l'Appuntamento

This January, I had the pleasure of traveling to Italy by proxy, thanks to a jet-setting client who shared one of her favorite pieces of Tuscany with me.

While visiting her Italian home, she fell in love with a painting and wanted me to re-create it for her husband.  

Sì, certo!

The original looks like it was painted on something smooth, so I decided to paint this on board.  We decided to make the painting 30x30".  I couldn't find pre-made wood panels that large, so I made my own.  Here's Phil at Home Depot helping me with Step 1:

I spent a few days prepping the board - cleaning, sanding, applying gesso, and so on… perhaps a little longer than I expected, but it was a fun process and so rewarding!  I loved the final working surface.  Sorry I didn't take pictures of the process.  Just imagine a piece of wood, painted white.

The completed painting:

What style would you call this?  Abstract? Cubist? 

Here are some details of the final painting:

(Love that swishy stuff.  I added a ton of medium to the acrylic to make it do that… fun.)

Here is the best part… the feedback!!  My heart nearly exploded with joy!!  Look how wonderful and warm it looks, propped in its new home:

This might just be outright bragging, but I can't ask for better reviews than these!

What fun it is, indeed!  Feedback like this makes every single minute of my job feel worthwhile.  Yay!

I hope to see an update when the painting gets framed and hung.  In the meantime, I have an "appuntamento" with some paintbrushes… arrivederci!

Bringing Fashion Illustration Home - to your walls!

Have you read the September issue of Traditional Home?

On page 52, they have a beautiful article by Ted Loos:

Fine Lines: The delicate art of fashion illustration attracts collectors with an eye for vintage chic and glamour.

I wish I could link to the article for you, but for some reason it isn’t published online.  Basically, it states that fashion illustrations are finally being recognized as art after decades of being overlooked (kudos to the Met and MFA Boston for being ahead of the curve).  Auction prices are creeping upward as interest and niche markets develop for original illustrations.

I was excited to read: “Steen’s most cherished pieces are two original drawings by René Gruau (1909-2004), one of the 20th century’s most important career illustrators, who helped popularize Christian Dior’s 'New Look' in the 1940s and ‘50s, among other style milestones.”

René Gruau?  I know that guy!

mygruau.jpg

The piece above is my interpretation of his 1956 illustration, Diorissimo.

When Allison Mannella photographed me in the studio, she suggested that I work on a painting for a few shots, so I had to whip up something quickly.  I’d recently encountered this illustration on Pinterest and couldn’t get it out of my mind.  So, I painted over an old canvas and gave it an elegant second life.  I changed the background colors to suit my apartment.

I went to High Point Market soon after the photo shoot, and I was so excited to see one of the vendors use this exact Gruau illustration in their display!  I even left a dorky Instagram comment like a stalker (I was new to Instagram, be easy on me):

High Point showcased the most stunning trends in interior design.  You might remember from my recap… it’s an overwhelming place.  Six months later, I’m beginning to see the light: fashion illustrations at High Point + fashion illustrations in Traditional Home = fashion illustrations for your walls!

There are countless illustrations to pull from, and original designs to be made, but here are a few ways the Gruau could be customized for other spaces:

Custom paintings like this would be beautiful near a vanity, in a bedroom, a feminine office, even a giant closet.

Here is where “my Gruau” currently hangs, needing a frame:

I love these crazy orange chairs.  Apparently my living room color scheme is orange-and-blue right now, and that works for me.  This custom Diorissimo complements it perfectly.  

Seems like she could be friends with Suzon from the Manet, don’t you think?

If you want a custom painting to complement your own color scheme, don't hesitate to get in touch!  I loved incorporating new colors into these feminine illustrations, and can do it for any kind of painting you like.