Paintings of Dresses

Years ago, I created this mixed media art of a particular dress had muselike qualities for me back in 1981.

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Fancy dresses of earlier-era dances and dating continue to hold the residue of romance often missing in contemporary life. Afterall…women fought for the right wear pants.

I have always adored Wayne Thiebald’s dress painting after seeing it on a New Yorker cover.

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Items of clothing as subjects in art often interest me more than the clothing that happens to be worn by a person in a portrait…such as Van Gogh’s boots shown in this selection from my 2012 series, Postcards to Myself.

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Although this dress is not shown alone, the photograph emphasizes the graphic dots and the body underneath is barely there–from another series, Postcards to Toby.

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My friend, Liz Brown, painted these beauties…

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Another one that I found online in the spirit of the fancy dress is this frilly Party Dress, by Cynthia Reed.

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The J. Peterman Catalog continues to advertise their wares as they always have…with beautifully painted and drawn illustrations, such as a simple dress all alone, floating without model, mannequin, or hanger.

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