Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

Hill Country Water Gardens

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Here are some pictures from our visit to Hill Country Water Gardens. The lily pads are so adorable.


These are HUGE – like 2 ft diameter and the stalk and underside have thorny barbs. They’re pretty amazing.



They sell koi and goldfish (above). I believe the difference is the koi just keep growing and growing.



Crossing the bridge.

Yummy salt fields

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Scott came across this photographer, David Maisel, and his aerial photos of salt fields are so beautiful. The yellow/greens are similar to the accent colors we are using at the house.





E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour)

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

We went on the E.A.S.T. with our friends Jeanine, Jack and Tom today and saw lots of new artists and their work and ate lots of their cookies and cake as well. We also visited with Bonnie Gammill, whose paintings we love and were lucky enough to get one of at last year’s tour, and Andrew Long, who started us off with our first ever art purchase two years ago. I guess our tastes haven’t changed because we still love both of their work. Bonnie also pointed out that our painting was featured on the website, which we had no idea about.

Today we went gaga over silk screen prints done by Adrienne Brabham who is an intern at the Flatbed Press & Gallery – we got five of them! Each one is so dear – I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon her work.

Tom also bought a piece – which he named “Bacon in Space”. I will post a picture of it if he will let me.

Jeanine worked out a possible trade with Holly Fisher, whose pool paintings she really liked, to design her website in exchange for a painting.

And this year, for the third year in a row, we set out with the intention of buying something from Sodalitas at the Bolm Studios, and the the third year in a row, we failed at this task. The piece we were interested in was sold already, and even if it wasn’t Jack and Jeanine were eyeing it too, so it may have been for the best that it was not available to any of us. I guess it is not meant to be… yet.

Here’s our Bonnie Gammill painting.


Candy Cacti

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

I saw these cacti when I went to visit my friend, Patricia, at the office where she was working. The owner is an artist who built this small complex in east Austin – sorry to say I didn’t get his name – and he had collected all these cacti and had the steel planters built to house them. Look at the stucco walls too – I love the deep set windows.

I was also trying out this Photoshop method, by Blurbomat, on the photo. Pretty cool! (If I say so myself, although it does look a bit like those fuzzy, sentimental cards that have little victorian girls with bright pink cheeks…hmmm.)

Cute Little Shed

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

So all along Scott and I planned the shed at the back of the lot to be this rough-and-tumble tool/shop/storage. But seeing this little shed in a magazine made me think how nice it would be to have a little studio/library/guest cottage. We’ll see how it plays out.

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