Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Inspired by Piet Mondrian

         Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 will bring everyone a new start and many good things. To kick off the new year on Cute and Mundane, I decided to write an 'Inspired by' art post. This post will be featuring a painting by Piet Mondrian, a dutch painter. Mondrian's abstract compositions are characterized by vertical and horizonatal lines and the use of primary colors. I love the modern, airy, and harmonious quality of this painting. It's a perfect representation of how I picture a new year to be.

         To reflect the simplicity of the painting, I thought it would be fitting to use only minimal products. I've chosen Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in black ink. It's the blackest black. I used a MAC 211 eyeliner brush for precise application. NARS Red Lizard lipstick is a full powered red lipstick. It's a great red for one striking red accent, as you see in the painting above.

        When drawing on my red lip, I did my best to make a precise application that followed the shape of my natural lip. I did not want a geisha-like lip since this look has modern inspiration. I have full lips, so I colored in a size a hair smaller than my natural lip line for a sleeker look.

         Below are swatches of NARS Red Lizard and Bobbi Brown Black Ink. You can see that they are both very primary and basic colors. The Mondrian painting has a beautiful grey in it. I decided not to incorporate it as an eyeshadow since the blended effect of an eyeshadow lacks the stark geometric and linear quality found in the composition. Instead, I would pair this look with a clean-lined pale heather grey sweater (and black skinnies).

        Thanks for reading! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to your new year. Where do you find your inspiration? What is your favorite red?

Love, Dovey.


  1. Happy New Year Dovey! What a great post -- you are so wonderfully creative :) The look you described sounds lovely and perfect along with your heather grey sweater and skinnies :)

  2. Thank you :) Happy New year to you too!

  3. Love this post - you ARE super creative! :D The entire outfit + makeup look sounds very classic but modern at the same time.

  4. happy new year! The Art History nerd in me LOVES these types of posts!

  5. Great inspiration! My favorite red is Chanel Cambon.

  6. I love your post! Great play on lines! :*

  7. Larie- thanks! I like the sound of that :)

    Kelly- awesome! I'm not terribly knowledgeable about art, but I like learning about it

    Martha - thanks for sharing your favorite red; I'm googling it now!

    LauraJean - thank you! I'm glad you liked them

  8. I need to pay more attention to art! I'm thinking of taking up a painting class or something when my literature courses end. I love your replication of Mondrian's piece.

    I don't have specific points of inspiration for makeup but always anticipate a certain kind of shade/palette for upcoming seasons. :)

  9. I love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rebelle. This is a great post!


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