I Need Some Green

Life

Leaf ArrangementI am so ready for spring! I can’t wait for all of the flowers to be in bloom, for picnics on the lawn, weekend trips to the beach, and longer sunnier days. It’s time. Hurry up, spring.

Full disclosure, I already live in Southern California so any winter I have had to endure is basically a joke. But I’m still itching for the new season. There is a rose garden right outside my window and right now they are all little brown stumps in the ground. I keep glancing outside each morning, half expecting the roses to just pop up overnight. But apparently that’s not how it works. Patience has never really been my thing.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to keep my room extra bright and cheerful to make up for the gloom outside and lately that has involved collecting anything green that I can get my hands on. Anything is better than having all of these empty vases scattered around, reminding me that the roses aren’t ready yet. (I probably own six vases. Too many for one dorm room for sure.)

I kind of like the look of these leaves in my oversized vase and have been having fun getting creative. I also hung some sprigs of lavender up to dry on my walls and even assembled a tiny arrangement of wildflowers in a blue shot glass.

Green Plant in vase

I guess I’ll just have to wait for the roses like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean my vases have to sit empty. I think this is a happy compromise.

(PS: I just downloaded the VSCO app for editing photos on my phone and it’s a total game changer. Upping my Instagram game, for sure. Follow me at @hairflipmeghan)

Artist Obsession: Sophie Victoria Elliott

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Painting

Sophie Victoria Elliot uses aerial landscapes and maps as the basis for her abstract paintings. She is inspired by geology and tries to capture shifting movements under the earth’s surface in each of her works. She even organizes them by location on her website. How cool is that?

If you look at these pieces you can totally see the inspiration shine through. But even if the cartographical explanation doesn’t blow your mind, they are still super pretty. Moody color studies with gorgeous and unexpected combinations. I am infinitely impressed.

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

The Gap

Life

Since I started this blog I have discovered a lot of insanely talented people. Often they are only a few years older than I am. And often they are wildly successful. This is absolutely inspiring but it’s also pretty intimidating.

I set out on this internet-documented journey in order to grow creatively and and express myself. But it’s easy for me to look at these incredible artists and start to doubt my own ability to contribute, making less and feeling worse about what I am making.

I stumbled across this video and the words of Ira Glass a couple days ago. It has really reinvigorated me and I am hoping for some good creative karma by spreading it around. Get inspired!