Charleston Photo – The Black Door

Charleston, SC

CHARLESTON, SC

It is so much fun to bop around the Charleston streets and alleyways, you never know what you’ll see!

All the different layers and textures are amazing… the architecture is stunning!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

You may have noticed I have been posting photos this week – back to normal posting next week! b.

Charleston Gate Photo – The Workmanship is Amazing!

Charleston, SC Gate

Charleston, SC Gate

Look at the skill and workmanship that went into making this beautiful gate, I’m not sure who the blacksmith was? When you stroll around Charleston, SC the beauty is evident everywhere you look. We have wonderful craftsman that have created some beautiful things, all of which add to the charm of this great city. Phillip Simmons was the famous Charleston blacksmith that created many works of beauty until his death in 2009. Iron gates live on forever… a testament to his passion and skill.

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You may have noticed I have been posting photos this week – back to normal posting next week! b.

Talk about peaceful!

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Photo Credit: Joe Fidler (Thanks Dad!!)

Peaceful, huh? The fog rolled in, and suddenly the beautiful view on the St. Clair River (in Michigan) was g-o-n-e ! But not for long. Fog is like that, which is amazing to watch. We really noticed it when we were in Maine the first time. Sitting by the harbor having dinner outside with another island in full view, suddenly *POOF* the island was gone, then the water was gone and all you saw was fog. Sudden.

I love weather, so I’m always happy when there is something different (anything!)… weather that stays the same gets boring ;)

Good photo dad (I cannot take credit for this one)!

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You may have noticed I have been posting photos this week – back to normal posting next week! b.

Port Clyde Cairns… Feel your shoulders fall away from your ears…

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Years ago we rented the most wonderful cottage in Port Clyde, Maine. It was situated on the ocean, actually, rather close to the ocean. There were several cairns (sets of rocks stacked high) – I think they’re so peaceful. Some people used them as markers way back in time. On the cottage porch railing they just looked so nice. They calm your thoughts… or perhaps that was the ocean. I want to go back, and never leave. That cottage is no longer available to rent. We feel fortunate to have rented it a few times. It was like a movie set… stunning, especially the time spent around the wonderful fireplace! It was a rustic cottage (no heat), and just a short walk to Marshall Point Lighthouse or the Port Clyde General Store!

To see more photos of the inside of the cottage (rustic), click HERE

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Show me the way to Lobster Cove!

Monhegan Island, Maine

Monhegan, Maine

Monhegan, Maine. The most wonderful place in the world! Beauty as far as the eye can see. Good friends from years past. Hiking trails that lead you to the most remarkable areas. I could take photos there forever!

If you haven’t been there before, click on the links for more info… the Island Inn is our “home away from home” (I like to call it)… there is something familiar and wonderful about it. It’s filled with wonderful memories, and memories still to be made, more people to meet and food that I dream about until the next year!

Usually on Monday’s I post a Featured Artist, that will continue next week – This week I am posting photos! Enjoy!

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Charleston photo… Grand oak trees and Spanish moss…

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Spanish moss hanging in the old oak trees… stunning! Sometimes a little erie, ha ha. I think it adds a bit to the gracefulness of these trees.

I have heard people say that it will choke the tree and the tree will suffer. I have read that’s not true, whew! It lives independently of the tree, it just uses the tree for support! Nature is so interesting… unless it ‘s a bug, my opinion ;)!

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It’s so nice to have help in the kitchen!

It's so nice to have help in the kitchen!

It’s so nice to have help in the kitchen!

Charlie. My faithful companion… well, at least when I’m cutting up veggies. He never misses a beat. He can be in a deep sleep, and when I reach for the cutting board his head lifts… when I open the drawer to pick a knife *BAM* there he is, right by my side.

I know I have mentioned that Charlie can’t have regular dog treats (or regular food). He had pancreatitis (a few years ago) and we almost lost him. So the beast (I say that lovingly) is on special (ultra low fat) food, and no more treats… well, the old fashioned ones (I used to bake him peanut butter oatmeal cookies which he loved), now days instead of “making cookies”, we “make carrots” – I cut the baby carrots in half and he is thrilled. Frozen green beans are another daily treat with cucumber, tiny bit of broccoli, kale, loves lettuce, the crunchier the better, so there are options and he is thrilled.

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Featured Artist: Janice Sugg!

Two Birds on an Orange Branch 24x24" Oil

Two Birds on an Orange Branch by Janice Sugg
24×24″ Oil

Unique! Janice Sugg has a great eye! She makes her paintings jump out at you and become so very interesting. I really like Janice’s paintings, and this is no exception. I love how the background colors show through. You’ve got to check out her abstracts and other paintings… they are fabulous!

Also, kudos for a great website design! So important! Love it!

Read a bit about Janice from her website:

I have recently relocated to Illinois from Colorado, where I was an accomplished artist for more than 25 years. My painting style builds imagery using layers. My method interleaves textures, blending color with subjective atmosphere. I paint using unpredictable palettes—a spectrum of color that often challenges well-worn clichés (the sky is blue, the land is green, etc.). The resulting layers are successively wiped and refined revealing a composite of underlying design—the result of colorful swathes of braided paint unfolding and enfolding the values within the palette. The surprising use of color has become a distinctive attribute of my work. My newer work pieces together the fragmentary; the broken; the partially concealed; a delicate improvisation; contrasting and blending modern urban life and landscape. When I organize the space in my compositions, horizontal banding and chromatic impressions built from the landscape often come into play. Soft blues, greens, golds, and whites inspire peaceful contemplation. The small squares at the bottom or the top can become as a “door”—a way to enter or leave the paintings. The increased scale of my newer work and the use of metal as a painting surface is a journey into the canvas as a continuously changing field. I am exploring the urban landscape, experiencing and studying its symbolism. My work is an exercise in personal exploration; a preparation for journeys related to inner mind. That is, a balance of empowerment and meditation, often without using recognizable symbols, encouraging the viewer to respond emotionally to abstract shapes, conceptual colors, lines and layers.

Image via JaniceSugg.com, used with permission…

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House Plan: Cape Sans Blas by Our Town Plans!

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

27 Cape Sans Blas House Plan by Our Town Plans. This plan is 2,267 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

Character! Tons of it! (See a real photo at the bottom of this post). The drawings are amazing, but there is nothing like a photo to really envision what it will look like. Although, tweaking one small thing can really alter the appearance. Customize it to fit your style!

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

The main floor has an open Great Room/Kitchen area that you enter from the generously sized porch, which is really an extension of your living area. Measuring at roughly 31′ x 10′ this is a large space, great for gathering, reading, or just chatting.

For us, the only thing I would change, would be to remove one bathroom… keep the powder room, that’s always nice, but have a Jack & Jill bathroom between the two downstairs bedrooms, which would also add space to the bedroom on the corner. Maybe just a shower and no tub, that seems like it would allow space for a door or pocket door or something similar…

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

The upstairs contains a Bunk Loft with bed niches (see the Our Town Plans website link at the beginning of this post to see real photos of the interior) and bathroom!

It’s nice that there is also ample storage!

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

27 Cape Sans Blas house plan by Our Town Plans

Look at the character! I love it!

All images via OurTownPlans.com, used with permission…

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Featured Artist: Mitch Baird!

Autumn Blue by Mitch Baird 24x16" Oil

Autumn Blue by Mitch Baird
24×16″ Oil

WOW! is right… I have an affinity for trees against a very blue sky. I can’t help but take photos of them. Not sure why, they’re striking I guess, and this is no exception. You can just feel how tall that tree is. Love the clouds! Such a nice painting!

Catalina Backlight by Mitch Baird 16x20" Oil

Catalina Backlight by Mitch Baird
16×20″ Oil

Look at this light! This painting stood out to me for that very reason. The light highlighting the cacti – whoa! The nice light on the mountain tops and the soft wispy clouds all around. So nice! I love that he painted the cactus with the sun hitting the back. It gives the painting such nice contrast. Check out his website. Wow!

Read a bit about Mitch, from his website:

As a representational painter Mitch believes that painting is a celebration of life and the beauty that surrounds us. He is devoted to the traditions of the late 19th century artists who looked to the figure and nature for inspiration regarding light, color, and design. Seeking out this inspiration, Mitch works directly from life to capture the qualities and nuances of natural light and color harmony. He has a strong conviction that great artistic communication depends on good draftsmanship, design and vision. His artistic desire is to “portray a positive visual statement and hope the viewer will experience what I see and in some sense be inspired, uplifted, or moved by my painting, whether it is of a small intimate setting or a grandiose subject.”

Mitch resides in the desert southwest in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Emily and children Siena and Spencer. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and is also a member of the American Impressionist Society and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

All images via MitchBaird.com, used with permission…

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