It's difficult not to feel inspired when the flora and fauna outside are finally in full bloom and bursting with color. New Zealand-based artist Karl Maughan finds inspiration in the gardens surrounding him, both real and fabricated. Maughan started out working en plein air in New Zealand, but when he relocated to London he no longer had lush gardens at his disposal from which to work year-round. He began cataloguing gardens via photos which he now uses as inspiration. He pulls bits and pieces of the very best and brightest, splicing them together in his paintings which are simultaneously idyllic and empty.
I've been on the hunt for one of the pieces of Maughan's collaboration collection with the Stolen Girlfriends Club to no avail. This vintage jumpsuit, however, is a pretty close match!
Jumpsuit: vintage, Held Over in San Francisco
Leather sandals: Belle by Sigerson Morrison Abra Block-Heel Sandal
Leather belt: Roberta Freymann
Photos by Jayne Clark at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Maughan images from gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz, ocula.com, odt.co.nz, tulsisays.blogspot.com.