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Winter Fashion 2014

Who ever said that winter clothing has to be in dark tones? Fashion trends for 2014 seem to be braking all the rules. This year I have spotted vibrant pinks at Valentino, cut well above the knee and allowing the stylista to show off her shoes or boots.

Also part of the color palette are rich purples and burgundy. What I have noticed most are the pairings of rich, thick fabrics with thin silk style clothes.

For ski couture I saw the traditional white outfits and light grays that were combined with thicker gray felt pants. 

Beautiful paintings are making me look forward to spend time at the easel again.#art #painting

Beautiful paintings are making me look forward to spend time at the easel again.

#art #painting


I thought it might be fun to share a couple of photos I took during my explorations throughout Rome. 

My first impression was that of having stepped back in time. As you walk through the narrow alleys and especially once you enter the older parts of town it’s like stepping back in time. There is just so much history here that make you wish the walls would start sharing some of the things they have witnessed.

However walking through the Colleseum left me with a profound feeling of sadness. Seeing were Romans held their captives and the beasts they would have to encounter in a fierce fight for their lives made you wonder why people can be so blood thirsty.

Mondrian is in the House

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Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan (1872 – 1944) was a Dutch painter who is considered a major contributor to the De Stijl art movement, which is the geometric style we immediately think of when we hear the name Mondrian . Rather than painting sceneries with elaborate backgrounds Mondrian started with a  white background, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors, which was rather revolutionary for his time. 

Mondrian was born in Amersoort in the Netherlands, the second of his parents’ children. In 1892, Mondrian entered the Academy for Fine Art in Amsterdam. Most of his work during that time consisted of naturalistic or Impressionistic landscape paintings of windmills and the countryside. As other artists started to experiment with pointillism and the vibrant colors of Fauvism, Mondrian looked for a style to make it uniquely his own. 

On display in the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague are a number of paintings from this period, including such Post-Impressionist works as The Red Mill and Trees in Moonrise. Another painting, Evening (Avond) (1908), depicting a tree in a field at dusk, even augurs future developments by using a palette consisting almost entirely of red, yellow, and blue. Although it is in no sense Abstract , Avond is the earliest of Mondrian’s works to emphasize the primary colors. 

In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris were he was introduced to the Cubist movement. The influence of the work of Picasso and Georges Braque can be seen in the artists work. Paintings increasingly became dominated by geometric shapes and interlocking planes. 

"I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things… I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true."  — Piet Mondrian

Today Mondrian’s designs are still extremely popular and can be found on a variety of products. They are simple and therefore timeless, blending great with contemporary home decor. 

I also have used his design in a painting that I did in his style and on a variety of product available through my store.