THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

It’s hard to imagine life without the art of cinema. Ever since I was a child, I have loved watching films and becoming completely immersed in the magic of the stories they tell. I imagine many people go to the movies to be told a story, but I feel so much more than a one sided story when I watch a new film. A movie can teach me so much about myself, how my life relates to each character, how my art can be inspired, and how I feel about certain perspectives in the world. Watching a movie is a conversation in my mind. Something that can create such magic and curiosity. I go to the movies to dream… and to inspire new dreams.

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Stephen Hawking once said, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Curiosity is what leads my art. Never stopping, always wondering. I believe that curiosity is what will inspire my work for the rest of my life. Throughout the years, curiosity and experimentation are the constants that help me continuously improve my work.

I recently went to see a film that I’ve been been dying to see since I first heard it was in the works; The Theory of Everything. A film about the life of the incredible Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. A story that is incredibly touching in so many ways, told beautifully and magically… much like Hawking’s work.

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Stepping out of the theater and back onto the busy streets of New York City, I felt a quiet optimism. What I found most inspiring in the movie, was a specific scene involving a pen dropping to the floor (you must see to know what I’m referring to!). That scene evoked a million emotions all at once… but was inspiring to me in countless ways. In each and everyone of us there is some sort of weakness, but it’s what we choose to do with our strengths that will keep us dreaming and creating…

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This painting is inspired by an especially romantic scene between Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen, and Felicity Jones, who plays Jane. They are falling in love at a party under hundreds of glowing string lights… which appear in my mind as the stars of the universe encapsulating their young romance.

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If there’s one thing you do during the holidays, make sure you go see this film.

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B.Balenciaga

B.Balenciaga is the latest creation from Balenciaga’s creative director, Alexander Wang… and lately it’s my scent of choice. There’s something feminine and strong about the fragrance, and the women it represents. She’s ready to take on the world while feeling as beautiful and radiant as she possibly can!

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Having studied product design in college, I’m fascinated by how much something such as a perfume bottle can say on it’s own. The B.Balenciaga bottle is strong and concise on it’s exterior, but soft and alluring within… which shines through the transparent and icy exterior. It’s details like this that inspire my own creativity…

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PAINTED GIFT WRAP

At last, my favorite time of the year has arrived! Winter coats, hot cocoa, warm fires, decorated streets. It’s such a wonderful season in New York City. Of course with Christmas approaching, I’m searching for the perfect treasures to gift to my friends and family. I put together a bespoke PANDORA Essence and Christmas Collection bracelet for a friend… but I couldn’t find a wrapping paper that I loved. I wanted something special because the wrapping is just as important as the gift itself! So with an artist’s mindset, I went home to my drawing table to create my own gift wrap.

Follow along as I guide you through my process below…

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I like to use white craft paper (brown is nice too), which you can find at most craft stores. I pick a color theme (in this case, wintery mint!), and prep my supplies to get ready to paint. You can also do this with markers, pens, and really just about anything! Use your imagination!


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Stringing personalized charms onto a PANDORA double strand bracelet to complete the gift.


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Next, I like to mark the size of the box on the paper with light pencil marks. That way I know how much area I’ll need to paint (don’t forget to include the depth and sides of the box). Also, this helps me judge how large or small I should paint the pattern so that you’ll be able to see it once the box has been wrapped.


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For this paper, I’m going to paint rows of ladies in mint green holiday gowns. I begin by painting their faces, arms, and torsos – since it’s the only area of skin that will show.


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Next, I paint the gowns. I like to vary the mint color between dark and light to make it less flat.


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Once the gowns are painted, I go back and add little dotted details with a light mint or white paint. Before it has a chance to dry, I sprinkle some matching glitter over it to add some holiday sparkle.


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Once the glitter is on, let your paper dry completely. When it’s dry, funnel the excess glitter into a bowl to clean it off. Tap the back of the paper to ensure you get all of the loose glitter off (there will be less of a mess when you’re wrapping!)

When the paper is dry and the excess glitter has been dusted off, you’re ready to wrap your gift!


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Voilà! Wrap it with a box, and it’s ready to be gifted!


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The Wreath Exchange

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Hand Painted Ornaments

Check out my guide to creating your own hand painted holiday ornaments!

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