Hello! So, I finnnaaally can cross going to the Hamptons off my life's to do list. What a lovely place! So many fresh flowers at the farmers markets and tan relaxed people everywhere. And its about five million degrees cooler there than it is in the city. I can see what the hype is about. I shall return and often I hope!
One funny thing I noticed was there weren't any shells on the beach. The shells above were inspired by my many years of visiting my grandmother's beach house in Florida. There are so many shells there and more importantly sharks teeth! I spent hours as a little girl trying to find a sharks tooth among the shells to add to her well curated collection of years and years of combing the beach for sharks teeth.
Back to fashion illustrating tomorrow, just had to go on a little beach inspired tangent today.
an exotic little number for your friday afternoon entertainment. have a glorious weekend!
three birthday girls today! well one is a bit belated...
Margaret, above, is one of the most talented artists I know. She can paint like there's no tomorrow. She also has this beautiful, vintage, iconic presence. Shes a breath of fresh air with her bright red lips and bizarre, thoughtful musings and her occasional lapses into a British accent. Wishing you a divine belated birthday, darling!
And here is Danielle! Danielle and I have been celebrating eachother's birthdays since we were five years old, we go waaay back. Back in the day, Danielle delighted in the fact that her birthday was the anniversary of the lunar landing and today shes still a scientific genius but with a dreamy, creative side too. So happy to have such a wonderful old friend in my life, Happy Birthday!!
And last but certainly not least, is Kelly! Kelly is an eternal optimist. With the blondest hair you've ever seen and a cheery perspective on just about everything, its sometimes hard for me to believe shes a high powered lawyer now. Sigh... they're all growing up so fast.
Happy Birthday to all three lovely ladies! I hope another wonderful year lies ahead!
hello! does this lady look familiar? well, perhaps its because you know her sister...
yes, pencil skirts run in the family.
this is just a little example of a custom project i did recently. my lovely client asked me to recreate this girl in her likeness and dressed in her style and this is what we came up with. it was a fun experiment to remix a favorite illustration and give her a new look.
Good morning! Today I am officially DONE moving in. The pictures are hung, the internet FINALLY WORKS and I can sit down at my desk and just BE here. Its a wonderful feeling to know that in this frantic, jumbled city I have a little oasis of the things that make me feel calm and balanced and home.
So in honor of this feat of relocation, I am sharing this sketch of a girl in her home. Although this is by no means a picture of me or my new apartment, as much as I may wish it was!
Moving in here in New York has reminded me of how important each piece of furniture, each artifact in your home is. These things are as much a reflection of your style and yourself as an accessory you wear. So, I've been enjoying painting interiors lately and thinking about a whole new wealth of accessory inspiration for my illustrations.
I considered using this piece for the 2012 Calendar, but instead decided to share it here with you now. Speaking of, I just reviewed the proof of the new calendar and it looks beautiful. Can't wait to release it for sale in a few weeks!!
Happy Birthday to Lily and Brooke!
Lily (above) is simultaneously an avid video gamer and a connoisseur of fine wines. Don't I have fascinating friends? She is wearing a dress I made up, inspired by her fabulous taste in feminine silhouettes that usually feature a tiny waist and gorgeous full skirt. She really does have fabulous taste, she's Italian after all.
And here is Brooke! She's wearing my very loose interpretation of an Alexander McQueen maxi dress
with a belt and large geod ring - a staple of Brooke's jewelry collection. She's a California hipster living the dream in San Fransisco. So naturally, she is toting a fedora and wearing her signature aviators.
Happy Birthday to you both, Love you!
so... I don't really have a back story on this sketch. But these bookends would look perfect strutting around the Hamptons, don't you think? Arriving in New York on Monday, July 4th meant every single person I ran into was talking about how much fun their weekend in the Hamptons was. I am intrigued. I must explore this mythical place! Man... look at me, I've been in new york for less than a week and I am already trying to figure out the fastest way to the beach!
But really, it is TOO HOT here. And now that I am sans car, there is no quick retreat into air conditioned oblivion when the going gets rough. Seriously missing my car's "MAX A/C" button right now...
Ok, back to hanging curtains and putting up picture frames. Almost all set up here!