An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer’s Best Styles.

An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography.An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography. An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography.
An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography. An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography.Shop our Gloria Ring ($40) featured above.An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography. An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography.Shop our Zelda Necklace ($40) featured above. An Editorial Ode to Matisse, & Summer's Best Styles. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Summer 2017, Fashion, Style, Trend, OOTD, Gold Jewelry, Affordable Jewelry, Jaquemus, The Perfect White Shirt, Henri Matisse, Art, Art History, Color, Red Nail Polish, Nail Polish Trend, Manicure Trend, Photography, Still Life, Food Photography.
Shop our Gloria Ring ($40) featured above.

It’s his mastery of hues that attracts us first, noses risking to threaten the allowed museum proximity from the masterpiece — Matisse has been on our minds a lot lately. The woman, and the still-life are naturally the most magnetic of his subjects. In portraiture that captures both so festively, we look back on his works and find our inspiration for summer’s wardrobe.

First comes the crisp white blouse, interrupted with a few open buttons, or by a purposeful tie at the waist. This isn’t the place for the mundane. Then there is the sleeve — a season that has been dedicated to re-writing the volume of such an appendage. Third, is the most unassuming of gold jewelry, placed just right to attract the viewer just an inch closer. Lastly, a nail polish (featured is Cuba Libre by Odeme) inspired directly by Henri Matisse’s painting The Dessert: Harmony in Red.

 

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The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design

THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

There’s no secret formula of success for why Tulum has become the must-hit destination for the chicest travelers the world over — the allure is simply this: Tulum has mastered the art of slow living and good design. Cue flocks of Gypsetters. The Wanderess checks in at Casa Gaia to learn the ways of this world.

As one walks the main drag of (a dirt path shadowed in by overgrown palms) on their way to dinner it’s as if you’ve stepped into a guerrilla style fashion show at resort week. Tassels, and billowing sleeves meet lightweight fabrics that mirror the beauty of the landscape under the pink hue of the setting sun. One must be dressed appropriately, as the dining selection is just as curated. Fairy-lands of twinkling lights, and randomized tables nest deep into the Yucatan forest. While the outside world is more than happy to come in, it has yet to feel like it has overly impacted Tulum — instead you sense that you are joining in on a movement of lifestyle and design that is on the verge of exploding.

Each hotel has been crafted so carefully that its little slice of beach front becomes exotic Mayan folklore come to life. All different takes on the same terrain. That’s what brings us to the unassuming little blue gate of Casa Gaia — one in a collection of beach front homes that make up Mahayana Tulum. Its purpose being to reconnect you to the flow of the ocean. Sitting just at the edge of the white sand playa as if watching over the azure-hued ocean, this location empowers you to connect with the tides instead of the time. Everywhere you look here a hammock hangs in your peripherals, like visual reminders to take the day with ease.

The space itself is the perfect depiction of the organic aesthetic that’s been pouring out of Tulum in the last few years — it’s found an enchanting balance between eclectic and calmingly minimal, leaving the most busying view to be that of the pristine beach just beyond the balcony. In a space as such one’s imagination can run wild along the curving white walls, while the world beyond the Yucatan seems to wash away with one quick outdoor shower.

This is how the locals of Tulum have built up their slice of heaven — without over-affecting the natural elements, but working with them. One is surrounded by everything needed to indulge in this concept of slow living — morning yoga just next door at Sanara, neighboring eateries of nothing but clean, fresh dishes from land and sea, and of course spotty wifi connection as soon as you leave Mahayana. This is what it’s all about, meandering through your day with the intention to detach, and re-focus.

Find our guide to where to eat, stay, and adventure in Tulum here.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

The Wanderess Goes to Casa Gaia to Learn the Art of Slow Living and Good Design -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Tulum, Gypset, Travel, Mexico, Photography, Photo Diary, Where To Go in Tulum, Where To Eat In Tulum, What To Do in Tulum, Casa Gaia, Mahayana Tulum, Design, Art, Slow Living, VSCO, Instagram, Beach Life, Bikini, Interior Design.

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What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form

THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.

What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography
Words & Photos by Allister Ann.

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I booked a flight to Paris for two weeks, leaving New Years day. The year had been a tough one, in more ways then I care to elaborate on. 
I saw the trip as a fresh start. No expectations, but hopeful that I could reconnect with myself, and an old fling — painting. 
Vowing to leave all technology behind, I wanted to make space to make a difference. In retrospect, it was an excellent decision.
 
It had been a while since I last saw Paris. Unfortunately it’s known as the city of love. I was going alone, my heart mending from a recent failed encounter of love, as I sat on the plane I wondered…will this make me forget faster?
 
I had a beautiful flat in Paris waiting for me. I brought minimal necessities, so I could make room for the canvases and brushes that filled my suitcase.
In the past I had such a passion for painting, but over the years it was shoved aside, like so many other things.
I was forcing myself to commit to it this time — throwing all self doubt out the beautiful french door windows that shared such a lovely sliver of Paris with me.

 

My first morning I made my way to Magasin Sennelier, a 100 plus year old art supply shop, where the scent of old oil paint oozed from the dusty wood shelves. I went there often in the days to follow, eager to try the new colors I had discovered.
I had found my inspiration in Yves Klein’s ‘Blue’, and his concept of using the female form as a tool for expression had stuck with me.
Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.
 
So alone, in my studio, I gave it a try.
I felt my first painting should address the mixed emotions that still lingered within me. There was hesitation, but eventually I felt a release that I couldn’t help but embrace. Letting my body express my thoughts and feelings was almost euphoric.
That night I did my first painting about him titled Le Meilleur De Solitaire.
From there, more paintings began to flow out of me. I would venture out during the day, to museums mostly, coming back brimming with ideas.
The evenings were spent in a favorite cafe. Paint still under my nails as I sipped wine that turned my lips rouge, looking forward to the next day.
The time passed too quickly. I wasn’t ready to leave. I was afraid my reconnection with the canvas may be shoved aside once again.
But, I made a promise to myself. If I somehow couldn’t find the time, or lacked motivation in the coming months, I’d return to aloneness, knowing that quaint little art shop would always be there waiting.

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Interview with Artist Heather Day | “You need to believe in what you do”

oakland, artist, girl, heather day
Photo by Katie Rummel

All around us there is a shift in people choosing to follow their craft over the cushy-comfort of a corporate job. Ahead of the curve, Heather Day is a San Francisco based artist who is leaving her mark on the art world and putting S.F. on the map in a colorful way. Finding Heather in her Oakland studio, we get a closer look on what it’s like to live and breath ones art.

oakland, artist, girl, heather day

Vérité: What is it about California life that influences your work?

Heather Day: The color of the architecture and linear qualities of the landscape are the two driving forces in my work right now. I really enjoy the contrast of living in a dense city and being surrounded by nature.
oakland, artist, girl, heather day
Photo by Katie Rummel

V: Can you tell us about your creative process for making a painting?

HD: My work is about the act of painting. It starts with a simple mark. Every mark is a reaction to the previous decision. Similar to a conversation. When a question is asked, an answer is anticipated.
The paintings are comprised with a variety of materials such as canvas or paper with thread, pastel, graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. The paint is applied with household items such as spoons, rags and paint rollers. I also use traditional materials such as paintbrushes and pastels.

V: Can you explain the empowerment you feel by being able to follow your passions, instead of being stuck in a desk job?

HD: It’s very liberating, exciting and scary! Next month will mark one year of self-employment for me. Honestly, it has been such a roller coaster. I left my salary position in the design center last May. Before that I was spending my evenings and weekends painting. It’s really empowering to be my own boss and responsible for my actions. Every day is different and presents a new challenge.
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Photo by Emma Fineman

V: What about being a working artist influences your personal style, do you have a working uniform?

HD: My style is very simple. I tend to wear neutral colors — mostly greys and blacks. My favorite designer right now is Everlane but I also love shopping at the local boutiques on Valencia Street in San Francisco. When I’m in the studio, I always change into my Dickies overalls and a t-shirt. It’s the best kind of uniform and helps me keep all of my street clothes clean from paint stains.
V: You work so closely with color, what pushes your choices of these elements in your art?

HD: To an extent, color is arbitrary in my paintings. I view color as a means to break the composition and create dialogue between line and texture. Color isn’t based off of emotion however I am drawn to particular colors such as deep blues and warm greys. If I could, I would own everything grey! I think the blue comes from my love for the ocean. I’m originally from Hawaii and being in The Bay Area has inspired me to explore more blues and really push it in my work.


oakland, artist, girl, heather dayV: What would you tell other creatives who seek to go out on their own?

HD: Be open minded. You can learn a lot from other industries. I’m really fascinated by the tech scene here in San Francisco. You’d be surprised how much overlap there is between user experience with an app vs. a painting. Confidence is also key. You need to believe in what you do enough before you can convince others to follow or invest in your projects.
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Minimalistic Travel | Icelandic Visions

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Minimal seems to be the effortless life goal we now strive for. It has become its own form of luxury. The luxury of very little. Iceland could possibly be the poster child of such a lifestyle with its clean, light interiors and Blue Lagoon beauty routines. Yet there is more beyond that brings us back to the basics of nature. Embodying the concept in its own desolately eerie, yet whimsical way, it’s a Nordic fairy-tale with physical coordinates. As photographer Casey Fyfe forges through Iceland’s quiet meadows, to meet the vast mountains — enchantment lies beyond every open space.

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