Jazz Odalisque

“I think everything is terrible. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything. I’ve had a very bad time Nicky. I’m pretty cynical about everything … And I asked the nurse if it was a boy or a girl. And she said it was a girl. And I wept. I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she will be a fool. That is the best thing a girl in this world can be.  A beautiful little fool. All the bright precious things fade so fast and they don’t come back”

-Quote arrangement of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s line in the Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby.

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In loving memory of all the times I walked down the Seine around the Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis eating Berthillon ice-cream. Also for the times I walked after classes through Saint Germain des Pres looking up at the rooftops listening to the jazz soundtrack of Yves Saint Laurent.

*Painting inspired by paintings of Helena Lam who was obviously inspired by Gustav Klimt.

What Katie Davis says about this:

The detail in this is so incredible!!! I love the color scheme and I really want to have her room with such an amazing view!! I also really like how you painted all the little lights on the Eiffel Tower and how the sky has subtle gradients of blues. Very beautiful!!

Nighttime in Provins – 2014

The first painting of 2014. I went to Provins this year and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. It still contains the original medieval fortifications, fortress, tower and cathedral where Joan of Arc came to pray.  Here I saw my first falconry show and medieval jousting tournament. By the time I walked back to the train station that evening, the modern part of town was wet and dark….like this.

Nighttime in Provins - 2014

Nighttime in Provins – 2014

La Belle Epoque – Aged 20 – 2013

After a long, long time, I am finally posting this painting I did a while back before leaving home. This is honor of my year abroad in Paris. It depicts the Belle Epoque of Paris; a time of corsets, artists and rising industrialism.

La Belle Epoque, 2013

La Belle Epoque, 2013