a little van gogh inspiration
When Melissa made that gorgeous Cecilia Beaux-inspired dress earlier this spring, I could not stop thinking about the dress and the concept. Melissa and I talked on the phone for a long time about all of the amazing paintings that would be so fun and challenging to try and translate into small clothes - the colors, the textures of the brush strokes, the lines. The possibilities and inspiration are endless. Here is my first attempt with a little gem of a painting by Vincent Van Gogh that I find myself coming back to again and again. It's called "Sprig of Flowering Almond in a Glass,", painted in 1888 while Van Gogh was living in Arles. It was a gift for his brother Theo and sister-in-law Johanna and they hung it above their bed. When I was working on this dress I was trying to catch some of the freshness of a little cup with a flower in it, and also the vertical brush strokes. (Incidentally there is a great book about Van Gogh for children that is part of a series called Smart About Art, available on Amazon for $5.99 each. My kids LOVE it. They are really fascinated about why he would ever cut off his ear. Me too.)
On that note, I hope you had a great mother's day! I feel so blessed to have been raised by a wonderful, loving, creative mother whom I reference every day, all day in my own mothering. And now I am blessed with the best husband, who makes my every day great, and hilarious sweet sometimes very strange children. I am so lucky...