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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How can you not love the whimsy and story behind the work of Harrison Howard, not to mention the skill? I love someone with personality. Harrison Howard seems like a painter who you would want to share a martini with, shaken not stirred. I also love this quote about time spent in Cannes, when he was a young boy, “There was a terraced garden where I was also captivated by the butterflies and other insects, the roses that attracted them, and the smell of the lemon yellow acacia trees in bloom. Those things also had a lasting influence.”  It is always interesting to ask yourself what sights, smells and experiences you have had that have made a lasting influence on you verses something you happened upon on the internet.

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You know I love fashion illustration, or if you don’t already know that, W-h-A-t? Pay attention! Just kidding. I recently went up to the MFA in Boston  and got to see some the work of Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009). I have found Kenneth to be a bit of an unsung hero for an amazing artist whose career  spanned 50 years. He was a “house artist” (lovely thought, right?) for WWD and helped “transform the once dowdy publication” into the bible for the jet-set during the 60’s and 70’s.

He  amassed  a large collection of 2000 pieces of his work which were held in copyright by Conde Nast that was then gifted to the museum with the help of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. When I saw the exhibit, it seems they leaked out only a few pieces at a time. (Bummer! I have a big appetite.) They were large and a lot of them created on newsprint.  Personally, I LOVE the energetic movement that his work captures. I am especially fond of his black and white work although he seemed to have used every medium available to him. Surely he had to work quickly and with a sure hand. Maybe that is what I like the best, choices that aren’t too labored over.

“Gesture to me is everything in fashion,” he said. Me too, Kenneth! kennethblock

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How about this stunning intricate work from Lauren Collin? If you needed some inspired white space in your life, surely this is it! French artist, Lauren Collin creates these paper sculptures with a scalpel that she first borrowed from her father, a surgeon. Driven by a passion for the infinitely small, she creates these quiet wonderlands on thick watercolor paper. Amazing! She makes the paper come to life and she is not adding to the paper, she is giving the paper life by making incisions! “At first, it almost seems as if each petal has been glued into the surface. Yet, it is the first layer of the paper that, incised, stands out from the rest. If one were to glue everything back together, one would have one simple sheet of paper. The multiple cut-outs give an idea of profusion and seem to quiver when exposed to light.” -Lauren Collin.

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