Week 10 :: of red, yellow and Ashile Gorky

“Don’t spend it all in one place.”

One of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare in Love.

It’s when Viola is practicing her lines as Romeo and waxes over-enthusiastic over Rosaline, and Will jumps up and tells her not to be so passionate because Romeo’s true love hasn’t been introduced yet so what will he have left when she finally comes on the scene?

I’m coming to realize that this is good advice to follow when implementing theme weeks.  I tend to be uber excited about them in the beginning and wear my best outfits early on, only to be tired and anticlimactic by week’s end.  I’m surmising that if I switch things up, maybe I can sustain my interest and combat my usual Friday doldrums.

Of course, having said that, I choose to do the exact opposite.

I can’t help it.  When Kim from Learning Tour Writing Stop suggested I take inspiration from works of art, a lá Project Runway‘s usual penultimate challenge, I leaped at the chance because a. I love Project Runway and b. I’m crazy.  Kim sent me a few suggestions, but gave me carte blanche with the choices as long as they came from LACMA.

So, my friends, I present to you…

Works of Art Week

and evidence that I never follow advice, even my own.

© Arshile Gorky Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Mojave
© Arshile Gorky Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

I can’t help it; the minute I found this piece of art by Ashile Gorky, the outfit just manifested in my head. Of all the ensembles and pieces of art this week, this was the first and only one that struck me so immediately and when I threw it on, thinking I had to tweak it a bit, I realized that there was no need for revision.  It truly was a perfect interpretation of the artwork.

And I feel pretty and flirty in it, something I desperately need on a Monday morning.

WoA Monday

And because mine was such a visceral reaction, I think over-explaining it will ruin things.  So I’m just gonna stop talking now and leave it up to you, my friends, to create the connections, ponder the possibilities and decide whether my decision to spend it all in one place so early on in the week was truly a wise choice.

WoA Monday

WoA Monday

WoA Monday

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Mudd @ Kohl’s
Jacket – thrifted @ American Way
Skirt – Calvin Klein @ eBay
Shoes – Madden Girl

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8 thoughts on “Week 10 :: of red, yellow and Ashile Gorky

  1. Oh CREATIVE you! This is exactly what I had in mind! It is going to be so much fun to see you interpret each piece of art work. Today is so cheery and you do look flirty. 🙂 Well done I am giving you a standing ovation. Encore…

    • Yes! Validation! Glad I interpreted your suggestion accurately and adequately. Now here’s hoping I didn’t use up my best one first…tomorrow, I think, is a more sedate look. :/

      • You can not do this wrong! You have pushed my thinking I think I might use a piece of art to write about or inspire a room design or? Your artistic flair with words and clothing are wonderful. I think being creative is so much about giving it a try. That is what you continue to do in your fashionista way. It makes life fun and interesting!!

        • Words, words, words…sometimes so riddled with depth and purpose and sometimes so inadequate and superfluous. Guess which pairing describes my thoughts right now in response to your comment? ;p

  2. Well, evidently your photographer was not a student. Who were you so comfortable hamming it up for? Very cute!

    • Surprisingly, Kara! I know, right? I think I am expanding my photographer pool, which is a good thing if I insist on posting in the morning instead of in the afternoon like we’d discussed. But wasn’t that serendipitous since the painting in the staff room provided a really nice backdrop for today’s look?

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