TRAVELING ARTIST

They say, “Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”, and I full heartedly believe that. Travel does something to you that no book or movie could truly let you feel. The scents of different cities, it’s one of the most wonderful things. Like the warm scents of fresh pastries and cafe au laits that fill the glowing streets of Paris on a Sunday morning. The scents of sea life accompanied by the sounds of rushed buyers in the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market, or the eerie silence just outside of Santa Fe, with an occasional howling from coyotes in the dark of the night…

Traveling inspires me. It’s inevitable. You place yourself in a new part of the world, and your mind opens up without the slightest effort. You see things you’ve only read about, dreamt about, heard about! It all becomes real before your eyes, and it’s difficult to describe what a sensation that is… it’s pure inspiration, pure magic.

I like to carry art supplies with me to capture my travels, and to quickly document new ideas and inspirations. I remember sitting in an apartment I rented with a friend in Paris, and looking out the window to see someone cleaning in the apartment across the way. They hung a colorful diamond patterned rug out of the window, and I just thought it was so strikingly beautiful against the pale stucco building. So I captured it in my sketchbook.

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When I travel, I try my best to travel light. I like to be able to throw my painting supplies and sketchbook in my bag and not think twice about it. My absolute favorite travel accessory is my Escoda brush. It transforms from a small protective casing, to a full size brush. Take a look through my guide for the traveling artist here.

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Paris Sketchbook

The Eiffel Flower…

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It’s true, Paris is MAGIC.

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Dancing Dreams

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The plane is dark. Only the faint sounds of two French passengers chatting, in what sounds like a very deep conversation (but what do I know, I don’t speak French!). It’s 9:34PM in NYC, it’s 3:35AM in Paris. I should sleep. The problem is, every time I pull my sleeping mask over my eyes, my mind suddenly begins to choreograph a shadow dancer within the darkness. A soft white dancer… with a warm glow just around her. As soon as I see her, my mind suddenly awakes, trying to capture her every movement. It’s wonderful.
In just under four hours, I will arrive in Paris. Paris has always been a dream to me, a mystical place filled with all of the light in the world… They say it has enough magic to inspire just about anyone who’s lucky enough to step onto it’s picturesque streets!
I’m not sure why I’ve never been to Paris in all of my travels, but I believe that certain moments happen when they do for good reason. Perhaps I’ll appreciate it much more than I would’ve when I was younger.
Only time will tell…
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LADIES IN DELPOZO

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“They prefer watching from afar… and wearing Delpozo!”

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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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