Shannon Berrey

Abby's studio

Monday, March 26, 2012

Are you familiar with the artwork of Abby Kasonik? Her beautiful aquatic series is quite ethereal.

  She used to work out of her Charlottesville basement, but last year she built a new backyard studio that reflects her love of 19th century Virginia schoolhouses and churches.


It's so bright, so open and so inspiring. It's the perfect backdrop for her meditative art.

This cottage is an artists dream--the huge worktable to spread out all of the paints, the built-in storage to hold the finished and yet to be painted canvas, and the light....can't you just breathe in all of that delicious light?! And let's just talk about how simply lovely the space is.The reclaimed timbers play beautifully against the pristine white of the ceiling and the large paper lanterns.



A kitchen tucked in the corner has an old trunk that was outfitted with barnwood and wheels to create the perfect mobile island.  

There was no skimping on the size or number of windows that flood the space with light and are framed with curtains made from dropcloths. And did you catch the upstairs sleeping quarters? Who needs the big house? I would *live* here perfectly happily. 



To see more of Abby's portfolio, check out her website.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

My godmother, Nancy, is retiring in a few weeks. She's had many jobs over the years as she is is wonderfully talented. She is an artist, has worked as a floral designer, a 1st grade teacher {my own!} a wedding consultant and event coordinator. She is the person that really inspired my love of painting and as a birthday present when I was very young, gifted me with my very own beautiful portfolio case perfectly hand painted with my name and small daisies. I proudly tucked that big black case under my arm, stuffed with my paintings, to my weekly art lessons. I didn't have far to go. I would walk through the backyards, a few doors down the street to my neighbors house. My neighbor, a high school art teacher, who graciously agreed to teach me the lessons of painting through perspective, light and shadow, mainly through lessons of still-life.   



My mom, who has been friend with Nan since childhood and also has worked with her at Calvary Baptist, asked me to create the invite for Nan's retirement party. I happily agreed.

 As I was painting the illustration, Maris stood beside me and watched for a few minutes. 'Mom, why don't you paint more? You hardly ever paint.' I stopped and stared out the window and thought about it for a minute...'I don't know.....' 

Why do we stop doing what we love?

Some people swear by yoga and meditation. Fact is, I have never found more clarity or felt more renewed than when I paint. We've been thrown some curve balls lately and it's been beyond tough.  



I have decided that I am going to paint more. I HAVE to paint more. I am actually going to start offering some very affordable, commissioned pieces so stay tuned. My sanity requires it!




Is there something that you need to return to that really makes your heart sing?  What's holding you back?



Did you go??

Friday, March 23, 2012

{Excuse the bad quality photo} Maris and her friends had been waiting anxiously for the first showing of the Hunger Games at midnight this morning!! She sent me this picture from outside the theater at 11:30 last night. I'm not sure what they are pointing at--she is still in bed, so I can't ask! Lucky for these ladies, they had an 'incentive day' {1 day off from school for good grades} and decided this was the day to use it. I can't wait to hear all about it. Did you or your kids make it? What'd ya think?    

Sadie and Stella

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Hump Day, lovelies! I am on my way out the door to work on a fun, albeit different project this morning {pictures later in the week} While I am away, you are invited to visit 2 creative, funny and super stylish gals who happen to currently call Winston-Salem {my hometown!!} home. These ladies, {who are both Lindsay's!} are the dynamic duo behind the blog Sadie and Stella--named after their dogs, of course. Yeah, you like them already, right?!

I am honored to be be featured here today sharing one of my favorite rooms. Please jump over and take a look around.   


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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