Friday, August 31, 2012

Butterfly Kisses

While summer is nearing the end and school is starting for children, I can't help feeling a bit melancholy. Maybe this is why I started the new series, Butterfly Kisses. Butterflies have inspired countless fine artists and poets. Here are some of my favorite poems to accompany my new pieces.

"Golden Summer" acrylic on paper, 12" x 9"

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly!  Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

"Summer Charms #2" acrylic on paper, 12" x 9" 

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

"Yellow with August" acrylic on paper, 9" x 12"
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.  ~Jeffrey Glassberg

"Monarch and Lavender #1" acrylic on paper, 9" x 12"
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"      

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grey, a new favorite wall color according to House Beautiful readers

Recently I read an article in House Beautiful (HB) which features the 2012 Color Report. Readers vs interior designers. I strongly agree with most of it. In fact much of it confirms what I see in my clients homes. How can they be wrong, right? They polled their readers from the entire USA!

I love GREY walls especially in living rooms. What can I say, but everything looks great on a neutral grey wall. Most of all art! According to the House Beautiful poll, the under-45 crowd chose GREY as their favorite for living rooms. See below a photo of my latest painting, "River Song" on a grey wall. It was created for my collector who had recently designed her living/family room using the palette; light grey, dark grey and yellow green.

Other color facts according to HB that are interesting...

  • ORANGE is in! Many blogger and readers love Orange.
  • BLUE is the number one bedroom color! ahhhh... so soothing.
  • YELLOW slightly wins over WHITE as the favorite kitchen color.
  • Designers still love RED in dinning rooms.
  • GREEN and PURPLE are rising stars.

If you have a yen to redo your space, here's a helpful color tool that House Beautiful offers. They call it their Complete Guide to Color.    Happy painting!

(c) Lisa Palombo, 2012.