Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Texture Informs - part 1.

In the late 40's all the brick Colonials in this tree lined neighborhood looked alike.  By 2011, generations have built additions, planted gardens, repainted and put their own unique stamp on their homes.  Never is this more evident that the at the home of Elizabeth Loftis.  The rustic artwork, soothing colors, and well-landscaped outside beg you to wonder what awaits within.

Beth is a oil pastel artist showing in Northern Virginia.  Her work favors earthy, ethnic combinations that refer back to her international travels while her husband was in the Foreign Service.  Texture and contrast are as prominent in Beth's art as they are in her home.

Beth states "I'm inspired by patterns and primitive works. I love using oil pastels because it puts me close to my work- I'm happiest when my hands are dirty."  Beth has an artist eye, no doubt when it comes to arranging things in her home.  Everywhere you look (including the top of the refrigerator!) has something to delight the eye.

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Texture Informs, part 2

Your home might be a cool, contemporary or an elegant traditional but if you would like to create more interest in your surroundings you can take some tips from Beth.  To make use of texture in your home, mix rough with smooth. wood with textiles,  porcupine quills with pottery heads!  Pull out things you love and please you visually.  Integrate them into your daily path, so you can enjoy them while working on the more routine things in life.  Little things are the difference between existing and thriving.
This home has a generally warm palette but there are splashes of cool colors also. They provide a visual contrast that make the whole room glow. 
Beth's home and art directly reflect her personality: interesting and layered, comfortable and warm. To see Thriving Creative Elizabeth Loftis's work visit  Look for more on Beth in the upcoming print magazine of Thriving Creatives.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Practice does NOT make perfect.

The year prior to my 50th birthday I embarked on a quest to discern how I wanted to spend my next half century.  I hired a art/business coach, committed to a year long spiritual search for my soul and resolved to get off my backside and do some of the things I have been planning for years.

I have learned that it is a VERY large clue when most of the folks in your life (except for unfailingly supportive family - thank you all) whether clients or friends, coaches or colleagues all say the same thing.  "You sure have a lot on your plate." "I wouldn't have had the guts to do that."  "What do you mean you are starting something new?"  "I am happy to help you, just tell me how".

I am learning working together is fun.  It's good to quit before you are tired.  It's OK to let people know you care. Navel gazing, prayer and contemplation can lead to stunning insights.  The big one?  That if I  wait for something to be perfect before I put it out there, it won't exist except in my imagination.

Thus I begin-