All About You, Love

If I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.— James Joyce


Opening yourself up to love means the world around you changes. This evening subtle light seems to almost change the time, with first glances onto enchanting new feelings. A late dessert, as the best feature of a lovely night, is set against a retro story that reminds how old and simple happiness is. I love you.

Art, like love, elevates our spirits and invigorates our lives. Fondly passionate about the 60s and 70s—the creative influence of this lovely dessert—I was especially excited to create a contemplative feeling of those times. My photographic and film explorations have always led to searching a deep expression in art, an expression that cultivates a sense of time and place. I often feel creatively inspired by the beauty of the past times, and use the spirit of a particular era to tell the story of what it represents to me. Reimagining the timeless spirit of art and love with photography can only create a beautiful image of the romantic, the creative, the spiritual, the intellectual and universal of life itself. Love graciously and always!

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Sweet Comfort Doughnuts and Communication Arts Feature

Happy new year, everyone! I'm back to share a homemade doughnuts recipe and a new collaboration that I'm very proud of. For starters, I know doughnuts seem to require a lot of work,  but this isn't always the truth. Doughnuts are always great, and such a humble snack to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Yet, there are so many ways to give a twist to the classic profile, like this mix of spices made of ginger, cloves and cinnamon, that I love to use on sweet little desserts I'm making at home. If this combination tempts you, then you are in the right place to give it a try.

I am also so honored to have taken part in sharing What Liberty Ate magazine and my insights on food photography and styling for the newest January/February of Communication Arts magazine. When Monica Kass Rogers contacted me in fall for an opportunity to be interviewed on the emerging trends in food photography, I was so thrilled, since I was a regular reader of Communication Arts. I have to thank Monica for including me, alongside other great artists, in this article, and writing a great piece on what is defining food photography today, and how artists and magazines approach the styling aspect of it.

I know that 2015 has been a challenging year for me, with lots of travel and exciting new projects, and the release of Florilegium magazine meant so much work, responsibility, diligence and creativity, and now I am so happy to see that it has taken a very exciting turn. But, I will share more about this soon with you all! Meantime, I have this doughnuts recipe, photos and a living still, to celebration the start of a new year!

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Forbes and Pancakes with Blueberries and Peaches to Celebrate 5 Years of Blogging

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” Edward Abbey

Time is such a slippery notion. We love celebrating it when we feel excited about what it has brought with it, and we're fearing its passage when we want it to stand still. So, every July I am looking back at the past, interested to see how these fragments of time, essentially memories, construct and enrich our experiences and help us moving forward.

This blog has continued to exist because of my passion to create pieces of art that could inspire and produce good feelings in me as an artist, and you as a viewer. But beyond just art, this blog has been also a place to share stories, encouragements, struggles for others to see and hear, who might need that extra kick to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. This blog has been a journey because it grew up alongside me, while trying to attain a true sense of purpose in life. Looking for that freedom in life, you name it - to think, to act, to simply exist -, is requiring not only a lot of courage, but comes with a lot of struggles to overcome. Following your own dreams is not easy, but when you feel that sense of purpose in you, you feel you can do it no matter what it takes or how hard it might seem.

And thus, I was so excited to share my journey story with Forbes Life magazine! I was so grateful to Diana-Florina Cosmin, the editor-in-chief of Forbes Life, Up by Forbes and Forbes Romania, for this inspiring cover story in which I shared from where I came from, how I had to overcome the challenges that I stumbled upon, and how to keep believing in yourself. Many may tell you that you can't do it, won't believe in you, but there is no other better person to believe in you than yourself. It is because of this obstinacy to believe that there is something better out there for me, that SCAD happened and everything that came with it. Today, I am celebrating not only this 5th anniversary, but also all the sacrifices I took to be here today, and joy sharing my stories with Forbes, SCAD and all of you who appreciate my work. Enjoy your Sunday and these Georgia inspired pancakes!

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