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.
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.
You may even see what appears to be a real shadow dancer in the film… pure magic!Post in collaboration with Nina Ricci
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
It’s no secret that I’m largely inspired by music. Having grown up in a house full of musical instruments and the sounds of my brother composing, it’s naturally part of my life. I spend hours upon hours rummaging through Spotify in search of soundtracks to inspire. Honestly, having the perfect painting soundtrack is as important to me as having the actual supplies to paint! I love getting lost in the music; music that subtly tells my paintbrush a story.
Over the past year, I’ve been curating a playlist that inspires my beloved shadow dancers. Each and every one of these songs sings shadow dancers from my imagination, through my paintbrush and onto my paper. It’s one of those unspoken phenomenons, something you can’t quite put into words. The notes that radiate from my speakers speak some sort of magic…
Can you hear them dancing?
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