on lots of fun graphics projects, so when I told her I wanted something a little western, a little mod, something that spoke to the fusion of industrial and organic that I like to achieve in my work,

and something unique, she didn’t look at me like I was asking for the moon.  Thank you, Alli, for creating a fun and fabulous logo for Lucky No. 13!

 

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hello, Lucky No. 13

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

I’d like to introduce you to a little slice of heaven, my little slice of heaven, to be exact.  One year ago my husband and I purchased six acres in Boulder County, and here today I’m starting a project journal that chronicles the design and construction of our homestead.   It is my intention to share the process with you, a journey that includes the design and construction of a house, a barn, a studio, a landscape, many gardens, and most importantly, a place for all my dreams (and animals!) to live.  No pressure, right?

[this photo is of an historic structure that stands on the ranch immediately adjacent to our property]

Why the Lucky No. 13 reference in the title of this post?  The legal description of our property is Lot 13, and boy oh boy is it lucky.  So I’ve named the entire project Lucky No. 13.  It took years of looking, researching, and riding bikes

along the back roads of Boulder County before we stumbled across this property.  I look forward to sharing our adventure with you, and welcome questions and feedback as we go.  In the meantime, happy 2012 and best wishes for a *lucky* new year!

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