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Many readers asked me to work with a Picasso painting, and I happily oblige. These outfits are based on beige, just as the painting is literally on a beige background. Accents of red, orange, yellow, a touch of green, and you're set for almost anything!
My guiding adjectives for this project were warm, saturated, and clear, with unexpected bursts of bright against the toasty neutral.
This is a wardrobe that could see someone through much of the summer! ... View the Post
This painting is currently at the Art Institute of Chicago, as part of the Celia and David Hilliard Collection exhibit. I'm not sure if it's oil - I suspect it might be pastel - but it captivates me immediately...
My impressions from this were of warmth, and simplicity - clear lines and powdery soft colors, with matte finishes.
Don't these eight outfit, when assembled together, give you a great summer wardrobe - especially for travel? Okay, you may not want to pack eight pairs of shoes...
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This is such a great painting - simple, but beautifully balanced and whimsical, with a wonderful usage of multiple shades of green. Many people find green hard to wear, but if it looks good on you, I say wear it often, and with a smile.
From this painting, I drew primarily the idea of looking for a lot of different shades of green, and of balancing the outfits through the strategic use of green accessories...
Does anybody else remember reading a book - maybe as a child in the '60's - that included a character named Mrs. Moss? She was a schoolteacher, and she ALWAYS wore green? It's tickling around in the back of my head, and I can't figure out if I really read this, or if it was a figment of my over-active ... View the Post
This painting made me think of subdued yet strong colors - both warm and cool. Intensely pigmented, but muted in brightness... It was a beautiful challenge. ... View the Post
This painting was suggested by a reader, and I'm so happy to have been given the chance to study this in greater detail. I love the contrast of warm and cold colors, the blues and purples contrasted with the acid light green and warm tans... ... View the Post
This painting is so beautiful - the first thing that struck me was the clean simplicity of it. So I was initially drawn to cool, somewhat architectural clothes, of course in blue...
More blue - still simple, clean, with silver accents.
I loved this sweater juxtaposed with a lace skirt- it felt like it captured the balance between the simplicity of the overall painting contrasted with the delicacy of the flowers. And there was no way I could resist chambray...
And even winter clothing can reflect the beauty of this painting. Soft sweaters, tweed, suede, all capture the gentle grace Katsushika Hokusai brought to life here. ... View the Post
So very simple. Tall, austere, lean, yet radiant. Vertical is balanced with the striations of the sky. Soft, cloudy, stormy around the edges, luminous throughout. A lifetime of personal style inspiration could easily come from this...
A stunning dress, with simple earrings, pumps, and a structured bag. A casual tee shirt dress, with shoes and a necklace that echo the sky in our inspirational painting.
A cloudy grey coat, with soft suede boots and a stormy sky scarf, or a lacy dress with some dark accents, a soft and flowing wrap, and skylit shoes. Even the earrings are lacy!
Another sleek dress with simple silvery accessories, or maybe a sweatshirt, soft corduroy jeans, suede booties, and another scarf ... View the Post
Sand, sky, and deep water - the perfect juxtaposition of cool and warm colors... ... View the Post
Not colors for the faint of heart, but another example of how combining warm and cool colors is not just possible, but potentially a striking and memorable personal style statement. ... View the Post
Ah, the painting from which the Impressionists, and Impressionism, took their name! Soft blues, punctuated with a dash of black, and the surprisingly perfect juxtaposition of orange... ... View the Post
If you were ever afraid of mixing shades of blue, this might give you courage! ... View the Post