Archives for February 2010

It’s Okay…


It really is okay. Don’t fight it. Give in to the love affair.

Get this shirt and other cool artist-made stuff at Hello-Lucky in Houston, Texas. If you aren’t lucky enough to make it to Teresa O’Connors’ adorable shop in the Heights, order online. For you haters out there, she also has one that says “It’s ok to [skull-n-crossbones] Austin.”

Art & Family


My friend Susan recently emailed me this quote. It had me in tears.

…my mother was biding her time, pacing herself until she could achieve her goals. She was a proud and passionate and boundlessly talented woman taking a step back from her artistic dreams and signing on instead for the opportunity afforded my father and our family. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to embark on a truly unique adventure. The reality of my mother’s situation ws that she put a huge part of herself on hold, and hit that reset button for my father, for our family…

She was still an artist, but for four years she was an artist on pause, counting the days until she could hit that button again and put herself back in play. Even as a child, I could sense she was frustrated–like a racehorse stuck at the gate. She kept up with her work in fits and starts, but during that period she was constantly setting aside an essential piece of her identity, and then picking it back up again. In all that time, she never lost sight of her goals as an artist.

Yes, we can be all things at once, my mother told me. In fact, we must. But we must also accept that we can’t do everything all at once.
-Mika Brzezinski
All Things at Once


I wipe my wet cheeks and second guess everything all over again. Can you relate?

The New Painted House is Coming Soon!

Here we are, friends, just a month away from the relaunch of The Painted House! I’ve been busy planning and spinning gears. I’m excited and scared and hopeful. You will read here, won’t you? Please?

The new TPH (look at me calling it TPH) is the artist indulging in what inspires her, propels her, and delights her–art, design, fashion, food, shopping, travel, all with a special emphasis on the Atlanta area. We’re talking all things beautiful. I hope my Georgia girls will hang with me here–everyone else is invited, too! Would you join me in spreading the word? In two weeks we will start the countdown. There will be fanfare!
Until then, many thanks to Shannon working hard on my new digs. Ooo, a new Painted House!
And apparently my husband wants Georgia guys to hang with me, too. Who am I to disagree?

Circus, Circus!

The circus rolled into town, and–on a whim–we decided to attend the decidedly politically incorrect affair. You know, the circus with its history of exploiting those who fall outside of social norms, prodding caged animals, and stereotyping ethnic groups. Listen, if it weren’t for the art of electrolysis, I’d be just another freak show on the circuit. C’mon, kids, let’s go have some fun!
On the way I spotted a little lost trapezist on the MARTA…

…and a wannabe hoping for her turn on the bar.

Imagine toting three kids to the circus and being next-in-line when the “SOLD OUT” sign goes up. Spontaneity has its drawbacks. But I really prefer dusty reveries of circus past than the current glitz and glam. Did you get the latest catalog from Anthropologie?

Artifacts, romance, dreamy fun. This concoction is a place where restless nomads with surnames that end in s-k-i defy gravity in feats of stupendous proportions! (Is there anything the Polish can’t do? Or, someone who is half Polish? Ahem.)

Sure, it didn’t happen that way, but this is a dream.

Georges Seurat dreamed…

As well as Alexander Calder…

Next time I have circus dreams, however, I will be using Ticketmaster to guarantee the dream becomes reality.
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