6.29.2014

Splattered

Often times I find myself sitting in a quiet corner in the Norton Simon Museum of Art partaking in a guided tour by headset. When I insist on time alone, I thoroughly enjoy seeing a museum in this fashion. It allows me to erase the chatter that surrounds me, and I'm able to learn much more about the art than I would if I were to simply read the small wall descriptions.

On one occasion, I sat in a room that housed tapestries from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Tapestries are intricately detailed and made of the finest in textiles and often woven with red and gold threads that displayed the status of the household in which they hung. While some would simply glance at one and move on, it always fascinated me how artist were commissioned to create these masterpieces to depict the noble lives and events of importance. Each thread was intertwined with the next to represent lives that gave the illusion of perfection.

If I commissioned an artist to portray my life, I wonder how they would orchestrate such a piece? I would suggest that the best way to illustrate my life in art would be to stand back and toss a variety of colors onto a canvas and watch the paint splatter, drip and perhaps naturally form into something recognizable. Unlike the perfectly woven tapestry, my life hasn't been artfully constructed with the greatest precision. One may look at my piece and question, "They call that art?" While another may stop and stand back with an curious and artful eye and say, "Brilliant...simply brilliant." Today's dress is a perfect example of my life's self portrait. Though I call it Splattered, within its details are elements that can't be denied.

Today's Look - Dress is thrifted but originally from Old Navy, Top: H&M, Sandals are Michael Kors via TJ Maxx, wristlet from TJ Maxx, Cat-Eye Sunnies from the Getty Museum gift shop.




I chose to pair my dress with a button-up top for two reasons. First: This dress is made for someone with small bosom or someone who isn't bashful. Neither of which am I. Because I love the dress, I have to wear it with a top to help conceal my private parts. Second: I'm experimenting. Normally I wear the dress with a simple t-shirt. I thought it would be interesting to pair it with an actual top. I'm not quite sure if I like it, but hey, I gave it a shot. I wore it bare on a recent cruise and I spent the entire time hiding behind my husband. I felt like every man on board had his eyes on my chest.

  
If someone asked you to describe your life as a work of art, what would you say to the world? For myself, I see whimsical flowers peeking out from within the splatters and drips; there are colors that come together to make one harmonious hue; I see bright and happy moments that overshadow the dark; and I see a life void of direction, that had to take the unexpected moments and create a life that can still be seen as beautiful. Unlike the lives depicted in the carefully woven tapestry, the splattered life can still be deemed a masterpiece{wink}

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41 comments:

  1. Wonderful dress, and you've inspired me to try some spaghetti strap tops with a shirt underneath. Your life as art looks exciting and vivacious! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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  2. I used to be an artist so I have the unfair advantage of having already answered that question!
    Love the dress, love the shirt, but not together. The blouse has a very structured shoulder that just doesn't work with the spaghetti straps on the dress. How about a shrug or a lightweight cardi as an "over" instead of "under" option? Don't stop tweaking, the dress is everything on you!

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    1. Thank you for your opinion, Alicia. I paired the two pieces together to demonstrate an oxymoron that mirrored my words on the tapestry (the structured top) versus the splattered, less defined piece (the dress).

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  3. I have a couple of dresses like that too that I don't wear because of the exposure. I love the idea of wearing them with a button down. It's so unexpected.

    My life in art? Hmmm... I think there'd be lots of muted earth tones with splashes of fuschia, purple, and black. There'd be no rhyme or reason to anything. No top or bottom. And it would change often, like a kaleidoscope.

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    1. I know what I'm reminded of.... When Sharon Stone wore the button down with a ball skirt. I think it was her.... Unexpected and daring. I. Loved. It.

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    2. Yes, it was Sharon. I believe it was her then husband's button down too. That was an iconic look.

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    3. What a lovely image...A kaleidoscope. I love your creative spirit, Daenel. It takes that to visualize yourself for more than the obvious. Thank you!

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  4. Lately I've been all about a crispy white shirt so of course I'm loving this. I, too, have been gifted by Mother Nature with some extra boobage and even a white shirt can cause problems with button gaps, etc. Spaghetti straps, forget it. And, yeah, those guys probably were looking at your chest cuz that's just what guys do. Though I'm sure you have a lovely d├ęcolletage. But this look combines the best of both. I thought of Sharon Stone, too. And I think Julia Roberts may a done a version of this at one time. I can't wait to try it. You always look like a dancer in your photos. A tapestry of my life? It would have lots of flowers and green things and clouds and fog. And it would be hand knit by me. Oh. I had better get to work on it!

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    1. Yes, Julia did...recently she wore a crisp white underneath a strapless dress. Extra boobage can be quite a problem - can't it?

      I would love to see your masterpiece, Connie. I'm sure it would be beautiful and laced with outrageous humor.

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  5. Glenda, this is sooo unexpected! I think it works! You made it look glam with the shoes and purse too. My association not with Sharon Stone but with Mis Papelicos! She did a button up shirt (also crisp white) with a vivid green flamenco skirt worn as a sundress a while back - it was great. Love your dress, so beautiful! It really is a great idea to pair it with either a t-shirt or a button shirt like you do here. Why I didn't think of it myself? Oh that's right! Because YOU did! And all I needed to do was to read your blog! :)

    I will meditate on the subject of "My life as art" - it's intriguing! xxx

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    1. The idea just popped into my head and I went with it without giving it too much thought. I needed something to represent the structured element of the tapestry as the opposite of my splattered dress that represents my lack of detail life.

      I hope you'll write about your life as art. You have such a lovely gift in the written word.

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  6. You are the best piece of art, dear Glenda.
    I love the dress with the white shirt, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Great inspiration
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Sacramento, you are simply divine. Thank you so much!

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  7. A dress over a white shirt, how interesting! I never would have thought of that combination myself. As for the 'painting of my life', I don't know... I really don't. But I'm going to think about it.

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    1. Let me know what are piece you come up with!

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  8. Glenda , I am of the like the white shirt with the dress camp. I like the concept of the unexpected.My life as art, a total mix of light and dark , nothing too structual.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Our art pieces sound very similar.

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  9. Dear Glenda,
    I would also be a very colorful peace of art, but I like more the bright and pastell tones and inbetween some fine straight lines and geometric figures that are supposed to represent my straightness, directness and my sense of order.
    Your dress is gorgeous. Love the length and the pattern, beautiful colors of nature and blue sky. And the sandals.. OMG.. they are so divine!!

    I asked you some days ago if I may share your "Are you shackeled"?-Post on my blog and you say YES. So here he is.. the current post dedicated to you :)

    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thank you dear Dana! I'm glad you like the outfit and I'm completely flattered that Are You Shackled touched so many women. I'll stop by to see your post!

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  10. The dress flows so pretty at the bottom and all of the colors are perfect for summer!

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  11. I have the same "chest issue". What a thought provoking question that will haunt me all day! :)

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    1. Ha Roz! I would love to know what you come up with. Come back and share with me.

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  12. Good question, I would really have to think about that one! I love the addition of the white blouse, will definitely try this pairing.
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. Thank you Robin! I'm glad it works. Please, when you think about your masterpiece, come back and share with me.

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  13. I always love your stories, now I'm wondering how mine would be portrayed too!

    The top is great under this dress!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thank you Cara. Once you ponder it, I would love to know!

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  14. Beautiful maxi dress Glenda, would like to see it without a blouse. Great post.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Too much boobage to wear without a top, Lenya. I was experimenting.

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  15. Hi Glenda
    Some like it some don't I have to add am not to fond of that blouse
    I think a cami would kook prettier just my opinion but u look fab as always!
    Hope u having a lovely summer ;-)

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    1. I was experimenting. I'm just ok with it.

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  16. I luv the dress & those colors!
    I akso have many summer dreses with plenty of tropical color
    I luv me some summer dresses!

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  17. nice way to wear the shirt under the dress!

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  18. What a gorgeous dress! A beautiful dress to represent a beautiful woman living a beautiful life. I am like you and don't wear that sort of dress without a top underneath or a little cropped cardigan on top. I don't like to be braless in skimpy clothing and I can't be bothered to track down strapless bras with low sides, which is what most of these dresses would require.
    You look lovely, Glenda!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Shawna! This outfit was met with mixed feelings. The majority liked, but some did not. I wish the perfect bra would be created.

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  19. To wear a shirt underneath a low cut dress ( I am not sure I have used the correct word! So in the case it isn't...sorry! ) is a smart idea which could work also on me, who never feel confident in those dresses...you look very nice and once more you reveal to be a sensitive and intelligent woman...
    You did a perfect description of the tapestry! Compare life to a work of art is not very simple...I will think it over...in any case I feel like a princess who has spent her life in a wonderful land!

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    1. Dan, thank you. You are so kind. To be a princess would be wonderful. At least I hope it will be.

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  20. The dress is beautiful but I am sure I would prefer it with a T-shirt or without a top. I had to laugh when I pictured you hiding behind your husband. Silly girl. You are a woman, you have them, and on such occasions as a cruise it would be totally appropriate to wear the dress as it is. I am sure most women would envy you. Be proud if them.
    Greetje

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    1. Believe it Greetje! I hid behind him and he kept saying, "What did you put it on for if you're going to hide?" So, I went back to the cabin to change. I know I should be proud, but I am extremely bashful about those types of things.

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