Great Painter: Luc Tuymans

Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is widely seen as having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s. His sparsely-colored, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling voice, and are typically painted from pre-existing imagery which includes photographs and video stills. His canvases, in turn, become third- degree abstractions from reality and often appear slightly out-of-focus, as if covered by a thin veil or painted from a failing memory. There is almost always a darker undercurrent to what at first appear to be innocuous subjects. Technically speaking, he keeps the paint loose and uses broad stroke. The technique feels fresh and adds to the mystery of whatever it is that’s going on.

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Wednesday Giveaway: Byrd Jewelry!

Today’s Wednesday giveaway is from local favorite Byrd Jewelry! One lucky winner will receive a gorgeous gold necklace with a beautiful autumn-appropriate color palette. Hannah’s designs are highly coveted by many ladies I know in town. I think its because they are so flattering, feminine with very unique designs that make it obvious you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind piece. More info and photos here.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below and visit Byrd Jewelry’s Etsy shop. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow at 10am using!

Congratulations, Sallie! You won!

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Portraits in the Park

I just saw this deal on Facebook from former Charlotte contributor, Kristin Moore. For all those of you who wanted to win her giveaway a few weeks ago, she is offering a mini portrait session that is hard to pass up, crafted especially for holiday cards. Brilliant!

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Curated Vintage

I have long admired Dear Golden vintage on Etsy. Her shop is a great collection of hand-picked items of high quality in lovely fabrics and cuts. I was super excited to see this deal today on Honey Kennedy: you can use the code: HONEYGOLDEN for 15% OFF at Dear Golden now thru 10/31/11!

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A Quintessential Fall Weekend

A few weekends ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to get away to the country to a friend’s log cabin in rural Virginia. It sits on 100 acres right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. There were cornfields. There was a stream. There were long grasses. The leaves were changing. It was heaven. We drank apple cider, read, hiked, and took in the beauty of Fall. And I’ve decided that the burnt orange, sandy beige and golden-yellow colors of Autumn are my favorite.

How have you enjoyed Fall? Continue reading

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Good Basics

Emerson Made is just so great, right? Where do you buy basics?

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Street Style: Jazzy Watch + Bag

A smart leather satchel paired with this jazzy red watch is a dapper look. And talk about cool: duck boots with no socks.

Charlottesville street style for The Charlotte by Sean Santiago.

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