We can safely say it's summer now!" said Eva, as she emerged onto the porch. The sun had only been up for an hour and Margot, Charlotte, Mineral, and Eva were congregating for breakfast. They had met in Madam Laurent's boarding school in the rural hills of Virginia when they were children. They did all the same activities quite as a coincidence: Cross country in the fall, Soccer in the spring, and yearbook all year round. While in school, their after-lights-out ritual in the Spring and Fall was to sneak through the windows in the Art wing onto the roof...Read More
After my City Series, which were all at petite sizes of 5.5" x 7.7" ish, I wanted to try my hand at a larger scale format.
Most of my commissions range between 8" x 10" to 16" x 20," so my hands are trained to andrefined at this scale, and as I prepare for a grander series which also focuses on American Architecture over the coming summer, I'm interested in adapting my style and sense of detail to a larger format.
I must admit that the petite scale of my City Series really suited me, because it allowed me to labor over the details without the overall painting's completion taking too long. Each piece taking me only a few sessions to get them perfected.
This 26" x 40" painting took more sessions, and to be entirely honest, I would have liked to do even more details in the distance. The houses are technically large enough I could paint people in the windows washing laundry, or kitty cats bathing in the sun. But that wasn't the focus of the painting, and to make it personal for it's purpose, it is void of human forms.
This is a town portrait of the island of Hvar, Croatia, completed for my husband's 32nd Birthday this past week. It was one of our favorite spots along our tour of the country, and has recently become a hot spot for touring millennials.
Chyea, I know. We are totes so hip.
Cheers to the Kentucky Derby! Wishing you bottomless mint jelups and the prettiest hat at your party!
Here are some sketches I recently did while musing on some Derby paintings.
The first Monday in May is possibly one of the most magical in all of New York City.
On this very exciting date, the Met Gala transforms the Metropolitan Museum of Art into a fairy tale full of magic and fairy dust in this very real world we live in. This year was no different in that sense, but drastically stylistically different than other years prior. The big and bold pops of color, enunciated by their clean shapes, were outstanding. To make matters more impressive- these constructed shapes- were made of FLOWERS.
Florist heaven?? Florist nightmare? I can’t decide. Aesthetically, it is clearly stunning, but were I the florist, I would be constantly worried that a single flower near Ann Wintour might wilt.
It isthe biggest and most elaborate charity ball in the city. The 2016 event raised approximately $13.5 million for the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. Tickets are as high as $50,000; and even if you can afford it, it doesn't mean you're invited.
Feeling very inspired by this year’s beautiful gala last night. Happy Tuesday! Make some time in your busy schedule to watch The First Monday in May.
LME Announcement! I will be hitting pause on my Design Crush Tuesday blog posts in order to focus on current commissions and fine art series this summer. These are tons of fun, and I will continually post about projects that I’m working on, but we will pick back up with this particular series of posts in the fall, once this wild Summer is over!
Thanks for reading along!
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