I wrote my final thesis in college on Vincent Van Gogh and the impact that the color yellow had on his paintings. It seems counterintuitive that this color, a symbol of optimism, is so pervasive in the creations of such a tortured soul. Perhaps it can be attributed to his passion for work and need to see the possibility of beauty in the every day detail of life, a sunflower, a starry sky, or a haystack. But look closely and you will notice that yellow is a highlight on a canvas saturated with the inkiest blues and greens. Thus, the balance of his nature and the light he so desperately sought to clarify his life.
I have always been intrigued with art that focuses on the grace and beauty of the feminine mystique. I have collected illustrations and prints that depict woman engrossed in the simple acts of daily life; bathing, drinking a cup of tea, ironing, or nursing. Many artists have managed this pictorial poetry to celebrate the female form, but when my first child was born, I became particularly enamored with the work of Mary Cassatt. Cassatt’s paintings of mothers engaged in quiet moments with their children communicate the serenity and strength of the maternal bond. Her lyrical strokes and gentle lighting convey an intimate visual message. The rituals of womanhood can be sustained with a sense of dignity and purpose.
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It’s January. It’s freezing in New York and everyone is in a nesting mood. There is a dearth of inspiration and stimulation. Fortunately, I am traveling to Paris and the Salon De Lingerie exposition that I will attend next week. This international lingerie show will highlight new product that will be available at retail for fall 2010. My colleagues from Concepts Paris will stage their innovative trend forums at the Interfiliere Intimate Apparel fabric, print and color expose. My goal is to mine new product for clients who have charged me to search for fresh ideas. The show is a unique perspective and a catalyst for moving forward.
In this travel climate, I have to really plan what I am going to pack. I have … Read more
I am not much of a movie aficionado, but last week I went to see Avatar, because I was curious about the 3D effects. I did not expect to leave so inspired, not only by the innovative film technology but also by a storyline critical to sustaining our environment, our country and our sense of personal integrity. Avatar is all about character, good and bad and the story reveals itself in a visual bath of color and texture, so rich, that it is mystical in its impact. It is not the dialog or the acting that drives this allegory, but imagination and vision and all the expectations that this can evoke.
I was going to take a pass on writing this week. It’s a lazy week, full of family invasion and distraction. But I have been chatting with several of my industry clients and friends and I thought I might offer these words of encouragement. Last February, as I guided a well attended panel discussion with industry professionals aptly titled, Navigating the Storm, there was a great deal of trepidation. The question was, who will sink and who will swim? Those of you, who battened down, steered the course and kept your eyes on the horizon are still here. All the messages I mentored in that dialog are still valid and those of you with whom I consulted and benefited from my input, I wish … Read more
Christmas is just days away. For me, the holidays feel more sedate this year. There seems to be more reflection, a deeper observation in the details of our world, the brief moments and small gestures that make life sound. Observing the ornaments on my tree, and knowing that I began to collect them 35 years ago, I manage to negotiate a trail of memories that defy the unknown terrain that many of us have been forced to confront in this difficult past year. Focusing on what is instead of what is not can provide a form of poetry in our lives that can not be bought. This was my general message when I was interviewed last week on Centanni Broadcasting digital web radio by Betsy … Read more