Sunday, August 24, 2008


I am really excited. For the past year I have had this big blank space on the wall above my bed. I have purposefully kept it blank because I knew I wanted to find the "perfect" something to hang there. It would be the first thing I (or other people) would see when they walked into my room. I've gone back and forth about what to put there (framed pictures? a painting? and of what?) until finally I decided what I really wanted was an ocean picture. I love living near the ocean and I love sunsets, so what if I could find a picture that had both?

I've been keeping my eye out for one (either photograph or painting) for awhile now...but the search is over. This weekend, sister Liz and a couple friends came to visit and we went surfing on Saturday. As we came up the stairs with our boards, we noticed a guy was selling paintings on the street. And they were beautiful! All of them had the ocean in it somehow.

There was one specifically that caught my eye. It had yellows and blues, just like my bed comforter. And it was a sunset at the beach! Perf! So we chatted with the guy. He was super nice. His name is Brook and he lives 8 months in this area and the other 4 months of every year in Bali (Indonesian island). He has a house there and he sits on his balcony every day and paints. Amazing!

He also showed us pictures from Bali. It looks so beautiful. There are pictures of him on his balcony looking out at the ocean and painting. And then he showed us pictures of how he and some other men in the village hand-carve the frames for his paintings. The frames are worth the price alone! They are so cool looking.

After we chatted awhile, I finally pointed to the one I liked and he packaged it up for me. I was so glad I finally found something great to put on my boring, blank, white wall. And I felt good supporting a local artist.

I took it home and nailed it up.

I love it.

What do you guys think?


Emily Bertholic said...

I think it is absolutely beautiful! Good taste, and a great find. =)

Amy said...

I love it, I love the golden yellows and the gorgeous blues! Isn't it fun to wait and find what you really love!

Amanda said...

I love this!! It's so beautiful.