Simple beauty in the garden

Since it’s Wednesday and I woke up thinking it was Tuesday, I thought the day could a little ‘enlightening’ of sorts. I’m certain now it’s Wednesday. The calendar told me so. So to find my inner peace and sense of time again, I went off into the garden to appreciate

New in the Shop: ‘Key West Garden’ print

This past weekend was a wonderful one here in the North household. Saturday I was spending lots of time in the studio without many distractions, which meant I could really allow my creative juices to go free. I put the gesso on a commissioned piece that will be a burgundy,

Chipper Breakfast Nook: Design Board

This is a room full of fresh, comfortable colors and textures, which is what I think of in a breakfast room. You’re not in the space for a long period of time, but while you’re there, you are organizing your thoughts, catching up with the news or resting with an

New prints in my shop!

Over the past two weeks I posted three prints in my shop, but haven’t gotten around to writing about them here on my blog. I love them, no doubt about that, but it kept slipping my mind in the midst of working on new paintings (which are getting ready to

Waiting for gesso to dry…

While waiting for the gesso to dry on a few of my canvases, I decided to spend some time in the interior design world. But in actuality, it’s more like the shopping world since I’m cruising around the internet looking for great finds. It is great either way! Here’s what

What I’ve been reading…

For the past week I’ve been able to steal some time away and take in a book devoted to the art of decorating, also known as interior design. Photo from: http://rosetarlow.com/about-books.php The Private House by Rose Tarlow was quite the fun read. Not only did I gain design wisdom (which

New in the Shop: Springtime Meadow 12×12 Print

The newest addition to my shop is a new size and a new color scheme. A few weekends ago, I was sitting outside in the late afternoon watching the birds flying and the leaves being tossed in the breeze. That’s when I saw these magnificent colors. The sun was shining

Welcoming, Cheerful Foyer: Design Board

For this design, I wanted to capture colors and designs that I believe would set a welcoming entrance to any home. Foyers, entryways or whatever you may call the area near your front door is an interesting area to design around. First, I needed to address storage. For my preference,

New in the Shop: Summer Flower Garden

Presenting the newest print available in my shop: Summer Flower Garden Brilliant sunny days during summertime inspired this painting. I love the way the light bursts through the flowers and makes the flowers appear as though they are shimmering gems against the crystal clear cerulean sky. Choosing only the best

Beach-inspired bedroom designs

With beach bedroom as my search term, I was looking around houzz.com for some interior design inspirations. Oh boy did I find some. Here are three rooms that intrigued my creative side and struck a chord with my design-loving side: Contemporary Bedroom by Wilmington Interior Designers & Decorators Bruce Palmer