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It’s time for another installment of Inspiring Colors & Prints. I recently stumbled across the site SaatchiOnline.com and fell in love with the artwork and their amazing tagline, “Discover Art. Get Discovered.” You know me, I’m a sucker for anything that enhances the consumer’s experience, and brings them what they want all while democratizing the marketplace for a most sought after niche.
Over the weekend I just kept clicking, and clicking, and clicking away discovering new artists and pieces. I felt visually invigorated and inspired and at the end of the day I did come to a very solid conclusion that I am, and will always be a huge abstract enthusiast. Oh well, I could be worse things! xoxo – BK
Time for another installment of Inspring Colors & Prints. If you’ve been following along, you know I love abstract art and have taken up painting as a way to let the creative juices flow. Here’s a sampling of images I’ve been inspired by lately, you can find the whole slew of them on the Inspiring Colors & Prints Pinterest Board.
Now I’ll let these images do the rest of the talking and stop with the text right about now.
Check out past posts in this series, here and here.
Image Sources (clockwise starting top left): 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7
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If you’re looking for some bright prints to spice up your closet, here are some recent faves of mine. While some are a bit on the bright side, I think that with the right neutral and dark tones, you can incorporate them into your Winter wardrobe.
LA days were something CK and I used to do all the time before she moved to the big apple. We would peruse the museums for hours, shop and eat like crazy. Ever since she left in August, I haven’t been up there to partake in the same activities. I must admit I didn’t go at first because it made me sad. It made her move feel very real and permanent.
Well, this weekend I was finally ready to partake in an LA day, and since the BF had promised he’d do his best to ease the pain of my sister’s departure, we spent all day Sunday at LACMA. I love LACMA, their more permanent collections are great and their seasonal exhibits are always so well thought out. Jon and I both loved the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. Seeing the actual props from Kubrick’s films next to commentary from the artists who worked with him brought these films to life in a very different way. To understand who he was and why he made the decisions he did, well that just made Jon and I appreciate him even more than we already did.
Besides the Kubrick exhibition, which we highly recommend, The 2000 Sculpture by Walter De Maria was breathtaking. I couldn’t get over the preciseness and magnitude of this installation. You would see different shapes and patterns depending on where you were standing in relation to the piece. It’s definitely a sight to see, so don’t forget to pop into the new Resnick Pavillion during your LACMA visit. Here are some of my favorite shots of the day.
Walter De Maria | The 2000 Sculpture
The actual Shining Twins Costumes
The Shining Axe
The epic rock in all of its glory
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This week has been rather bleek. My mood needs a pick me up so I decided to mix in some color into this weeks post. It’s been so hard. We really miss our pup Bentley. I know he’s in a better place and he lived a full and lovely life, but my heart still aches for him. Hopefully in time I can comfort in his memories, but for now my heart does not feel whole. The bright lines and patterns from my Pinterest board did lend a little smile, so I’m hoping they’ll do the same for you all as well.
The painting hobby has yet to subside, so to further encourage the creative juices I had to create a board on Pinterest dedicated to inspring prints and colors. So far, these have been some of my favorite photos and have inspired many a late night painting session. I’ve been pinning it all, whether it’s a bathing suit or napkin, any color or print goes!
*Original image sources were difficult to find for some images. I’ve listed the sources I was able to locate. two | three | four | five
I’m always fascinated by the way others use artwork to decorate and dress up their office space. Whether it’s a print, painting or photo, hanging something pretty up on a wall really helps to keep the space inspired. Last night I added and sifted through my “office space” Pinterest board to gather up my favorite inspired spaces. What do you hang on your walls to stay inspired?
Since I work from home I spend quite a bit of time in my office/used to be the dining room space. We’ll be moving later this year and (fingers crossed) I’ll hopefully be able to have a more dedicated space to call my office! With that in mind, I’m thinking about creating a few really bright and abstract pieces to hang up on my new office wall. I’m thinking a lot of bright pink, orange, green, blue, and well…you know me there’ll probably be like 20 colors in each painting!
Image Sources: Small Shop Studio via Glitter Guide/Art KR/Kelly Wearstler’s Office/Hannah Blackmore Photography
Happy Monday, hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As usual, here’s an edited version of my (BK’s) week courtesy of Instagram. If you’d like the full version of weekly updates you can follow me at @bettinakina.
Well, it’s been more than a week since I attended ARTSHOP, and my desire to take to the paints has not subsided. I’m telling you, I’m never as still and peaceful as I am with these paints – they’re like magic! For anyone who knows me, they know I talk a mile a minute and have difficulty focusing for more than a minute, so the paints must have some magic powers.
Lately I’ve been continuing with acrylic paint on canvas and am at the moment into creating patterns with bright paint colors. It’s actually quite funny to me that now I see so many things so very differently, I’m constantly looking around me for color, patterns and prints, and dissecting everything around me. Before, I used to like to absorb the entire look or photo, and now I find myself deconstructing it all to find inspiration. Here is another post on my painting you might enjoy!
If you haven’t tried painting try it! I was so scared to at first, scared that I’d hate everything I made or that I’d start another project and never finish it, but in the end I’m really glad I tried it. I feel like experimenting with different colors and textures, and trying things that are out of my normal comfort zone will help me make other life transitions I’m a tad bit afraid of easier.
I created this one after I was inspired by Taylor Sterling’s bright summer dress.
Here are some more close-ups of the paintings. I really enjoy layering and texturizing the pieces. There’s something so therapeutic about building layer upon layer, and color upon color. I don’t know if it will ever get old. xoxo – Bettina
This past weekend I had the pleasure of unleashing my inner art monkey at my friend Roxy’s first ever Artshop. I can honestly say this is the best creative day I’ve had in a very, very long time. CK has always been a fan of painting, and now I totally understand what she’s been talking about. Painting was so incredibly therapeutic, I felt so calm and at peace. It sounds so cliche but it’s true!
Roxy was an amazing instructor and hostess! She set up her fabulous little Bungalow as an art studio and provided us all with some deliciously decorated treats – think frozen fruit sticks in mimosas. Now, I’m not going to lie at the beginning of the day I was not feeling very confident about painting on a canvas since this was something I’d never done, like ever! Roxy had us all rate how confident we felt at the beginning of the day and I felt like a 4 out of 10, but by the end of the day that jumped up to an 10. I’m telling you she’s an amazing teacher!
The Finished Canvas
We worked with acrylic paint and started out using our hands, then moved on to foam brushes, then worked with materials to stamp, and finally started to use traditional brushes. It was great working with so many different tools and types of paints. I’d have to say my favorite part was working with all of the colorful paints, I could’ve kept layering and mixing colors all day long!
I’ve known Roxy since our time as Gamma Phi Beta’s at UCLA, so I was thrilled to attend her very first workshop. Roxy was a wonderful instructor, I truly admire her abilities as an artist and instructor, and I’d totally recommend contacting Roxy if you’re looking to attend an art workshop, pick up some new artistic techniques or if you’re looking for a fun party activity to enjoy with your friends. I’ve felt so inspired since the workshop, I’ve already started working on another abstract piece! Check out her site, ByBun for more information.
BK’s Look: F21 Poncho & Blouse // Old Navy Skinny Jeans // Yellow Fluro Cambridge Satchel Company // Steve Madden Pembrook Booties in Cognac
CK’s Outfit: F21 Chambray Top // Free People Flower Crop Top // Levi’s Army Green Cargos // Urban Outfitter Sandals (old) // Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch
On Sunday afternoon CK and I made a trip up to Venice and strolled along Abbot Kinney. We were super stoked to find this fantastic wall and couldn’t resist snapping a few outfit photos. It’s always so fun to make the drive up to LA and spend the whole day exploring. We’re heading back up to Venice on Sunday for another round, does anyone have any spots they recommend we hit up? xoxo – Bettina