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One Mat, Two Mat, Grey Mat, Blue Mat

December 20, 2010

Since starting this new gallery adventure and blogging about it, I’ve made several new cyber friends, both art lovers and fellow artists alike. Yesterday in my in-box, I received a link from one of my new friends to a video featuring a wonderful interview with Helen Breger, a 90-plus year old fashion illustrator— legendary—from way back when. A lot of her beautiful artwork is showcased, pen and inks mostly, and she talks about the glory days of fashion illustration when all of the department stores featured exquisite work on a daily basis in their newspaper advertising and each one had their own rock star artist. Using photography was almost unheard of back then and I remember so well how, as students, we dissected these masters, Kenneth Paul Block, Antonio Lopez, George Stavrinos, Michaele Vollbracht, like the fine art kids studied Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Pollock.

Helen Breger

In the meantime, I’ve been tossing and turning, trying to select the final matboard color for the FASHION + ART collections. There’s going to be one color only, throughout the entire gallery, but should it be a straight-up cool grey or a cool grey kissed with just a tinge of blue? A touch. The very last stop before slipping into lavender—

These decisions are never easy for a Libra artist to make 🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 10:49 am

    I love the idea of a tiny bit of blue through the grey! I know what you mean about making decisions, as a fellow Libra, I too have troubles making decisions haha. Wish you all the luck!

    Also, I wish you a Merry Christmas & a Fashionably Creative 2011 🙂


  2. December 20, 2010 12:45 pm

    Just a touch…yes… definitely!

  3. December 20, 2010 1:06 pm

    Thanks for your vote, ladies. I’m definitely leaning towards the touch of blue, also. There’s a little something extra there, whimsy I suppose. It adds to the piece but doesn’t detract.

    Thanks for the holiday wishes TJ. And the same to you and yours.

  4. Craig Brimm permalink
    December 22, 2010 5:32 pm

    I’m in the blue camp too. Adds a subtle hint of contrast, allows the red to be its own red.

    • December 22, 2010 6:26 pm

      Thanks Craig. I’m heading in that direction without a doubt.

  5. Donna permalink
    December 28, 2010 10:47 pm

    I’m feeling the grey, but completely understand the blue…you Libran’s don’t have a corner on this difficult decision, it’s a tuff one…could literally go either way :-).

    • December 28, 2010 11:33 pm

      Dag, Donna. Now you’ve got me eyeballing the grey again.

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