Presidential Portraits

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Craft, Travel | 4 comments

Presidential Portraits

A new portrait of President Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery last week. It was met with mixed reviews. Critics compared the unconventional painting by Kehinde Wiley to portraits from the White House collection, implying that the new work – and, by extension, Obama himself – was less dignified or presidential than those that came before. But it’s a flawed comparison. This is not his White House portrait. (Also? Judge presidents by their actions, not by artwork created of them.) There are two collections of...

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Black + White Love #ColorStory

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Black + White Love #ColorStory

Red isn’t the only color of love. The classic combination of black and white can also have a romantic feel. You can see it in this month’s color story with elegant DIYs, destinations, art, interiors, and objects in black and white. 1. Venice mailboxes 2. L’amour print 3. Printable geometric heart gift wrap 4. Boyce Thompson Arboretum 5. Black steps   6. Sandnes, Norway manhole cover tote 7. Black sesame cappuccino 8. Ceramics by Inger Södergren 9. Bridge of Sighs, Venice 10. Stay True...

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Getting a Taxi in Rome

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

Getting a Taxi in Rome

Groggily standing outside Rome Ciampino Airport our very first hour in Italy, I suddenly felt unsure how to get into a cab. Even though I had read up on the do’s and dont’s of taking Italian taxis. Even though I was actually at the taxi stand and staring at a couple dozen of them. I guess I had expected to see available taxis all lined up or at least a designated spot to wait for one. Instead, cabs were parked haphazardly around different curbs and corners of the parking lot. Some were idling with their green (available) lights...

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December’s Last Sunset and 2017 Photos

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Life, Travel | 2 comments

December’s Last Sunset and 2017 Photos

The sunset the last evening of 2017 was gorgeous – nature’s fireworks to celebrate the New Year. A couple of the year’s other beautiful sunsets showed up on my Instagram Best Nine, fitting neatly into its unintentional bright pink/purple/royal blue color scheme. All of my most-liked photos were taken in Arizona, so, of course, they include some desert scenery. Only a few coincided with my monthly photo picks. 1. #LOVE sign at airport protest 2. Star Wars Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) 3. Sunset behind palms 4. Tovrea...

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This February Share Your #LocalArtLoves!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

This February Share Your #LocalArtLoves!

Let’s celebrate local art and artists! Since we had fun sharing Local Art Loves last year, I thought we could keep the challenge going throughout the month of February this time! Just look for art in your community and share photos using the hashtag #LocalArtLoves on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll post some of your finds here on the site. Keep an eye out for public art, local galleries, neighborhood art walks, and rotating art displays at coffee shops or libraries. You can also share favorite art spaces, street art, or your own...

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The Pinball Hall of Fame

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Travel | 2 comments

The Pinball Hall of Fame

  Growing up, I thought it’d be awesome to have an arcade game in my house. Even though I wasn’t nearly as into video games as my brother, I enjoyed an occasional game of Ms. Pac-Man or Tetris or pinball. When we were waiting for our pizza at my family’s favorite spot, we’d both be bugging our parents for quarters. I’m not sure where the idea came from that I needed one in my house, but, apparently, I’m not the only one who thought about that. The majority of people who responded to my Twitter...

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Violet

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Craft, Travel | 6 comments

Violet

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I thought I’d share some art, food, destination, and DIY ideas inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet! 1. Berries, Le Marche, Italy. 2. Pantone Ultra Violet. 3. Chocolade Van Brugge, Scottsdale (photo: Stephanie Haworth). 4. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.   5. “Victoria” painting by Mari Orr. 6. Photo transfer tutorial. 7. Ed Mell art for Riders of the Purple Sage. (Photo: Tim Trumble).   8. Yuma Garden Company’s colorful carrots....

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MLK Day: Where to Volunteer in Phoenix

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

MLK Day: Where to Volunteer in Phoenix

I was looking to see what kind of service projects were planned in my community for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I found a bunch at handsonphoenix.org! I’ll share a few you might be interested in below.     You can sign up on the site to volunteer if you’re over 18. Check the individual project for age restrictions and waivers required for younger teens and kids. If you live outside of the Phoenix area, you can search nationalservice.gov for opportunities in other states.   Sort and Pack at St. Mary’s...

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Love Lock Update

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

Love Lock Update

After researching how the love lock trend has gone out of control in many European tourist areas, I’m happy to report that we barely saw any locks weighing down bridges or monuments when we were in Italy. Venice I was honestly a little worried that the Venice bridges Mark and Dawn Hawk cleared last spring might be covered again. Thankfully, that was not the case. We only spotted a cluster (or two) of rusty locks near Piazza San Marco (the eye of the Venice tourism hurricane) and a few stray locks on railings here and...

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The Way Trees Grow

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in Life, Travel | 3 comments

The Way Trees Grow

  My elementary school art teacher didn’t like my trees. The drawing I had been working on was of a whole forest of them – with trunks that were bent and twisted all different directions. “Trees grow straight up and down,” she criticized. “Not like that.” She made me start my drawing over. I remembered this while I was hiking recently. And I wanted to laugh every time I passed yet another example of nature showing that I had been correct all along.   Find more trees over at Happiness and...

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