We’re nearing the shortest day of the year and we’ve reached a grim milestone in our tragic Coronavirus disease losses. However, with this week’s first vaccinations administered in the States, a ray of hope has arrived. The altered course of this global tribulation is on the horizon.
In my everyday, there are a few, simple things that help get me through. Here are some images from Instagram that have sparked something in me over these long and challenging months. I’ve noticed a common thread. The images that resonate with me during these burdensome times carry the mark of the human hand. Created colors. Flowers that have taken shape on a raw canvas. The human form as recorded by the human hand. The heart of a home, the kitchen, bursting with color, or warmly monochrome with earthenware and organic material. The hope is always there, simply waiting to be seen. May you find some of your own.
(In researching the name for this post, I learned about Darkness into Light; a 2009 fundraising walk in Dublin to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. The organization and its annual walk are alive today, and feels aptly relevant.)
Christmas installation by Shane Connolly & Co.
Edward Wolfe (1897-1982), Still Life with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit, The World of Interiors’ Instagram.
Finial from Oak Spring Garden Foundation designed by jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger in the early 1960’s, restored and on permanent display.
Artist Henry Taylor paints novelist Zadie Smith.
A bright and Giverny-reminiscent kitchen in Milan by Nicolo Castellini Baldissera.
I’d be happy in any of DeVOL’s kitchens.
Peter Dunham Textiles recently reposted his charming little cocoon of a room that captivated me years ago when I first saw it.