Influence everywhere

Happy Thanksgiving!  I wish you and your families a warm, inviting, and wonderful day of food, family and fun.

I love to explore the sights of our city and each time I do, I am impressed with its beauty.

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Lucky for me, my teenage nieces are in town from Michigan and what better way to spend a day than to hit the National Gallery of Art and have lunch in Georgetown.  Alone, those two places conjure images of great architecture and interest, but today, on a cold and slightly snowy day, I found myself focusing on little details in the places we visited. 

It was the details that jumped out at me today, like the variation in color and width in the wide plank flooring, the depth of paneling, the built up molding galore, and the deep hues on the walls in the galleries, or the herringbone bricks, the colorful doors set on white facades and the irregularity of the old homes in Georgetown. 

 Dome in National Gallery of Art- I am designing a wall application that mimics this

Dome in National Gallery of Art- I am designing a wall application that mimics this

I started to realize in my enjoyment that not only do these images seem so beautiful and familiar to me, but that they are inspirations in my current work.  My obsession with repetition and geometric forms are surrounding me as I walk through the halls of the Gallery!  We don't always realize it, but our everyday experiences constantly show up in our work. 

 Greek key mosaic in atrium of National Gallery of Art - Doesn't this remind you of a Greek Key tape on the leading edge of a drapery panel?

Greek key mosaic in atrium of National Gallery of Art - Doesn't this remind you of a Greek Key tape on the leading edge of a drapery panel?

What are your experiences that stay with you as you dream?