Returning to A Place Called Home

Patricia van Essche and her delightful illustrations are always a breath of fresh air here at The Lisa Porter Collection. You can imagine how thrilled I was this evening to find that she is the Chic Illustrator of the Week in the digital publication of
Town & Country magazine! 
Congratulations Patricia ~ XO 

Home illustration by pve design.

"They always ask,
'Hey mom, do you like doing that? How much are you getting paid for that'!"

Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin
Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin

"I hope I give them a good lesson for the future when I tell them often:
learn to love what you do and it will love you back!" pve

These wonderful words of wisdom are from the lovely & talented wife, mother & artist Patricia van Essche, seen here with her three children who ask really great questions!

Patricia van Essche and her children

Patricia's incredible art has me thinking about how each one of us has in a corner of our memory, a place that we once called home. 

Home illustration by pve design.

These homes are the safety deposit boxes of our memories.  Loving marriages, great parties, happy childhoods and long held family traditions.
Home illustration by pve design.

Some families live in a home for a little while and some families live in a home forever!  Either way, feelings of security and emotional comfort grow naturally from the sights, sounds & scents of the familiar.

Home illustration by pve design. 
With each home that my husband and I have lived in, I have certain distinct memories.  I can close my eyes and visualize bringing home our newborn babies, the smell of rising bread, the feel of beach sand on the kitchen floor, the sound of my daughters voice as she comes through the door, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn by my son.

Home illustration by pve design.

Our move from California to Kentucky was a biggie!  In the last ten years, so much good life has been lived here. I'll always hang on to memories of planting my first garden & the day a brand new puppy named Gracie arrived.

"Home is where the heart is and when a commission comes to me, all I can imagine are the many hearts who have entered this home. A home is where the heart is even after one moves on." pve

Home illustration by pve design.

So very true!  Everyone leaves home and everyone finds a place to call home.  Turns out that the end is many times the beginning!
I loved reading Patricia's interview when she sat down with another one of my favorite artist, Anne Harwell at Annechovie.  Found out that Patricia is a Kentucky-bred, born & raised right here in the Bluegrass!

Illustration by pve design

Thank you so much Patricia for allowing me the privilege of sharing your incredible artistry & your words of wisdom here at The Lisa Porter Collection. 

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JMW said...

I love her work! I actually won a custom-made illustration of hers through an online drawing before the holidays. I can't wait to see the final product!

quintessence said...

I love both Patricia and her beautiful work. She is a giving and real person who gives of herself to all of us every day.

Splendid Sass said...

Wow, such beautiful paintings and a beautiful post, Lisa.
Have a great day.

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Great story Lisa,
Yes it is true, every home has memories,
I too go back to homes that we lived my mind, I actually do it quite often, especially one.

Patricia is very talented and so are you. Thank you for sharing this with us.
If you're home, go on Skype, it's 10am in the morning here in Australia.
x Coty

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Such a lovely post on Patricia! She is one of our most talented bloggers and I was lucky enough to win the Potager Garden and just love where it sits in my kitchen on the mantel. Her work is so rich with feeling and detail and her drawings look so beautiful in this post. XO

Monogramgirl said...

Beautiful pictures and words!

pve design said...

Thank-you for your kind post. I feel so humbled here in blog land by the support and love.
Hope we get to meet in person one day on Kentucky "blue grass!"

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I'm a huge fan of Patricia's art and Patricia herself too. Home is truly so important to our children and I never fully understood until they've become adults and they share with me what was special to them. What those precious memories were. It's another one of your amazing posts Lisa that gets my mind twirling and the strings of my heart tugged. Emily is SO happy to be home. She didn't think she'd get a chance to come back here again & it even surprises me how thrilled she is to be back in her bed. It's so fun now seeing my oldest children create their own homes and what's important to them. Another post well done Lisa, well done indeed!!

BIG hug, xx Deb

annechovie said...

Patricia is a Kentucky gem! She has a birthday coming up this week on St. Patty's Day! Happy B Day, PVE! Thanks for the nice mention, Lisa - you are a great blogging friend. xo

Alicia said...

I love Patricia's work. Now if only house #4 was mine. Glad you loved the mossy greens & yes, I'm jealous of your hands.

Stitchfork said...

Would recognize Patricia's work anywhere!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

These are beautiful! I loved them all.

Karena said...

Lisa I absolutely adore Paricia. In fact she has one of my paintings!!

Her illustrations are such a delight, as she is. Always an inspiration!

Art by Karena

vicki archer said...

Totally wonderful... the interview and Patricia's stunning illustrations..... xv

Catherine Frinier said...

Truly beautiful . . . .just like you. ox

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I enjoyed your post on the incredibly talented Patricia so very much Lisa. I adore her work immensely and am in awe of her talents (and Anne's work too!). Home really is our sanctuary and it's the soul of our family. Fabulous post as always my friend xox

Jennifer Connolly said...

I adore Patricia's work! A talented and lovely lady. xo

Karena Albert said...

Patricia's works of art are always a breather of fresh air and springtime. Thank you Lisa, for the feature and yes I love Anne as well!!

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