Aug 16, 2014

My Favorite Things Part 1: Books, Chanel, and Pink Roses

All About Chanel,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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Inspired by Oprah's favorite things, I thought I would paint some of mine.
Although, I dress like an art teacher (to my mom this means disposable clothing, since I don't spend much on it knowing that it will just get paint soon after I wear it) and less like I make fashion sense, I still LOVE fashion and fashion books. One of my favorites is this Chanel book. From the prettiest pink color spine to, of course, all the glorious inspiration throughout. Unless, they have been given to me as gifts, most books I own I've purchased used. This one was through HPB, but recently I found a copy on eBay for a friend. I LOVE it.
This summer, I learned to take better care of another of my absolute favorites: my pink roses. Of the 20 plus David Austin roses I purchased a couple of years ago, only about 6 are still thriving. They kept getting eaten up, and I thought it was the deer enjoying them in the mornings and late evenings. This summer I found out it was the bunnies. In fact, they had made a bunny hole right in the middle of one of my flower beds. I still love the bunnies, but I want to have roses. So, I researched and found out they don't like garlic. This means that I spent a quarter of my summer chopping up garlic like crazy Mr. McGregor. 
The ones from these paintings are the Strawberry Hill. 
I miss my white roses. Now that I know how to protect them, I will have to replace the Claire Austin ones and add some creams and yellows along with them.
Sketch of Pink Roses,  Oil on 5"x7" Linen Panel
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The Coco Bag,  Oil on 3"x6" Linen Panel
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