Dear Tina & friends,
How are you? Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving? I am feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about my weekend and the wonderful time I had with family & friends. Brett & I packed up the car and headed up to NH on Wednesday. We met up with some dear old friends for dinner at a lovely new restaurant called, Napa East in Nashua. I found the atmosphere wonderfully inspiring. It had barn board walls, rustic tables, fun lighting and sparkly fabric on the chairs, as well as live music which made it feel quite modern yet cozy. It was a fun evening with lively conversation and lots of catching up. We stayed at my good friend Mer’s for the night and continued talking well into the next morning. I think I am getting too old for these late nights! Ha!
Thanksgiving was spent at my parents with my sisters, brother & their families. I didn’t realize how much I was craving my NH home. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to make a go of this artist life my NH visits seem less frequent and therefore more cherished when I am there. We indulged on the most delicious food as my parents & sisters are good cooks. I somehow lost this gene so was grateful for all the goodies.
On Friday we were on the go again, packing everything up and heading further north to Pittsburgh, NH with our good friends, “Goddess Michelle” & her wonderful husband Jesse. It was a long drive but worth the effort as it is magnificantly beautiful up there. The gently falling snow, cozy fire and woods made me feel like we were in a picture book. Michelle & I brought up a slew of art supplies and painted the day away while “the boys” went and took care of their snowmobiles.
Michelle brought up these gorgeous flowers to inspire us and “gussy up” the man town cabin. Aren’t they pretty? I loved the white cabbage flower especially.
I was working on some patchwork backgrounds to start while Michelle worked on these lovely paintings.
You can see more of her work in her shop and at the cutest little shop in Goffstown called, Apotheca. I am ALWAYS inspired when I visit this shop! It is filled to the brim with vintage displays and the most artistic treasures. I even found an adorable dress I think I may wear to my holiday open studio. Next time I will have to take some pictures to share with you.
I made three different patchwork backgrounds. You will have to wait and see what I am dreaming up for them! I am a little giddy thinking about it!
I also had time to start a new painting. I am still inspired by slowing down and what can be learned from meaningful conversations like the ones I had over my holiday and often use teacups & wine bottles as a metaphor for this.
I loved the flowers so much I added them to the teacups I had sketched in my sketch journal.
It is coming along. I will share more as I progress but in the meantime you can see some of my recent paintings in this series HERE or see them in person at my Holiday Open Studio December 7th & 8th! Consider yourself invited! Spread the word for all the goodness…