Chic New Yorkers strike a pose in their Sunday best at New York’s Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. This annual event dates from the 1870s, and was later immortalized by Irving Berlin, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the movie, Easter Parade. I’m always impressed by the participants’ creativity and enthusiasm. Clearly these people have spent days crafting their looks. It’s also a […]
And now for some totally escapist fun with watercolor fashion week sketches inspired by the runways of Paris and Milan. Paris Couture Week Spring 2017 Dreamy fairy-tale style evening dresses and headpieces by Maria Grazia Chiuri, in her first haute couture collection for Christian Dior. Ageless at 85, fashion model Carmen Dell’Orefice regally walked the runway at […]
Wearing her best 1950s retro chic cocktail dress, she toasts the New Year with pink champagne. Happy New Year wishes (& a glass of champagne)! Wishing you peace, joy, good health and creative inspiration in 2017. This iPad painting is available as a print in my online shop. And for a limited time, you can purchase […]
Lavender and gray fashion art inspired by an ethereal evening gown by Lanvin/Castillo from 1956. See the original dress at Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 5th. Created with PanPastel on charcoal paper, it’s available as a fine art print in my online shop.
New Paintings of Paris, Fashion, Flowers and the New York Skyline…. Having done my vacationing earlier in the summer, I took advantage of that quiet period in August, when most sensible New Yorkers leave town. It was a gift to have uninterrupted time in the studio to work on new paintings. Paris That feeling of coolness in the midst […]
From my sketchbook….. some inspiring looks from Fall/Winter Fashion Week 2016 in New York, Milan and Paris. An aqua blue dress by Carolina Herrera with a Jazz-Age feel. (Painted with PanPastels & available as a fine art print.) Alessandro Michele’s whimsical technicolor designs for Gucci. Karl Lagerfeld’s always-inventive variations on the classic Chanel suit.
This red evening dress painting (made with PanPastels on charcoal paper) was inspired by a gown from Giambattista Valli’s dreamy collection for Couture Fashion Week 2016. His designs were inspired by Parisian gardens: the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Palais-Royal and the Jardin des Tuileries.
Holiday Greetings from NYC! This festive red PanPastel sketch was made at the Society of Illustrators’ Sketch Night – a fantastic place to draw, particularly if you are interested in fashion. This is my last post of the year before taking a much-needed vacation. I wish you all a happy, healthy and inspiring holiday season!
This watercolor painting was inspired by a coral evening dress from Alessandro Michele’s ethereal Spring/Summer 2016 collection for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week.
For the last day of summer….. a sun-dappled garden party painting, created digitally on my iPad.
This watercolor fashion painting was inspired by the dreamy Tadashi Shoji Spring/Summer 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
Inspiration is everywhere. I painted this watercolor a few weeks ago. It’s based on a sketch I made at the Society of Illustrators here in NYC. The model’s dress was pale yellow (I recall), but as you can see, my nail color that day apparently influenced my paint palette. In any case, I named this painting, “The Lavender Dress.” And here is the lavender […]
I recently visited the “China Through the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in NYC. It’s a bit of a multi-media extravaganza, but nevertheless a feast for the eyes. The show is a collaboration between the Met’s Costume Institute and Department of Asian Art. High fashion is on display next to traditional Chinese costume, decorative arts, […]
The other night I attended the New York Society of Illustrators sketch night – a live fashion drawing event where all the poses were limited to 7 minutes or less. Most model drawing classes are run in a similar way, with very short poses leading up to longer poses. As I quickly made my fashion sketches, I was reminded of what a pleasure it is […]
Have you noticed lately that stylish women “of a certain age” have become trendy? Photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s blog and documentary, Advanced Style, about fabulously fashionable older people (mostly women) has legions of fans – myself included. Writer Joan Didion is modeling for Celine. The other day I saw “Iris,” the new documentary about Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old style icon, by the late, […]
The NYC Easter Parade & Easter Bonnet Festival is one of those eccentric “only-in-New-York” events that makes me grateful to live here. Unlike many parades, where the floats are the focus, the Easter parade is all about the people who dress to be seen and wear THE most fabulous bonnets – many made by hand. Their dogs dress up too! […]
They’re predicting 2-4 inches of snow today in NYC! Not a good sign for the first day of spring. Fortunately art provides the perfect escape from reality. In the spirit of spring, here is a new digital fashion painting in shades of peach and mint green. It is for sale as a print in my shop.
This week the top American fashion designers showed off their Fall 2015 collections at New York Fashion Week. One of the designers who always inspires me is Christian Siriano. This impressionist style digital painting was inspired by a gorgeous red petal gown from his latest collection.
Like so many people these days, my day-to-day calendar is electronic – but I haven’t given up on paper. I still enjoy keeping an annual wall calendar by my desk. Visualizing the year at a glance helps me keep things in perspective. If the calendar is beautiful…so much the better. With this in mind, I’ve […]
International Shades, a company that makes high-end, couture lampshades, recently contacted me about using one of my fashion art images for their marketing campaign. Lampshades and fashion might not seem like an obvious combination, but when you see their whimsical and sophisticated designs, it makes perfect sense. Here’s their ecard announcement for an upcoming trade […]