The Obama White House Art : Sean Scully

Architectural Digest recently gave us a glimpse into the personal rooms of the Obamas. One thing that stands out more than the soothing decor and palette, is the contemporary art. Several large pieces of abstract art bring colour and depth into the rooms.

I was so taken by them that I wanted to explore these artists some more and so, in the first of the series, here's the painting I was most captivated by:

The energy in this painting by Sean Scully reminds me very much of a Rothko. I was drawn to it in the same way. I admit I don't know much of Scully, and this is an attempt to educate myself and to share this beauty with you. 

You can see from the image below how large the paintings really are, and how beautiful. It makes me want to crawl into them and just wrap myself up in the colours. Even the monochrome ones have a very special energy and movement. Amazing, isn't it, when it's really just geometry. 

Sean Scully RA (born 30 June 1945) is an Irish-born American-based painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize

From his Wikipedia entry: 
Scully's paintings are often made up of a number of panels and are abstract. Scully paints in oils, sometimes laying the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. After a brief initial period of hard-edge painting Scully abandoned the masking tape while retaining his characteristic motif of the stripe which he has developed and refined over time. His paintings typically involve architectural constructions of abutting walls and panels of painted stripes. In recent years he has augmented his trademark stripes by also deploying a mode of compositional patterning more reminiscent of a checkerboard. He has stated that this style represents the way in which Ireland has moved towards a more chequered society. He stated in 2006, "I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people."

Everything is chequered in Ireland - even the fields and the people! Doesn't that emotion reflect beautifully in the paintings? If I had to draw India, I wonder what geometrical anaology I would use - probably circles!!

What do you think of Scully's work? Does it enchant you as it does me? Let me know in the comments!

Images via Google and AD. Wikipedia entry here

Exquisite amulet jewellery from Lai

It's the season for exquisite jewellery and I love this new collection from Lai. 'Amulets, lockets and Talismans' brings to you the traditional secret holders. Keep a lock of hair, a tiny note, anything precious and sacred close to you. Or just use them as jewellery to stand out from the crowd. Here are some of my favorites from the collection.

Minimalist, tribal-chic, bi-metal earrings with sterling silver body and gold plated brass amuletic units (PB-MM1040-ER)

Stunning, tribal chic, hexagon tubular sterling silver amuletic bracelet (PB-1363-B)

Ethereal, vintage inspired, sterling silver round locket bracelet (PB-1347-B)

Statement, tribal-chic, hexagon tubular sterling silver long amuletic necklace (PB-1984-N)

Ravishing, chic, sterling silver long amuletic pendant with fine granulation work (PB-9388-P)

Victorian-era inspired, beautiful locket pendant in sterling silver with fine granulation work (PB-9387-P)

Drawer ring with secret compartment!

Exquisite, chic rectangular gold plated brass drawer ring (PB-BR1189-R)

Exquisite, sterling silver tubular amuletic ring with conical ends and a gold plated brass shank (PB-MM1074-R)Gorgeous, beaded texture square sterling silver locket ring (PB-1242-R)

All of the silver pieces are also available in a gold finish. There's a lot more gorgeousness on the site. Go take a look. 

Razia Kunj Handcrafted jewellery

There is only one way that Facebook can trick me into clicking on its ads - show me vibrant Indian jewellery or clothing and I'm done for. The gorgeous temple jewellery from Razia Kunj caught my eye this morning. Showcased on Gaatha, each piece is a treasure. Bright colours, intricate work and the sheer novelty of these earrings and neckpieces makes me want to spend my precious Rs.100 notes. It's perhaps a good thing that these don't come cheap. I'll make Santa pay for them instead.

Here are some of my favourites. Santa, please note.

If you've got money to spend, visit the Razia Kunj shop. Wish I had seen this before demonetisation...

Free 2017 Calendars: a roundup

I don't know about you, but I'm quite ready for this year to be over and done with. I usually have my 2017 calendars printed towards September, but I haven't got around to doing this yet. If you're in the same confused, overwhelmed and disorganized boat, here are some lovely (and free) calendars to keep you straight in the New Year. Things are going to get worse before they get better, so stay organised, stay positive.

Click on the image to get to the respective blogs. Enjoy!

Such a cute free printable 2017 calendar! Click through to the post to snag it!

FREE 2017 Printable Calendars — 20+ options to choose from, plus both Sunday and Monday starts

Get organized in the New Year with these 2017 Printable Calendars – available in 6 gorgeous colors!

FREE DOWNLOAD 2017 Calendar!

Free Printable 2017 Calendars - Completely editable online!!! Use them for menu planning, homeschooling, blogging, or just to organize your life.

A free eco-tips calendar from Botanical Paperworks

Live green and love the Earth with this vibrant Free Printable 2017 Eco Tips Calendar that includes eco-facts, quotes and tips to go green. Simply download and print the PDF at home!

Stay organized with this free printable 2017 monthly calendar and weekly planner. Includes September-December 2016 so you can get started using it now!


And here's one with its own DIY coloring sides as well!
2017 calendar to color


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