January 31, 2008

(99) Wispy
I used two light sources to accentuate the subtle layering in this dress. It is constructed from layers of gauze that allow it to drape in a light, floating "Great Gatsby-movie" sort of way. (Where's Robert Redford when you need him?)
"The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape"...Coco Chanel

January 30, 2008

(98) Shimmer
8 x 16, oil
~Love the fluid quality of this fabric. Painting the iridescent sheen was intriguing, and one of the things "on my list" to explore in paint.
"I don't design clothes. I design dreams"...Ralph Lauren

January 29, 2008

(97) Swish...
8 x 16, oil
(Swish is the sound the tulle in this dress makes when I wear it)...I have read that many artists throughout history, including Degas and Sargeant, placed costumes on mannequins in order to study how the fabric hangs and better understand how to sketch and paint fabric folds. And, in the case of figure or portrait paintings, sometimes the clothing could be painted from the mannequin first--then the client would wear the costume
for the remainder of the portrait sitting, thereby reducing the amount of time the client had to pose. Brilliant.
"Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing?"...Yves Saint Laurent

January 28, 2008

(96) Favorite LBD
8 x 16, oil
private collection
I chose a different canvas size for this one (8 x 16) that I feel is perfect for the elongated subject. In order to post it to the blog, I photographed it on a neutral square background (so the gray on each side is not actually part of the painting itself)
Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress in 1926 and it is still a fashion staple 82 years later. "One is never over or under dressed in a little black dress"....Karl Lagerfield (from the house of Chanel)

January 25, 2008

(95) My Mother's Hat
6 x 6, oil
private collection
"Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed, six month hence. I believe people entirely devoid of imagination can never be really good gardeners"...Alice Morse Earle, 1897
(I am stepping away from the easel to spend time with family for a couple of days. Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy YOUR weekend~FCP)

January 24, 2008

(94) 50's Fashion
6 x 8, oil
This is a favorite hat that I found at a vintage shop--a Gwenn Pennington creation that is stunning from any angle.
"Fashions fade, style is eternal"...Yves Saint Laurent

January 23, 2008

(93) Fanfare
6 x 6, oil
I love these colors together, the hat is an old favorite.
"You can flirt with a fan in your hand. You can flirt with a cigarette, too. But you can really flirt with a hat"...Delores Foster

January 22, 2008

(92) Tribute to Audrey
6 x 6, oil
private collection
"If a woman rebels against high-heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat"...George Bernard Shaw

January 21, 2008

(91) MLK Day
6 x 6, oil
private collection
As a young girl, I was inspired by Dr. King's grace, courage, wisdom, and vigilant dedication to
fighting poverty and encouraging peaceful solutions. He issued a challenge to people of all races and backgrounds to act, and he is one of the reasons I became a member of the ONE Campaign, an organization dedicated to making poverty history in our lifetime.
This eloquent message of peace and hope dates back 40 years, but it is just as applicable and timely today:
"We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will-and determination- to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment"
...Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2008

(90) Platforms
6 x 8, oil
"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?"

January 19, 2008

(89) Vogue
6 x 6, oil
I found several of these mannequins a few years ago and have enjoyed using them to display my hat collection. Today, I discovered that one could also be the perfect model for painting. I didn't have to worry about her getting sleepy, shifting positions, or requiring a break. And not once did her boyfriend call on her cellphone. Priceless.
"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted"...Mae West

January 18, 2008

(88) Opera Gloves
6 x 6, oil
"Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it"...Yves Saint Laurent

January 17, 2008

(87) Spring Fever
6 x 6, oil
Outside it is a dreary, cold, rainy January morning...but wear your shades in my studio, honey, because it is spring in here!
"To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It is like make-up. It is the most incredible accessory. The shape of the frame or the color of lenses can change your whole appearance"...Vera Wang

January 16, 2008

(86) Derby Hat
6 x 6, oil
"Life is like a new hat. You don't know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror"... Shirley Maclaine

January 15, 2008

(85) Red Hot, Baby!
6 x 6, oil
I started out painting "girl stuff" with the plan to switch subjects after a week, but here I am two weeks into it, and (a) I have lots more stuff and (b) I find the challenges of painting satin, velvet and animal prints, as well the decisions involved in rendering metal and glass (in the lipsticks and nail polish) to be most informative, demanding, and interesting.
Before I started the daily-painting challenge, I sat down and listed over 200 subjects that I wanted to study in paint. One such challenge was sheer fabric, which I attempted above. Can you tell that some of the scarf is sheer, and other parts are overlapped?
A lot of daily-painters opt to paint the same fruits and vegetables for months or even years at a time. And, while I see the merit in choosing a subject to study in depth; I would miss the challenges and painting decisions that a variety of subjects demands (plus, I would lose my mind)--which reminds me of a great scene from one of my all-time favorite movies "The Four Seasons" (written and directed by the brilliant Alan Alda) in which Nick explains how boring his wife, and his life, have become. He tells
his friend Jack about his wife's obsession with photographing the same vegetables over and over..."For a year and a half, all we talked about was zucchini. Then, for another year it was green peppers. That was a nice change..."

January 14, 2008

(84) The Line-Up
private collection
6 x 8, oil
"Fashion fades. Only style remains the same"...Coco Chanel

January 13, 2008

(83) Bling
6 x 6, oil
"Zest is the secret of beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest"...Christian Dior

January 12, 2008

(82) Heart of Gold
6 x 6, oil
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary"...Sir Cecil Beaton, fashion photographer

January 11, 2008

(81) Go for the Gold
6 x 6, oil
"I am inspired by the movement and rhythm of the seasons, by the search for newness, the diversity and breadth of possibilities of what someone would like in a variety of worlds"...Ralph Lauren

January 10, 2008

(80) Basking in the Glow
6 x 6, oil
""The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural"...Calvin Klein

January 9, 2008

(79) Paper Fan
6 x 6, oil
"Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future"...Coco Chanel

January 8, 2008

(78) Fabulous at Forty
6 x 6, oil
""Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40, after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely"...Christian Dior

January 7, 2008

(77) The Usual Suspects
6 x 6, oil
"If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels"...Charlize Theron

January 6, 2008

(76) Dancing Shoes
9 x 12, oil
This is a fun piece that I painted for a women-in-the-arts exhibit.
"I don't care who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot"...Marilyn Monroe

January 5, 2008

(75) Pink Ice
6 x 6, oil
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love"...Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

January 4, 2008

(74) Almost ready...
6 x 8, oil
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous"...Coco Chanel

January 3, 2008

(73) Scent of a Woman
6 x 6, oil
private collection
"It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure"...Coco Chanel

January 2, 2008

(72) Pearls
6 x 8, oil
private collection
Ever since I bought this mannequin hand I have wanted to paint it; and keeping it white-on-white allowed me to explore the subtleties of warm and cool tones.
"Every good artist paints what (s)he is"...Jackson Pollack

January 1, 2008

(71) Peace on Earth
private collection
8 x 10, oil
~ In this new year, it is my fervent wish and prayer that we find peace in our own hearts, so that we may extend that gift to the world each day ~~FCP

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Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God...Matthew: 5:9
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"If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart"...Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)
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"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace"...Buddha
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"The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war"...Desiderius Erasmus (1469-1536)
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"There was never a good war or a bad peace"... Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
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"I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more. All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers"...Chief Joseph (1840-1904)
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"Good works are links that form a chain of love. I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"...
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
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"Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other".... Elie Wiesel (1928- )
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"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means"...Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
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"Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom".... The XIVth Dalai Lama (1935- )
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"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding"... Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1883)
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"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding"... Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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"We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace"...William Gladstone (1809-1898)
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"It is possible to live in peace"...Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
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"There is no way to peace; peace is the way"...A.J. Muste (1885-1967)
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"Let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people."...John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
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"To reach peace, teach peace"...Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)
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All we are saying is give PEACE a chance...
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one... John Lennon (1940-1980)