Saturday, September 13, 2014

Metropolitan Museum NYC

 Hello, dear creatives! First of all, thank you! I cannot even begin to describe how much all of your comments on my blog lately have meant to me.  The fact that you are willing to share your encouragement is so inspiring to me.  Being an artist (freelance) is challenging in a lot of ways, but the support of the art community and friends is amazing! It is unlike anything else I have experienced.

Next, from now until Thanksgiving I will be posting about my art related trips to various cities and museums.  It will be my diaries of self-proclaimed expert from the art field :) Over the last few years I traveled all over the world and always made time to visit the galleries, museums, or art studios. As I reviewed the pictures and experiences it has put me in reflective mood and I want to share some of that with you.

Each weekend I will focus on a different museum or a different artist that I admire.  From modern/contemporary to the big (and maybe small) names in art and fashion design... anyone who set out to use the paintbrush, palette, hands and heart to make a creative living.

The first stop is New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I just added some new creations to my NYC collection of ongoing illustrations :).   It was such a great experience to see one of the world's fashion icon's work - Alexander McQueen.   Please excuse my silly photos.... I can't help it... visiting the museums and galleries is for me the same experience as a kid in an amusement park
Have you ever felt like that?
Degas - I think every museum I visited has one of this little dancer
Monet - my inspiration ... never tired to look
Andy ... what a prolific artist! another favorite
We each have an unique way of seeing that which is surrounding us. Depending on where we focus and at what angle can lead to varied perspectives.... so in the same picture we can see different things or meanings.  Some of us focus on details, but some will be looking at the large picture.  I remind myself to take a different view, stand back, refocus the eyes, then come back and look again -  just like this artist who is copying a master in the museum. I spent many years studying and practicing classical art in Russia.  The object in one class was to restore and and copy masterpieces of some of the great, classical artists.   
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Seeing Alexander McQueen's collection of Savage Beauty was so amazing I can't even describe in words, such a bummer that it was prohibited to be photographed. So, here is a link to the Met article about this exhibit - let me know what do you think?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Washington, DC Inspired Collection

Hello my friends, I know what are you thinking.... it's not the 4th of July yet.... but I like to say I have reason to make this post honoring those who we lost during 9/11 - Never Forget and Always Remember - History's challenges and failures should be something we learn from, understand, and never repeat!
This picture was sent to me from a recent buyer from San Diego, CA. Thank you Brian and I hope you enjoy my artwork for many years to come! Actually, I sold three paintings from United series this month. The Collection inspired by my trip to Washington, D.C. (and New York) and the artwork of American expressionist painter Jasper Johns.  I always admired Jasper Johns magnificent work and seeing it in the National Gallery was such a treat.  I think every American should have the opportunity to visit our Nation's Capital once in their lifetime. The magnitude of the Memorials and significance of the Museums will inspire and influence my work for many years to come.  This is why I still enjoy creating the series entitled "United".  So far I have sold all 25 pieces from this collection and will be happy to add more piece  to this collection this week.
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P.S. I will have to spend more time to preparing and organizing my photos from my DC trip and by the end of this week I will post them .... if nothing happens :)  Do you have an inspirational story to share, if so, please share with me in comments! I would love to hear from you ... always!
with love,

Monday, August 25, 2014

California - Part 2

Hello lovelies! I'm going to keep this sweet and short, because I'm swamped with many custom orders, sales, packing, ordering new supplies, and freelance work. Also, I'm very excited about my new collection that I can't wait to reveal!  Here are some photos from my California trip to inspire you for your next vacation perhaps:)
1. Malibu, CA - peaceful view and delicious seafood.
Chardonnay from local winery delicious 
oysters at Malibu pier 

view from Malibu pier

Old Mission at Santa Barbara, CA 
2. Santa Barbara, CA- Getting away this fall season? I would love to return to Santa Barbara one more time.... the lovely weather, art, wine, spanish architecture are endless sources of inspiration.  I visited the local Santa Barbara Museum and was happy surprised by lovely contemporary collection of Mark Chagall, but unfortunately that the only on room you not allow to take photos)

What is your dream destination? I would love to travel to Europe with this nice blouse (map of Paris)  I and my friend found them in Anthropology... I see myself strolling through the airport and heading to Europe.... love that idea:)
A girl should dream ... right?
And last but not least, here is a new watercolor illustration I completed last week inspired by my summer trips. More in my store this week. So, go ahead and dream of your next vacation and make it happen! My bags are always packed and ready to go!

with love,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Southern California Places to See..... Part I

Hello my lovelies! I missed you my blogging friends....We just got back from a week long vacation in California. What incredible golf courses, magnificent views from the mountains, cool breezes from the Pacific ocean and sweet ( with abundance) wineries. This is my seventh time to visit Southern California and I definitely tried to explore new places and continued to try overcome my fears of heights :) Being from the flat land of Florida it was a nice for change. We loved our time!

Here is just a glimpse of my favorite CA places according to my cellphone:

1st stop in Ojai, CA

    Here is a link to OJAI Valley Inn and Spa for accommodation if this is inspired you:) Golf anyone?

I truly feel that our vacation spending quality time together, just focusing on each other, and also getting to see my best friend is so life affirming. I'm so happy my husband and I took time out of our busy schedule and made such special memories. It was a magical and relaxing time!

Now that we are back, it seems like work is calling and I will be busy for awhile to complete a few projects (from a waiting list) and also I will add more pictures from my CA trip ....................

so stay tuned for new pictures, art, news, and wonderful exploration! 
Cheers, Lana

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Take Time To Enjoy Your Summer

There's something about summer that causes you to pause. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's that the screen porch is open for business...but I've been taking a little time for myself this past week to celebrate fourth of July with family. I'll be traveling to the west coast in the middle of July to spend even more time with family and friends. I've decided that July needs to be a little slower paced for me as I catch my breath from an amazing first half of the year. I'm going to do new collection and expand my studio (it is time:). My wonderful husband has agreed to part with his beautiful billiard table so that I can have a new, huge art studio! I have commissions to finish and a workshop to prepare for, but I'll also be drinking green tea with lemon and enjoying some new respite. During this year I followed so many talented ladies from different parts of the world and they shared so many of their delicious creations ... so I decided this is time to try my favorites from them! From Germany by Duni:

I want to thank all of you who have supported my art, my humble writing here and most of all my life. I'm doing good....more than good..... I'm in the happiest place in my life: doing what I love and loving what I'm doing!  

I'm celebrating my second year of selling on Etsy this month and I offer a little gift for you to enjoy. Summer Sale at LanasArt - grab a bundle of prints or originals and use coupon code "ART2014" for your 10 % off your entire order!

Here's a piece I created a few weeks back but seems appropriate for view now from my "Tulip-mania" series 18" x 36"  and available in my Gallery on Saatchi Art now.
Tulip-Mania by Lana Moes
Take time to enjoy your summer! And if you are from the Santa Barbara, CA area please let me know what is your favorite place or thing to do there..... I have a few ideas for my  upcoming trip, but I need more:) 
Cheers, Lana

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Last Week News and Latest Updates

Hello Lovelies,

I got personal note from the Hopper catalog manager about including my post in a recent feature about SLS Hotel South Beach on Hopper (Hopper catalogs the best travel-related content on the web to help travelers find inspiration and advice from knowledgeable bloggers)

It is exciting to know that some of my humble experiences are sometimes noticed and published for larger views.  My regular readers may remember my December anniversary trip to Miami and this post. Thank you and Happy Travel to all!

Also, Society6 has selected and featured my print "Color Me Pretty Pink" at Society6 shop.
So, I've added some new art there and created some new products as well. Thank you for promotion team Society6!

I had a gorgeous spa treatment while my husband enjoyed his golf during our father day(s) stay at Ponte Vedra Resort. It is a sweet vacation place for the whole family and I'm looking forward to sharing more pictures with you in my next blog post. This place was established in 1928 and I think they still manage to project a relaxing and fun atmosphere, with is great for a family reunion or just plain rest and relaxation! 

Also check my post from last year....

New watercolors - romantic collection 
Seems like every new commission or trip I take inspires me to a new collection or new ideas. How about you? Where do you get your inspirations and how do you manage your creative impulses.... share share your comments with me ...
                                                               xx, Lana

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Atlantic Ocean - Tropical Vacation

Sometimes, we all need a getaway! Hello darlings!
Nothing beats sunny beaches, turquoise water and drinks with umbrellas. But unfortunately, not all of us can drop everything and enjoy a spur-of-the-moment cruise vacation. Thanks to my darling and my flexible schedule, we are so lucky to be able to take  a few days and get on the cruise ship almost any time. So for people in offices with less idyllic views, I dedicate these inspirational pictures.  Through magic social media including Facebook we can go on virtual vacations and the best part is you don't have to pay for it.  So scroll through these exotic picturesque shots from my iphone ... and take a break from the grind and look at the clear water, abundance of sun, and the lovely coconut trees. What a calm lifestyle the locals must enjoy!  

The first day of any of my visits to the Bahamas (and this was was my fourth time)  is dedicated to planting my feet in the water, reading a book, sketching a little and soaking up the sunshine and keeping cool with lots of ocean swimming!  
I can practically smell the air and feel the sand between my toes just thinking about it.  The Bahamas islands have some of my favorite adventurous things: which for me includes wave-runners.  I don’t discriminate though, I love all that the islands have to offer equally.  And of course, snorkeling is always involved.   
(I used to work as a snorkel camp instructor during the summer months just a few years back)  

Nothing quite like seeing the fish, corals, and starfish you’re swimming around with!

We took our time exploring the city of Nassau seeing many small shops and restaurants.  The sites of the city and surrounding countryside were readily available to capture for creative inspiration.  I love the islands for their warm turquoise waters, the lush tropics, and the variation of experiences available to relax and stay away from a social media:) 

This is truly something you need to experience in our busy days!  Today I’m busting out some of our vacation snapshots and I noticed these pictures can't do justice to the beautiful tropical atmosphere
So, I’ll be posting more later of the art I saw there and hopefully inspiring your next vacation! 

How is you summer treat you so far? 
                                              xx, Lana