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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Color Influence

February is nearing to a close and I can feel it~ spring welling up within my spirit and trying to burst forth.

Within my home I am eager to send my touches of red to the storage closet and bust out the brightness.

Such as: lots of lemon yellow.

Or a ton of turquoise.

Gallons of green ~ be it jade or emerald, March just seems to command it.


Is it just me or can anyone else spot shamrocks on the plaster ceiling?

As much as I fancy Ruth Guilding’s  delightful images and the it color that Pantone is so eager for us to adore I know full well what has brought about this full bodied longing for color.

The Arena Chapel in Padua, Italy.

I spent the weekend immersed in 14th century (late Gothic) art desperately willing the information to implant itself within my brain, breaking only to make my houseguests meals and to look for lovely pots for the patio.

“Lamentation” by Giotto di Bondone, begun in 1304 and completed in 1306 (Byzantine technique)

My test is tomorrow. I am trying to calm my nerves, as well as the terms and artwork swimming in my head, by sipping a bit of tea in my Charles and Diana mug while munching on a Little Debbie’s Swiss Roll.

I need a nap. But it’s not going to happen.

There was a trip to the airport early this morning. The next batch of houseguests arrive in under two weeks. Beds must be stripped, towels washed and food restocked.

As soon as the test is finished I need to start on another paper due next Tuesday and also begin shooting portraiture for my photography class.

Then there is the fact that Easter is early this year. I just HATE it when it is. Because I really love St. Patrick’s Day. (New readers can check out last years Irish Castles or Cottages.)

So I am thinking of decorating with lots of spring green as that will satisfy both. Oh but jade would be SO good. Especially paired with the blue and white ticking chairs.

So tell me, which do you prefer~ an early or late Easter?



Denise said...

Hi Laura,

I see you're still juggling like crazy. Goodness, I hope you're not planning to go to summer school -- you'll be ready for a break by then.

I'm with you; I prefer Easter to be later rather than early (same with Christmas). It gives us all more time to prepare.

I love these rooms you've shown us, and the classical artwork is just beautiful. Good luck with your test; I just know you'll do well.

I posted Part Three of our England Trip (Stratford-on-Avon) last week, if you'd like to see it. You may not get time to look at it until Easter. :-D Just kidding.

Take care, Laura!


Denise at Forest Manor

Auntie Em said...

Your life sounds so very busy and complicated right now. I hope you are taking good care of yourself while you are trying to keep up the manic pace! Good luck with your test and paper.

And Easter is always better later, especially here in our northern climates. It's difficult to look spring like with winter boots and mittens on! lol

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I am loving these colors!! And I prefer later :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh Laura..slow down! I love houseguest but not if I had all that on my plate. I love your royal mugs, luckily I have a Kate and William one!

French said...

Love the rich tones....all of them....Easter any time is great, but Easter in Paris will be wonderful~

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura I love all of these shades of green! I am working so hard at my rehab Laura, so that one day soon I will be in Paris with you and Andrea!

Love and Hugs,

Art by Karena

martinealison said...

J'aime particulièrement les miroirs... J'ai repéré de belles choses dans chacune de vos très belles photos. Un véritable plaisir des yeux.
Gros bisous à vous.

Debbie said...

Those rooms all make such bold color statements. I'm always amazed and impressed with those with the eye to dream up such rooms.

I hope the Little Debbie gave you all the energy you need for the challenge. I know you'll ace the test and all will be right in the world.

Try to enjoy your houseguests, too!

(And count me in as one who likes a late Easter. The only nice part about an early one is that the flowers usually bloom early here so sometimes we get it just "right".

Patti said...

I like an early Easter. We and 2 other couples have been renting a cottage on Hilton head island for a few years now.. I like how we leave in the cold and come back in 10 days and spring has sprung..when it is later, and I am on vacation, I miss how all the trees have blossomed with all the pinks. I have been planting weeping trees that bloom pink. I think it looks great with my cream and sage green house. But, I know my family calls me and tells me how they still have snow on the ground.

Vel Criste said...

Your still quite a busy bee Laura, good luck with that. I have no preference as with Easter since we dont really celebrate St. Patrick's day. I'm also going GREEN in my home this spring. :-)

Lorrie said...

Oh Laura, what a fascinating course. A lot of work to be sure, but interesting as well. I hope you've done well on your exam. Now take a few hours just for YOU -

I don't mind Easter either early or late. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. We don't do much for St. Patrick's Day so that celebration doesn't get in the way.

WendyBee said...

Definitely a late Easter. One year I arranged an outdoor Easter egg hunt -- and we got a blizzard, so we did it inside. (And that was in April....)
I'm wishing you the best on your exam.

openid said...

Just breathe. I have been down for the count with a miserable migraine. So have gotten zilch accomplished the last few days. I prefer a late Easter. Too many egg hunts have been held in the snow. Although it makes my job easier. I don't die the eggs. :)
Your Friend,

Lorraine Finkbeiner said... still seems BUSY! I can't handle all that rich color in big doses but in small it! I worked for so many years staging a big Easter pageant at church that I always preferred a Late Easter. I still do because I want it to be nice outside and have lots of flowers and not have to wear a winter coat to church!

Jen said...

My goodness you have so much going on right now! I know you must be exhausted. I so love all of the colorful rooms you have shared. I love color, but find myself scared of it at the same time.... crazy isn't it? I do prefer a late Easter, myself, but knowing Spring Break brings Easter weekend this year I am rather looking forward to it! =)

Good luck o your test and your paper. You will be awesome!