Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Painter's Studio

All photos from this shoot are self portraits taken by myself.

Lately most of my inspiration that I've been looking at have been paintings.  My mom is a painter and she still has all of her painting reference books from college in our house.  I've slowly been reading through them and have found so many amazing artists.

One painter who I've been looking a lot at, and also inspired this photo shoot is Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.  He painted several different portraits of a red headed muse named Carmen Gaudin. Her portraits feel so relaxed.  It's almost like you're getting a glimpse into a time of day when she's taking a break from work to reflect.  

Also, I need to mention that Lautrec painted a whole series of posters and paintings for the Moulin Rouge in Paris.  I'm a huge fan of the director, Baz Lurhman (he directed the movie Moulin Rouge), so looking through those paintings completely brought me back to how visually magical that movie was!



 



Outfit: 
White shirt - H&M
Black suede maxi skirt:  DIY Esther from the Sticks
Necklace - My mom's hand me down


I made my maxi skirt specifically after looking at the above paintings.  It's just a simple gathered skirt with a 1.5 inch waistband, but I added hidden pockets in the side to make it a little special.  I hardly ever make a dress without pockets.  I made a tutorial for the Drifter and the Gypsy a while back showing how to sew hidden pockets.  You can check out the tutorial here.
 





These photos were shot in my mom's art studio in our house.  When I was younger I always loved spending time in her studio and watching her paint.  I thought it was magical watching how color came out of her paintbrush.  Even now I get good feelings whenever I walk out into her studio, even when she's not painting.  Here's a link to her website if you'd like to see more of her work.

17 comments:

  1. Absolutely amazing! Moulin Rouge! was one of my very favorite movies :3

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  2. While I enjoy the original paintings, your recreations are stunning! And Baz Luhrmann is amazing. I'm always so impressed with his work.

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  3. Love the allure of the painting compositions. So innovative!

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  4. Really beautiful and artistic. I love the styling of it all. Perfect.

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  5. Your photos are elegant. I love the photo of the corner of your mother's painting so much!

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  6. My favorite is the one where you are contemplating the stack of canvases. Beautiful, elegant and your hair and the light are lovely. All skirts should have pockets!! :)

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  7. This is a great photo shoot. Like all the best work that is inspired by others, it brings the feel of the originals, but it's completely your own. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to go check out the links right now!

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  8. This is so cool. Great job reenacting the paintings but putting your own twist on them!

    ~Rose
    http://little-rose-serendipity.blogspot.com

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  9. My favorites are the very first, when you are sitting in the chair, and when you are looking out the window.

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  10. Magical and visually stunning work as always, Esther. Thanks (as always) for sharing. Your mom's student looks positively magical, such light!

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  11. I love how you not only draw inspiration from, but also express yourself in different mediums. I think that even the pictures that aren't directly based on a painting look 'painterly', in the sense that they have that composed stillness so typical of portraits, yet they also capture the impressionist energy that characterises De Toulouse-Lautrec's work. Like you, I am a massive fan of his. I don't know if you went there already, but when you can: visit the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, where they have work by him and many other inspirational painters of the time.

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  12. cool look! you are very artistic<3
    Great blog! following you!

    www.bstylevoyage.blogspot.com
    xx

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  13. Hi, Esther! What are some of the painting reference books you love? I'd like to check some out from the library.

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  14. Hey Esther, I love the skirt in this! Im trying to make something similar from some sari fabric. How much material did you use to get this fullness?
    Great blog!

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  15. hello Esther, I think your paintings and photographs are stunning!

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