Hello flower lovers!
Feast your eyes upon this bouquet of loveliness created by yours truly and the wizards at Papellerie for Houston's Flower and Garden celebration of spring's awakening and azaleas blooming in some of the most beautiful historic gardens you can imagine.
I visited TX last spring and walked through the gardens to gather inspiration and worked with Papellerie to create this suite of amazing paper to celebrate the 2016 Azalea Trail event.
I hope your weekend is as beautiful as this project turned out to be!
The March Girl pauses before a window on The Day of Clarity, arrested by the sight of feathered earrings as bright and exotic as tropical birds of prey. Her poodles wait politely, unmoved by the jewelry.
It is a pivotal day in the year, marking the first day of spring, and the last of winter. A day in which light and dark are felt in equal quantities. A day that stands like a tightrope walker on the razor thin line in time and space between warmth and cold. A winter coat and the first lace up heels and bare legs of the year express the conundrum this transitional day.
As a Pisces, March Girl is a dreamer and a believer in the mystic. She has a keen sense of psychic intuition. She senses what strange and beautiful things will come floating in the spring wind while still chilled by the last shock of winter.
Her poodles, born under a different sign, are children of the earth. Anchored to reality and a constant awareness of being unimpressed by other breeds. They keep her grounded, for she is a creature of water. Floating aloof. Musing, pondering, imagining. But they too know that change is coming.
Winter's veil is lifting. The zodiac calendar has reached it's end. Let spring burst forth and fulfill the colorful dreams dreamt in the last grey days of March.
*A note on inspiration. Would you like to know where my inspiration came from? It was equal parts this coat and these dogs...
This thoughtful and sensitive soul is an Aquarius-Pisces cusp child born on February 14th. She knows deep down that Valentine's Day is a manufactured holiday, created by corporate overlords, but she doesn't let that get in the way of her enjoying her love filled birthday by spending it carefully crafting valentine cards. Her alive, colorful personality comes through in the cards she creates and the quirky space she's designed around her. A cowhide rug and a zebra chair pair unexpectedly well with prewar fireplace moulding, even when slightly flecked with hot pink paint. She's easy going and light, charming and bewitching, a spark of l'amore in mid-winter dark.
Hello! A blizzard is coming! Let's cozy up with indoor activities and enjoy the hibernation. Here is a recap of some of my bridal commissions of the 2015 Christmas gifting season! Above is a bride and groom sketch, commissioned by their bridesmaids. They used this for their thank you stationery after their early December wedding.
Next we have Katie and Kent. Picture perfect, aren't they? I love how her dress and hair and makeup are all clean lines and restrained elegance and then her bouquet is wild and oversized. This again was a gift from their bridesmaids. Bridesmaids are the best.
This is a favorite of mine. Cody, the groom, commissioned this from me prior to their spring wedding. (ok so technically this isn't a christmas commission... it just took me six months to get this done. Sorry Cody...) Cody asked me to create an "i owe you" for Katie to open on their wedding weekend explaining to her that once the wedding was behind them and the pictures were ready, he had arranged for me to paint the above piece.
Awwww sigggghhhhhh... grooms can also be the best. Here's the cute note he had me create for her to read at the wedding:
So many husband points and he's just getting started!!!
Here's another, commissioned for the bride by one of her best friends. Little known fact: said friend was one of my bridal paintings from a few years ago, which was commissioned by her mother. I love this cycle of paying it forward that I see in my commission work. It creates a wonderful thread, woman to woman of giving and celebrating one another's milestones.
Here's a more relaxed, casual composition to remind us that weddings are about family, not just about the day in your life when you wear the most expensive clothes ever.
Another casual composition for you. This captures the pure joy of the proposal, painted from a picture snapped of the couple celebrating with champagne on a windy golf course where the groom asked the bride to marry him. I love the way just-engaged people smile. It's a smile you don't see to many other times in your life mirrored on two faces simultaneously.
Here's one for fans of New York City Christmas Love. (who isn't a fan of that?!) Washington Square arch, the tree, he's down on one knee... love!
Andrew asked me to paint this scene from his proposal last Christmas as a gift for his bride this Christmas. He's got this whole Christmas gift thing on lock, I'd say.
Here's a gift from the bride's sister to the bride. Notice that her dress is very subtly pink and the headpiece being awesome.
SISTERS! One of the most fun parts of a wedding is the sister bonding, this piece captures that joy.
Flower Crown! There's a flower crown! Are we excited?!
I loved the bohemian, carefree dress and bright flowers in this one. This was a gift from best friend to Bride.
Ahhh this one. This has to be my favorite. Mainly because I was at the wedding and standing right here for this moment so it was easy to recall how much love was in the air. Maybe I should start insisting that I am invited to every wedding I have to paint from... wedding crashers, artist style.
Well that about sums it up.
Let's end with the above family portrait. Look at that little guy! The little linen shirt and the baby-sized leather man-bracelet. Baby goals.
Let this serve as a not-so-subtle reminder that first comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes commissioning me to create you with your baby carriage!
On a whim, Daphne decided to hop a flight to LA yesterday. She threw on an old favorite gown and hit the Golden Globes. Daphne believes strongly in the importance of having a well maintained gown collection on hand at all times incase an awards show pops up unexpectedly.
It's a good thing she was there. No one else was going to tell Lady Gaga to stop resting her hand on her exaggerated hip padding in her black gown making it look like she was caressing her lower abdomen. The hip pad, while elevated in concept, often creates stumbling blocks in execution. Really, what would the celebrity fashion community do without Daphne's blunt honesty.
All in all, hip-padding issues aside, it was a great night for women at the globes this year. So much talent, so much genuine personality! Daphne was so thrilled to see favorites like Amy and Jennifer thriving and wearing such waist-line-accenting dresses.
Now back to New York, she and Doxie are working on candle line...
The 2016 January Calendar Girl is born in the period of Capricorn, under the sign of The Goat. She is determined and steadfast in her endeavors – in this case, her life long dedication to becoming the perfect ballet dancer.
As a child of winter, the final life cycle in the zodiac year, she has a tendency for behavioral traits often associated with the sage wisdom of the elderly. She has a proclivity for reflection and calling on the past and a prevailing need for self discipline. She loves to wander through museums, paying respect to great artists who came before her, subjecting herself to the quiet, dutifully paying her respect to past genius.
Each January, she visits Degas’ La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans to stare into the little bronze face. She stands before her, mirroring the stoic posture, arms thrown back defiantly, chin upturned, legs presented unapologetically with perfect turnout. She is always moved by this meditation. There is something so humble about this child's stance, she is so much the underdog, as unknown as the young new year.
Yet there she stands without compromise. Defiant, proud. Willing some obstacle to present itself so she can prove her skill. There is so much potential energy in this statue. The pose is that of a dancer waiting at attention, arms ready to spring from her sides and embrace the first strains of the music, legs prepared to launch forth into a grand jete or a series of pirouettes.
To January’s girl, this statue says, “5, 6, 7, 8 and…
A new year. It is time to face the music, and dance!"