Weekend nature walk: The photo compilation

There are three things I can list as my favorite activities: creating art, reading good books and being in nature. It is best when I can combine two of the three. A few weekends ago I did just that. My husband and I were able get out early in the

Morning by the Waves abstract art print by Cortney North fine art

New Print: “Morning by the Waves” abstract art print

It feels so rewarding to have “Morning by the Waves” prints available in my shop! Working on the painting was one of the most enjoyable experiences for me. I let my creativity go wild and create a scene that was energetic yet full of soothing colors. I grew up by

Outside the studio: Fiction, lemons and paint chip bookmarks

Lately I have been experiencing the urge to paint, read and eat lemon-flavored foods. Then the outdoors will beckon me with its bright colors and glorious warmth. My mind feels like a constant whirlwind of wanting to do so much at once. I don’t want to miss out on any

Kids Beach Cottage Interior Design

The Beach Cottage – Designs for the kids

The beach cottage I would design for kids would look entirely different than the beach cottage I’d design for adults. Here’s why: When I think back on places I visited as a child, I remember loving spots that were whimsical and overdone with the decor. Granted, I grew up in

The Modern Beach Cottage Design Gallery by Cortney North

The Beach Cottage – Some Modern Designs from Houzz

It strikes me as abnormal to have a very modern beach cottage design and I think it is all due to the word ‘cottage.’ A modern cottage? Perhaps a cottage could be a modern build, but cottages seem to be a structure that is old and weather-beaten. Thus was my

Beach Cottage Interior Designs for the whole family by Cortney North

The Beach Cottage – Sophisticated Designs from Houzz

It became just a little bit warm outside here in Ohio and my mind has been dreaming of the beach. I’m wondering if it’s a Pavlovian response to a childhood spent living in Florida. We were just at the beach back in January, so I figured I had gotten my

Basil up close by Cortney North

A round-up of stress-lowering favorites all thanks to my Fitbit

Before I get to my favorites: I wanted to let you know that you’ll notice changes to the website over the course of the next month. It is in the process of being updated by my talented web designer, who also happens to be my husband. As our world is

A painting on the easel and some of my favorite discoveries from the past week

If I were to provide a summary of my past week, the article would include the words “painting” and “working” repeated numerous times. For the sake of allowing more time for painting, I put some items on hold for a bit – like exercise – and now that I’m getting

Keeping room, hearth room, great room – bottom line: I like a fireplace near the kitchen! 

One of my favorite floorplan discoveries has been learning about keeping rooms. Or hearth rooms. Or great rooms. I had no idea the mighty great room, which has taken over the U.S., was originally the same concept of the keeping room. As some brief internet research informed me, the keeping

Studio Update: Style is shifting a bit

I’m going to keep this post brief since I’m aiming to squeeze studio time into a day that included working at the vet clinic, grocery shopping and the library. Those were accomplished before 2pm, so I’m feeling great about my efficiency today! Let’s keep it up! Since re-opening my art