For Real
 

For Real

Today’s Featured Image: I’m introducing a new category today. It’s called “For Real.” I see it as a sub-division of “The Dress is Everything” category. Only in this case, instead of a painting or an illustration, we get to study the actual garment in all its — let me stare...
Mid-tone Blues
 

Mid-tone Blues

Ladies in Blue: the Mid-Tones Consider the mid-tone blues, muted cousins to the royals. What feelings do the less exuberant blues evoke? Do they seem somber, sedate, or contemplative? Study these strong, charming, determined and assured women, each wrapped in blue. Let’s try a thing. Choose an image that speaks...
Woman’s aesthetic dress
 

Woman’s aesthetic dress

Today’s Featured Image It delights me when clothing depicted in a portrait turns up because I love comparing reality with the artist’s representation. Today’s “For Real” object falls into this category. The dress, a brown pinafore made of wool “with a heavily, ribbed weave,” (think corduroy) worn over a silk satin...
Dick Ket
 

Dick Ket

Today’s Featured Image Autoportrait (Self-portrait) by Dick Ket, 1932 I’ve noticed several self-portraits by the Dutch artist Dick Ket knocking about the internet. The high number of them, coupled with his austere style and use of symbolism has intrigued me for some time. Today I wandered about trying to cobble together...
Fadeaway Girl
 

Fadeaway Girl

Today’s Featured Image Coles Phillips’ Fadeaway Girl, cover of Good Housekeeping Magazine, October 1916 In the 1910s, artists began portraying American women in a new way. These women were modern, active and athletic. They drove cars. They ran with their dogs, practiced archery and worked in the yard (all the...
Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

Today’s Featured Image: It’s January 8, and the Mardi Gras krewe parades have already begun to march in New Orleans. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during the two-month lead up to Fat Tuesday. Its origins, traced to medieval Europe, passed through Rome...