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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Longing for Sunny Tropical Views

I know, I know, it's the last day of January and so far I have themed the window views on this blog with the season. But right now I look out the window and the trees are bare, the sky is clouded, and I find myself wishing I was on an tropical island.

The artist Lynn Fecteau is just the person to transport us there, with her delightful paintings of exotic scenes glimpsed through open windows. So let us again let in the warm tropical breeze and drink in the scent of beautiful blooms.

This lovely scene, titled Passion and Coconuts, is classic Fecteau with her wide white-painted window frame on the ledge of which we find a couple of magnificent seashells and a red flower.

Passion and Coconuts
Passion and Coconuts is available from Allposters.com

A large pink flower (is it a hibiscus, do you think?) is almost spilling into the room from its spot beneath the window, where it is clustered with other lovely flowers. This accommodation is perfectly situated right on the seashore, with a view of a strip of white sand and that dazzling turquoise ocean. A palm tree offers some welcome shade and you can almost hear the rustle of the breeze as you imagine the wispy white clouds floating over the water.

Yes, this view would do very nicely this time of year to bring hope of sunnier days and lift our spirits when the clouds blot out the sunshine as they have done today. What a scene to wake up to in a bedroom, or to have above a desk. It couldn't be easier to imagine yourself for a moment living the tropical lifestyle

Fecteau's work is available on AllPosters and is generously sized at 36 by 24 inches. You have the usual choice of mounting on wood, laminating or transferring this art print to canvas, and can preview each of those options on the AllPosters site. It also looks stunning in a frame and there are 15 to choose from, each perfectly sized for the print.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Cat in Window on a Winter's Day

At this time of year many of us in the northern hemisphere, or at least those of us at the top of it, begin to feel sun-starved.

We could learn a lesson from cats. Have you ever noticed their ability to seek out the merest scrap of sun and soak it up? If there is a sunny patch to be found in the house, chances are that is where you will find the cat!

The cat in this painting, which is appropriately called Winter Solace, has certainly got that knack for making the most of even the weakest winter sunshine. Curled up on a window ledge, it is enjoying the warmth of sunlight on its fur, steadfastly ignoring the birds flying past outside.

Winter Solace
Winter Solace is available at Allposters.com.

To tell the truth, there's not all that much to see out of this window, some ragged snow and bare trees form the landscape. However, as any cat lover will agree, who needs a view when there is a beautiful feline friend to admire. Just don't expect to be allowed to share the warmth of the sunshine!

Winter Solace was painted by Ben Watson, an artist who uses a subdued palette and often creates stark contrasts in his work. This print is available in a variety of sizes as a giclee or canvas print and can be framed or mounted as you prefer.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Winter View from Old Fashioned Window

Happy New Year and all the best for the coming year. This is not the easiest time of year, the days are still short and the weather in many of our countries is harsh and cold. But even in winter weather there is beauty, as today's window view poster shows.

In this window photography the scene outside is of a chilly day, snow falling thick and deep over a garden and the large tree that grows in it. This wintery day is brightened only by the pair of colorful glass soda siphon bottles, one in green glass and one in a pretty pale blue.

View Through a Window Looking out at the Snow

View Through a Window Looking out at the Snow is available from Allposters.com.

This image made me think. Like the glass that adds cheer to bleak winter weather which otherwise makes the world seem drab, you have to look for glimpses of beauty. Garden birds adding flashes of color when the flowers are hidden beneath the soil. A patch of blue revealed in a cloudy sky. A stray ray of sunlight giving a little warmth.

And isn't it the very fact that these things are hider to find at this time of year that makes us treasure them? Sometimes we don't see the riches we have until they are removed from us.

Of course, if you live in a warmer climate you may not have to look so hard for these uplifting treasures that nature offers us. But all of us can add our own colorful touches like this bright and cheerful glass to our own windows and living spaces to lift our hearts on the dullest days.

Notes on the photography: This image was photographed by Stephen St. John, a photographer who has an eye for the unusual and surprising in everyday nature and manmade scenes.