Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Coffee Art, Fashion Illustrations, Fashion Sketches and Fall Fashion

I'm longing for cool Fall weather so I can wear all my great Fall fashions and enjoy a warm cup of coffee on a crisp Autumn morning.  Since I'm in Southern California that is, alas, but a dream.  We are sweltering out here.  We have cooled off a little, it's not 90 degrees anymore, just 84 .  So while I am waiting , I painted a Fall Fashion Girl instead.

While I was in my love of coffee mood, I painted this little semi- customizable print.  You can choose which box you want checked on your print.  Or you can request different words.  And this print comes in two colors:  The white cup with pink lid, or the coral cup with white lid.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Little Black Dress Bridal Shower Gift Tags

We are all searching for the perfect Little Black Dress!  From Coco Chanel's original little black dress to Audrey Hepburn's collaboration with Givenchy, to today's designers, the Little Black dress is a staple of every woman's wardrobe.  You can dress it up, or down.  It can go from the office to cocktails.

This fashionista was taken from my original watercolor painting and she is ready for any festive occasion.  Whether you are having a Little Black Dress themed bridal shower, or you need tags for some hostess gifts, bridesmaids gifts or even a birthday gift this set of all occasion handmade gift tags are the perfect choice for you!

These are the coordinating Little Black Dress all occasion note cards.  They are also great for party invitations, thank you cards, or bridal showers.  These come in a set of 10 (3 1/2 in. x 5 in.) postcards from my original watercolor artwork.  Paired with 10 "Pink Lemonade" A1 envelopes (3 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in.).  the back side of the card is blank for writing.  There are larger quantities available for parties and events.

This Fashion Illustration Print is available in a 5 in. x 7 in. or an 8 in. x 10 in. print.  This would be great as dressing room art, or chic office wall art!

If only I had a little black dress that looked like this in my closet!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Watercolor Sketch Portrait

The other night I wanted to do an exercise in loosening up.  Sometimes I have a tendency to tighten up my paintings when I know they are for a commission, or are going to be for sale.  I want them to be perfect, and there is always a time crunch, so I don't want to make a mistake and have to start over.  But in thinking this way, I can lose some life, spontaneity or some happy accidents in the artwork.  Plus, when you are working with really expensive watercolor paper, you don't want to ruin it.  Also, I usually need to work on smaller paper, so it will fit in my scanner.  Working small automatically makes me slow down and be more detailed.

So this night, I decided to just do a loose sketch on some inexpensive larger (14in x 17in) sketch paper.   Not for sale or a commission, just for fun.  Although I started this out simply as a pencil sketch, and this paper is not meant for watercolor, I ended up adding watercolor anyway.  It was a lot of fun, and accomplished my goal of loosening up!

Monday, July 10, 2017

From London to Paris -Fashion Illustration

I've had these paintings in my mind and on the back burner for some time.  I finally got the chance to paint them.  I wanted to link some fashionable ladies with a soft focus minimal city scape in the background.  It was hard to narrow down which cities and which fashions I would do first.  

This London City Girl Print wears a mini plaid raincoat with tall black boots.  She's got a pop of yellow in her ensemble to keep her cheerful in all weather. And she has a bit of a 1960's retro feel.

This Paris City Girl Print is effortlessly elegant and chic in her polka dot black blouse, navy skirt, and french twist.  Are those roses bound to decorate her home or office?

I don't know what city will be next.  Could it be Tokyo, Rome, or New York?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Do You Need A Second Closet?

Not enough space for your shoe collection?  Do you wish you had a second closet?  Try!  They will take your extra stuff and store it for you, then bring it back when you need it again.  How amazing is that?  Check out their locations.

I know I'm not alone in the constant struggle for closet space.  I especially feel it when the seasons change.  Right now it is still really hot in Southern California, so we are still wearing our summer clothes. But I am longing for a cool down, and the chance to wear  some of my Fall outfits.  Luckily my sister has invited me to visit her in San Francisco.  I'm so excited to get the chance to buy a real winter jacket, some new sweaters and some boots.  Since we plan on doing a lot of walking and sight-seeing, I have my eye on something stylish yet comfy like the Carter Suede Ankle Booties by Coach, or the Elisabeth Shooties by Naturalizer.  My third option are the INC International Concepts Laini block-Heel Booties.  Ok, so the third option does have a higher heel, and I'm not sure how much walking I'll be able to do in them , but hey, they are super cute!!

It would be great to not have to limit ourselves.  Have one closet for Spring/Summer and a second for Fall/Winter!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fashion Sketchbook of the Emmys

I love to watch who walks down the red carpet at all the award shows, although I don't always have the time to see it.  Last week I made a point of checking out the amazing gowns that graced the Emmys.  I haven't pulled out my sketchbook for ages.  I thought maybe this would be a good time for it. 

Here's my interpretation of Olivia Culpo's snowball dress by Zac Posen.  She really looked lovely with her mauve lips, silver sandals and this semisheer strapless gown.

I've painted a couple more dresses, but haven't photographed them yet.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a photo session a little later in the week.  Stay tuned for another peek into my fashion sketchbook...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fashion Sketch of Gray Jeans, Red Heels and Gucci Bag

Ok, so I was supposed to be working on about 3 other things right now, but this loose little fashion sketch popped out instead.  I caught site of this super cute Gucci bag with hearts and I really want one.  Definitely not in the budget, so I painted it instead.

Have a stylish day everybody!