22 January 2010

Antique Bottons!

What could be more perfect to adorn the centers of my Rococo inspired flowers? Check back at my Etsy shop starting tomorrow to see some new flowers featuring these wonderful and rare finds!

20 January 2010

Weekly Etsy Feature

Each week I will be featuring my favorite items from twelve different Etsy sellers. Each item reminded me in some way of the Rococo era and aesthetic. Here are this week's featured Etsy Items:

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Featured Sellers/Items (left to right, top to bottom):

Let Them Eat Cake Collage Sheet by Darvahlous

Duck Egg Blue Ruffled Silk Carina Bolero by Bonzie

Marie Antoinette Pillow (in blue-grey) by PacoandLupe

It's So Good - C'est Si Bon Greeting Card in Blue/Brown by letterpress

Crema.......................Fresh Flower Brass Hair Pins by WildArtDesigns

Vintage Cane Chair with New Aqua Lacquer by FabulousPieces

Romantic silver screen star ((statement Necklace )) by florabond


Vintage French Book Paper Wreath with Fleur De Lis MTO by SimpleJoysPaperie

Saucy ANTOINETTES DREAM TRICORN SHIP HAT 18th Century Pinup Burlesque Couture by heysailor


Special Edition Marie Antoinette Pale Blue Heels by OxfordHeaven

So, which one of these gorgeous items is your favorite? Decisions, decisions...

If you would like to be featured in next week's Etsy Feature please leave a comment!

Enchanted by Josephine: French Historical Challenge

Enchanted by Josephine will be holding a reading challenge for 2010. The goal is to read as many fiction or non-fiction books based on French history or French historical figures as you can this year. Considering that this is a genre I am already quite passionate about, I HAD to join!

Each time I finish a book, I will review it here on my blog.

Here are the ranks Enchanted by Josephine has specified:

La Princesse: Read 3 books
La Dauphine: Read 6 books
La Reine: Read 9 books
L’Impératrice: More than 9 books

Of course, I hope to be L’Impératrice by December 2010!

At the end of the challenge one entrant will win a giveaway! So exciting!

Do you also want to be a part of this challenge? See Enchanted by Josephine's blog post for more details:FRENCH HISTORICALS Oh-La-La! Challenge

15 January 2010

Book Review of the Week: Forever Amber

Just before Christmas I began reading Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, a novel set during the reign of King George II (around the 1660's). The novel was written in 1944 and sold over 100,000 copies during the first week of its release! Quite impressive! It is one of the original historical fiction/romance novels, and inspired many later works.

The story is one of a young woman, Amber, who comes to live in London. She begins her journey as an innocent girl of 17 who grew up in the country. As she becomes adjusted to the life of London and eventually of the courts of George II, she slowly loses her innocence and strives to become as rich and powerful as possible...no matter who she hurts along the way. Each chain of events in the story is set off by a handsome nobleman, Bruce, who Amber is desperately in love with and therefore is constantly trying to impress. Will her climb through society all be for naught?

My favorite aspects of this novel: Although the story is quite long (approximately 1000 pages), the plot is fast moving and packed with period detail. It is evident that this book was very well researched, which I really enjoyed. I felt like I was learning the whole time I was reading.

Also, I really liked the fact that Amber is a very human character, she makes mistakes, she can be jealous, vain, and over confident at times, but it made me love her character even more.

My least favorite aspect of the book: There was originally a sequel planned for this book, and it is evident that this book was written in anticipation of that sequel. Yet, Kathleen Winsor never wrote it, so I felt as if there was no closure even I finished reading Forever Amber.

My Rating: ****

09 January 2010

Newest Creations: In Honor of Valentine's Day

I have recently begun creating my Valentine's collection. Yes, I know, it is still a bit early and the holidays have just ended...but, I figured I would get a jump on it so that I can have a wide range of flowers for my customers to choose from.

These flowers will all be inspired by two paintings by Fragonard: "Lettre d'amour" (The Love Letter) painted in 1770 and "The Confession of Love" (also known as "The Love Letters") painted in 1771. Both of these paintings are quite romantic and are perfect inspiration pieces for my 18th century valentine line. They are also made up of the most lovely warm pastel colors! I cannot wait to see how many different pieces I can come up with this color palette.

To view my latest creations, simply stop by my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RococoFleurs

Also, if you have suggestions for other 18th century French paintings that you feel would make great inspirational pieces for my Valentine's line, or for any flowers, please let me know!

07 January 2010

Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century

My flowers are currently featured on the well known blog: Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century.

You can see the article, and the blog here at: http://marie-antoinettequeenoffrance.blogspot.com/

A big thank you to Lauren for featuring my work on her wonderful blog!

05 January 2010

Today's Flowers: Princesse de Lamballe

I just finished listing my newest creations on Etsy! All three of them were inspired by paintings of the lovely Princesse de Lamballe, also known as Princess Marie Louise of Savoy.

At the age of eighteen she married the wealthy Louis Alexandre de Bourbon (Prince de Lamballe), yet their marriage lasted only a year due to his untimely death. After the death of her husband, Marie Louise, a widow at only nineteen, returned to the court of Marie Antoinette where she became one of the queen's confidantes and was present at all of the important events. It was at one of these events that she met the Dauphin of France. He was immediately smitten with her, and lavished attention upon her. Sadly, due to her connections with the royal family, she was killed during the Revolution by an angry mob after she refused to swear to hate the King and Queen.

The flowers I created were inspired by two different paintings of her; the painting at the beginning of this post, which was painted in 1780 by Antoine François Callet and the painting directly below: Marie-Thérèse Louise de Savoie-Carignan, Princesse de Lamballe by Jean-Laurent Mosnier.

I found the flowers that I created using the colors from the Mosnier painting to be very vibrant and fun! The flower inspired by the Callet painting is more reserved, regal, and elegant. Check them out at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RococoFleurs


03 January 2010

Introduction (inspiration)

I have always been interested in history and will be receiving a minor in Art History, but this year I have come across a time period that has particularly captured my attention. The 17th-18th centuries in England and France, otherwise known as the Georgian and Rococo periods respectively have provided me with inspiration for my recent paintings and for my new etsy shop: RococoFleurs.

My fascination with this period began with some of the modern popular culture surrounding it. Specifically, it was perked when I started reading The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser and grew as I read Karleen Koen's amazingly well written series: Through A Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels. I gained new insight into the period as well as a few different book suggestions while following the popular blog: georgianaduchessofdevonshire.blogspot.com

While studying Rococo and Georgian paintings to complete a series focusing on women's lives and rights during the eras, I fell in love with the colors the paintings were composed of, especially the colors used in the fashions of the time. These colors inspired me to create fabric flowers composed of the same colors as the gowns the women were wearing in the portraits. This eventually led to me opening a new Etsy shop (my old one being DesignsbyDannie) featuring these creations.

Below are a few of the paintings I created this past fall that inspired my new hobby and exploration of the Rococo Era through the lives of the women who experienced it:

First Day of Blogging...

I hope to fill this blog with images of my work, the inspiration photos/paintings I draw from, and other interesting anecdotes that have shaped my etsy shop and have been an influence in my own artwork.