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I ran across this painting of Leigh Viner’s when I was putting together mood boards for my bag line. As many times as the products and boards changes during production, I couldn’t get away from the colors and emotions that I felt when I saw this image. It captured my romantic love affair with Europe. I was born outside of Venice and my mother very fondly talked of Italy and Venice my entire life (I left at an early age, sob). I like how Leigh has all sorts of mediums, even photography. There is almost a stark sensuality to it all. Naturally, I love her fashion work too! Her website says. “I am a freelance all around Artist/Photographer.  I am never settling on one thing or the other. I have always been the curious one in that I need to continue to grow, you will see a lot of that in my various pieces of work.  I also worked as a Makeup Artist which has influenced my work greatly.” 

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I wanted to feature the graphic posters of Pierre Bonnard. Though mostly know for his paintings, if you have been to Paris, you certainly recognize these posters. They are sold on every surface and product you can think of, maybe it was the birth of licensing, haha!  Pierre’s use of flat color and decorative line helped establish the Art Nouveau look of the late 1890’s. Art was becoming more decorative and public and it helped establish the new field of advertising. Crazy to think of advertising as being new at one point, right?

I wish every painter would dip into advertising work a bit and bring their eye into more of the everyday world. I particularly like the hand painted lettering in these posters.

Bonnard also designed furniture, developed textile patterns, painted screens, created stage sets, and illustrated books. I wonder if stretching his gifts like this was something he had to do for income or part of a calling of sorts to bring art into public spaces. I have always been a fan of the posters of this era.  I even had some hung in my apartment several years ago, I like the organic decorative shapes and graphic feel of them.

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This one, below, is my personal favorite. I like the line quality and use of white space.

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This lithograph was not used for advertising but it  has the same organic and graphic feel to it.

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As long as we are talking about details (oh, you didn’t realize that we were?) I have a huge appreciation for the work of  Australian  born,  Kelly Smith from Birdy and Me.  I simply love her work, her ability to edit herself in composition and in  color. I once ran across a blog post describing  how she complies her drawings and how she draws everything out by hand, using the grid method. She has a unique perspective and it shows. She says she likes to mix fashion and fairy tale. I like a girl who knows who she is, don’t you?

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If you like  details, then you may just like this account! How long do you think it took to paint the details of these garments? Pain staking but it is simply what they knew. Sometimes we forget that people functioned with no photography!  Artists weren’t quite in a rush back then. If patience is a virtue, I am not sure I could be so virtuous! 😉 Fun account.  Check them out at @artgarments

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Maybe it’s summer calling out to me, but I am enchanted by these hyperrealistic oil paintings of Spanish born, Josep Moncada . It’s as if I can hear the water splashing over my feet. Capturing sunlight the way he does is such a fascination to me. His work is stunning and soothing at the same time. It’s as if I can feel water gliding over me.   These paintings, while so realistic have not hint of forced labor in them at all. So lovely.

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