watercolorWENDESDAY XXXXII

August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

After returning from Copenhagen, I jumped from one adventure to the next.

My next adventure awaited me in the mountains, 6,000ft above sea level in the small mountain town Truckee, California.  This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work for MWA Architects and Engineers, a firm specializing in mountain-inspired design.  I never thought I would find myself in a small town, but after living the city for the last year, the peaceful Sierra mountains were quite a treat.

And as summer begins to fade (why is it getting dark so early!?!)…so does my internship.  To thank MWA, I painted them our office (which was actually designed my boss) clad in rustic wood, recycled corrugated metal and rusted corten steel (mmm…my favorites! Can you see why I loved working with them?).

Its been an educational and relaxing summer, yet I am excited to head back to SLO for my final year!

Thank Truckee for a beautiful summer.

So yet again I find myself saying goodbye to another home…

Vi ses Truckee! Hej San Luis Obispo!

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watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXIX

July 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Howdy from Chapel Hill in Shandon, California!  Two dear friends of mine tied the knot last week and in honor of the site where they were engaged (Chapel Hill), I painted them this memory.  Last October Tim brought Meredith up to Chapel Hill overlooking the grassy hills of Paso Robles and popped the question.  I assume you can figure out that she said yes!

Chapel Hill is a small Catholic chapel outside Paso Robles on the Central Coast of California.  From Highway 46 one can only see a small silhouette of the mission style chapel, but once you make the treck up the hillside you are greeted by this beautiful patio.  Turn around and a view the rolling Central Coast hills awaits you.  Go in the winter when the hills are green and you just might find yourself humming ‘The Hills are Alive.’

Congrats on your marriage Mere and Tim!

watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXVI

May 9, 2012 § 2 Comments

As the semester winds down I spent a mid morning in one of Copenhagen’s beautiful courtyards and captured the sun. We had beautiful weather last week (making it way to hard to work on studio).  Praying for good weather in my next week and a half left here.  Oh my!

watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXV

May 2, 2012 § 3 Comments

Speaking of sunlight, I had to capture the light while visiting Bagsværd Kirke last week.  Bagsværd Kirke is a church in the suburbs of Copenhagen designed by Jørn Utzon.

Ever heard of Utzon?

Well you should have!

He is the mastermind behind the iconic Sydney Opera House and one of Denmark’s most famous architects.

Completed in 1976, the church is a unique example of Scandinavian architecture at its finest.  Using concrete, unfinished wood and tile the church is far from traditional, yet still evokes the ethereal and spiritual with its play of light and form.  The overarching form is in the sanctuary ceiling.  The Nordic light enters from the high ribbon window and swims along a series of folded concrete curves, creating beautiful contrasts and forms.  Here I try to capture the intense contrasts within the space.

A Piece of Paradise

April 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

 

Volcanic rock drapes the cliff side descending into the clear waters further down.  A palette of earthy browns and vegetative greens cloth the rocky hills.  The sun illuminates the rocking basin painting a  glimmering pool below.  

Clusters of colorful villages sprinkled within each bay, each a little world within.

Our Italian adventure ended in along the magical shores of Cinque Terra.  We spent Easter Sunday hiking the hills and in search of the most colorful edificio.

Cinque Terra, the ‘Five Lands’ is a cluster of five remote villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera.  The area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site…I think you can understand why!

Enjoy this piece of paradise.

watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXII

April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

Let’s hop over to Finland for the day and take a look at Alvar Aalto’s Aalto Vase. Exhibited at the 1937 Paris Expo, the vase was an instant classic with its Aalto-organic shape and fine glass sculpting.

I have professed my love for Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto a handful of times before but let me repeat, “I LOVE Alvar Aalto!” For all you non-architecture folk, Alvar Aalto is one of (if not THE) the Nordic’s most influential architects in the 20th century and one of my personal favorites.

I stumbled upon this interesting video describing the design and glass blown process of the Aalto vase that I thought I would share.

kærlighed til min lejlighed

April 8, 2012 § 4 Comments

I will forever remember the squeaks from the door handle, the glass rattling in the bathroom, the upstairs sink bubbling, footsteps trudging up the stairs and the neighbor’s children’s squeals as they get ready for bed.

This place is home.

This is the apartment I love.

At the start of this semester I moved from the suburbs of Copenhagen into the big city and I am soaking up the city life experience.  Runs around the Lakes, coffee in the park and people watching from my balcony (not in a creepy way) are just some of the perks of my new city lifestyle.  Last semester I had the joy of living in the suburbs with a great host family but this semester I decided to switch things up and try life in the capital city.

My new home is a typical beautiful Copenhagen apartment in Østerbro.  Østerbro (translated as ‘east bridge’)  is one of Copenhagen’s five neighborhoods and is considered as the posh (some say boring, I say classy) quarter of Copenhagen.  As my Danish teacher likes to remind me, Østerbro is the only ‘-bro’ that was never once a slum (she lives in Østerbro, if you couldn’t tell).  I share the apartment with my two roommates who are studying at the medical and business schools in Copenhagen.

So I figured before I return to the States (in just a few months– ahh!) I should show you around!  Here are some sneaks of the place that has quickly become my home.

Love for my apartment.

Kærlighed til min lejlighed.

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