The Holidays bring out a certain nostalgia, of course, don’t we all feel it at some point? Friends on instagram and twitter have been sharing daily thankful thoughts this month and I wish I was doing the same. Stopping this morning to think about what I’m thankful for translated into this, I’m afraid, very sentimental, impromptu post. I give you fair warning….
When we were first married I would hear stories from more seasoned couples, those who were married maybe 5 or more years. Some would talk of how your love grows for the other, how it transforms and builds every passing day. How could I be in love more with Adam (The Hubby) than I was at that moment? We spent years dating, intertwined our lives so tightly, wrote wedding vows and exchanged them – how could I show or feel love more, I wondered? I simply couldn’t imagine it.
But here I am, nearly 13 years later and I’m humbled by this man I call The Hubby. He has become someone I not only love and admire but someone I look up to. Not in a old-school, “the husband knows best” sort of way though….Adam inspires me, to be kinder, more generous, more understanding…every day without fail. I couldn’t have dreamed the life we built together. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I couldn’t imagine the person I would be without having known or felt his kindness. So grateful today…so grateful for today. XO
In the studio, the word literal has no shelter. In my world, the stuff of making art, creating impressions with something tactile like paint requires a need for embellishment both literal and figurative. We strive to paint a picture of our couples’ love everyday without necessarily painting the whole picture. Do you know what I mean? We like to leave a bit to the imagination; allow for flourish to excite and delight, leaving the straightforward and documentary for snapshots on Facebook.
Some of this world’s most admired artists were masters at suggestion…Van Gogh didn’t need to paint every Starry Star to elicit magic in the hearts of all who view his masterpiece. DaVinci’s Mona Lisa stares off into a world unknown to the onlooker yet still her grin captivates. Georgia O’Keeffe flooded her landscape paintings with a curious luminosity and stark composition yet we still feel the warmth and drama of the desert’s impact at each glance.
Modern artists like Jose Villa can tell a story of passion in a simple glance from a bride in front of his lens. A beam of light for Elizabeth Messina can trickle into her images and conjure more emotion than room full of clapping party guests.
The delicate quality of Elsa Mora’s thistle paper-cut sculptures would likely make you stop in your tracks and gaze long before real thistle caught your eye. We ourselves as watercolorists adore the way an abstract touch of paint and water spread across the page can create moments of joy.
It is in these abstract and less literal moments that art begins to tell the true story of its creator and viewer. Finely detailed, uber realistic and straightforward moments have already told all there is to tell. Where is the fun in that?
With an awe inspiring venue and blush peonies as their muse, this couple’s invitation will surely be delicately painted with a sophisticated flair.