The Lavender Dress

lavender dress fashion art print

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 […]

Sketchbook: China Through the Looking Glass

China Through the Looking Glass

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, […]

Quick Fashion Sketches of Dresses

Fashion Sketches by Beverly Brown

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 […]

Inspiration: Iris Apfel Documentary

iris apfel sketch by Beverly Brown

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, […]

Sketchbook: NYC Easter Parade 2015

nyc easter parade sketchbook Beverly Brown

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! […]

2014 Art Calendars + Holiday Shipping Deadlines

2014 fashion calendar |Beverly Brown Artist

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 […]

Fashion Art for Couture Lampshades


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 […]