What will be your canvas?

I love Street Art Utopia.

I especially love their motto “We declare the world as our canvas”.

What an awesome medium!  The creativity and talents of many artists make up this site.  Their work is inspiring, thought provoking and challenging.

Sometimes it just makes me giggle.

Street Art Utopia

Street Art Utopia

I started to think about the coming year and what it would bring and what might my canvas be?

blank canvas

blank canvas

A blank canvas of this kind is both thrilling and terrifying to me.  The possibilities are endless, the completion immensely gratifying but it’s the process that thrills me.

There are so many blank canvases to choose from.

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

Do they thrill you?  Terrify you? Challenge you?

Madeleine L’Engle said it best:

Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.

May 2013 be a rewarding, challenging and awe inspiring canvas for you.



Repeating Patterns

I’m taking a break from “before and after” shots and “see what I did?” stuff to talk about what my eye is drawn to.

I recently took a photography class (I know, right?) to see if I could even begin to develop my photography skills before investing in a grown up camera (Nikon D90, hint, hint).  We walked around downtown Nashville and snapped away at whatever caught our interest.  I realized after reviewing my shots from the day that I was drawn to repeating patterns.  This is nothing new in the world of design but I wanted to share what I saw that day.

Row of Lights

Row of Awnings

Row of Musical Notes

These were not the only photos I took that day but there were so many of repeating patterns that I realized they struck a chord with me.  They create an interesting, mesmerizing, visual composition.

Row of Barstools

Rows of Balconies

Another Row of Lights

Row of Posters

In the world of decorating, I believe this is the allure of stencils, wallpaper, tile and all repeating elements that create visual interest.

Speaking of visual interest.

Visual Interest

Just had to throw this one in.  It is Nashville after all.

Thank you for indulging me.







Ready to paint?

Welcome to Atmospheres! We will be having a lot of fun here with all the things that are possible to do with paint. I’ll be showing before and after transformations that will change the world! Ok, maybe not but they will show the potential for improvement that exists in outdated and uncooperative home decor.

I am so excited to have a place to share all of the fun projects I’ve been involved in and the things that inspire me!  Where to start?

Above everything else, my children inspire me. They make me want to dream beyond everyday events and responsibilities. They remind me to find the fun in every moment and not take life so seriously. And they are teenagers!  So I enlisted their help in the painting of this composition entitled “Rain”.
It is one of my favorites and I love the way I can see their personalities come through in different places.
I’ve often said I’ll paint anything so let the journey begin! (Hopefully it will include better photography!).  I welcome anyone interested in traveling with me.