Dizzy Swallows

Honeymoon: Waiheke Island

July 25th, 2014

Memory is a strange thing. The past is nothing more than stories we tell ourselves. Often, when trying to recall particulars, I wonder at how the story spins itself from fleeting fragments, and vivid shards, from the delight of the senses, from a depth of feeling. We tell ourselves these stories, and whether we lose pieces along the way, the stories become the past.

My memories of Waiheke Island are steeped in sunshine, the overwhelming, brilliant kind that makes you squint even behind sunglasses and raises the scent of hot, dry grass. They are filled with a freshening ocean breeze, laden with salt and the promise of the sea on your skin.

Our home on the island was an entirely extravagant beach cabin at Connell’s Bay. As you may have guessed, yes, we have been entering the luxury portion of our honeymoon (just wait for Fiji!).

Though our stay began … Continue reading

Honeymoon: Wanaka, Queenstown, Fiordlands

March 31st, 2014

Happy Monday lovelies! And on to the second installment of our honeymoon adventures! This section of photos proved difficult to edit down, and while I’ve hacked away whole sections with all the finesse of a chainsaw, I hope you will forgive if not enjoy the plethora of lakes/clouds/crags.

From cloudy Christchurch, we struck out across the South Island to Wanaka, stopping for a picnic beside Lake Pukaki’s glacial blue waters.

At this point I should introduce our traveling companion: our faithful Toyota (nicknamed Rana since it liked to eat bugs) which performed masterfully over our month plus New Zealand road-trip.

Beautiful views across the lake towards Aoraki (Mt. Cook).


The water was far too cold for swimming, but Jacob took a moment to skip stones across its icy surface.

After lunch we continued on towards Wanaka, passing interesting geology which I felt compelled to document if even through the … Continue reading

“Dreaming” Show Reception

October 11th, 2013

Last week’s artist reception for the Brackenwood Gallery show, “Dreaming,” went off swimmingly. Here are a few looks from what was a truly lovely evening. Thank you again to all who came, it was a great turnout! Your love and support means so much.

Once again, the show features five new paintings by moi, as well as works by a four local artists, and will be up through October 28th.

All photos taken by Jacob.

Fun with reflections:

One of my beautiful models…

…and the other gorgeous gal.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend.… Continue reading

Our Wedding Part 3: Reception, Dinner and Dancing

October 7th, 2013

Well my dear ones, here is the final installment of our wedding photos. I do hope you have enjoyed a glimpse at our wonderful day. Have a listen to our Cocktail Hour playlist as you soak up these last looks, complete with amazing, heartfelt, hysterical toasts and much boogying down.

Don’t forget to click on an image to enlarge it!

Wedding: Cocktail Hour by danielle hendrix on Grooveshark

Our first dance was a waltz to this gorgeous Lykke Li track:

Love Out of Lust by Lykke Li on Grooveshark

I chiseled and honed our dance playlist (set in two parts: family friendly and late night) into a lean, mean machine that had everyone dancing their feet off right until the last notes. If I do say so myself.

Incidentally, one of my best friends and her boyfriend caught the bouquet and garter respectively. He proposed that night. Congrats again Rachel … Continue reading

“Dreaming” Art Opening

October 2nd, 2013

To all my lovely Seattle region readers:
The group show, Dreaming, featuring five of my new paintings opens October 5th in Langley on Whidbey Island, with a private reception on Friday, October 4th, from 5pm-7pm. The show will be held at Brackenwood Gallery. If you have the time and inclination come on by and say hello! The show runs through October 28th, so if you are unable to make the opening, there is still plenty of time to swing by for a look.

Location and contact information for Brackenwood Gallery can be found here.… Continue reading