The Weekend ~ 12/30/11

…and a Happy New Year!

We have come the the end of 2011 and are heading head first into 2012. For most, this is a time of reflection looking back over the year past and goal setting for the future year to come.

Years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions. Deciding instead to live my life everyday striving towards my goals. To assess where I am at in my life daily and determine whether or not I am heading where I want to go. If not then to adjust my sails. This became my daily routine not just once every year.

So to all you resolution setters whether daily or yearly I hope your goals come to fruition in 2012. And for all of us I hope for a New Year full of change. See you in 2012!


Weekend Reading List:


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Taurus Tango

A while back I shared my fashion illustration Taurus Tango. Completely dissatisfied, I sought to correct the problem.  My image was too cartoonish. Lacked that je ne sais quoi.

So what was it about the Tango I wanted to capture? The passion, the movement, but most importantly the tension that interplays the two figures. So with this new focus and some Tango Illustrations as inspiration I began to redraw Taurus Tango.

Fashion Illustrations by Barbier

Tango, by René Gruau French , 1909-2004

This is what evolved. My new Taurus Tango.

Evoking the the legend of Ariadne & the Minotaur. (The short version is a young woman falls in love and betrays her half brother (Minotaur) by helping her lover kill him. She then is abandoned by her lover and ends up married to Dionysus. Yikes!) I may have to add the spindel of thread and a dagger at some point to bring the picture full circle. But for now I am satisfied. You can read the Jungian Perspective of the legend here.

Images: (1) & (2)Recollections of a vagabond  (3) All me DCT

More Papercraft

I am so obsessed these days with what incredible things artists can do with paper.

First  Yulia Brodskaya images for Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalog. Tis the season.


But here are a few more artist I have discovered lately. I mean WOW!

Peter Callesen



Emma Van Lest


Carlos Meira

Here is an article on his process.

Fairytale Fashions

I have been touching up my watercolors and putting together a calendar from these fashion sketches. My updated versions of the women from Fairytales. I hope to get around to finishing them up. But for now here is a sneakpeak.

Do recognize them?

Ladies of Fairytales~Princess & Pea, Goldilocks and three bears, Rapunzel, Belle, Bo Peep, Miss Muffit, Dorothy, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Matchstick girl, Gretel, Jill and Snow White

Image: DCT

Tuesday Talent-Shannon Ables of the Simply Luxurious Life

A little over a year ago I found my way to the Simply Luxurious Life written by Shannon Ables. I was hooked. It quickly became one of my daily reads.

I was so excited when Shannon agreed to be featured in Tuesday Talent. When sketching her I thought it fitting to feature her in my design idea for a simply luxurious embroidered coat inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Without further ado I bring you Shannon Ables of The Simply Luxurious Life in her own words.


The Simply Luxurious Life blog is an extension of how I genuinely feel about living life.  No matter where one lives, living our best life is possible and by living in both metropolitan and rural areas, I have come realize that it is simply a matter how one approaches each day with regards to the decisions they make, the attitude the incorporate into each interaction and the people and things they surround themselves with that determines how fulfilled they will be.

By sharing my thoughts, ideas and experiences on the blog I hope to inspire other people and especially women to live a life that is beyond their expectations and is by their design, not society’s. Whether it be found in wine, food, fashion, home decor, gardening, or entertainment, contentment, pleasure and a stylishly fulfilling life can be cultivated with careful attention. Here’s to the good life!


Who inspires Shannon

I am continually inspired by women (and men) who think for themselves, have an insatiable curiosity and love for life and who refused to be told how to live if it doesn’t feel right.


What Shannon does

I am a writer who contributes to three different online magazines, a blogger and founder of The Simply Luxurious Life, a stylist and lover of fashion, and an English high school teacher.


What Shannon Does best

I am an optimist that as of yet is incapable of accepting no.  I have an eye for beauty in all different facets and appreciate the simple things in life.  Oh, and I also can mix it up in the kitchen and throw a fabulous dinner party without too many hiccups.


What other profession Shannon would like to attempt

Being a journalist and having to on a daily basis learn more about a certain subject or topic would be a dream come true. Being required to sit and watch runway show after runway show as each new collection was revealed would be bliss.


What turns Shannon on creatively, spiritually or emotionally

Anything that exudes thoughtfulness, insightfulness, creativity, beauty, or something that begs me to ask the question, why?  I consider myself a detective of life and I love to learn constantly.  It is in always being curious that opens up opportunities to be inspired.


Where to find Shannon

Sitting behind my laptop, walking my dogs, traveling to any destination that presents itself as an opportunity, laughing at my boyfriend’s intoxicating sense of humor, teaching AP and honors English courses at public high school in rural Oregon, or losing all track of time while shopping in my favorite shops and boutiques.


Where Shannon got her Talent/Education

From the love of all things beautiful.  If something is beautiful, it speaks to me and since beauty is subjective to the beholder, beauty can be found everywhere if only we choose to look for it.  So I look for it in magazines, books, newspapers, the news, dramas, comedies, documentaries, interactions with people throughout the day, nature, animals and simply anything that captures my attention.


Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“You finally now have the opportunity to converse with the many historical greats you’ve admired – Chanel, Amelia Earhart, Jane Austen, etc. Enjoy!”



Image: (1) Portrait by DCTdesigns

***This is  a regular feature on my blog. Tuesday Talent Interviews are designed to introduce you to a myriad of incredible artisans. Make sure to check out the others. Enjoy!