This is my drawing of Eloise The Serious Knitter - I made her into a gif today. As you can see she has a very important friend who is assisting her with her knitting. I think anyone who knits and owns a cat will understand this scenario.
I've been working on a GIF today made from some art deco gal drawings I did a while back. I enjoyed finding out about how to fade images into one another and re-acquainting myself with the whole GIF making process in general (which I had semi-forgotten about). To see more GIFS click here!
These paintings are by the Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint. I have seen the painting above before - I thought it was pretty and assumed it was quite modern, but it is actually very old - possibly even 100 years old as Hilma af Klint lived from 1862 - 1944. She was in fact the very first abstract painter and she was way before her time. I think her work is quite fantastic and extraordinary and I am very sorry I won't be in London to see her show at the Serpentine Gallery that runs from the 3rd of March to the 15th of May.
I recently saw a marvellous documentary by Australian director Gillian Armstrong called "Women He's Undressed". It was a documentary/ biography of probably one of the most famous men from Kiama you've never heard of. His name was Orry Kelly, and he grew up in the small coastal town of Kiama (just down the coast from Wollongong) famous for its blow hole. He moved to Sydney in his late teens and later on to Hollywood where he began by painting scenery and backdrops. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, he started designing costumes for leading ladies and would go on to be nominated for four Oscars, three of which he won for his costume designs in the following films: "An American in Paris", "Les Girls" and "Some Like It Hot". He also had a relationship with Archibald Leach (who later changed his name to Cary Grant) and was responsible for the costume designs for some estimated 280 films including "Casablanca", "Now, Voyager" and "Oklahoma!" just to name but a few. Here's a terrific site dedicated to Orry-Kelly with his sketches and biography and here's a good synopsis of the documentary "Women He's Undressed".
Above (left to right) Ingrid Bergman in an Orry-Kelly designed ensemble for "Casablanca", Bette Davis with whom he had a lasting friendship, Kay Francis in a sparkly Orry-Kelly for the film "Mandalay", Lesley Caron and Gene Kelly in "An American in Paris" and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curis in "Some Like it Hot".
The dress extravaganza, otherwise known as the Oscars, is only one day away. To get you in the mood for dress scrutinising, Vogue has collated a set of 103 of the best Oscar dresses in the last 10 or so years. For anyone partial to dresses, it makes for entertaining viewing. I have selected two of my favourite dresses from Vogue's list above: Cate Blanchett in Valentino (2003) and Natalie Portman in Lanvin (2005).
This is Sidonie and Charles. They like to go out into the yard together and do all sorts of things. They like to garden and they like to relax, and they particularly enjoy being in the garden when the weather is wild and windy.