“Do you know that looks like you?”

“Is that supposed to be you?” “Why do you always draw/paint yourself?” “Yeah, but do you KNOW it looks like you?” Ad infinitum. I have to admit, I’m always puzzled by this question and its variations. A man drawing his wife or girlfriend never has to answer this. No one would ever comment on it…

Sirin ~ Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my inspiration for my painting “Sirin” came from my general love of Russian Fairytales and Medieval painting. I spent a lot of time looking at 3 books I have on Russian Lacquer Miniatures. The art is usually on a black background with strong red and orange colors, with some lovely blue and green…

Elstir Pinterest Inspiration Board

Before Pinterest I used to have stacks of paper all over. I’ve written before about how Pinterest’s feed change made it useless, but it’s still very useful if you actually need a place to store images. The idea, drawing, and color palette for Elstir came first. But afterwards I went through some of my favorite…

Pinterest~ Realgar and Gold

The top left image is from the Halloween Tarot by Bajema. Even though I don’t collect tarot, I fell in love with this project and ordered them.  The golden film stills are from Fritz Lang’s two part epic, “Die Nibelungen.” Everyone is far more familiar with Wagner’s version, but the plot here is different. It’s…

Pinterest~ Dark Fantasy

I am so in love with that first pin. I found it here: Sweet Leigh. The whole editorial is from Italian Vogue and it is just bonkers good. Total Game of Thrones, but better. If I wrote, I’d totally write a fantasy GOT rip off with a gorgeous black princess version of Daenerys Targaryen. Not…

Pinterest~ Indian Summer

Late August, September, and October are Indian Summer here. It’s humid with no breeze, esp at night. As much as I hate the heat I do love the pale blue sky with the golden green leaves. There’s so much to look at. I just want to paint it all.

Pinterest ~cool Autumn mindscape

All I can think about the last two days is cool weather. It’s finally shown up, at least for the moment. I’ve already had hot cocoa twice.  Pinterest stopped working a while ago, maybe a year ago, when they changed their algorithm. But it was one of two platforms I actually like (the other being…

Inspiration- music

Along with my permanent musical inspirations- Bowie, Roxy Music, and all things late 60s/70s- there are a few more current musicians that I find inspiring. Of Monsters and Men- My Head is an Animal- an Icelandic group with whimsical, cheery music. They’re like listening to a weird and wonderful children’s book. Florence + the Machine-…

Star Princess and Pluta

My husband brought me flowers and a gift the other day! A week or so ago, I came across this paperdoll on Pinterest which I had when I was a kid. “Star Princess and Pluta.” Seriously, were the 70s/early 80s the best or what? he tracked it down and surprised me with it! They are…

Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comic Strip, vol 1.

Tove’s commentary on modern art ;D And her thoughts on being an artist. The beauteous Snorkmaiden, beloved of Moomin. The Moomins go to The Riviera. Snorkmaiden meets “The Great Little Audrey Glamour,” (Audrey Hepburn). Snorkmaiden tries her first lipstick and bikini. And meets a Riveria rake. The Mymble and Snorkmaiden encounter adorable pirates and promptly…

Heat: “I am an artisan”

“I am an artisan. I work with my hands. My model is from the Renaissance. The bodega. The artist workshop. Giotto. Rapheal. Michelangelo. These are my inspirations.” I just finished Bill Buford’s, “Heat.” He gets a wild hair and asks to work in Mario Batali’s restaurant, Babbo. From there he goes to Italy and eventually ends up in…

Dark Lady

I have two modes dictated by the seasons: Magic (or Magick if that’s your thing) and Space. Every Autumn and Winter I gravitate towards everything supernatural and every Spring I switch over to technology. Everything from the clothes I want to wear, the shows I want to watch, and the music I listen to. I…

Elsita

p.p.s.~ the white paper made the rest of this photo so dark. However, you can see my Nosferatu hands rather well. I have finally bought a print by Elsa Mora! Her work is very lovely. Whimsical without being saccharine and perfectly ageless! I became a fan of hers when I was pregnant with Karl, but money was…

Dark Shadows fashion part 2 {Michelle Pfeiffer’s hair}

I know what you’re thinking and you’re right, why isn’t everyone talking about how great Michelle Pfeiffer’s hair is in Dark Shadows? Because the world is populated by Philistines. So I have a confession, I love big Charlie’s Angels hair. Which is of course the opposite of what I have. But I have hope, because…

Dark Shadows fashion part 1

I had the pleasure of seeing Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. And yes, it’s very current Tim Burtony with all of the good and bad that goes with that. The good is that the movie has a lovely painterly aesthetic, without the cgi blurriness of his Alice. There’s still cgi in Dark Shadows, but it’s not…

New England Gothic~ Seven Gables sketches and inspiration

I love Fall. Love it. The air just smells better. Green and Orange, the colors of Autumn are my favorites. I was looking through the collections of some designers and Samantha Pleet’s Fall 2012 collection caught my eye. It’s wonderful. Very New England and slightly… witchy? Immediately all I wanted to do was re-read Jackson’s…

Moonrise Kingdom, Social Services, and Red Hair

wouldn’t it be fun if Royal Tenenbaum was related to Social Services from “Moonrise Kingdom?” i haven’t been blogging much bc i don’t love wordpress-yet. and i’m really busy with art. i do however have loads more to say about Moonrise Kingdom, bt that’ll have to wait until next week

The Fairest of the Seasons

“The Fairest of the Seasons” PRINTS FOR SALE IN MY SHOP inspired by Nico’s rendition of “The Fairest of the Seasons”“now that it’s timenow that the hour hand has landed at the endnow that it’s realnow that the dreams have given all they had to lendi want to knowdo i stay or do i goand…

Book Love~ books and Betty sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens may actually be some of my favorite things, but these books  definitely are! i wanted to do a quick post about some of the books i keep closest to me and frequently use for inspiration. There are boxes more still unpacked and i’ll post an update when i get…

new year, knights, and fortune’s fools

“You and the land are one… drink from the chalice and you will be reborn and the land with you.”   “Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bore my sins….

leaves of gold and silver

i love fall for the beautiful leaves. when i walk with karl we collect the prettiest leaves we can find. but forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. our neighbors have the loveliest tree in the loveliest setting. all gold and silver when i look out of my window. i sneaked a peak and felt a…

anthropologie catalog, autumn 2001~

calling all yankie spirits~ i first discovered “anthropologie” in 2001. i was delighted that an entire company was dedicated to yankie secretary style. between the twin evils of expense and impossible fit {hello sewing}, i’ve never owned anything of theirs, but their catalogs still inspire my sartorial choices.step into the way-back machine and say hello…

welcome autumn!

autumn, like spring, is a changing season. already the long hot days of august are fading and there is a new crispness in the air. the light falls golden instead of the white, blinding light of summer. witches and fairies roam the countryside. wolves and changelings lurk behind every tree. transformation is in the air… “trois femmes…

paris is burning

listen: st.vincent ~ paris is burning i’ve been listening to st. vincent’s “marry me” non-stop. her second album is good, but seems to suffer from song samyness, common to her genre. “marry me”, however is beautiful. i highly recommend picking it up.  “paris is burning” in particular is very inspiring. it has a slight 1920s…

lynch’s heart of glass

i have to admit, i’ve always found gucci terribly gauche so lynch doing an ad for them is a little surprising. i know, i know, david lynch is not something most people would connect with good taste… but gucci? dior, yes. chanel yes. ysl, very very yes. perhaps it’s gucci’s vulgarity that made this even…