About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

An Interview with Laura E. Pritchett

Photos by Laura E. Pritchett

Links of Interest

October is here already and 2012 seems like a blur with life seeming like it’s passing by at 100mph! Who’s ready for a new month and a new interview? I’m ecstatic to share some wonderful photos by artist Laura E. Pritchett, whose photos immediately caught my eye on instagram.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on discoverpaper.com

To say Laura’s photos are a marvel would be a huge understatement. Each photo she captures (with her phone!) is a masterful work of art full of rich colors, liveliness, and an overwhelming sense of peace. Read on and get to know Laura a little bit more with her interview and be sure to follow Laura on instagram — she goes by the username “bythebrush” — and have a look around at her lovely artwork, too.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Southern, DE and am primarily self-taught as an oil painter. I have been pursuing art since childhood and began receiving portrait commissions around 14 years old. Currently, I am working on a figure series and preparing for gallery representation.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

How would you describe your artistic style?
I hope it simply feels alive.

In paintings, I’m allowing my brush strokes to relax more and more to help create the energy that I want. I find that in my photos I apply tilt-shift in an effort to achieve a similar result. Several people have mentioned lately that I have a cinematic style – which was something I had not considered at the start, but does express my love of capturing action.

photos by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

Who are some of your artistic influences?
I learn from many current realist painters, but am also drawn to the moodiness and controlled tones of Andrew Wyeth. I love Vermeer’s light and Monet’s palette, but I cannot choose a favorite artist. I learn from everyone. Certain music can affect me as much as visual arts do – anyone who helps me to experience life to a new dimension is an influence.

What’s one of your favorite photos you’ve captured with your phone?

photo by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

A recent photo that I captioned “awe” is a current favorite because it was clearly God’s doing — I merely set the self-timer app to snap the photo. That sky was just something I could only stand in awe of and is a scene I am powerless to properly re-create (though I’ll probably try!).

What are three of your desert island must-haves?
I really only have one “desert island must-have:” my husband Nicholas. I’m sure that together we could figure out how to either happily survive there or get back home (smile).

What are a few things you love about nature?
I love the day-to-day unpredictability of nature, the fact that we still have so little control over it, the ability it has to spellbind me with its beauty and remind me that I am very small.

photo by Laura E. Pritchett / featured on dearestnature.com

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

The Coastal Collection by The Homeground

Coastal no. 11 by The Homeground

Brittany Campbell of The Homeground (whom we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and getting to know) recently unveiled some dreamy photos of her coastal collection captured by Abbey Moore.

The Coastal Collection by The Homeground / featured on dearestnature.com

I spied some lovely photos over at Bonnie Forkner’s blog Going Home to Roost, who teamed up with The Homeground and are offering a sweet discount to (20% off purchases over $25 at The Homeground) to members of Bonnie’s recently launched The Roost Tribe.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

My Cup of Tea (Towels)

One of my favorite types of gifts to give during the holidays is tea towels and they’re always well-received by aunts and great-aunts. It seems kind of early to be thinking about Christmas already, but here we are officially in the fall and just about 90 days until gift-exchanging extravaganza time.

Here are a few tea towels that have recently caught my eye and that I’m thinking of giving myself for Christmas, too, or at least directing the Mr. to this post as a hint to what I want this Christmas!

tea towels featured on dearestnature.com

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Kate & Birdie Fall Designs

Park bench notebook by Kate & Birdie

I’m so anxious for fall to arrive! Can’t wait to cozy up to a warm fire with a good book in hand as soon as the temperatures begin to drop … even if they only drop 10 or 15 degrees!

The wonderful folks over at Kate & Birdie have a line of some of the loveliest paper goods perfect for the fall season. I’m in total love (okay, lust) with their peach berries wrapping paper (you probably haven’t seen the last of peaches on the blog yet).

Kate & Birdie cards and gift wrap / featured on dearestnature.com

And who says you have to wait until the holidays to send a card? Happiness can come in many forms, especially sending an unexpected greeting in the the mail. Hop over to Kate & Birdie and scoop up a little happiness to send to your loved ones this fall.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Color Crush: The Sea

The ocean and some of its inhabitants have been making quite an appearance on the blog lately, hasn’t it? Ever since I started planning my daughter’s ocean-themed birthday party, I’ve been kind of obsessed with various shades of greens and blues, the kind that can only be purely produced by the ocean.

colors of the sea / featured on dearestnature.com

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.