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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Artemis, Liverpool and Conwy, Wales!

So my amazing cancer-beating friend Artemis booked a last minute adventure to England, and we had a fabulous time!  She took the reigns on planning, booking and deciding what we were going to see and I skipped along for the ride!

We spent her first week here exploring the local area - I took her to Ely, La Hogue, London and she also spent the night in London exploring on her own.  

Sunset on our first evening in Liverpool
The second week, we hopped on the train to Liverpool to explore The Beatles Story and the hometown of the Titanic. 

Liverpool Waterfront

Liverpool Waterfront at night
Liverpool is a beautiful mix of old and new, the architecture is blended beautifully and the waterfront is very well planned and the central district is wonderful to explore.  Artemis found us an amazing apartment that was right in the center of it all on the waterfront, which was a great hub to explore from.  We ate amazing food, found beautiful treasures, and learned more about The Beatles than I even thought I wanted to know. 


I particularly loved the section about John Lennon, him being my favorite and all  :)

We also explored the village of Port Sunlight outside of Liverpool, which was a village created by the Lever Soap President to house his workers and their families.  It was beautiful, with expansive gardens and the old houses are still very intact and lived in.  It was super interesting and very chill :) 

In the Port Sunlight Museum

A rad flower that I have never seen before!

The Dell at Port Sunlight
After two nights in Liverpool, we hopped on the train to Llandudno Junction, Wales. 

**Traveler Tip: If you are catching a train out of Liverpool and your itinerary tells you to depart at Liverpool Central Station, IT IS LIES.  You cannot print your tickets at Central Station, you must go to Liverpool Lime Street Station.  It's only a couple blocks away, but we missed our train due to the snafu and the cranky woman at the Central Station counter.  We caught a slightly later train and all worked out fine, but be aware!**

Welsh Coast
Chugging through Wales was beautiful as usual, and we got to follow the coast line for a ways which was fabulous.  When we arrived at the village we were staying in, our super helpful and kind host picked us up from the train station and gave us a quick tour of the walled castle town before taking us to the ridiculously huge and awesome house that Artemis booked for us. 

The epic view from our place in Llandudno Junction
I had no idea where we were going before the trip started, all I knew was that we were going to Snowdonia which I already knew to be epic.  But this town, my god.  The castle is still standing, the walls still surround the town, and the views are unbelievable. 

The view from the King's Tower of Conwy Castle
We spent the whole second day climbing around the castle and exploring the town.  I don't think I've ever said 'unbelievable' more times in a day.  The views from the tops of the castle towers were seriously incredible.  It was a tear-jerker moment for me. 

I love Wales.  So hard.  Everyone calls you 'love', pronounced 'lowv' and I love it.  It is so beautiful, the food is amazing, everyone is so lovey and lovely, and I'm pretty sure Wales and Scotland are two places that I could spend my golden years very happily.

The beginning of the journey of the blue boots!
It was a quick trip but so wonderful! Thank you Artemis, for everything, and for making the journey! <3

Now I am a month out from the Lakenheath Holiday Bazaar, so the crack down in the studio is in full force!

There will be beautiful silk ornaments, tiny paintings, prints, ponchos, skirts, scarves, pillows and more! I can't wait to see your lovely faces there!

With love,


Emily :)

DIY SOS: The Big Build

Pumped.

So a few weeks ago, I received an email through my Etsy shop from a lovely woman at the BBC requesting a couple of my pillow covers for a home design show that they do called DIY SOS: The Big Build.  After further reading and a little research, I realized that it was the original (British) version of a show we watch in America called Extreme Home Makeover.  I've been obsessed with EHM for years, and have never made it through an episode without crying like a baby.

So to be asked to make a contribution to such an epic and worthy cause, even if it is just a couple of little pillow covers, made me squeal and tear up with joy and gratitude. 

I got the pillow covers done and sent them off right away, and was also invited to come to the neighborhood where the family lived and be there for the big reveal with the rest of the builders, tradesmen, suppliers and crew that had a part in the renovation. 

The family, two EMT parents, a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old boy with severe physical disabilities and an incredible love for sports, needed a space that their growing boy could fully access and which would give the incredibly hard working parents and his caring sister some much needed respite and comfort. 

Being there with all the people that volunteered all of their time and sweat to bring this to fruition for this incredibly deserving family was amazing.  It was a beautiful, sunny day and the look on the young boy's face as he was talking about his rad new room, bathroom and the gaming system that he could operate with his finger was just an honor to witness.  The family was so incredibly grateful, and being the type of people that spend their day saving lives and caring for others, it was a great honor for everyone that participated in the project to be able to help them so immensely and take such a weight off of their shoulders so that they could go from coping with their situation back to living more fully. 

After all the opening and closing scenes were filmed, everyone had the opportunity to meet and get pictures with the DIY SOS staff and builders.  A group of incredibly kind, caring and hilarious guys that have one of the greatest jobs I can imagine - making huge, positive changes in the lives of others on a daily basis using creativity, innovation and the collective goodwill of a huge team. 

Giddy.

SO RAD.

It was a dreamy, dreamy day my friends.

So gratefully,


Emily <3

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Feel the Beauty"


What IS LoveArtWillTravel?

Ok.  So I started this blog back in 2009 to document my first adventure abroad.  I kept it going, and it made sense to carry the name over as I launched my business, as my art is ultimately inspired by my love of traveling and exploring - nature in particular.  

As the business has grown and developed, so have I, and so has my personal mission.  Every artist has a different reason for creating, a message that they want to communicate to their customers, to the viewers, to the world. 

I used to think that the only possible way that I could help others and 'change the world' like I hoped was to work with NGOs, nonprofits, join Peace Corps, etc.  So I did all that, and it was fabulous and wonderful in so many ways, but I still felt incomplete and longed for the answer, the missing piece. 

It wasn't until I took the leap into being an artist full time that I really felt like I was finally tuning in to who I really am and was meant to be, and on the path to fulfilling my intended potential in this life. 

So what is my intention, my message to you lovelies, as an artist?

First, let's chat a bit about art in general.  Art doesn't always have to have some deeper meaning.  Sometimes you just LIKE it. Sometimes you just think it looks rad. Its going to mean something different to everyone who views it.  If you're going to invest in it, however, it should make you feel SOMETHING.  I still remember the first piece of art that moved me to tears, but it doesn't need to be that dramatic of course. It can make you feel happy, reminiscent, calm... it runs the gamut.   My favorites are epic joy and empowered.  Genius color scheme and flowing composition usually do it for me.

Second, intentions typically flow from a belief system.  Mine is that everything in this universe - you, me, the trees, the animals, the stars, planets, all things vegetable, mineral and otherwise - are all made of the same materials and are therefore connected to each other on a much deeper level than our evolving human brains can comprehend right now.  I could carry on about this topic for days, but I'll save that for another time.

The point is that people have strayed away from that universal connection over the centuries, and it has led humanity down an incredibly narrow and destructive path.  My hope is to remind people of that connection, of the importance and value of all of the other life on this earth aside from just the human life.  If you are already living that connection, I want to inspire it further.

When we choose things to adorn our home and bodies - clothes, accessories, art, d├ęcor - we are really looking for things that are an expression of who we are.  Items that communicate what it is that we value and what resonates with us.  Things that not only look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful as well. 

What I want to do with my art is to give you an opportunity to connect with the earth in new ways on a daily basis, to display and wear your love and appreciation for our natural world.  So when you can't be out frolicking in nature, a little piece of nature can be bringing joy and calm to your day, which then makes you want to be frolicking in nature...and so on. 

I want to help people become aware of their connection to each other and everything around them, to renew that connection, to maintain that connection.  There is incredible beauty in the tiniest details.  

The earth is amazing. Beyond words incredible. Artists, conservationists, photographers, filmmakers...we have a responsibility to capture, interpret and communicate that beauty to the rest of the world. 

So I will travel, love, and make art for the rest of my days.  I hope I can bring you some joy, connection and beauty along the way :) 

With love and gratitude, 

Emily 

Dubrovnik, Croatia
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands!



So this last weekend my two best lady friends and I hopped on a Sleeper Train and headed up to the Scottish Highlands.  The sleeping arrangements were smaller than anything I had ever slept in before (aside from possibly a card table fort from my childhood), and sleeping was nearly impossible due to the constant squeaking and rattling of the train car connections and the noises coming from whoever decided that it would be easier to bang in the bathroom right next door than in their beds. (SIYUCK!) Yes, that's how small they were. 

In the morn when it was time for us to switch trains, we zombie walked to the next platform and then head bobbed our way through the next leg of the journey.

Our kick ass guide Dave picked us up at the train station in Inverness.  Dave, as you may remember from our Snowdonia trip, is a magical, all-knowing sort of fellow.  As usual, he is skipping all jolly through the hills, naming trees and plants and telling us their purposes and which ones will make a tasty salad.  Adventure loving badass, he is.

Loch Ness!

We went straight to Loch Ness, then to a castle, then to another castle.  I don't remember much from the first castle because I was starving to death and very focused on my tasty homemade soup and bread.

That is wool, washed up around rocks.  Just so you have an idea of the sheep population lol.

The second castle was rad, and apparently has been in James Bond or something. The scene was epic.


We stayed in a lovely place on the sea with an amazing cook and a super cheap bar. It was fabulous.  

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye. There is a stormy grey sky and golden field painting in my near future.

The second day we headed to the Isle of Skye to visit the only scotch whiskey distillery on the island.  

Talisker Distillery

The scotch was not my taste, but their packaging was super fantastic :)
The second half of the day was kayaking time.  We got all squeezed into our wetsuits and gear, picked our boats and headed out. We took off from the other side of the castle we were the day before. It was lovely to see it from the other side as well!


The first afternoon was everyone getting the feel of their boats and whatnot and the wind was at our backs so it was a lovely day.  And the sun was shining!  You never know what the weather is going to do in these parts, so it was extra magical.

The next day was a full day of sea kayaking and potential wildlife sightings galore! Rain had been predicted from 11am on, and we were on the water by 9 I believe so we were enjoying the sun and warmth as much as possible.  About 3 hours in, we headed toward a small rock island to eat lunch and stretch.  We we getting closer to the island and we started noticing a couple seals popping their heads through the surface.  By the time we reached the island, we were surrounded by seals on all sides, floating quietly with just their adorable puppy heads above water.  I was really hoping one would hop up on my boat for a cuddle, but alas. 

Once we were sitting on the rock eating our sammiches it began to rain.  Not a harsh, windy rain, but enough to get us wet pretty quickly.  Once we were back in our boats and out on the water it started to ease up, or at least it felt like it did. 

About half of us paddled far ahead of the others on an undeclared quest for silence.  When each of us had reached the very edge of viewing range of our guide, we would stop paddling and began to drift around in the still water, leaned back, boats pointed in various directions.  The silence was beautiful.  The calmness seeped into my soul and the cool mist into my skin.  Looking across the sea was emotional even.  The smoothness in the gradients of blues and greys from the sky, over the mountains, down to the water and along the glass surface to my boat was itself healing to behold.  There was not a noise apart from the calling of birds and the breath of the earth.


Once the rest of the group caught up to where we were, our guide led us to another seal colony that surrounded us on all sides again, silently investigating us.


Another thing that was amazing about this trip was the two incredible women that I was with.  Being able to absorb each others' beautiful energy and joy all weekend was a privilege.  I think we all travel with certain needs or intentions for that time away from the normal routine, whether it be consciously or not.  We were all getting whatever it was that we were needing that weekend, and it could be felt most definitely.  Communing with nature on that level will always do that for the soul, I believe :) I'm sure the super moon kicking ass over us on the shore was intensifying the awesomeness as well. 


Our 10 hour drive home took us through some ridiculously beautiful landscapes, including Glencoe.  I seriously wanted to frolic so hard through these hills.



Yet another epic and successful adventure, solidifying Scotland as one of my top favorite countries. I don't think I would ever get enough of this place.

With endless gratitude,

Emily