Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Inspiration from Kandinsky

1. Autumn in Murnau / 1908
2. Murnau Am Staffelsee / 1908
3. The Ludwigskirche In Munich / 1908
4. Winter Landscape / 1909
5. Blue Mountain / 1908
6. Murnau View With Railway And Castle / 1909
7. Color Study: Squares With Concentric Circles / 1913

I've had art on the brain lately. In the past few days I've been attacking a half-dozen canvases with loads of paint. It's fun, joyful, and also a little sad because I always feel the angst of my art never being good enough or meaningful enough.

I find so much meaning in the works of Wassily Kandinsky, however. When I think of Kandinsky, bold abstract paintings come to mind. But here, I wanted to share some of his early works - autumnal landscapes, ect. The colors remind me of what I see when I step outdoors now, in late November, but bolder and brighter - with enhanced emotion.

Have a safe and warm Thanksgiving weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Haze

The terrible wildfires in North Carolina have made our area hazy and smoky. A few days ago we took a little hike in the late afternoon. The smoky atmosphere diffused the fiery fall colors almost into pastels. In the past few days we've stayed inside, running our little airfilter. Yesterday, stepping outside and breathing the air was like breathing in a bag of bbq potato chips. I'm grateful we're able to stay inside, and I worry about the people with outdoor jobs. Stay safe and vigilant, all who are affected by these fires.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Black Sweater

Guys, this has been a long, distressing, upsetting week. I feel like I need to talk about it, but I don't know what to say. So, nothing. This is an outfit. 

This skirt is a thrifted find. The brand is Urban Renewal - an Urban Outfitter's brand that sources old or used fabric. At any rate, the fabric is really nice - a good weight for a skirt - and it's obviously well-made. I didn't choose it for the reptilian pattern - I'm usually ambivalent about animal prints - but it's a versatile style. This little merino wool sweater is a great basic and gets a lot of use, but I believe I last wore it on the blog last November. I enjoy looking back on that post now, because although I've culled most of my wardrobe this year, I still have every single piece from last November's outfit. They'll all survived a year of wear and my changing tastes. I wonder if I'll still have every piece in this outfit next November?

sweater // skirt: thrifted
necklace: vintage via etsy
flats // bag: secondhand via ebay

Monday, November 7, 2016

Stormy Sweater

The Flying Clubhouse: Stormy Sweater
The Flying Clubhouse: Stormy SweaterThe Flying Clubhouse: Stormy Sweater
The Flying Clubhouse: Stormy Sweater | secondhand cashmere
The Flying Clubhouse: Stormy Sweater | secondhand cashmere
This cashmere sweater was beige. I tried to dye it black, but came out this nice blue-gray color instead. Dying cashmere is risky, but this sweater was an inexpensive purchase on eBay and it had a few holes I needed to mend. This made me brave enough to experiment. There was no shrinkage - always a worry when using hot water to dye. Despite a lighter-than-intended color, I was pleased with the results. Blue-gray is a lovely stormy-weather color.

I have another secondhand cashmere sweater, also found on eBay. It's more of a neutral gray. It also needed a little hole mended. Once repaired, none of these flaws are noticeable on either sweater. Cashmere feels so nice, and as expensive as it is I'd much rather give an old sweater with some flaws new life again than invest in a new one. What's your opinion? Do you have much experience with secondhand sweaters? As I write this post I'm wearing a light pink 80s or 90s sweater I thrifted locally, and I'm feeling very cozy and ready for winter.

sweater // tights // skirt // bag: ebay
boots: thrifted
heart pendant: asos (old, similar)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bright Autumn Days

The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn Days
The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn Days
The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn Days
The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn Days
The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn Days
The Flying Clubhouse: Bright Autumn DaysThese are some casual shots from walks and a hike at the end of last month and the begining of this one. We've had some bright, sunny days and the leaves have been glorious.