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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.
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!!!
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)
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!!!
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)
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)
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)
Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lightsthat premiered Saturday night.
I wanted to take today, Veterans Day, and thank those who have served our country in military service. Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11, this is the day the armistice was signed that ended World War I in 1918. I’ve shared with you before on the blog how proud I am of my family’s military service, my father served in the United States Army as did two of his brothers and my dad’s father (my grandfather) served in WWI in France. Today is the day we remember those men and women who have worked and fought to keep our country free and to help spread the word of democracy and what a great thing it can be. Today I want to share works by one of my favorite American artists, Norman Rockwell. Rockwell was known for his portrayals of American life and many times that included taking a look at the lives of Americans serving in the military around the world. Rockwell was known for being able to inject both humor and drama in his artworks, making us smile at the subjects while also making us want to reach out to them and hold their hand or give them a hug. Join me today for a look at veterans created by the paintbrush of an American legend, and if you are a vet, Thank You for your service. Enjoy!!!
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It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what it is about the artwork of Kelsey Garrity Riley that appeals to me the most, whether it’s the colors she chooses, the simplicity and playfulness of the work, the flow of the lines, or the subject matter. Whatever it is I like all of it. Riley was raised in Germany and Belgium and came to America to study her craft at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she graduated in 2010. Today Kelsey lives in Brooklyn, has her own Etsy shop online where she sells originals pieces of artwork as well as prints, she also has a line of greeting cards and she does beautiful book illustrations. Today I want to share images of her work from her own website at KGRiley.com. Enjoy!!!