Thursday, May 03, 2012

Picture Black & White

First plates of my new collection

I've joined another Big Picture Class by the lovely Tracey Clark. This time it's Picture Black & White. I signed up what feels like ages ago and was so pleasantly surprised this morning when the first prompt email was in my inbox. It really couldn't be coming at a better time. I've been feeling a little lost for inspiration lately, a little knotted up in my head, and a little off-center/detached/disconnected. These Picture Series classes of Tracey's always open my eyes up to the beauty in my everyday. I need those kinds of reminders sometimes. (Or else my blog might turn into a constant steam of random Monday drivel and too must self promotion about up coming classes.)

Today I popped into an estate sale that was just around the corner from my studio. It was the second day of the sale, so everything under $25 was half off. I love the second day of estate sales around here! I really liked this one because I found a first for my new collection. (Insert a giant girly grin and hand clapping and tip toe dancing here.) Remember I said I decided to collect lovely, lonely, vintage dishes? I picked myself up a dinner plate and a 3 piece tea setting. The tea set matches itself, but the dinner plate is completely different. I love each and everyone of them and I can't wait to hunt down more!!

When I got home this afternoon, following a few humid hours on the torch that left my cheeks bright pink, I made myself lunch. I knew that a beautiful dish would make lunch worlds more satisfying. I had rosemary olive oil bread with a dollop of fresh ricotta drizzled with honey and cracked black pepper. On the side was a sweet yellow tomato that had a splash of olive oil and vinegar dressing. Now, I am quite convinced every meal needs to be served on a pretty plate.

Wouldn't you agree? And...

Did you see my eyes open up just a little bit there? Did you feel that little wisp of inspiration float by? Did you sense the ease in my shoulders and calm to my heartbeat? I did.

lunch
Lunch

6 comments:

traceyclark said...

yay! this makes me really happy.

Kerry said...

thanks Tracey!! so excited to be apart of the class.

Courtney said...

Love that plate, very cheerful!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

It's fun to have something new to collect. And your lunch looks fab on your new plate. Hmmmm, dishes as inspiration?

Jane Perala said...

You're making me drool all over my keyboard!

Cindy said...

Kerry, I can absolutely see how you are drawn to pretty vintage dishes...I have been there in the past but had to chill out a bit. There are just so many gorgeous old pieces out there looking for a home. Then I focused on blue and white transferware and then simple white ironstone....
The pattern you found is really beautiful. Wow. I just love the red and black and colors together...I can absolutely see some lampwork beads inspired by this pattern!