After my time in the Pine Valley of Eastern Oregon, I'm feeling very drawn to these Art Nouveau era images of forested places. Some of them are from Europe and a few from Asia. They put me in a wonderfully contemplative mood.
No one sets a table like Maura Enders. No one. Her "more is more" philosophy gives every meal a holiday vibe. I don't know what happens in your home, but in mine, we're often throwing food together at the last minute. We barely sit down sometimes. Maura's table settings make a great case for the slow food movement and for making your meal as appetizing as possible. Cook slowly and fill your home with delicious aromas. Set the table with care. Sit down and take it all in.
Michael Pollan, the food writer who brought us The Omnivore's Dilemma tells us that to properly digest a meal, the body needs time to smell the food and see the food cook. This process gets our salivary glands going and primes the stomach with the proper acids before introducing food to the system. If we just throw down a burger without notice, the body has a hard time digesting.
Maura Enders' table settings inspire me to slow down and honor the food I prepare for my family. You can follow her on Instagram where she shares photos of her 1940s Cape style home in Princeton, New Jersey. There's also a great interview with Maura HERE.
I'm currently visiting the beautiful town of Ashland, Oregon. The thing that strikes me about the homes I visit and the gardens I pass by on my walks is the abundance of cottages and craftsman homes. The cottage style seems designed not just for beauty, but also for optimal comfort. These vignettes remind me of the words of William Morris, the father of the arts & crafts design movement. He said, "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."
10 years ago, I began blogging at La Maison Boheme. Initially the blog served as an online dream journal where I could catalog my favorite design ideas and inspirations. La Maison Boheme quickly became a community where I met bloggers, designers, and people who would help me develop and more fully embody my personal aesthetic.
Now the blog has transformed into a more personal place where I share my art process, my thoughts on parenting a special needs child, and other topics of interest like gardening, radical homemaking, minimalism, social justice, literature, and travel.
The time has come for me to consolidate my online spaces, which is why I'm leaving the Blogspot platform. From now on, La Maison Boheme will continue via my website at www.sarahgreenman.com/blog. And of course you can always find it (as you did before) at www.maisonboheme.com.
Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me through the past decade! And cheers to a new home for La Maison Boheme!
|Pine Valley and Halfway, OR|
|The irrigation ditch on my Mama's property.|
|My Mama's barn.|
|The Snake River.|
|Black & White Bead Tote|
|Blue Diamond Tote|
|Black & White Woven Fringe Tote|
|Pink Jacquard Weekender Bag|
|Chindi Denim Tote|
|Yellow Carpet Bag|
|This photo is from my time at Squam Lake in 2014.|
So here it is! Our hour-long conversation about creativity, theatre, art-making, partnership, parenthood, loss, imperfection, healing, and the sacred transformational power of living out loud. Thank you, Elizabeth, for creating such a beautiful space for this kind of deep-dive dialogue. Read Elizabeth's full article on her website HERE.
If you are in the Dallas area, please feel free to some see the work in person and attend an artist reception next Sunday, May 28th from 3-4pm. We'll be in the sanctuary at Horizon UU Church in Carrollton and its open to the public. The pieces are all for sale and can be purchased in my online shop. Here are my artist's notes for the new exhibition, DAYSPRING:
In his poem simply entitled "Spring", Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote,
Each year, spring's special magic renews the human spirit on a cellular level - no one, no matter their origin, habitual proclivities, religion, or state of being, can escape it.
Thank you to Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church for creating a contemplative space for my newest series, DAYSPRING. The pieces included in this exhibition celebrate the spiritual nourishment - all of the juice and joy - that comes from living in right-relationship with nature.
DAYSPRING is a meditation of color and pattern inspired by the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and landscapes from both my native Central California and Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, New Mexico. Inhale the smell of verdant earth and listen deeply for what Hopkins calls "A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning." Heaven is not in the hereafter. Heaven is HERE and NOW. Walk softly.
WHERE: Horizon UU Church
LOCATION: 1641 Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX
DATES: May 21 - July 2, 2017
|Time's Vast Womb | 36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas|
|Dappled Things | 24 x 48 acrylic on canvas|
|Sun-steeped | 36 x 36 acrylic on canvas|
|Kingdom of Daylight | 24 x 48 inch acrylic on two canvases|
|Deep Decree | 36 x 36 acrylic on canvas|
|Bent World, Bright Wings | 24 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas|
|Her Earliest Stars | 24 x 48 acrylic on canvas|
|Morning Mesa 1 | 36 x 36 acrylic on canvas|
|Morning Mesa 2 | 36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas|