Summer Dreams

What is it about this time of year that draws one outdoors? Early this morning I took my coffee and camera outside to listen to the neighborhood awaken in the cool crisp air. As I focused on taking photos of the newly bloomed Asian Lilies, squirrels jumped from tree to tree. At first, I thought it was a huge buck walking through the woods or a rather large man, but after focusing on the area where branches were falling, I saw the furry tails of these creatures chasing one another. After lining up a few floral shots, I picked up my coffee and began dreaming of the perfect summer, which by coincidence starts with a morning like this…NO HUMIDITY and temps down to 46 degrees.

I usually take to creating the perfect escape during lengthy meetings at work, and begin drafting vacations in margins of notes or on the computer. First and foremost I must be near water. Its the perfect place to start the day with a morning swim, then to end the day after sightseeing. To be gliding through the water for an evening swim is absolute luxury!

As my needs are simple next on the list, its about finding bakeries and bistros with fabulous desserts or treats. Tony took this photo while in downtown Rio last week of a tart and cappuccino at Columbio Confectionary. And, margarita’s to martini’s are always on the agenda.

Lastly, what reverie can end without flowers. These beautiful lilies were from the early morning photo-shoot, where my focus during warmer months are always on growing and procuring blooms to have on the desks at work, and in vases around Heath.

As summer approaches, remember to stay stylish,

Women in the Arts

Lately, one of my favorite haunts has been the National Museum of Women in the Arts {NMWA}. I frequent the gallery to view the latest work dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing and literary arts.

The first piece I was immediately drawn to was What if Women Ruled the World. The artist Yael Bartana explores imagery of identity and politics of her native country, Israel. What women wouldn’t want this neon sign blazed across her desk at work! Next was Spider III by Louise Bourgeois who associated maternal protectiveness with this arachnid. She frequently remarked on her mother’s shared attributes with the spider: patience, cleverness and industriousness…. personally these eight-legged critters still give me the “creepies”.

Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) What if Women Ruled the World, 2016

Louise Bourgeois (b. 1911, Paris; d. 2010, New York City) Spider III, 1995

Niki de Saint-Phalle (b.1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine; d.2002, La Jolla, California] Pregnant Nana, 1993

Niki de Saint-Phalle will always have a special place in my heart, after grad-school I went to Paris. Walking the Centre Pompidou and the Church of Saint-Merri I saw the Stravinsky Fountain sculptures dotted around the plaza. They were so gorgeous that I couldn’t stop taking photos of the works.

Once in the NMWA you instantly notice the signature style of de Saint-Phalle with her colorful, patterned art work, and the French term for “nana” means a woman, chick, or girlfriend.

Stay stylish,