Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: 5 Question Friday with Diane Bronstein

Friday, September 12, 2014

5 Question Friday with Diane Bronstein

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5 Question Friday - The Colorful Edition

Where I ask friends and interesting strangers to answer the same 5 questions, and it happens on Fridays.

I met Diane about four years ago when I was self-employed. At the time, I was a regular at the Starbucks on Rush Street and sat next to Diane's husband Jack every day. Jack and I were office-mates, Diane would pop in and visit but she was far too energetic to sit in a coffee shop all day. It wasn't long before I became close friends with both Jack and Diane. Coincidentally, I am sitting next to Jack at the coffee shop as I type this post. 

Watercolor painting by Diane Bronstein

Diane Bronstein
A classically trained artist with a degree in fine art. Diane has studied in France and Germany and under Giani Cilfone in the United States. She paints beautiful watercolors and sketches of landscapes, she is a photographer and also recreates live events and bridal gowns through her artwork. Diane is responsible for my professional headshot (which you won't find on my blog), you can see more of her work on her site here.
When I was little I drew a very creative picture of the house I lived in on Addison close to Southport… My parents thought it was great.  The rest is history.  Love family… friends… nature and architecture… beaches.. sand water… travel.  Believe that our thoughts are important, found that out late in life. Believe in it is more important to work as a community than to own the latest greatest whatever… if your community is thriving, fun and loving - than your life is thriving fun and loving…

1. What defines you? (Be descriptive, is it your job, family, a certain skill or talent you may have?) 

If I look at what defines me as a place.. its hammock in a garden close to water…… with pen and paper close at hand. If I look at what I do and feel… it would be my family… Jack, Barton and Cara… and Fefe… Parents and siblings and of course the special Aunt Mary.

My friends aren’t many but they are wonderful.. they are supportive and loving, and make me laugh.
My work is like being a child … getting to play with with art supplies and making and recording all the beautiful moments in the world.

2. What song that energizes you when you are looking for motivation? (maybe it is more than one depending on what you need to get motivated for)

Happy… I mentally try to start the day with that wonderful song... Seal - Bring It On… when I’m driving. I used to have a convertible and loved driving down Lake Shore Drive playing that song. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to paint to... Anything Motown to dance to…

3. If you were to show up to a potluck, what would you bring? (and why? And what kind of potluck is this?) 

Something good from a restaurant …. I’m not a cook.. or if forced to cook … Brussel Sprouts...

4. Describe your perfect day. 

Waking up in a beautiful room with great sheets, and a yard to step out on. Having coffee with Jack at a little neighborhood coffee shop and listening to the conversations while doing quick sketches of the patrons. Meeting up with my kids for a great walk on the beach and grabbing a light outdoor lunch.

Painting… drawing… looking at architecture … taking a drive thru Montecito .. my son and husband love doing this too.

Then dinner at another outdoor venue… and sitting by a fire on the beach with my family and our friends… And getting that great call from someone saying, “ I will pay for you to travel all over the world creating sketches of people going about their business and their life.”

5. What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery? What would you do if you won $100 million? 

If I won $1 million, I would open up an art studio / gallery where I could paint and teach classes… it would have giant windows and sky lights and an outdoor area where you could paint… the classes would be free and guest artist would come and talk.

I would also share some money with both of my kids … one is a fashion and fine art photographer and a studio would be perfect for him. The other is a mom who wants to be a photographer shooting baby, child, and pregnancy photographs. I would also create a wonderful creative coffee house attached to my studio / gallery for my husband. He is the perfect guy to own a place like that … he loves people and hearing their stories.

If I won $100 Million... I would give money to Solar Roadways. It can change the world.

Learn more about Diane
@dianebronstein on Instagram 
@stopandsmile on Twitter for her work

Here is a sample of Diane's commissioned work... custom sketches and drawings of bridal gowns.

Read more 5 Question Friday posts. They're all pretty awesome. 

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