You know it’s fall when…


You know fall is in the air when you start seeing mums for sale. Costco has huge pots of them. I don’t usually buy them because it doesn’t seem like they last long here in Charleston. When we were in Maine, The Island Inn (Monhegan) was planting flowers, mums and some other various plants and they were just beautiful. I loved the color of their mums, not yellow, more of a pinky color, just beautiful!

I am thrilled that cooler air is upon us! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Jesse Powell!

The Isthmus by Jesse Powell

The Isthmus by Jesse Powell  –  16×20 Oil

Jesse Powell. Wow. His paintings are amazing. Those subtle strokes that depict sun or shade bring his paintings to life. The water in this particular painting drew me in, it’s so clean, so beautiful with the mountain in the distance, the shadows of the tree, and the colors. Gorgeous!

Be sure to check out other paintings of Jesse’s! Showing you one doesn’t begin to cover his collection! Click here to see his upcoming events!

Read a bit about Jesse, from his website:

Jesse Powell was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He has lived most of his life on the California coast, where he has developed a deep attachment and respect for a rapidly disappearing natural landscape. A third generation artist, Jesse’s love for art stemmed at an early age, mostly from the influence of his father,  artist John Powell. He now resides in Carmel, Ca. 

Jesse graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, and went on to study Russian Impressionism in the Republic of Georgia under the tutelage of Nicholai Dubovik, Ilya Yatsenko, and John Wurdeman. His education  continued with numerous trips to the Scottsdale Artist School to study with painters such as Matt Smith, George Strickland, and Kenn Backhaus, among others.

Jesse’s paintings have been exhibited in  numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at  The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Autry National Center.    He is an artist member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society and a  Signature Member of the California Art Club and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

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Catch you back here tomorrow!

House Plan: A Garden Cottage (#200) by John Tee – Great studio space!

A Garden Cottage (plan 200) by John Tee

This is the Garden Cottage (#200)  plan by architect John Tee. What a great studio, spare bedroom or quiet getaway would this be? It oozes charm. This plan is 220 square feet with 1 bathroom and a studio space.

A Garden Cottage (plan 200) by John Tee

This Garden Cottage is a simple yet efficient plan. There is plenty of room for using it either as a studio to paint or as a place to put a bed for when you have an extra guest. 220 feet is small, yes, but it’s also perfect! Click on the link above to see an actual photo of this plan built. Stunning!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Life the way it should be… not “perfect Maine”, just life, the way it should be…

mom hiking monhegan w stick 2009

Monhegan. Maine. Can’t get either place (Monhegan… or Maine) off of my mind. Of course I say that only being there in the fall. Never in the summer or winter… so, that’s like visiting Charleston when it’s not hot, humid and packed with people. I know that. But have you ever had a feeling that you were supposed to be somewhere? Where it was so hard to leave that it just didn’t feel right? That’s Maine for us. But our short time there gets us through. We aren’t talking “perfect Maine” that you see all over town, just real life Maine…  We feel fortunate to be able to keep in touch with the rest of our extended family that all feels the same way!

I have family that also feels that way. They love Maine just as much as we do. This is a photo of my mom hiking in Cathedral Woods (Monhegan) years ago. I love this photo! Well… today is my mom’s birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! Hop on a plane and come to Charleston, hee hee… we can celebrate! Have the best birthday ever!

Do you have a place that pulls you back time after time? Let me know!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Stamps from the machine at the post office… Yay USPS!


I wrote a post several years ago about the stamps I purchased from the machine inside the post office. Wow, have things ever changed.

These are recent stamps from that very same machine. They don’t look like they’ve been printed in someone’s basement, ha ha… these look more like REAL stamps! Woohoo! Thought that post deserved an update ;)

On another note, can you believe it’s already October? Wow, time flies!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Sunset chasers…

Pemaquid area of Maine IMG_4646

When Fred and I were in Maine we saw some spectacular sunsets. Our last night we took a drive to Pemaquid Point area, saw the sky light up near the beach, BUT the sunset was around the bend…

So, we hopped in the car and off we went until we found it!

You’ve heard of STORM CHASERS, right? Those people that chase dangerous storms so they can video/photograph? Well, this is the watered down version… Fred and I are sunset chasers, ha ha… there is just nothing like a good sunset!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

An October Sunflower…


Can you believe it’s already October? Time flies! We used to be the young people in the neighborhood, now we’re the older ones. It’s crazy how fast that happens! So, enjoy every moment. Run out and do a random act of kindness, I guarantee you will be the one that feels so good!

Happy Sunday! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Butterfly Heaven!

Monhegan Butterfly |

Butterflies! Everywhere! Will I ever tire of posting photos of Monhegan?

Absolutely not! :)

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Kenny Harris!

Threshold by Kenny Harris

Threshold by Kenny Harris  54×48″  Oil

Kenny Harris. He is one well-traveled artist! Kenny has had the opportunity to study at some pretty amazing places. His website shows his paintings grouped by area. It fascinating to see the different locations, having never been there. You will notice a great sense of light and shadow in his paintings, which make them really come alive.

This painting, Threshold is from the China series. I love the blue going up the stairway and the view into the next room. Look at how the floor shows the light, amazing!


Istanbul Balcony by Kenny Harris

Istanbul Balcony by Kenny Harris  8×6″  Oil

Is this a stunning painting or what? Just look at the light on these floors. Check out the wonderful view (I would like to be here right now!), and that little pop of red that brings this all together and makes you say… WOW!

Read a bit about Kenny, from his website:

Kenny Harris was born in 1974 and is currently living and painting in Venice, CA.

Raised in the SF Bay Area, he received his B.A. in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. During his junior year abroad, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance Art History, and classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. After living and painting in San Francisco, he moved to New York, where he studied under Frank Mason at Art Students’ League.

In the spring of 2001 he left New York for Central America, painting through Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatan. He then landed in Venice Beach, where he has been ever since. Travel has continued to influence his painting; his experiences around the world inspiring bodies of work. Central and South America, Europe, Cuba, Istanbul and China have been recent subjects. He also draws inspiration from his environs in Venice, California.

Kenny combines his classical training with the energetic, gestural use of line and color from the latter half of the 20th century. His oils walk the line between calm, naturalistic light studies and boldly defined color fields, with brilliant light and reflections. They define a place and a mood, charging spaces and cityscapes with personality and resonance.

From 2002-12 he has participated as an exhibitor in the prestigious Venice Art Walk. He exhibits on both coasts, and teaches undergraduate and graduate level painting at Laguna College of Art and Design.

He currently shows at Koplin Del Rio in Culver City and George Billis in New York.

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Catch you back here tomorrow!

House Plan: 244 Tall Oak Road by Our Town Plans!

244 Tall Oak Road by Our Town Plans

The 244 Tall Oak Drive house plan by Our Town Plans. This plan is 2,810 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. What a stunning and elegant plan this is. It features plentiful porch space (front and back). Tell me… is there anything better than a wonderful porch? The front porch is deep and inviting, the back porch is deep AND screened. Would I ever be in the house? Well, this house, probably so!

244 Tall Oak Road by Our Town Plans

The main floor has a wonderful layout. 244 Tall Oak Drive is an elegant plan with open living spaces. The large front and back porches add so much living to this already generous space!

244 Tall Oak Road by Our Town Plans

The upstairs has two bedrooms with private bathrooms and a studio area. It’s so nice to have privacy and a place to get away when you really want to!

I love that Our Town Plans also shows real photos… It helps so much. Check it out. Your jaw will drop!

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Catch you back here tomorrow!