colour meets form

August 19, 2021

It was the painting below that caught my eye and led me to the work of American Modernist, Milton Avery. There’s an air of Matisse in his work. His portraits are quite lovely. “That gift for capturing his sitter without controlling her is one of the secrets to the longevity of his art,” writes Rachel Spence in the Financial Times. I love this beautiful bather in her lemon yellow suit. And this girl by the harbour is delightful. Have a look at more of his work here.

colour field

August 18, 2021

In celebration of our Luma’s seventh spin around the sun, I bring you the exuberantly colourful work of abstract expressionist painter, Jules Olitski. Olitski painted with an industrial spray gun, and created canvases that are a wash of joyous colour and light. On his creative process Olitski said, “expect nothing, do your work, celebrate.” 

around and around

August 17, 2021

The surrealist paintings of Gertrude Abercrombie.

Crip and colourful porcelain pottery from The Granite.

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” The work of Interior decorator, Billy Baldwin.

Pistachio, apricot and orange blossom cake.

Victor M. Alonso’s seascapes.

Sarolta Gyoker’s trees.

still life

August 16, 2021

A large bowl sits on our kitchen counter filled with tomatoes and chilli peppers from our neighbour’s garden as well as Greek figs, lemons and bright yellow squash. I’m not much a fruit eater myself, but I love to see all those wonderful colours and shapes together. This post from design blogger, Victoria Smith offers plenty of inspiration for displaying summer produce, from hanging baskets to jewel toned glass platters. We arrange flowers in a vase, why not give our peaches, plums and cherries the same artistic treatment.

different strokes

August 13, 2021

Marolize Southwood‘s colourful, impasto paintings of flowers, lobsters and fried eggs are intensely rich and tactile. I’m a sucker for white daisies so this blue glass vase of them caught my eye. Southwood is a modern day Impressionist, whose work pays homage to Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir et al. Her crop of red tomatoes are a joy.


August 12, 2021

Little towns like the one pictured below are what summer dreams are made of. At least, my summer dreams. Mismatched sheets hanging from wrought iron balconies, fishing boats cluttering the port. I imagine walking barefoot from the beach to our pensione, washing sand out of my hair and then sitting on a balcony drinking cold white wine and watching old men playing Briscola in the square below.

pitcher perfect

August 11, 2021

Anyone who loves colour, and high wattage colour combinations, will enjoy the work of ceramicist and painter, Andrew Ludick. Think lime green and satsuma, turquoise and terracotta, plum and sky blue all painted upon whimsical forms. Ludick’s tall vessels –– elegant and bizarre –– are my favourite of his designs. Unusual shapes, clashing colours, and playful surface decoration come together to create humour and originality.  John Ffrench is a major influence as are Paul Klee and Thelonious Monk.

around and around

August 10, 2021

Young Navajo skateboarder, Naomi Glasses.

Molly Ringwald smoking in the Breakfast Club.

Lee Friedlander’s stems; an inspiration for any artist.

Ghanaian traditional hairstyle.

Olympic surfer, Carissa Moore.

Paola Paronetto’s paper clay bottles.

knock on wood

August 9, 2021

There’s something noble about working with wood. I came across the work of husband and wife team, Wilkinson and Rivera and was immediately inspired. The couple work mainly with English ash and oak and create pieces that are quiet, and yet playful. I love the soft curves of the sun petal stool, and the wiggly lines in the Windsor chair add pure whimsy. Have a look at their work; it may inspire you, too.

italian made

August 9, 2021

Calling all linen fanatics! Once Milano‘s beautiful sheets, pillow cases and throws pay homage to Venetian handcrafted linen. Think bold colours edged in macramé, beautifully monogramed pillows and cozy handmade quilts. I have my eye on this wavy blanket in stone blue; perfect to curl up in on lazy Tuesday.

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