if you are a lover of whimsy, there is a good chance you are familiar with the work of katie daisy. over the years, i’ve had her lovely prints hanging in every room of our home, and now have the gift of showcasing her art all across the country on the outside (and inside) of our home on wheels. one of her prints, “daydream list” actually, had hung on our fridge for the last few years, and was one i would read over and over to remind ourselves of what we were working towards for our simple life. to slow down. to breathe deeply. it was a watercolor and she had written these words, “hello daydream: a clawfoot tub, a sunny yellow kitchen, a belly up kitty in the late sun, a painted wooden porch swing, slow dance in the backyard, a cheerful goldfinch song, fireflies in the grass, fireflies in the grass, banana bread and chamomile tea, a sleeping puppy, an old barn for a studio, the baby in a washtub, the prairie’s morning dew.” that print along with her signature “all good things are wild and free” are so special to me.
i had admired her for so long and when we finally met in oregon a few months back, i just fell in love with her spirit and saw where all the beauty of her art originates. i’m pretty sure that anyone that meets her feels the same way. she is gentle and thoughtful and humble and childlike with a sense of wonder and wisdom all in one. i had the gift of being able to photograph her and her love, eli. she had asked that the shoot be whimsical and effortless and simple. so we went to a river beside an aspen grove, splashed a while, danced barefoot in the green grass. eli made her a crown of leaves and wildflowers. he had brought his spyglass along and adored her from afar. they rolled around in the dandelions, soaked in the sunshine, and i felt as though we had jumped right inside one of her paintings. surely, this is one of my most favorite sessions. so smitten to be your friend now, katie… the way you spill inspiration into the hearts of so many across the world is a real gift to behold. love you, friend.