Coquilles St. Jacques

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We used to frequent a lovely french bistro for special occasions and things on the menu like “Coquilles St. Jacques” always reminded me of another time and place where meals were elegant with white tablecloths, fresh flowers as centerpieces and always a lovely candle lit for ambiance.

This Summer has been a busy one for me and during this month of August, I am in hopes to really take some time away from deadlines and projects to read and fill up my bucket! We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What is inspiring you this Summer?

on board

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Everyone seems to be waterboarding these days and staying cool while getting in shape too. I guess I am the last to try this, but it sure looks fun to balance on a board. This illustration was created for “The Grove” boutique located in Winter Park, Florida. Check out the “Grove” over here!

Watermelon pops

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Such a clever way to enjoy watermelon, simply pop it on an ice cream stick and serve. I was inspired by India Hicks to paint this watercolor when I spied her instagram pic.
Wishing each of you a Happy Summer full of treats. Hope you are taking time to enjoy watermelon and all things summery.

farmer’s market

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A trip to the local farmer’s market is always inspiring to me. Gathering up local goodies to bring home really does make me realize how much I love Summer. Fresh tomatoes, fresh berries, fresh corn and sunflowers too are the epitome of Summer’s bounty.
What’s your favorite thing to bring home from the market?

Happy Fourth of July

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Wishing each of you a Happy Fourth of July. I hope your weekend is full of fun, fireworks, parades, flag flying and a little red, white and blue. God Bless America.

love and kindness

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The other day, while on location at a client’s office, I noticed a sign that was about the culture of kindness. I had to stop and read it and it made me think that kindness can go such a long way. Stop. Take a moment to think about someone you love that needs a little kindness. A bunch of sunflowers and a hug. It’s that simple. Pass on love and kindness today.

gifts

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Growing up, my family and friends always remarked that I had such “talent” and I never truly saw it as a gift, but it is such a gift. Not a day goes by that I do not feel incredibly lucky to create art every day for so many wonderful clients.
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Clients come to me from near and far for which I am grateful. In March, I began creating illustrations for Meredith from The Grove and there were many e-mails and phone calls communicating her vision and a collaboration of words, sketches, images and finished artwork.
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Visit The Grove WP on line for a wonderful array of goodies to give. There is quite the curated selection of products that are quintessential Summer all year long. Tell Meredith, PvE sent you. I cannot wait to shop on line at The Grove WP.

mix and match

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Mix and match seems to be very in vogue now. Have you seen what I am referring to? Bikini tops paired with shorts that are cut from another cloth. Nothing matches or seems to go together, which is refreshing but I wonder if this is a trend or here to stay. Love your thoughts on the mix and match suits? I might wear it at home but not sure about going out on the town? Is it only for teens?

American Lobster

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Every time I have lobster, I cannot help but think of my late Father-in-law who adored Lobster, American Lobster to be exact. When he would visit the United States, he loved having lobster and fresh corn on the cob. You see in France, they do not eat corn and the lobster is much smaller. I also think Summer is a time to enjoy dining on Lobster and corn. There is something so fun about getting to wear a bib while eating lobster.

Play with paint

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When my niece Amby who lives in Colorado posted this image on facebook, I just knew I had to share it. She has three children, all small and reminds me so much of my late Mom and her Grandma who would love to play with paint. Do you take time to allow for a little fun? I hope this image inspires each of you to make a mess, paint and find the spirit of playfulness in your life.