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Access Your Inner Pin Up Hilda!

Today’s post was inspired by our fellow Armitage Admirer Luciana!

She tweeted info about a Pin Up Artist that portrayed women in a bit of a different way.

I very often post pictures depicting sexy Pin Up’s with nicely rounded bums and I rack worthy enough to hang an apron on, all clad in stockings covering their shapely calf and thighs.

They all ooze innocent sex and are very feminine.

Duane Bryers created a series of amazing  Hilda paintings done specifically for Bigelow & Brown’s Hilda calendars, from 1957 to 1970, although he continued to do original paintings till the early 1980s.

Bryers employed a number of plus-size models to pose for him, reminding each of us that shapely women have always been considered worthy to inspire works of art!

The artist once said:

“I got the idea for a plumpy gal pinup and thought I’d like to make it into a calendar series, but how was I going to sell a plump girl?”

There are many MANY amazing Hilda images, as Duane painted close to 250 pictures of Hilda over 36 years!

I have no doubt this isn’t the last time I’ve posted images by Bryers, so today I’ve opted for pictures that remind me of autumn and early winter.

By the way, Hilda has more curves than I’d know what to do with, but I think we’ve all felt a bit like this at one time or another:

It’s official!

I love Hilda!

It’s time to take a leaf out of her book and grab life by the… chocolate sundae!

Thanks very much Luciana 🙂

The (real life) Crying Girl by Lichtenstein

I know I’ve been posting quite a lot on the topic of tears and crying.

I’d like to assure you it has nothing to do with my frame of mind.

The weather here has been awful.

I could say it’s been raining ‘cats and dogs’ but, in truth, it’s been absolutely p*ssing it down.

I think that ‘s where the topic of crying your eyes out has come from.

Not a very novel metaphor, to be sure!

Anyway, I came across something super cool at MyDisguise.

Karin Stone from MAC has re-created the Crying Girl by Lichtenstein in real life!

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Absolutely stunning!

 I hope this is the first of many projects of the sort! 

Tamara Lempicka Art Deco Goddess

Tamara Lempicka

Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara Łempicka

One of the most amazing artists of the twentieth century.

She is seen as the most important painter of the Art Deco period and she is seen as the first woman artist to be a glamour star.

It’s a big dream of mine to see her life story on the big screen (as long as Madonna keeps her designer mitts off the project).

She was a Polish aristocrat and I find delightful 😉

A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Lempicka’s paintings at the Royal Academy in London.

This was an amazing and unusual experience as most her work are in the hands of private collectors, who where kind enough to lend the artwork for the exhibition.

It was one of the highlights of my life!

This is my most favorite Lempicka portrait (and that’s saying a lot).

It shows the artists husband Tadeusz.

Notice the unfinished hand.

This was intentional as Taduesz asked for a divorce.

The hand not finished would have had his wedding ring on it.

Lempicka definitely had a flair for the dramatic and looking back, not completing the painting seems like a strange but original form of punishment.

Edward Hopper 1942

Nighthawkes, 1942

I have always loved this painting. It portrays a group of guests sitting at a diner late at night. It is supposed to be a diner in Greenwich Village, in New York, that has since been demolished.  To me it’s a homage to Manhattan, its’ energy and climate. That’s what I really love about NY- you can find a friendly spot at all hours and some bar to sit by and waste away the time.

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