Joelle Somero

art, artist, abstract-art, abstract-painter, vancouver, interior-decor, inspiration

Our world is one that rewards people for conformity. We like people who share our views. We are comforted by people’s appreciation of our good taste and acceptance of our choices. Have you ever felt edgy stepping outside your comfort zone? Wondered what people would say? How they would react if you made choices your family and peers did not understand? Here’s someone who did.

 Meet JOELLE SOMERO: Abstract Artist

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Why does a representational artist choose to paint abstract? It is a question I never considered until I met Joelle and her honest answer delights me.

For years Joelle painted representational work – realistic paintings that people could relate to … everyone that is, except Joelle.

“I wasn’t having fun painting realism anymore”.

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Her move to abstract art began when Joelle stepped past fear and allowed vulnerability to guide her creativity. She began painting abstracts.

And then this happened …

Joelle made and hung a pair of canvas curtains.

Inspired by the texture of the remnants she began glueing them to a stretched canvas as an experiment.

It’s an experiment that unknowingly served as a prototype for what would become Joelle’s Abstract Collage series. Joelle paints abstract oil paintings in neutral, natural colours with a duck cloth collage foundation.

Duck cloth is a high thread count canvas.

Joelle’s love for Abstract Collage grew and so did the practical reasons for this artistic expression. Unlike painting, collage allows this artist the ability to start and stop as necessary to accommodate her busy life as a mom to four children. It allows her to be equally present for her family and to her art.

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What I like: These works of neutral, layered texture are attractive in both modern and classic interiors.

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These works lend nuanced texture to neutral design and decor and offer serenity to bolder interiors.

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Read about the commission process at www.joellesomero.com Or reach out to me, Catherine, for an introduction.

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– Joelle is an abstract collage artist and an interior designer. She lives in Marquette, Michigan with her husband and four children. –

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Country Life | one city girl’s dream

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linen apron | Made on 23rd

I grew up in a suburb of Toronto. And I remember, very clearly, visiting dear family friends in the city. It was just the two of them. No children in the house. It was an urban house for sure. An old painted brick home modernized on the inside • open-concept • light-filled • comfy contemporary furniture and white walls with scarcely a thing on them. It’s likely my first real thought about interiors and how people live in them. I remember going shopping with my uncle. Only a block away. No car ride! It wasn’t a grocery store either. There were shops. Little shops! One for bread. One for meat. And another for veggies. There were more! A wine shop. Flowers. Pastries. All this, only one block from their home on a leafy quiet urban street. I knew in that instant that I wanted to live like them.

linen ribbon | Made on 23rd

So here’s the thing. I am a city-girl. I have lived in the city all my adult life because of that experience. I’m thinking I’ll always be a city-girl but there is something so darn special about the country! And when I visit I dream of what it would be like to live with all that open space and rustic charm.

This post was inspired by a recent visit to the Made on 23rd studio in Vancouver, WA  • a design workshop specializing in high quality hand-crafted textiles for the home. The founder, Deb Spofford, recently launched a new line called Fresh Linen. I’m delighted to say that I own almost every piece in this new collection!

Fresh Linen will hit the Made on 23rd online shop soon! European linen aprons, tea towels, table runners and ribbons for everyday use.

Sonos Smart System Offers Big Sound For Small Spaces

Speakers The Size Of Bungalows – be gone!

What if you could have a compact sound system that eliminated the need for heavy speakers, cables and wires while delivering great sound? You can.

Image courtesy of SONOS
Image courtesy of SONOS

Wireless speakers are here and I have them.

“Sonos is a smart system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components. It unites your digital music collection in one app that you control from any device.”

Control music from any room in your home with your own phone, tablet or computer. Sonos is Mac, Android and Windows compatible. Group speakers for seamless streaming throughout your home or uncouple them for varied listening options in different spaces. Continue reading “Sonos Smart System Offers Big Sound For Small Spaces”