Friday, February 27, 2015

Caught My Eye

Happy Friday, all! Has it been a good week? Sorry to unexpectedly go quiet - there are all sorts of fun and exciting things happening around here and new projects and schedules to adjust to!

If you follow on Instagram, you know I've been painting a sketch a day of a photo that inspires me - it's been so much fun that I wanted to start something similar for the blog. There is so much out there in blogland that is interesting and lovely, so much that captures the gaze and the imagination...

Starting today, I'll be on the look out for something that catches my eye. Not every day or any particular theme - just every once in a while when something makes me stop and take a breath. When there's something that begs a question or that I just have to paint.

Let's start with Tina from The Enchanted Home who compiled a lovely homage to Carolyne Roehm earlier this week... no matter how often we see them, Ms. Roehm's tablescapes and flowers never fail to inspire. They always make me want to pull out my best china and throw a party.

But the photo that caught my eye over at Tina's was of a more simple table setting. Mostly white.... a few white tulips arranged in a tureen... not too fancy. No over-the-top burst of blooms. No priceless blue and white ginger jars lined up like soldiers at attention. Only a few plates set. Just something pretty enough for every day. For me it was a reminder that a little bit of beauty goes a long way, even if there are no guests coming to dine... that as fun as it is to pull out all the stops, sometimes the simplest things resonate then most. 

What do you think? Do you like to set a pretty table even if it's just for one or two? What are your thoughts on the idea that sometimes the simpler, the better? I'd love to know.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! XOXO


  1. Jeanne,
    I must admit that image took my breath away and my white linens are ready to set a table full of simplicity!
    Adore all white and how fresh does that table look for a little dinner party or brunch!

  2. This photo caught your eye, but YOU caught its essence so beautifully, Jeanne! Thank you for the brightness you share. You are so talented! Anita

  3. Gorgeous!! I love it even more as a really do have a beautiful eye Jeanne. Thanks for the mention and you are so right, every one of her pictures makes me want to plan a party and set a beautiful table! Thank you for sharing and hope you have a fabulous weekend.

  4. What a simple and pretty idea for Easter. Love bunnies and baskets but this is so fresh!

  5. YOU need to POP over to my new site!DO I like to set a ask!WHY YES I DO !!
    Love Carolyne Roehm.Have all HER BOOKS..............even one signed to me from HER!YOU remind me a tad bit of HER.Do you remember her clothing?SWOON WORTHY!
    Can't wait to hear and SEE what your up too!XX

  6. Add me to the list of those who can't wait to be in the know! ;) I am sure that you will bring your talent, taste and intelligence to any new project in front of you...
    Bon Weekend et Bisous!

  7. Jeanne I love all of the beauty you capture. Oh and yes, even for two I set the table with linens and light candles, etc! It just makes a meal so much nicer! Have a wonderful weekend. I will be watching House of Cards!

    The Arts by Karena

  8. Always the simpler the better for me, Jeanne...your sketch is gorgeous...and a little bit of beauty does indeed go a long way ;)
    Happy Weekend xx

  9. The painting is even more beautiful, Jeanne. Just gorgeous.
    I have been enjoying your work!

  10. While we would prefer to set a lovely table every time we dine, the effort gets lost on the boys so we wait until special occasions or dinner for two... As always, you're work is inspiring, Jeanne.
    C + C

  11. So pretty. Both of you are talented and I especially love the water color.

  12. This is lovely Jeanne, you not only captured, but improved the beauty of the table setting. Look forward to see what else catches your eye



  13. Oh my gosh! I am so excited about this! I'm going to be more diligent about my Instagram now that I know you're doing this. What a pretty project. I love this photo. I just love a beautiful table setting, but I don't take enough time to create them... If you can sketch every day, I can set my table, right? Happy weekend!

  14. I agree that sometimes less is more. I will have to look for you on instagram. Do you sell your illustrations? They are gorgeous!

    Deb xo

  15. I love setting the table with flowers even if I'm dining alone. Beautiful painting

  16. i'm crazy about that tablescape, jeanne. parfait! i haven't set a pretty table lately so i soooo appreciate seeing your gorgeous designs. hope your weekend was lovely, lovely. peace.



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