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Introducing Art Wednesdays: Tamara de Lempicka

Back in my corporate days (trivia: In my past life I was an organizational psychologist) I came across a simple but powerful concept: Kaizen (follow the link for an interesting article about applying kaizen to your personal goals). It’s all about taking big, seemingly insurmountable goals and breaking them down into itty bitty doable pieces.

How does one move a mountain? Start by moving small stones.

So, with this blogging thing, I’ve decided to do just that. Now I know that a week’s worth of blogging isn’t exactly a huge, insurmountable mountain. But it might as well be, given everything on my plate from one day to the next. And I really do think that once I get into it, it will just flow.

Sooooooo, I’ve decided to break it all down. Every day I’ll post something short and sweet, or at least inspiring, or thought-provoking, or informative, on a particular subject that pertains to my eye and approach as a photographer, to who I am as a person.

So, I’m excited to announce that Wednesdays will be Art Wednesdays. Very exciting! : P

Today, my focus is Tamara de Lempicka. An absolutely fascinating woman with absolutely beautiful paintings and talent, and who had an equally fascinating life!

Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka

I have a huge gicle print of one of her paintings hanging in my bedroom – a gift from hubby one year. And when I would visit Las Vegas I’d always want to go to Drai’s – a swanky, celebrity-spotting restaurant with a speakeasy feel, red velvet sofas, leopard print carpets, awesome food, BUT even most important, their decor was all about this artist. Her prints hung all over the walls. (Sadly, the restaurant is now gone, but you can still see pics of Drai’s Las Vegas restaurant here.)

In any case, Tamara de Lempicka’s aesthetic has always appealed to me. And when I used to paint, I’d float when people would mention “Oh, your work reminds me of Tamara de Lempicka or Modigliani.” (Another painter I loved.) And now that I shoot rather than paint, I’ve been tinkering with the idea of honorig her work in some kind of creative way.

Recently I shot a roaring 20’s inspired set that reminded me of her work. It was purely by chance, but it did make me want to do something in a bit of a more purposeful way.

Roaring 20s inspired shoot

Roaring 20s inspired shoot

 

It turns out other photographers have had the same idea!

Art to Life: Tamara de Lempicka – Part I

Art to Life: Tamara de Lempicka – Part II

While some of their interpretations have been rather exact, I’m looking for a way to do it that isn’t nearly as literal. So it’s all percolating…..

 

You can find a gallery of Tamara de Lempicka’s work here: http://www.tamara-de-lempicka.org/

 

And read a bit about her life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamara_de_lempicka

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

XO,

Susan

One of my favorite Tamara de Lempicka Paintings

One of my favorite Tamara de Lempicka Paintings

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