George Barbier, my favourite art deco fashion illustrator. "Le Jeu des Graces" roughly translates as "the game of graces", but I think looking at the drawing it is possibly "the three graces playing"or possibly "the graceful game players"? For more George Barbier click here.
This is Edward and Eliza. Edward and Eliza have been firm friends ever since they discovered they shared a love of dancing, sorbet (any flavour) and art deco art. Here, Edward and Eliza are at a fancy end of year party and they haven't seen each other for a couple of weeks, so they have quite a bit of catching up to do. However, seeing as it's the holiday season, I expect they'll be having plenty of cups of coffee together and long, serious and not so serious chats in the coming weeks. You can find Edward and Eliza in my shop and more tales behind my drawings here.
I thought this illustration with its moody sky by George Barbier (for Paul Verlain's "Fêtes Galantes") was pretty appropriate today seeing as we've just had a gigantic storm sweep through Sydney. Well that's my excuse anyway for posting this gorgeous George Barbier print!
It is most definitely summer here in Sydney. On the one hand, I'm a bit disappointed because going for walks during the day is out of the question now. On the other hand, there are magnificent gardenias blooming all over the neighbourhood. Pictured above are gardenias from my Dad's garden and they smell divine! There are actually two types of gardenia flowers. There's the large flowers pictured above and then there's your small button hole gardenias which are a about the size of a 50 cent piece. I think the small ones have more scent, but the big blossoms (about as big as your hand or bigger) are my favourite. Meanwhile, here are a couple of lovely Georgia O'Keeffe flower paintings which I was attempting to emulate in the photos above.
This is Bernadette. She is doing a final check in the mirror before going out for the evening with a group of friends. Once a week they go to a sophisticated night club that plays the very best jazz and rag time music. Here they dance into the small hours and have a thoroughly good time, as you can imagine.