RI and Connecticut weren’t part of our itinerary. We were at Boston and on the way back to New Jersey my uncle decided to take a detour. It’s roughly an hour or two away and it would be a waste to pass the opportunity to see these places. So far I’ve been to DC, Chicago and my home bases, NY and NJ. It would be nice to expand my state vocabulary.
If you’re wondering, these photos don’t necessarily describe Rhode Island. The houses and everyday living look absolutely different. Rhode Island is actually very nautical and colorful! Sadly I wasn’t able to take photos in the car. I was somehow exhausted from Boston. I felt pretty shameless for sleeping along the way to RI. If you have seen Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, it briefly sums up the aesthetic of Rhode Island and Connecticut. If I were to go back to the US, I’d definitely go back and explore more.
The Breakers was the first thing that came across my aunt and uncle’s minds when we decided to pass by Rhode Island. Most of the images below are from the mansion.
I think these houses are from Boston. Just passed by it on the way to the next state.
At the Vanderbilt Mansion. We only had 3 hours to spare and they felt this was an essential site to go through.
Normally you’re not allowed to take photos inside but it’s the Christmas season so the staff allowed visitors to take photos of the trees—just the trees! If you’re caught taking photos of anything else, you’ll be reprimanded. I swear, those guys, they breathe down your necks!
This is just the backyard. Even the sea is part of the backyard! The mansion is insane. I’ve never seen anything like it in real life. You can check the website to see what I’m talking about.
Me + wind. It was really chilly that day and you pretty much don’t have a choice, just brave it up. Even if you wear something thick, your head and hands get all the beating.
At Mystic Seaport Connecticut. At sunset.
Afterwards we ate good food from a nearby fancy restaurant. Connecticut is lovely (at least on the coastal side, since this is the only part I’ve seen). There’s something really nostalgic about it. Or maybe this is what I’m feeling because I only see this in the movies.
When I was in NY last December my aunt and uncle invited me to go on a road trip to Boston so at least I could see it before I leave. My aunt and uncle spoil me too much. They take me almost everywhere!! I think some of my fondest memories in the US are brought about by my stay with them. The ride from Northern NJ to Boston took about 4 hours. Just as they say, the East Coast is rich in history. Old architecture is always a feast for the eyes. Tons of photos under the cut, mostly reddish. Boston is very red!
I was working on this and my sister hijacked my playlist and made me listen to G-Dragon all throughout. Basically this hip deer is fueled by Korean hiphop.
#wip for Crested Tees. More to come!
Wolf x girl.
I did a short wip video of this on my Instagram. I’ll try to post process videos regularly! http://instagram.com/valerieannchua
Doing commissions at the studio. I only have until the 31st here. :( Just need to finish 2 more paintings then I’m out. I love clients who say “do whatever you like!!!” So nice of them. ;_;
FInd me at the center and you will find a gaze that is most cordial