Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Ladies of My Studio
Pleasant faces keep me company while I play with paper, cloth and trim in my studio. The ladies of a blue and white toile are scattered around the room, and I've found that others I've brought home mirror them in dress and pose. I find it pleasing when one design element is echoed by another, and I seem to be drawn to the same images over and over. A basket of fruit, a rake, a pretty dress--because of these gentlewomen it's always an idyllic summer afternoon. . It's striking that these two young beauties have such similar features and wistful expressions. The one on the left is a postcard image and the other graced the cover of a vintage book called The Kingfisher's Egg, whose blue spine, rose border and ribboned portrait beckoned me.