Yoana Baraschi is one of my favorite designers. I’ve mentioned my love for lace a few times and this dress is so elegant and etherial almost. Green isn’t exactly the first color I would gravitate towards but this dress is special. In person it’s a pretty grass / clover color – not quite Kelly green, maybe some hints of emerald, but not enough to call it that.
The painting I paired it with is equally lush. Bryan Mark Taylor is a Bay Area landscape painter who we have shown for a number of years. He really is a master at plein air painting, a method which has certainly gained momentum in the past few decades. The act of painting outdoors has persisted through several art historical conventions. Perhaps the most “famous” is Impressionism, as the method was championed by big name artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Berthe Morisot. But before I get too into examples and name-dropping, what is painting “en plein air” in the first place?
It is likely that you’ve heard the term, and if not, here’s a quick explanation. “En plein air” is French expression which means “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. For the sake of time and convenience, these paintings or drawings are often small to medium-sized, and take on a loose and almost “fresh” complexion. Impressionism, therefore, is the logical fit stylistically. Artists painting “en plein air” seek to document the essence, therein creating an impression of a moment or short amount of time.
Basically through all that “art speak” I was trying to say that Bryan’s piece captures a moment in time – the kind of fleeting warm light that you want to soak up before a cloud passes over the sun. Something about the quality of light seems to fit with the dress as the light lace overlay seems so delicate and beautiful.
Cloverlace Dress (old)
Bryan Mark Taylor
Oil on canvas
9 X 12
I’ve been a huge fan of Christina Baker’s work for a few years now but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I started showing her work. Christina’s paintings possess an effortlessness that only comes with practice, confidence, and experimentation. Her paintings are light, airy, and pleasing. She challenges set ideas of composition and balance by adding significant negative space (areas of white / neutral colors) throughout while creating areas of weight and solidity in portions of her work in which you would least expect it.
This SB by Sachin & Babi maxi dress seems to fit that description, too. The bodice is extremely structured and is rather form fitting, while the bottom flows with easy and makes that fun ‘wssssh’ sound when you move. Both have an organic quality that I really enjoy – they aren’t stuffy and they revel in simplicity. Who doesn’t love that?
Today’s the first day of Fall and it definitely doesn’t feel like it in Sacramento. So, I decided I’m going to transition slowly. Since I’m not ready to give up lighter colors but also at the same time I’m DYING to wear something different, I put this little combo neutral combo together. The skinny ankle jeans are from AG, they’re my favorite. I have a few other pairs that are cuffed and I think they’re probably the #1 seller as far as pants are concerned at Anthropologie. The top is a really light pretty peach / blush color and the asymmetrical hem brings a little pizazz to this otherwise super comfy plain t-shirt.
I love how Kathy McGuire’s painting complements this combo. Honestly it makes me want to head into the city with this outfit on! Kathy essentially builds her cityscapes with geometric blocks of color. They are structured without being stiff. Dark and light tones contrast one another to create space and pops of bright color give energy to the overall composition.
Today is the last day of summer, so I threw my “most summery” dress and paired it with Paul Ferney’s “Beach 28.”
This silk halter is an oldie but a goodie – it’s Dream Daily by Rozae Nichols and I got it at Anthropologie a few years back. It almost seems like Rozae and Paul collaborated on these two pieces because the palette is dead on and I’m pretty sure as far as ‘matchy-matchy’ is concerned, the painting practically camouflages into the dress!
Dream Daily By Rozae Nichols
Oil on canvas
10 X 10