Friday, March 30, 2012

In The Secret Places Of The Cliff...

"A certain man was steeped in divine consolation and at the same time abandoned by all creature-comfort, He said to himself: "Ah my heart, why all this interior rejoicing?"

His heart answered: "Nothing in this world affords me joy, neither wealth, nor honor, nor friends, nor pleasure. My joy consists in the knowledge that God is so good and that this gracious good is my friend. In him I place my entire confidence."

I write this to you so that you will long for this good with great desire. Willingly join the company of Eternal Wisdom, and your difficulties will be quickly transformed into golden crowns of eternal bliss.

Do not hesitate because so few people follow the narrow way and so very many follow in th paths of self-gratification. Do not let this quench your eagerness. Keep before your eyes the devout example of the saints. they despised everything the world offered and aspired for heaven.

Now they shine in the celestial firmament like bright morning stars. Follow them. Imitate them. The world is getting old, love is getting cold, the fair roses of holy devotion are beginning to wilt. There are many more sharp thorns than white lilies.

Therefore, fair roses of the spiritiual life, remain firm; surround yourselves with thorns against the encroachments of creatures, hide yourselves from the world. Open your hearts and desires to the fresh springtime dew of the heavenly sun, so that you will understand what he desires of you." ~ Blessed Henry Suso 1366

Hidden in the coastal cliffs,

*photos~ 1.Neamt Monastery, 4.Heaven and Haven, 3.The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas, 5.Jenny Sun Photography, 2.Ostrog Monastery Serbia Montenegro, 6.Saint Briget, 7.People Monastery

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Whites of the sea

The grey of coastal sky and whites of the sea have found their way into this painting...the newest of The Sea Series.

The Sea VI is on a larger canvas 18 x 24 and able to fill a room with more impact than the smaller ones.

the paint is still wet here

I like this one so much that I may have to keep it for Sea Cottage.

"I find myself at the extremity of a long beach. How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep! A greeting and a homage to the Sea! I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow. That far-resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome. His salt breath brings a blessing along with it." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sea tidings,

*photos~ Seawashed, Skona Hem.

Monday, March 26, 2012


The apple blossoms frothed and fell
In pools of white about her feet...

Just tiptoeing through the petals scattered by raindrops

A sign I hand-painted this morning for our front door..

Mer la Maison(french): Sea Cottage


Sea tidings,

*photos~ Seawashed, Vintage Rose Collection
**first quote~ hymn in magnificat

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Seashell Pinks

Another new painting of the Seaside Abstracts 'Seashell'

'Seashell' was painted with the pink insides of a conch shell in mind.

The white and beige represent the outside of the shell and the grey for a foggy day at the beach.

This painting would compliment any beach cottage with a hint of sea pinks just like this soft rug

Now available in my etsy Seawashed

Bringing the calm pinks of the sea to your shores.

Sea tidings,

photos~ Seawashed, Coastal Living, Safavieh

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I have been painting all week...
See, when I paint, my studio does get messy!

'Sanddune' is the newest original painting of the Seaside Abstracts

It has the colors of sand, sea, foggy skies, and seaweed tossed upon the shore

'Sanddune' joins my other Seaside Abstract paintings...


and Tidpool

I haven't listed them in my etsy because I'm not sure I can part with them. 'Seatide' was my first Seaside abstract painting and I really like the colors and movement. I will be painting a lot more of these so...
there will be more in my etsy shop eventually. I don't know if every artist is like this but I get quite attached to my paintings. Maybe it is because a piece of me is in everything I paint. I don't paint for money, I paint because I am an is who I am and it fills me with much happiness.

I also painted another One Of A Kind Subway Art 'Lovely' for those whom are interested. All the others have sold. This is #5

Also just listed in my etsy shop Seawashed.

Bringing the calm of the sea to your shores.
Sea tidings,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sea Cottage On on the road in a retro travel trailer

So I decided to go shopping at Target this morning while my son was at the Dentist...and while strolling through the aisles I came across the Summer issue of Romantic Country...
and to my excitement opened the pages to find a sweet little feature of my Nora Pearl~ 'Sea Cottage on Wheels'!

I have to thank the lovely Editor Mary Forsell, whom contacted me months ago and really worked her magic to include me in this issue. I knew nothing about pixels or high resolution photos, which are a must for publishing. So 'thank you Mary', the feature is beautiful! I gently tossed the magazine in my cart, even though she is sending me a complimentary copy. She is so kind and I am thankful to have met her.

When you get your copy of the Summer issue of Romantic Country look for me(and Nora Pearl) in the blog spot section on Travel and Getaways.

It is Nora Pearl's first feature! and she is so cute. ox

hAppy glAmping

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kitchen Crush

The kitchen I am crushing on at the moment...

and the new faucet coming this spring at Ikea

Maybe I will find myself in Ikea this weekend. I haven't been since the holidays. How about you? What are your weekend plans?

Sea Cottage Tidings,

*photos~ Country Living, Ikea.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Seaside Cove

"in the secret places of the cliff..."

A bit of Boho Beach

Did you know I have an African Djembe drum? I do. I need to drag it out of my closet and show you. I know how to play it too. ox

Sea tidings,

*photos~Inspired Bohemian blog, Down and out chic.