Some time ago, I was introduced to an incredible artist by the name of Andy Espinoza. He works mainly with oils and charcoal, and creates breathtaking portraits and nudes. His romantic hand beautifully captures emotion within his portraiture… which take his work to another level. It’s incredible when you look into the eyes of a drawing and feel something beyond the two dimensional world before you.
Andy and I spoke about collaborating over the summer and we’ve finally made it happen. He sent me one of his charcoal portraits, which I then painted over with gouache. I’m usually not that intimidated to start a painting, but with a fear of ruining his work… this one made me nervous! I think the result is so special though… two different artists, minds, thoughts, mediums, processes, together on one page.
Her eyes tell it all.Portrait by Andy Espinoza (Charcoal) | Mask, Earrings, Lips, and Cheeks by Katie Rodgers (Gouache and sequins)
Since moving to New York City a month ago, I’ve been slowly discovering the gems that my Upper East Side neighborhood has to offer. Between Sarabeth’s, Le Paris Bistrot, and Tiny Dollhouse (!!!), I’m sure there are countless other places I’ve yet to find. I believe you can be inspired by wherever you happen to be, but New York definitely takes things to the next level.
While waiting for a table at Sarabeth’s, we wondered across the street to take a peek at Collette. I was swooning over fashions left and right… and as soon as I laid my eyes on these Louboutin Anemones I was head over heels (pun intended of course) in love!Fine Art Prints available here.
Painting with gouache is becoming an obsession… I can’t seem to stop!
Especially after ordering lots of new hues to play with…
If there were only one pair of shoes I could wear for the rest of time, it would be these fairytale Crystal Embellished Valentino Pumps.
Placing the sequins one by one to create this piece took time and patience… but of course, the process of a craft is often the most beautiful part.Fine Art Prints available here.