Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
“A picture is a poem without words,” Horace
It is said that art as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Admittedly, I have never been an art curator. I appreciate the artistic renderings found in friend’s and my family’s homes, however, over the years, I most often filled my walls with beautifully framed family photos from my ancestors to my children.
I went through my phase of Sid Dickens tiles filling my walls to antique mirrors to cover empty spaces.
I have always been drawn to color, rich, deep tones that warm the insides, especially during Seattle’s gloomy winter months. I have collected and framed oil renditions from street vendors on my travels, The Piazza Navone in Rome, to New York City scenes.
This past summer, my boyfriend, Eric and I were dining at St. Clouds Restaurant and my eye fixated on a feature artist on display.
It was a portrait of a couple dancing, perfectly choreographed in tones and intimacy. “A picture is a poem without words.” Eric shared that the artist was a local talent, Willow Bader and seeing that he is an accomplished guitarist and jazz enthusiast, he had a few of her musically inspired pieces in his home. I immediately sensed the familiarity and recalled one he has in his office of a band at El Gaucho restaurant.
I visited Willow’s studio and commissioned a piece, I named, Satisfied. Willow came to my home after a dinner party this past December celebrating Michelle Peacock’s 50th birthday and recreated my table. I am beyond thrilled with the final product. The napkins spent on the china, the gold rimmed water glasses, polished off bottle of Rombauer, colorful glassy baby candles, pencils from a game we played, called How Well Do You Know the Birthday Girl?, all set upon my crimson table cloth, which now hangs in my dining room. I fondly recall the night and this reminds me that life is a banquet, so be satisfied.
If you visit Willow’s website willowbader.com you will learn about her encaustic paintings and art of the Good Life. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting involves using heated wax to which colored pigments are added. Willow’s work includes paintings about dance, music, food, wine, lovers, flowers and more… Each day as I walk past my commission, I am satisfied! And somethings are too good not to share.