I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)
April 20, 2017
April 18, 2017
Tomorrow I’m heading to New York City for a few days, I’ll give you more details on the trip tomorrow, but I thought today we would look at one of my favorite NYC artists/shopkeepers, John Derian. Derian is known for his wonderful decoupage art, all his decoupage is done in his New York studio using images he reproduces from his large collection of vintage prints, all the images are transferred to handblown glass. John Derian’s images come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including ovals, round, rectangles, and multi-piece wall hangings. I have a couple of the smaller trays and paperweights he’s created but I aspire to one of the multi-piece wall hangings. Today I want to share some of the newer pieces since we last checked in on John Derian, I love his use of florals, animals, and especially the more “unique” pieces such as the multi-piece skeleton wall hanging. I hope you like the work of John Derian as much as I do and remember you can see his work here and order online if you can’t make it to New York. Enjoy!!! ( above image Roses III)
March 30, 2017
I’m in the middle of planning a trip to New York City later next month and I was excited to recently learn about the Mr. Chocolate Museum that’s run by Master Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Jacques Torres. So, of course, I got to digging around and found all the goodies he currently has up for grabs for Easter and knew I had to share them with you. These are some of the cutest chocolate creations I’ve seen, I think the thing that is so appealing to me about them is that they are very simple and not SO over the top. They are all shapes that many of us grew up associating with Easter and for some of us they are shapes we saw every day in our lives. I’ve already texted and emailed friends telling them they need to order certain things for their kids, the chocolate pig, and I want to share it all with you today. I’ll tell you all about Jacques Torres and the Chocolate Museum next month after we visit, in the meantime, Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2017
In celebration of March being Women’s History Month we are looking at women who’ve made history from the world of design, today we are remembering Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Chanel is known for the major changes she made in designing women’s fashion, whether it’s using softer and more flowing fabrics like jersey or helping liberate women from the corset or the accusations of consorting with the Germans during World War II. Today Chanel is known for the fashion empire that is still run in her name and the high-end fashion it produces under the leadership of Karl Lagerfeld, click here to read a more in-depth post I did on Chanel in August 2015.
February 21, 2017
I recently reached out to British artist Anna Mason about any recent artwork I could feature on the blog and she responded with the items I’m featuring today, including images of a painting in progress of black swans. In the past, Anna has focused primarily on botanicals in her artwork but has recently branched out and started doing more wildlife. I LOVE her style of painting, her work is produced using paints and brushes but looks like photographs, I really think it’s amazing. Last year I wrote about Anna a couple of times, focusing on her artwork in general here and did this post last May on her works focusing on Strawberries. I hope you enjoy the images I’m sharing today that Anna sent me and visit her website to see all of her amazing paintings and prints that you can order, Enjoy!!!
February 10, 2017
Michiel Folkers is a Dutch artist who got his start in the 90’s experimenting with graffiti art in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Today, art from the streets still plays a major role in what he creates as he uses hand torn pieces of street posters to create works of art on canvas. Folkers uses icons of pop art, both past, and present to create the amazing collage art he’s quickly becoming known for. One thing I find interesting about Folkers technique is that he uses materials that would often be discarded by other artists, such as old brushes and blunt knives Folkers says it makes his work more surprising and exciting. Join me for a look at a few of the works by Michiel Folkers and visit his website here to see all his works and what’s available for purchase, Enjoy!!! (above ~And There Is Nothing I Can Do)
February 3, 2017
I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!
January 26, 2017
I was driving to an appointment with a client yesterday when I heard the news on the radio that Mary Tyler Moore had died at the age of 80 and my heart broke a little. I honestly think it’s crazy how wrapped up we get in actors and musicians but it truly feels like they become a part of our lives. For me, Mary Tyler Moore has been in my life since I was 3 years old when the Mary Tyler Moore Show came on the air in 1970, if we were home on Saturday nights when that show was on we watched. I remember sitting and watching Mary lose her cool at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown, remember he was dressed in a peanut costume at a parade and died after an elephant tried to “shell” him. I remember thinking how cool her apartment was in that big house in Minneapolis, you remember the one that was one giant room and she had those big windows and a door that went out onto a balcony. I remember thinking how much Mary Tyler Moore reminded me of my own mom, they way they wore their hair and the clothes they wore. (above image via)
January 18, 2017
One genre of art I really enjoy is Pop Art and French artist Gregoire Guillemin’s paintings of superheroes, movie characters, and other Pop Culture characters are awesome examples of Pop Art in the 21st century. In 2013 Guillemin, who signs his works Leon, started releasing works under the title Secret Lives of Superheroes, this collection shows pop culture superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman going about the daily tasks such as brushing their teeth and answering the call of nature. Today Guillemin lives and works in Paris, in addition to superheroes Guillemin has also portrayed Disney characters and Snoopy. Guillemin has shown his original works in galleries around the world and prints are available online. I for one am looking to order a couple of his prints for our home, I love the colors, the humor, and the juxtaposition of superheroes performing mundane tasks we all take for granted every day. Here’s a look at the works of Gregoire “Leon” Guillemin to make you smile and chuckle. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 16, 2017
Today I want to introduce you to Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful French company making beautiful products. Antoinette Poisson was founded in 2012 by three people who are paper conservators and met in school, today Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly, and Jean-Baptiste Martin create beautiful wallpapers and fabrics based on the 18th-century decorative papers called dominos, the company gets its name from the first name and maiden name of Madame de Pompadour. Dominos were papers used by the design-savvy french to line their closets, cupboards, boxes, and served as the end papers of books. Many times the dominos had the appearance of marble and other times they were florals or other designs. Today, the founders of Antoinette Poisson carve their own blocks to print the designs from as well as color them themselves. The trio says they could see the art of creating dominos was dying and they wanted to revive it so they started Antoinette Poisson. You can order from their website and find some of their products in stores like John Derian in NYC, I want to share a look with you today at some of their beautiful works. Welcome to the world of Antoinette Poisson, Enjoy!!! (above image via)