Art in Fashionable Flowers

Unfortunately, this scheduled post never published when it was supposed to on March 19th. Good thing because it seems appropriate with Easter to post it now. I’ve changed some wording to put it in current context.

Spring is here! Already I hear birds chirping and see flowers popping up everywhere, in fashion that is.

Look at these gorgeous floral dresses and you can see a celebration of spring as well as beautiful artistic, flowery design.

Floral Dress_AIE blog

I love how this dress flows. It  reminds me of a Chagall

With the wild winter weather we’ve had, I wouldn’t be surprised if there might even be one more snowstorm [back in March]. However, this picture below shows the dichotomy in the window dressing, announcing spring with snow falling.

Window Dressing Dichotomy via Washinton Post on AIE blogI bet you’ll see more fashionable flowers in these flowery dresses more than ever in the market for this spring season.

Floral Dresses_AIE blog

I like the 2 tropical ones on the far right

And why not? Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the flower’s power of simple yet pretty petals, especially when they can form such kaleidoscope of color, as seen from above in this Dutch landscape of Keukenhof Gardens.

We actually visited these gardens in Holland. It just happened to be right before most of the flowers were blooming.Tulips_AIE blogBright, vibrant colors are not only prevalent in flowers but also in DC’s newest Marion Barry Mural. I think it’s a pretty good likeness and I like how it is portable, being painted on removable tiles that can be transported and installed in different locations.Marion Barry Mural on AIEGetting back to celebrating spring with flowers, there is a new DCGardens.com website that shows what are the latest blooming varieties in the DC area and where to find them.

It already highlights one of my favorite plant places, the National Arboretum.

It’s interesting for me to go back and read these previously written, related posts after so much time:

First Day of Spring

National Arboretum Posts

And this time, I know now how to post a video (and even center it).

Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

Wintry Mix

This is a wintry mix post that is pretty —

(not filled with all the snow & slush of recent snow storms).

Every year China puts on an elaborate and spectacular ice-sculpture festival at the Ice and Snow World in the Harbin Hellongjiang province. Here’s a recent preview and from what I’ve posted previously.

China_ice sculptures_AIEView many more pics here.

Ice Sculpture via CNN_AIEAnother out of the ordinary wintry scene is Greg Dunn’s photo that looks like winter trees with their icy roots exposed. However, it’s his painting of “Cortical Columns” using neuroscience to create such imagery.

Greg Dunn Cortical Columns painting on Art Is EverywhereMy father would be pleased to see neuroscience and art combined in such a beautiful depiction.

Change is in the Air

Summer has flown and fall is officially here. Change is in the air.

Here’s a quick collection of visuals that I’ve saved that seem appropriate to post to reflect this changing time.

The trees will be changing soon.

This image of a painted forest canopy under the overpass caught my attention as a positive approach to urban freeway sprawl, suggested by artists in Sacramento, CA.

Forest Mural Concept on Art is Everywhere

You can read more information about the proposed Anderson Mural – $150,000, public art project via these links:

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Daily

When I think of fall, this next image of a real forest and majestic owl overlooking just captures the mood.

I also like the clever angle.

Owls on Art is Everywhere

source via Twitter

Seawalls Artists – Art for the Shark

This is a followup to my last post, Art for the Shark.

What good timing. I just saw this video below that profiles the artists involved in the Seawalls – Murals for Oceans project.

I’m getting ready to go on a much-needed, sanity-break vacation next week, after my oldest son’s wedding this past Saturday, which was beautiful but I’m still processing.  I’m also trying to get all the back-log of work done before taking my youngest son back to college. Visiting with family, friends and meeting guests and new extended family over the last 5 day weekend was both fun and exhausting. There will be a later post regarding, when I can reflect.

Just viewing this video gives me a sense of calm in the chaos. Seeing how much fun they had reminds me of my upcoming vacation, where I will be doing much of the same — except maybe not swimming with sharks (I hope). I just wish I also had time to draw, paint and absorb myself fully with art in the process. I will have to bring some work with me but I will, as I always, be thinking about art and will try to meet a goal of doing a sketch a day.

PangeaSeed Presents – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Source: Huffington Post article.

Art for the Shark

Although this is an appropriate post during the Discovery Channel’s famous Shark Week, my thoughts are with family as my son gets married in 2 days, but that will be a future post.

After seeing this video and reviewing some of the art, I have a new appreciation for sharks; even though, I’m one of those still affected by the movie Jaws and cannot easily swim in the ocean or any body of water that is not visibly clear.

PangeaSeed has done a good job to promote the positive PR for sharks. They create awareness through art of their plight in being overly fished just for their fins to make a popular, luxury soup in main Asian cities.

PangeaSeed Presents: The Art of Saving Sharks from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Some of the artwork has more of a political perspective than I would prefer but below are some of the many colorfully patterned pieces that first grabbed my attention from PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls Murals for Oceans event in Mexico and which lead me to their effort.

1_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

Photos source: Highsnobiety

2_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

This one and the next are truly beautiful

3_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

4_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

When you click this Highsnobiety link to the article source, hovering over the feature image will lead you to view many more murals.

I am mesmerized by the ocean’s sea and wildlife. It’s a whole other world that I hope to explore one day, possibly through learning how to dive. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. In the meantime, having fish are some of my favorite pets just so I can watch how they swim.

I’m both fearful and in awe of great white sharks and the majesty they intrinsically hold. Here’s my rendition in a mural I painted some time ago for a client on her son’s bedroom wall. It’s part of a two panel piece framing the window with more sea life represented.

10Shark detailc_CAS by Ashley Spencer on AIE

I’m rushing to get my new website updated and completed before this current one expires. Check back, it will have a new look soon.

 

 

Rivers Really Do Run Through It

Here’s an opportunity to take your summer travel photos to the next level, like these below.

The National Geographic Society is having a summer Traveler photo contest. Hurry, it ends on June 30. You can also vote for your favorite Viewer’s Choice.

Because there is an ongoing epidemic killing our bees (of which I’d like to help with  bee-keeps on my roof top garden one day) and because this photo of rivers in the California Baja desert are so beautiful, they get my vote for Nature’s Art seen through man’s lens.

National Geographic Photos on Art Is Everywhere

So many of these photos are inspirational.

 

A Gumbo of Goodies

Upon just getting back from vacation, I’ve assembled a quick and easy yet delightful mix of links — a gumbo of goodies to try.

We discussed revisiting berry picking as a possible family trip to the Rappahannock, which is where we used to take the boys when they were younger and where Piers and his girlfriend visited recently. They also went on a Virginia Vineyard tour, which can be another trip for this fall to consider. This newly discovered app will be interesting to use: “Uncovering George Washington’s Youth,” which I always thought was Pope’s Creek Plantation, where we have been. It is just down the road from Westmoreland Berry Farm, our favorite place to go berry picking.

While there, I don’t imagine we’ll see fall color like this but wouldn’t it be nice!! This was Stumbled Upon via Delightful’s post 10 Most Unbelievable Places in the World, which you’ll have to visit to see more — truly spectacular!

Amazing places in world on AIE

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Amazing places in world on AIE

Tunnel of Love in Ukraine

Amazing places in world on AIE

Street in Bonn, Germany

Finally, try this fun thing to do — another Stumble upon find. A little addictive. No matter where you point your cursor, a picture with someone pointing to it can be found via Pointer Pointer. Freaky and how do they do that?!!

Pointer-pointer1_AIE Pointer-pointer2_AIE

 

 

SAS Alumni Magazine

We enjoy getting our younger son’s high school alumni magazine. Although we are not as connected to Sewanee now that Jackson is no longer on The Mountain, we look forward to hearing news about St. Andrew’s Sewanee (SAS) and and by association The University of the South, where we all attended. Plus, with this being near the end of the school year, educational calendars are on my mind.

The Spring 2013 issue is full of beautiful paintings by Tony Winters, of whose work up until this point, I was unfamiliar.  It’s always a pleasant surprise to learn of an artist and even more so to know they have some mutual connection to a place that is so meaningful. Tony Winters is an painter and architect living in Manhattan and a 1971 graduate of SAS. To paraphrase the article below which you may not be able to read, he states that he “realized that great architecture often draws on its inspiration from the forms and structures of nature. Nature is a great teacher.”  I believe Frank Lloyd Wright would have agreed. His painting below of Sewanee’s Perimeter Trail captures that dappled sunlight through the woods that I’ve seen so many times but it never comes out in my photos. His exaggerated bright colors authenticate the experience while traveling on this path with the that great rock suspension looming above.

Tony winters on Art Is Everywhere

Perimeter Trail, oil on canvas by Tony Winters

Here’s a study of the work above, which looks to me like fall.

Study for Perimeter Trail by Tony Winters on Art is Everywhere

After going to his website I realized that there were many similarities to what others have tried to captured while living the Sewanee Life.

tony winters_cumberland plateau on Art Is Everywhere

tony winters_lunar spring on Art Is Everywhere

The photos below are by my son Jackson.

Sewanee-Planet_Jackson-Spencer_AIE

Sewanee Planet – photo by Jackson Spencer

Moon-Over-Trezvant_Jackson-Spencer_AIE

Moon Over Trezvant  – photo by Jackson Spencer

Rock-Formation_Jackson-Spencer_AIE

Rock Formation – photo by Jackson Spencer

Bridal-Veil-Falls_Jackson-Spencer_AIE

Bridal Veil Falls – photo by Jackson Spencer

Sewanee-Sunlight_Jackson-Spencer_AIE

Sewanee Light – photo by Jackson Spencer

And I took these while hiking with him.

Cumberland Plateau photo on Art is Everwhere

The Cumberland Plateau and valley dwarf us

Perimeter Trail_and Art is Everywhere

Looking  over the edge above Perimeter Trail?

These other paintings have other personal significance. Ed Carlos was  also an inspirational art teacher of mine. I’m so happy to see an homage done for him.

Tony Winters on Art is Everywhere

This cavern painting reminds me of another SAS and University graduate and fellow classmate, Stephen Alvarez, who takes incredible photos for National Geographic, among other places, as he travels the world and captures caves and magical sites that many of us will never see otherwise.

tony winters_cavern on Art is Everywhere

Stephen was also featured in this issue and is being awarded SAS’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Congratulations, Stephen!

Stephen Alvarez on Art is Everywhere

Here’s a previous photo that I posted of Stephen’s work so many moons ago. He’s taken hundreds more since and had had exceptional story features in The National Geographic like Paris Underground, where he and his family lived for months while shooting. A nice gig to have! 😉 Although these gorgeous stars were taken in Madagascar, they could be in Sewanee because this is what it looks like at night from the top of The Mountain.

Stephen Alvarez on Art Is Everywhere

Hunting Crocodiles in Madagascar. © Photo by Stephen Alvarez

Getting back to Tony Winters and finding a further connection from his website — 2 places right in my neck of the woods, were designed by his architecture firm, along with the Nabit Art Building at the University….We really needed that while at school there. A little late for us previous art students but much welcomed by the current:

Since 1999, Tony Winters has owned and directed Pentastudio Architecture, New York, a professional firm focused on design for creative environments such as fine arts studios, galleries, rehearsal and performing-arts spaces. In 2000 this office was joined by the Italian design firm SOHO Architteture of Rome to form Pentastudio Associated Architects.

Architectural clients include leading schools and arts organizations including the Blue Man Group, the Olney Theater in Maryland, Cinecitta Studios in Rome and the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. For more on Pentastudio Architecture see web site.

 Small world with Art being everywhere within it.

Rebirth with the Butterfly

It’s time to celebrate.  Easter is the time for rebirth.  Spring is here and butterflies are in the air.
I love this Hermes ad. What a beautiful butterfly!

Hermes-Butterfly as seen on Art Is Everywhere

I’ve saved this Traditional Home article from November 2010 as reference because I’m so taken with Carin Gerard‘s artwork of Nature.

Carin Gerard Traditional Home November 2010 issue, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Carin Gerard Traditional Home November 2010 issue, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

These are just some of the many gorgeous examples of  her beautiful artwork and butterflies. Be sure to visit her website to see much more.

Carin Gerard butterlfies, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Carin Gerard butterlfies, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Carin Gerard butterfies, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Carin Gerard butterfies, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Her extraordinary realism and detailed trompe l’oeil style remind me of Mark Leithauser’s artwork, who’s work I really admire.

If you’d like to see more butterfly art, flit on over to Casart coverings, where butterflies are featured this week.

Happy Easter Season!

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