Category Archives: Commissions & Collabs

THE MAGIC OF NINA

When Nina Ricci approached me to explore the magical world of Nina L’Eau, I couldn’t resist!

The story behind this subtly sweet fragrance embodies so much of what is already lurking in my dreams… Nina Ricci brings the most wonderfully whimsical world to life; full of beauty, mystery, and pure charm.

As much as music can influence my work, wearing a special scent can send my mind to these whimsical places, if only for a moment.

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You may even see what appears to be a real shadow dancer in the film… pure magic!

Post in collaboration with Nina Ricci
 
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COLOR STORIES | PART TWO

My world is constantly filled with color! Color has always played an enormous role in my artwork and it’s something that inspires me on a daily basis.

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When I’m beginning a painting, I try not to over-think color. I trust my mind to lead my paintbrush as I go. Of course, that confidence came after many years of studying color theory !

I love playing with shades of red and pink (like my favorite Gemvara D’Orsay ring) and discovering the different emotions they can convey. A pale pink being soft and elegant, a bold blue-fuchsia being strong yet soft all at once, and of course a fiery red that can be spotted from across the room. Just the smallest color differences can sing entirely different songs.

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When I hosted Gemvara in my workspace they brought the most wonderful gift… an array of colorful gems! Gems to paint and play with, to be exact. After creating this fashion drawing, I dove straight into the gems and began adhering them to my piece… bringing a new medium and life to the drawing. A sparkling gown of gems.

Speaking of, we’re giving away this original painting scattered with gems plus a $1000 gift card to Gemvara!For a chance to win, create a “My Color Story” pinboard (see mine here), and submit it on their site.

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 Gemvara is also offering my readers an exclusive 10% discount from now through Monday, October 13th!  Just click here or on any other link in this post to activate your discount! 
 
 In Collaboration with Gemvara.
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The Scent of Sì

Scents are full of such beauty. They can transport you to special moments in your life, remind you of someone dear, and they can illuminate your presence when you walk into a room. The power of fragrance fascinates me!

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Whenever I’m sketching around the idea of a scent, I spritz some around my workspace and try to encapsulate that scent within my artwork. Capturing elegance, strength, and femininity with each brushstroke. Just as Armani  portrays through its scent…

In collaboration with Giorgio Armani Beauty. #SaySì

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ART IN PLAID

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Painting through fall in a warm red flannel, one of my staples.

Check out my latest feature in Gap’s Styld.by!

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Post in collaboration with Gap Styld.by. Photo by Emma Jane Kepley.

 

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COLOR STORIES WITH GEMVARA

    I recently spent the day with bespoke fine jeweler, Gemvara. I invited them into my home, and along to experience my favorite Manhattan haunts. From the Upper East Side and Central Park, to one of my favorite places to pick out embellishments for my artwork.

 Of course they brought along some of their sparkling gems, and I went to town with them! I created a custom fashion illustration overflowing with precious gems; in a similar fashion to their process.

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Gemvara creates each and every piece to order so the jewelry is unique, special, and all your own. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent building my custom dream jewels on their site… I’m especially obsessed with their D’Orsay Collection! Here’s a statement ring I customized for myself. The green amethyst is stunning in person.

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We spent quite a lot of time talking about color, and how I’m inspired by it endlessly. Color has always been a huge influence in my work, ever since a teacher struck a chord with his explanation of color; He told me to look beyond the surface color. To look and see if I could pick out any other colors within that main hue. Seeing blue in red, seeing greens in someone’s skin tone, seeing orange within grey.

That idea has always stuck with me, which perhaps is one of the reasons I find gems to be so beautiful. I love the way a gem, like the green amethyst, can have hints of other colors within it… or look completely different in various lighting, or against different clothing colors. It’s fascinating! The green amethyst has a calmness to its light appearance that is soothing to the eye. The idea of birthstones is also fascinating to me. I believe that our birthdate has a significant impact on our personalities, so it’s fun to think of a stone capturing that within a color.

Beyond color, I love that gems are from the earth. If you follow me here, you probably know how much I love being connected to nature. It’s wonderful to look down at my hand and see a sparkling piece of the earth.

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Having a story behind my jewelry has always been important to me, so creating my own custom Gemvara pieces makes my jewels that much more special. They are pieces I will cherish for my entire life! #LiveInColor

Take a look at my Gemvara collection!

Post in collaboration with Gemvara.

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