I have a mind that tends to back into things. I'm not logical, I don't develop linear strategies, straightforward arguments.
When I approach something that is beautiful, that I want to understand, I like to circle my prey.
As much as I can, I walk around it in my mind. Point out the sights to myself. But not as a critical exercise, more of a "Oh! Look at That!"
This is how I feel about Laura's work. (Laurelines, link at right) I try to go to her blog at least every other day, to see what's new, to amaze myself at what she can do.
Having had enough art history to be dangerous, I enjoy her historical references. And I fell in love with this ... not that I can cite its inspiration, only that I love circling around it, looking at the way she treated the folds of fabric, the shadow and light on the gown and wrap, the cleverness of using the pattern to delineate background and figure, using color to fool the eye.
I think her way with women -- ok, the female figure -- is wonderful. It has a graceful, timeless neo-neo-classicism to it. The highest forms of feminine are found in her work.
Thank you for letting me show one of my favorites, Laura.
Today's fragrance: Speaking of straightforward, Jo Malone Red Roses ... seven types of rose, crushed violet leaves, a bit of lemon and spearmint ... this is not a rose for the timid. Beware of liberally applying it before you go to bed. You may have to get up and somehow dilute it before it will let you go to sleep. A word to the wise.