Monday, September 12, 2011

Moonrise Sunset


Well, here I am again… back with another outfit post. Already?? I know. I’m not sure what’s come over me. I can barely keep up with myself! I suppose we should just go with it though ;)


I received this wonderful little bundle awhile back from my longtime reader and lovely bloggy friend, Alexa of Pop Elegantarium. As you can see, it was a bundle too pretty to open without taking a picture first.


Tucked inside, among an assortment of thoughtful goodies for both Clover and myself, I found this little quilted vest! I must say Alexa, I quite adore it.

Outfit and Trumpet Vine

I’ve been really drawn to this shade of blue lately too. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but the skirt, a gift from Heather last spring, has tiny blue and white vertical stripes and buttons up the front.

flower vest

I think the skirt has found a friend in this sweet little vest :)


I’d heard about an art opening that sounded interesting, and on Friday evening, convinced my little family to join me on a wee adventure to go check it out. The adventure took us up toward the hills not far from where we live. The rising moon looked pretty spectacular.


The opening was held in a little gallery at Sonoma Academy, the fancy new prep school that we see up on the hill when we take the back route to Trader Joe’s. It was kind of fun to go up there and explore for the first time. Clover got a kick out of the odd art installations scattered about the campus. This giant asparagus for example.



The artist was Laine Justice and her paintings “worldscapes in oil” did not disappoint. Each canvas containing a magical realm, otherworldly and fantastical, strange and beautiful. I was really taken with her work when I checked out her website, so it was a treat to view it up close in all its intricate detail.


That’s the artist herself in the cute little dress and boots ensemble, discussing images from her story book collaboration with Rusty Klassen. The images along with this beautifully lyrical excerpt off her website leave me very intrigued:

"Bunny feels it. Warmth and stillness, quiet and clutter, objects avalanche upon one another. It would be litter, the room where she stands, if it weren't for the order Pine somehow commands. This space inhales wonder, exhales the fantastic. Stardust fills jars, mache mobiles meander galactic roulette. Miniature shoes, pigs and ponies, shelved with dolls, books and stones. Elephant whiskers, mendicant oils, portraits on pinheads, rare earths and soils. Pine floats across a lake of fine carpets plumping quill down atop a plush settle. Beside him lie templates of galaxies yet to be formed, sere tintypes, and lithographs, an occasional horn. Bunny's at home here. She knows this room, grew up in this space; where all things have purpose, a reason, their place."

Sounds like someplace I'd like to visit!


Speaking of inhaling wonder and exhaling the fantastic, as we headed back to the car to go home, just beyond the giant asparagus was a dazzling sunset beneath pink clouds. I’m thinking if it's clear tonight this could be the perfect spot to view the full moon rising up over the hills to the east with the sun setting over Santa Rosa to the west.

I'm hoping there might even be some mooncakes involved :)


Celynne said...

Hey, you're on a roll! Be careful or you might make a habit of posting again ;).

That giant asparagus reminds me of an even whackier art instalation. Sadly it's not here anymore since they tore it down, but there was an office building here downtown with a mulch garden on the street side, and they had bronze vegetables with legs standing around all the shrubs. Picture an artichoke with knees sticking out the bottom.

Andrea said...

Heck yes, more outfit posts!! I'm so excited about these boots. They pair so nicely with the lovely vest.

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Fabulous quilted vest! Lucky you!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Alexa said...

Oh Missa, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you in the vest, when I spotted it I pictured you'd make something lovely out of it!

And your evening out makes me think we really need to get out West again soon, such magic in your part of the world. Those worldscape paintings are amazing; remind me a little of Henry Darger.

flaming hag folkwear said...

what beautiful views. i wonder if the landowners would mind of i moved my family into their tipi. hmm....

p.s. thanks for the camera info/advice. still mulling it over :)

Teeny said...

AMAZING! I took the links, what beautiful work she does. What the flip with the asparagus? Then again, perhaps the asparagus is just right there. I can't wait to visit there one day. I adore your outfit posts Missa, and hope that you keep on posting em. Your boots inspired mine today.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you look so pretty! Blue is THE color for you, lady.

What a place you live in. I so want to visit California sometime in the (hopefully) near future. Perhaps I'm a west coast girl at heart?

I can see why you'd enjoy this art opening. There's something strangely dreamlike about the work. It's hard to put the impression I get from the photos into words, but it's definitely something special.

Elisheva said...

Ach you live in such a beautiful place, what big skies... a world away from here, and its beautiful here too, if a little lacking on the sunny, right now. That sunset looks like perfect heaven to me.
And thanks for the links to this artist, this is such a wonderful way to spread the love and the work: )
The corn flower blue is indeed finding you, and you look only gorgeous in it!

Milla said...

Wow, you are on a roll! Lucky us. The trumpet vine is back too, more beautiful than ever. I love the contrast of the blue and the orangy red. The whole color-scheme of this post is blues and oranges. Laine Justices paintings look amazing. I wish I could have one of them and a house that matched it. Sometimes I miss fun things like variety of art out here. It's so much retired landscape painting...Thankfully I have you to live vicariously through. Keep on posting love-dove.

Aya Smith said...

That package couldn't be wrapped any lovelier! I absolutely love it.

Oh, Clover has gotten SO big! I cannot believe how fast time flies... not even with my own little ones :)

Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

Andrea said...

Yeah, I love the outfit posts :) the exhibiton is also great!

Anonymous said...

yummmm, this post is so dreamy. first of all, i second what the other ladies said...the blue and the vest and the boots = you are sublime. i thrifted a little quilted vest this summer and am still obsessed, wishing i had a drawer full to wear a different one every day. when we meet (someday soon?) maybe we should wear our vests in twin dorkitude. ;)

i love this artist and can't wait to scour her website. she reminds me of a gentler, oilier mike davis: sometimes going to art galleries is transportative for me, and you captured that magic so beautifully with your words and pics. that last pic is both stunning and hilarious, reminding me of some lone saguaro...but instead is a lone asparago. love to you and hope the mooncakes were delish! xo