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.