July 04, 2018
Happy 4th of JulyFlag by Jasper Johns -1954"One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag" Johns had said. This iconic piece of artwork is created from plywood, canvas and newspaper. Johns used encaustic paint, a method of mixing molten bees wax and pigment. This technique created bumps, smudges and smears bringing the art off the canvas and creating a 3 dimensional effect also allowing the viewer to see the newspaper and canvas beneath the color.To see more from Jasper Johns, visit my Pinterest Artists I Love Board
May 17, 2018
Once of my favorite illustrators I was introduced to during my time at Moore College of Art was J.C. Leyendecker. I always had trouble with my fashion illustrations in college, my professor introduced me to this amazing artist, his paintings just seemed to simplify everything for me about drawing the human figure. During his lifetime, Leyendecker painted over 400 magazine covers and is most famous for his Arrow Shirt advertisements. His illustrations displayed glamorous fashion and Ivy League sports, I love this era. When I was a menswear designer at Tommy Hilfiger, we used many of his illustrations for inspiration for our collections. Visit my Pinterest Picks board to see more of Leyendeckers artwork.
February 17, 2018
Art Deco is a term used to describe a style of visual arts, whether its architecture, furniture design, paintings, jewelry or clothing. The term was coined in France after World War 1, and in it's heyday represented luxury, glamour and technological progress.
I have always loved art deco paintings for the color, vibrancy and angular lines. Here are a few of my recent favorite art deco inspired artwork, found on pinterest, and you'll see a commonality in the attention to female elegance of the 1920's, flapper era. Visit my Pinterest Picks Board to see more!
What era of artwork are you inspired by?
January 11, 2018
I absolutely love these vintage winter coats!! Even though they are designs ranging from the 1930's - 1960's, they are all still relevant in today's fashion and I would wear them all.
You can see some design attributes were popular across decades, like the big collars, oversized buttons and trimmed sleeves. But each coat is so unique! From boucle capes, to cinched waists, to trapeze swing, I love all of the silhouettes. And the colors! They are all such beautiful shades of natural colors.
Which one is your favorite?
1. 1930's Indigo Wool Coat with Fur Collar and Cuffs | 2. Foxton Court 1960's Vintage Trapeze Coat | 3. 1940's Vintage Princess Wool Coat | 4. La Foppa Vintage Wool Coat | 5. 1960's Double Breasted Wool Coat | 6. Powder Blue Vintage Wool Coat | 7. Vintage Cocoa Wool Coat | 8. 1960's Boucle Cape Wool Coat | 9. Vintage Ivory Wool Coat
January 04, 2018
I am so inspired by the emotional and rhythmic paintings of the 19th century designer, Leon Blakst.
Leon Blakst was born in 1866 in Russia and was part of a young generation of artists that pushed the boundaries of traditional stage realism in Eurpoe. He was known for his color, exoticism and barbarism displayed in his costume and scenery design. To ensure that each of his designs were executed successfully, he created a whole range of different drawings, each made to communicate important information about the costume garments' colors, measurements, and materials.
Here are a few of my favorite character costume drawings he made using watercolor, pen and pencil in the early 1900's:
Costume Design for Natasha Trouhanova as the Peri in “La Peri” (1911)
Costume design for "Carnaval" (1910)
Costume design for Tamara Karsavina as the Fiancée in Le Dieu Bleu (1911)
The Firebird (1910)
Costume design for Le Dieu Bleu, 1912Costume design for a dancer with tambourine, in “Cléopâtre” (1910)
The Tsarevna, costume design for the Ballets Russes production of Stravinsky's The Firebird, 1910
Costume Study for Nijinsky in his Role in La Péri, 1922
You can feel the theatrical portrayal of dance through his paintings. Their postures, the color, and the expressions of each dancer all work together to elicit rich emotion and movement.
Which one is your favorite dancer?
To see more details about the Leon Bakst images in today's post, check out my Pinterest Picks Board.