Design Crush Tuesday: Watercolor Masters (Museum Day)

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth

Today I went to the much talked of American Watercolor exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
This illustration may or may not be a gross exageration. I may or may not be wearing heels, and I may or may not have snuck Lulu into the gallery with me today. #memberperks. 


 We, uh, I mean, I, was there the entire day. Practically. I did close down the show. I definitely saw like, three shift changes, while I walked through the exhibit a total of three times. Lulu didn't mind. She likes debating the character of John Ruskin and his influence on his students. 
Watercolors have really informed my love of art ever since I was a child. 
I loved how this exhibitions focus was on where watercolor began, what caused it to be so popular and it's progression over the late 1800s to the mid 1920s and now. 
To me, and I'm fairly certain everyone else, the Winslow Homers and the John Singer Sargent's were my favorite. Stood there all day as I did, I couldn't pick a favorite. They are too different. I wanted all of them. 
The exhibit was set up to showcase the tradition of watercolors- which, interestingly, was heavily used in Pennsylvania.  It was initially used primarily by women and, therefore, written off as a serious art. Later though with the influence of John Ruskin and celebrity Samuel Coleman and the emergence of the American Watercolor Society, it gained recognition and adoration.  It's stars in the 1920s were Homer and Sergent, and that is who this very tailored show focused on. 
While the medium began in America mimicking the British traditions, it fast became the iconic American medium-- completed quickly and with so many possibilities. 
Wouldn't you love my whole dissertation?? I could write one. 
But I think this exhibition gave me further fodder for contemplating my own work and it's significance in time and space. 
Particularly, John Singer Sargent pieces give me a little encouragement because he worked very hard at making his watercolors look effortless. He used rulers and compasses and measured everything out. Which, is what I do on all of my detailed finished work.  
This exhibit is such a big deal because watercolor are quite temperamental.  They are light sensitive and are therefore difficult to transport.  It is rare to find this many watercolors all in one place together due to this.  I highly recommend this show! I'm contemplating what print to have done for our house.. Winslow or Sargent....Winslow or Sargent...? :-/ 


Design Crush Tuesday: Ginger Jars

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth


Soooooo I'm doing my taxes this week. Yes, this whole week. They take me that long. :(
And all I can daydream about is my next slated painting-- which is going to be a big one- of a TON of flower stuffed ginger jars. All my preliminary sketches are all over my studio space. 
And what's MORE exciting- is that my husband totally told me that I should get some REAL ones. You can bet your bottom dollar it did not take me very long to take him up on the offer. So excited so be painting these by the end of the week. 
With Easter around the corner, I had to include a couple of pretty little Easter eggs in this sketch.  
Happy Tuesday, friends! Wishing you easy taxes and big checks back from the government. 


Design Crush Tuesday: That Pink Door

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in

Yep. That's a thing. It's also this week's design crush.

If you ever find yourself living vicariously through lifestyle bloggers with the best destinations and wardrobes- um, I relate. They travel here and there and take gorgeous photos in the most beautiful places and then they FILL our instagram and pinterest feeds with beauty to get us through those rainy days in far blander locals than the Almafi Coast....

I have recently found it interesting that it seems bloggers are surge to the same spot in different seasons. Last Spring in was Palm Beach Florida and this spring it's Charleston. Sometimes I wonder if like, there are invitations and all these bloggers get together with the town counsel and get paid to make their spot "a thing" and the wonderlust of all non-fashion-bloggers.

Either way, That Pink Door house is totally gorgeous. And while I do not find myself usually drawn to modern architecture, let me be clear: there is a time and a place. And Palm Springs, California is the time and the place. I saw a photo of the house pre-Pink, and wow, what a difference. The white wash and subtle blush tone cause this modern design to really pop and feel VERY well done. Bravo Moises Esquenazi, who is responsible for updating the home.  Rumor has it this house is a vacation rental, in case you're interested.

You can take a girls weekend and go all #Misadventure on them.