Monthly Archives: May 2019

Geishas on Stage

👘😳 OH MY SISTERS! THESE ARE ONLY THEIR STUNNING DRESSES THAT COULD BUILD A GORGEOUS PAINTING.

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The Two

♠♣♦❤WELL DEARS, IT’S TIME FOR A DOUBLE “SELFIE” 😁 LIKE IN A POKER PLAYING CARD

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Zurück zum Aquarell! Das Ziel war diesmal, bei der Haut sparsam mit der Farbe umzugehen. Ich mache häufig den Fehler, zu viel übereinander zu schichten und damit jede Gegenständlichkeit zu zerstören. Ich finde, das Ziel hat sich gelohnt. Die Farbe bei der Kleidung ist eine andere Geschichte… 😀

Back to watercolor! This time the goal was to be frugal with the color. I often do the mistake to overpaint and destroy the dimensionality of the piece. I think it turned out well. Now, the color of the clothes are a different story… 😀

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Shine: The Circles Quilt, finished

💠💮🔘 HELLO SISTERS! IN MY OPINION ART OF QUILT SHOULD BE IN MUSEUMS. TODAY WE’VE GOT AN EXCELLENT ABSTRACT SAMPLE. ENJOY!

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Shine: The Circles Quilt
Quilt #170
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This quilt finally finished, I took it out for a photography session with the help of my husband.3shinecirclesquilt

I started sewing the first block in June of 2014, and finished the top a year later.  The quilting was finished at the end of September, but it wasn’t until now that I could get time to take it up to our university’s Botanic Gardens to get some photographs.
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My husband’s favorite block.  As some of you know, many of these blocks were inspired by art in a church in Slovenia, as well as designs from our travels.  Most of the patterns and accompanying tutorials are free on this blog, found *here* as well in a tab labeled Shine: The Circles Quilt.  4shinecirclesquiltl5ashinecirclesquilt

This shows the quilting.  I was trying out double batting (polyester with wool), and found it was a challenge to move the heavy quilt around on the machine…

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Paris Flea Market Guide: Off to the Puces!

🏯 WELL LOVELIES! IT’S TIME FOR STROLLING BY AN INTERESTING MARKET. BONSOIR, MES AMIS !💖

Paris: People, Places and Bling

Throughout the year, the City of de-Light stays retro-active with weekend flea markets and pop-up bazaars (Photo by Theadora Brack) Throughout the year, the City of de-Light stays retro-active with weekend flea markets and pop-up bazaars (Photo by Theadora Brack)

By Theadora Brack

Bewitched by kitsch? Join the rave. Throughout the year, the City of Light stays retro active with weekend flea markets, along with open-air and tented pop-up bazaars. With so many venues, where to start? Here’s a Paris treasure hunt guide.

Meet the fleas: The infamous rag and bone pickers (forerunners of today’s dumpster divers) got the puces party jumping in the late 19th century. Two favorites still exist: Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves and Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen (a.k.a. Clignancourt).

At Porte de Vanves, you’ll find everything from key chains, perfume bottles, bolts of fabric, fancy fans, and heartthrob Elvis, too—oh, sigh! (Photo by Theadora Brack) At Porte de Vanves, you’ll find everything from key chains, perfume bottles, bolts of fabric, fancy fans, and heartthrob Elvis, too—oh, sigh! (Photo by Theadora Brack)

1. Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves
Métro: Porte de Vanves

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Happy Colours

✏ ✒ HELLO BEAUTIES! THE PURE AND CLEAN LINE IS SO USEFUL. NOT ONLY FOR ILLUSTRATING, ALSO FOR SKETCHING😉

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👋 See you never, Theresa 😀

Hi folks! In my opinion Europe is better without her party.

Thanks for your visits!

By anonymous artist. A graffiti found in England

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First stop Barcelona

📩TOMORROW SUNDAY IN BARCELONA MOST PEOPLE WILL VOTE OUR GOOD MAYOR ADA COLAU AGAIN ✊   https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Colau SHE COULD REPEAT HIS POSITION. WE WILL ALSO VOTE THE SPANISH REPRESENTATIVES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION. LUCK ADA!🍀

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It’s taken a few days to clear the brain-fog which often happens after long-haul flights. Factor in a one and a half hour’s flight, a seven hour stopover, a seven hour flight, a two hour stopover, a final sixteen-hour flight, and you’ll have some idea of why I couldn’t get my post out sooner. However, here I am, back in New Zealand and inviting you to share a little of my experiences of sketching in three Spanish cities, beginning with Barcelona, a city made famous by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) for his unique take on Catalan Modernism architecture. 

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Europe, go vote!

📊WELL SISTERS, AND THE WINNER IN NETHERLANDS IS …. FRANS TIMMERMANS 👏THIS MEANS MORE EUROPE. CHEERS 🌹✌

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To all my European friends and followers: please don’t forget to vote in the next few days! It’s SO important to use the power and the influence that you have. And afterwards, why not treat yourself to something nice, you deserve it! xx ⠀

PS. For the Netherlands, tomorrow (May 23th) is the day to vote.⠀

PPS. Why not give your vote to a woman so we can get more women elected? 💚

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Seeing Dots

⚫🔴⚫🔵⚫AW BEAUTIES! POLKA DOTS WILL BE FOREVER CHARMING 😍

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Who doesn’t love a polka dotted motif?  The term “polka dot,” dating from 1880-85, is of American derivation, and of course it immediately conjures up a mental picture of a field of spots forming a pattern on a textile.

Here is what Christian Dior had to say about Dots in his Little Dictionary of Fashion, first published in 1954:  “I would say the same about dots as about checks.  They are lovely, elegant, easy, and always in fashion.  I never get tired of dots…  Dots are lovely for holiday clothes … and for accessories.  According to their color, so they can be versatile…  Black and white for elegance; soft pinks and blues for prettiness; emerald, scarlet, and yellow for gaiety; beige and gray for dignity.”  (The Little Dictionary of Fashion, by Christian Dior; Abrams, New York, New York, 2007, page 34.)

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Bakst-[age] @The_Met

WELL DARLINGS! LEON BAKST WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CLOTHES DESIGNER BETWEEN 19th AND 20th CENTURY. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9on_Bakst

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Costume Design by Léon Bakst for Vaslav Nijinsky in the Role of Iksender in the Ballet “La Péri” (The Flower of Immortality), 1922 (first performed in Paris, 1912). Watercolour and gold and silver paints over graphite

With his distinct Eurasian features, Nijinski effortlessly portrayed protagonists of various ethnicities, such as Iksender in La Péri, set in Iran. However he never actually performed as Iksender, because Diaghilev cancelled the entire production when Nijinski’s female counterpart could not match his talent in dance.

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Fantaisie sur le costume moderne‘: Two female haute couture figures, 1910. Graphite, brush and watercolour and gouache 

Although better known for his costume and stage designs for the Ballets Russes directed by Diaghilev and the performances of Ida Rubinstein, Bakst was also influential in fashion design during the early decades of the 20th century, and designed garments himself. The designs…

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