Thursday, December 22, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Iris Tsante.

I am in love with the tongue-in-cheek jewelry by artist Iris Tsante.  
"I consider jewelry as a process of exploring ways to define the senses of 'beauty' and 'value' in reference to memories of significant objects and the subsequent human/social connections related to them."
Ms. Tsante is currently exhibiting at Galerie Ra in Amsterdam through 12 February. 

To see more work and read her bio, click here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011



This scarf reminded me of the work of Marsden Hartley, an artist I always encountered when reading about American art of the 20th century, but whose work I never really investigated.  


Hartley (1877-1943) was an American Modernist painter, poet, and writer, born in Maine.


Hartley's work was shown alongside many other well-known American artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Charles Sheeler, at Alfred Stieglitz's legendary 291 Gallery in New York.

Though Hartley traveled extensively throughout the United States, and was eventually categorized as an authentically American artist, he also lived in Europe and was greatly influenced by German Expressionism, and inspired by German military pageantry, as seen in the works shown here.


While in Europe, Hartley became acquainted with Gertrude Stein, Wassily Kandinsky (discussed here), and Franz Marc (recently discussed here), each of whom had a distinct influence on his work.


In the later years of his career, Hartley moved back to the U.S., and became a part of the Regionalism movement, depicting scenes of local life in both his paintings and his writing.


Hartley considered his art a spiritual journey, and found great meaning in symbolism.


"My work embodies little visions of the great intangible..."
--Marsden Hartley


Wool coat: vintage, thrifted
Scarf: thrifted
Riding pants: Tahari
Leather boots: Franco Sarto (also worn here and here)
Socks: Gold Toe (also worn here)
Leather purse: vintage (also worn here)
  Striped tunic: H&M
Leather gloves: Urban Outfitters

[Hartley images from,,, and, respectively.]

Friday, December 9, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Sacred Heart.

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Red/Gold), 1997-2005

I've been on the lookout for a festive shoe that will add a bit of dazzle to my holiday ensembles.  When I came across this pair by Irregular Choice, I was immediately reminded of Jeff Koons' Sacred Heart

I captured the above photo when the sculpture was displayed on the roof of the Met in 2008, and I think it's the perfect piece to embody the holiday spirit of giving (although the sculpture itself is valued at $20-30 million, a bit high for most of our gift giving budgets).

Get the look with The Baby Beauty Shoe in Pink, $120 at

Thursday, December 8, 2011



I recently thrifted a book of painting and sculpture from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and came across the work of Robert H. Hudson (b. 1938), a Bay Area sculptor.


Hudson's work was new to me, but combined a few of my favorite things:  Abstract Expressionism, the Bay Area color palette, and assemblage.


Hudson began as a painter (comparable to the work of Richard Diebenkorn, also from the Bay Area) and slowly moved toward a combination of painting, sculpture, and found objects, eventually known as Funk Art Assemblage.

Robert Hudson-Signature

"Drawing from a reservoir of images, memories, ideas, and stories, he has developed a unique and ever-expanding language which he puts to use in a multitude of mediums."


I'm wearing a thrifted skirt worn as a dress, vintage leather belt, thrifted and DIY jean jacket, Lauren Merkin clutch, and Tory Burch boots.


[Hudson images from,, and; quote from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: The Painting and Sculpture Collection, 1985.]

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011


Sacramento recently alerted me to this inspiring remake project happening on Booooooom.  Above are a few of my favorites.  I also noted the multiple versions of Man in a Red Turban.
View the updated gallery or submit your own here.

[Matisse's Femme au Chapeau by Stella Vula, van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles by Joshua Louis Simon, and Renoir's Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary by Marianna Oboeva.]

Friday, December 2, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Picasso Newsprint.

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Newspaper and Packet of Tobacco, 1914

I've been swooning over these Picasso-inspired Oscar de la Renta pieces since they came down the runway and now they are available for pre-order.  
The papier collĂ© (cut paper collage) technique evoked in the print was an essential element of Cubism, and would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe!
View my Picasso Cubism post here.

Scarf ($490) and Dress ($1,390) available at Nordstrom.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011



The colors I wear are always very specific, expressive choices, related to my mood or surroundings.  This is an ideal that I share with the late German Expressionist Franz Marc.


Marc (1880-1916) was a painter and printmaker, and one of the founders of the artistic collaborative known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider).


Along with Auguste Macke and Wassily Kandinsky, Marc founded Der Blaue Reiter journal in 1911, which became synonymous with the German Expressionist movement in Munich.
View my Kandinsky post here.


In 1912, Marc met Robert Delaunay, who greatly influenced Marc's artistic shift toward Futurism.


Within months after being sent to the front in World War I, Marc was listed as a notable artist and was slated to be removed from combat.  However, he was killed in battle in 1916, before he could be sent home.

Blue Horse, another painting, Franz Marc

For Marc, particular colors had very specific meanings.  For example, blue signified masculinity or spirituality, and red symbolized violence.


"Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them."    --Franz Marc


I'm wearing a vintage silk blouse, thrifted Ellen Tracy silk skirt, vintage cardigan, Urban Outfitters socks, whistle pendant from the Brooklyn Flea, and Marni shoes.

[Marc images from, Leicester Arts and Museums Service,, and, respectively.]

Monday, November 28, 2011



In the spirit of the shopping season, I've put together a collection of (mostly affordable) gift ideas for the artfully minded individual.  I would love to give or receive everything on this page!  

Not pictured is my absolute favorite gift: a museum membership.  Not only does it generally provide the recipient with free admission, discounts, and access to special events, it also supports the institution and its ability to bring art to others.

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Nicole Eisenman, Winter Solstice 2012 Dinner Party (2009), oil on canvas

Today, among many, many other things, I am thankful for inspiration and the opportunity to share it with others.
Most sincere wishes for an uplifting holiday. 
[Image from]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I've been busy working on a whole new collection of Artfully Awear holiday (and anytime) greeting cards. 
Featuring original watercolor and opaque ink sketches, the cards are available for sale on my Etsy page.
  "Like" Artfully Awear on Facebook for a special discount code!
UPDATE 11/24:  The greeting cards have sold out.  I will be listing more in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


One of the most well-known portraits in the History of Art is Portrait of a Man (1433) by 15th century Flemish painter Jan van Eyck.


Painted in 1433, the relatively tiny painting (10 x 7.5 inches) is a possible self-portrait of van Eyck himself.  The absence of any emotion and steady gaze of the subject are elements that give the portrait a peculiarly unsettling nature.


The van Eyck painting resides in the National Gallery of Art in London.  Find an interactive gallery view and more information here.

Contemporary artist Devorah Serber takes Portrait of a Man as the subject of her installation work, After van Eyck (2006), in which she creates the image using 5,024 spools of thread as "pixels" which are then compounded and refracted by a lens placed at the front of the picture plane.

Sperber's work toys with the idea of illusion vs. reality as well as the interaction of art and technology.  See more examples (including Renoir and Rembrandt) and a brief explanation of Sperber's work here.


In my interpretation of the work(s) I am wearing a vintage, thrifted turban and a vintage wool cape that belonged to my mother.
[van Eyck image from; Sperber images from]

Monday, November 14, 2011


Aleksandra Ekster, costume design for Dance of the Seven Veils, 1917

This look was inspired by the ballet costumes of Aleksandra Ekster (1882-1949), a Russian-French painter and designer. A close friend of Picasso and Braque, she is well-known for her Cubo-Futurist designs and, later, Art Deco paintings.


I'm wearing a vintage jumpsuit, Gap leather jacket, Lauren Merkin leather clutch, suede shoes by L.A.M.B., a vintage leather belt, and House of Harlow 1960 necklace.

[Ekster image from]