Thursday, June 27, 2013

{ sail away... }

Image via Jetsetter

A custom commission I did last year for the ever-stylish Alex, owner and head designer at AP Design House.

Though my sea legs are actually not that sturdy, any travel daydreams I have inevitably seem to come back to wooden-hulled boats slicing through jewel blue seas; thickly coiled ropes; breton stripes amassing and windswept, salty hair. Don't these pics make you want to slip on your espadrilles and set sail?! I thought I would share a few to get you through the end of the week - plus some commissions I have completed, some old, some new - but all reminding me of that sea-faring feeling I love so much. Enjoy!

Image via SPRING

'Le Premier Poussin' - a snippet of a marlin I did for a dear friend,
which in turn became a wedding anniversary gift for her mad-keen-fisherman-husband.

Image via my Pinterest

This piece I completed for my sister - it was a wedding gift to some great friends of hers that have a real style about them. She wanted something gender neutral but also with an underlying sentiment - and she came up with idea of a big, chunky knot. I was thrilled to do it as I really enjoy doing the monochromatic pieces every now and then, and the textures in this one were perfect to sink my teeth into. And yes there are multiple puns intended indeed - not only did they 'tie the knot', they also live in Knott St!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{ a beautiful contrast }

Image via Art in Picture

I just stumbled across this image and thought it was so beautiful. A black & white Monet with that great white beard; I imagine him humble yet distinguished with his shining shoes and French tweed. Such a contrast to the beautiful expanse of those ethereal, watery, pastel waterlilies he is painting...

Claude Monet's  'Matin' (troiseme panneau). Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris.  Via Intermonet

Both stop me in my tracks. Both so arresting.

I took this last picture the first time I visited the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris in 2009. This old French man was very stylish, and the two of us sat and wandered these rooms for what was possibly an hour. I remember thinking we were two strangers from opposite sides of the world but could share in an understood silence - both just enjoying the wonder and beauty that surrounded us. 

I love this picture and the memories it holds, it always makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too.

See you soon,
Pip x