Welcome to summer in New England! I've been much slower to come out of hibernation this year but I'm here, I'm alive, I'm showing up, I'm still reading-listening-podcasting!
My mom and I recently took a once in a lifetime trip to Paris and Provence. It was beautiful and fun and the food and wine were LIFE-ALTERING. Someone recommended The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah to me if I want to stay immersed in all things french. Plus, I always love a good historical fiction. I'm immediately hooked.
While I was away I tried reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I really enjoy his writing style and how he's weaving narratives and historical events together but let's just say, it wasn't a good travel read for me. I'm already at an elevate anxiety level and reading about the charming psycopath serial killer dude wasn't terribly calming, haha.
One of the ways I Get Things Done for Saltwater Palette is a whole suite of (mostly free) online tools that help me with the digital graphic side of the business. This ranges from designing social media posts to cropping and photo editing my scanned artwork to designing banners and business cards. And my sidekick all along has been Canva. It's this wonderfully empowering website that lets you design All The Things, with little to no cost for the smallest of small businesses (party of one raising my hand over here).
I didn't know Canva's origin story until recently, listening to the NPR podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz. He interviews Canva founder Melanie Perkins on the beginnings of the site and why she went to a kite-surfing-required conference for her little baby online tool. Listen here: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/688299882/canva-melanie-perkins
Other favorites in the How I Built This repertoire include Eileen Fisher (and I don't even wear the brand), TOMS, Whole Foods, and method.
Hello and happy March! Only sixteen days until spring (she says as her phone alerts her to another impending snow storm)! Here's my shelf for the month:
My reading list is all over the place right now. On the fiction side I've started Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani, which is feeling like a puffy-light summer read. I had to offset the anxiety that last book gave me, bahaha. I don't like the feeling of impending-natural-disaster-we-can't-do-anything-about.... looking at YOU, yellowstone. I also half started Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver because she's my favorite, but I'm pausing that until she can have my full attention. :)
I'm also reading Scale by Geoffrey West - why are things (animals, companies, cities...) as big (or small) as they are? Why do they last as long as they do? What are the rules that govern those answers? ...Annnnd welcome to the two sides of my brain.
Another podcast that I fell for immediately is On Being with Krista Tippett. My all time favorite interviews (so far - I have so much catching up to do) include Mary Oliver, Alan Rabinowitz, Arlie Hochschild, and Seth Godin. This week I listened to Maria Popova's episode. I stopped my car to write this down, somewhat paraphrased, on taking our own road:
"We orient ourselves in the darkness of the unknown by grasping blindly for familiar points of reference, and we seek to construct out of them a compass out of similarities and contrasts relative to our familiar world and existing knowledge. It's especially true about such nebulous subjects as art or philosophy or really how to think, where there is no true north, so we seek tangibles to orient ourselves in this maze of merit and meaning. Most people, all people have that capacity in them, to not orient ourselves to what's been done, what's been thought, and try to every so gently to expand the private locus of the possible."
Alternatively titled, My Monthly Shell-fie. :)
Inspired by Penny and Sparrow's Shelf and my yoga teacher's Simple Joys of the Week, I wanted to share some of the books, music, podcasts, and more that are feeding my soul lately.
I'm new to the podcast world (hello, long commute) but was IMMEDIATELY taken in by one Alie Ward on the Ologies podcast. I've learned so much listening to these episodes it feels like a STEM education all over again, and it's piqued my interest in topics I didn't even know existed, never mind that I care about. I of course loved her Oceanology, Conservation Technology, and Sea Turtle episodes... but lately my favorites have been Corvid Thanatology (crow funerals!) and Microbiology (the gut biome!).
Learn more about the podcast here and explore All the Ologies!
I'm starting my holiday process a little earlier this year. Send me an email if you'd like to commission a watercolor painting now through mid-December!
Here are some ideas from past clients:
+ the view from the hotel on their honeymoon in St. Thomas
+ the spot where he proposed to her in New Hampshire
+ a landscape from a South African safari honeymoon
+ a sunset seascape from the beach near their new home in Florida
+ a bridge for all three coastal cities they lived in and loved
What favorite places do you want to celebrate? I can't wait to hear your ideas!
In 2017 I served as a visual arts judge for an ocean-themed, international student arts contest sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs. The Ocean Awareness Contest is open to students aged 11-18 worldwide, and encourages students to explore the relationship between human systems, climate change, and our oceans. Students can submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, or music, and are eligible for cash prizes.
Although I had high expectations for the artwork entered into the contest, I was blown away by the caliber of entries in my category. For example - "Our Future" by Angelika Kolodziej took the top prize for High School Art. You can spend an endless amount of time poring through the details and references in the artwork, and how it highlights man's tumultuous relationship with nature. Congratulations to all the winners!
Bow Seat's Program Director, Alyssa Irizarry, recently interviewed me for their new "Meet a Judge" series. Thank you for the feature Bow Seat!