Elizabeth's 30th birthday present did exactly that, and now that it is finally hanging on the wall in our bedroom, we wanted to share a bit about how it ended up meaning way more than we initially thought.
We have a nasty little habit of going on major vacations and coming home with new art for our home. It started pretty small; proofs of a zebra striped lion and a sea horse from an art fair in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A set of hand painted greeting cards from the Portland Saturday Market. A multicolored pineapple print from the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet on Oahu. Browsing through art fairs and galleries is a pretty consistent staple on our vacations and it seemed to culminate with convincing each other to come home from Waikiki with an original work by Chris DeRubeis that found a home in the dinning area of our condo.
Art on the walls of Casa Fiorani Thoma
In July, we spent a week on the big island of Hawaii during our last big trip before beastie arrives. In addition to swimming with dolphins, hiking through volcanic craters, and watching amazing sunsets, we also spent some time browsing the various galleries in and around Kona. We were pretty set on not coming home with another big piece on this trip, but we still love to look.
A stroll through the "Pacific Art Gallery" brought us upon a collection of canvases and prints by Fabio Napoleoni that really grabbed our attention. Fabio uses vivid colors and characters to capture what he describes as "Nostalgia, sorrow, and moments that lift the soul".
|"The Biggest Gift of All"|
|"Good Things Come to Those Who Wait"|
|"I Want the World to Know"|
|"On My Mind"|
Print in hand, Chris was thrilled, but slightly annoyed he had to wait so long to give it to Elizabeth, get it framed and put it up on the wall. Then a week or so before Elizabeth's birthday, we had the second trimester ultrasound and found out about beastie's defect. Neither of us had any idea how much meaning the painting would have for us when we were standing in the gallery in Kona months earlier, but this painting reached straight into our hearts and wouldn't let go. It perfectly capture the sorrow, the hope, and the love we experienced on our journey so far with our little beastie, and now means more than we ever knew it would, or could.
After things settled down a bit, we found a local fame shop to get it professionally framed; Michaels was simply not going to do for this one! It seemed like we went through a hundred fame options, but we found a frame and accent we thought we liked, and began the waiting process for the job to be done. The final product looks incredible, and looks amazing hanging over our bed. We can't wait to share the story behind the piece with the little beastie when he is old enough!
|"Straight to Your Heart" Limited Edition # 41 / 77|