Happy New Year! As per tradition, I'm celebrating the New Year with an Inspired by Art post! Last year, I featured a bold red lip inspired by Piet Mondrian. For January 1st, 2013, I'm sharing a makeup palette inspired by the soft blended tones of Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament (1900-1901) from the Art Institute of Chicago. Houses of Parliament is one in a series of paintings of the Palace of Westminster. All pieces in the series were painted on the same size canvas and from the same viewpoint in St. Thomas' Hospital overlooking the Thames, between 1900 and 1905. Westminster palace was designed in the Perpendicular Gothic style with intricate vertically oriented structural detailing (pictured below). Monet, however, was more interested in the interplay between light and fog; he painted the palace at different times of day and during different weather conditions. The resultant paintings showcased the impressionist ethos, blending reality, memory, and imagination together into unified focus.
|Palace of Westminster (photo credit: Mom)|
Hints of pink in the sky truly capture the ephemeral spirit of weather. For my Monet inspired look, I've chosen to layer two cheery 'sky' pink blushes: NARS Deep Throat (a peach pink) and Illamasqua Nymph (a pure pink). Pale pink eyeshadow, like MAC Yogurt, can be incorporated into an eye look as well, as a base color. I'm always a fan of pairing pale pinks and blues; Aquamarine earrings are a nice extra touch to my Monet-inspired color palette.
Inspired by Art posts! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!
Happy new year, Dovey! I really like Monet but don't remember ever seeing this one! NARS Outremer looks absolutely insanely wacky, though I am relatively sure it'll be hard for me to pull it off.ReplyDelete
Hi Sunny, Happy New Year to you too! Outremer is pretty bright; I usually reserve it for lining :-)Delete
Happy New Year Dovey! I really love that painting of the Houses of Parliament. It has a beautiful uncertainty to it, just like the first morning of the new year. I wish you all the best!ReplyDelete
Hi Kate, Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I think you've verbalized the sentiment of the painting beautifully!Delete
Happy New Year!!!!! Lovely choice for the new yr, colors, soft focus, and inspirationalReplyDelete
Hi J, Thank you so much! Happy New Year to you too :)Delete
Beautiful post! Happy New Year Dovey! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Makeup Magpie, Thank you so much!! Happy New Year :-)Delete
Happy New Year Dovey! I've never seen this one by Monet either! It's rather haunting to me and I love it.ReplyDelete
Great colours you picked as always!
Hi Tracy, Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it!! Happy New Year to you too :-)Delete
I love that you included earrings! :) They do help to complete the face, I think - any kind of jewelry does. That painting is very haunting - I love it. The colors you chose are a wonderful representation of it and also the feelings it conveys.ReplyDelete
Hi Larie, Thank you so much! I wish I had more earrings to include in posts--- I know you have such a beautiful collection!Delete
This series is genius!! Can't wait to see more!ReplyDelete
Hi Curator, Thank you so much! I will try to post more soon... :-)Delete
Wow, beautiful painting! I don't recall ever having seen it before.ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah, Thanks! I've passed by it a few times, but it didn't jump out to me until recently!Delete
Happy New Year Dovey! Gorgeous selection of colors for this painting! I love that you picked a lesser known Monet!ReplyDelete
Hi Kristi, Thank you! I'm so glad you liked this Monet :-) I hope you had a very happy New Year today!Delete
Happy New Year! Here's wishing you and all those you hold near and dear happiness, peace, prosperity, and good health now and throughout the year.ReplyDelete
Hi Eileen, Thank you so much for the kind words; it is truly wonderful to read them! I wish you and yours the best the New Year can bring! :-)Delete
I don't know much about art but this is one of my favourite paintings ever. I love your Inspired By Art series and read your review of Outremer as well. I've also become obsessed with owning that blue and feel a little torn right now. But I love seeing it pop up in your art posts. You capture the essence of the paintings so well. The photo credit to "mom" is adorable. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I'm glad I managed to pick one of your favorites and it's great hearing your perspective. I can't justify owning too many blues (especially bright ones) since they aren't everyday neutrals. I like Outremer as a wet liner though! :-)
love the shades you picked in this one, Dovey! It's so fun to see how you girls always have such perfect shades to compliment whatever you're inspired by. I feel like I have a lot of makeup but not enough range in shades to really do many of these :P Maybe that will be one of my beauty resolutions: acquire different shades instead of repeatedly buying the same ones over and over again :PReplyDelete
Eeee, this is such a beautiful post! The colors you picked out are spot-on. And the earrings are indeed such a nice extra touch! They're purrrty. :) Happy New Year, Dovey! Best wishes to you in 2013 and beyond~ReplyDelete
Beautiful selection of colors and such a creative idea!ReplyDelete
Super pretty! Happy New year!ReplyDelete