If you follow me on instagram, you are well aware that I have an obsession with shadows and shadow puppets. There’s something so wonderful about the simplistic silhouettes cast onto the wall, taking on a life of their own with the right amount of imagination. It’s little things like these that inspired me as a child. I remember spending hours with my hand shadow puppet book, trying to get every figure just right.
I built a few shadow puppet ladies (which I’ll show you later on) and they took on a life of their own against the natural morning light.
When I’m creating a new piece I impulsively turn to the web to search for inspiration. It’s an efficient way to explore the world for new ideas… and often leads me to things I may never have come across if I were exploring my own neighborhood.
While the internet is lovely for triggering ideas, I’ve found it to be confining once I start working on bringing an idea to life. For instance, it’s one thing to illustrate a pair of pointe shoes by searching for images online… but to have those pointe shoes in your hand, studying every angle, feeling the satin ribbons, seeing them cast ever changing shadows throughout the day, that’s what takes inspiration to a whole new level.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouring Ebay for vintage items to inspire new pieces (take a peek at my findings here). Items like pointe shoes, gramophone horns, venetian masks, the list goes on and on! I’ve purchased a few of these things to study and inspire me, and I can’t wait to share the paintings with you.
My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
One of my favorite sources for artistic inspiration, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration is a must for every fashion artist’s library. Filled with over a century of fashion history seen through the artistic visions of masters such as René Gruau, Christian Bérard, and Bernard Blossac.
Join me and Laurence King Publishing on instagram and share your love for fashion illustration with the hashtag #PFxLKgiveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book. I’ll be choosing a winner next Wednesday, October 16th.
Open to US residents only.
Watercolor illustration on top of a vintage Manhattan map. Prints available here.
I remember the days I dreamt of living in New York City; It was during college, when I truly discovered my love for fashion. However, life often leads you to unexpected places, and I ended up moving to Boston for a job after my studies. At the time, I was disappointed that so many of my friends were on their way to NYC, while I was unpacking my bags just four hours north.
As you know, over the past five and a half years, I’ve grown to admire Boston more than I ever thought I could. I’ve learned to not only appreciate, but love the city’s small town feel, it’s incomparable passion for sports, summers filled with sailboats, and the romantic snowy winters. There’s something about Boston that helped me grow… it helped me figure out who I was as an artist, and where I wanted to go.
After many memorable years, the time has come for a new adventure…. A new adventure in New York! The past few days I’ve been moving my life into a charming apartment on the Upper East Side… exploring my new surroundings, and working to create a new home and studio. It still hasn’t quite hit me yet, but with the start of New York Fashion Week, I’m sure it will consume me soon enough!
The glamour of it all! New York! America! – Charlie Chaplin
I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new journey, and look forward to the new world that New York has to offer.
A small tribute to NYC I worked on a while back…
I’m thrilled to announce my second online course!
Join me in video lessons covering the basics of using watercolor, while focusing on shoes. Sign up and read about the course here- class launches August 13th. Stay tuned for a video teaser!
Sign up to take my previous class over here.