14 December 2011

smudges of emotion

As a dancer myself, for me Edgar Degas' ballet dancers are the epitome of beauty. I love the soft, textured finish of his work, the exaggerated shadows, strong lines and unexpected colours that all add to the interest and depth of his art. Very few other artists are able to create such a profound effect with their work; Degas not only capturing the beautiful shapes and movements of the dancers, but also the mood- extremely important in art. 

I don't normally like to share my own art work, but I thought I'd just post two of my own interpretations of Degas' work- the first drawn recently, and the latter back when I was just 12. I love working with pastels and charcoal; tones and shadows can be captured so perfectly and when smudged they hold so much expression within their texture.

Love Ella.

Artwork and images © Ella Dixon-Nuttall (original work by Edgar Degas)

11 December 2011

holy glimmers

The day we put our christmas tree up is one of my favourite days- tacky christmas anthems blaring away in the background as the multiple boxes full with decorations are dusted off and their contents rediscovered. I love finding all the odd, pretty little angels and suchlike that have been acquired over the years or passed down through the family, and spreading 'angel hair' over the lights so that it looks all shimmery and magical.

Lights, that's another thing I love about christmas. I bought a set of red ones in the 99p shop the other day for my beautiful mini black tree in my room; they create an amazing fiery glow and just make me so happy. Christmas really does make me so happy. Just 14 more sleeps!

Love Ella.

star gazing

lace beading sparkle shimmer reflections intricacy daisies textural delicate

silky ripple smooth shadows soft highlights velvet deep

Blue velvet jacket, Cacharel
Beaded top, TOPSHOP
Velvet skirt, self-made
Patterned tights, ASOS
Scarf, grandmother's
Wedges, Carvela Kurt Geiger

This is what I wore to my friend's party the other night. I think this jacket is absolutely gorgeous; the texture is so beautifully soft and velvety, and the colour so breathtakingly deep. It sort of reminds me of when you look up into the sky in the summer and you feel like you're looking right up into space because its so dark and goes on forever.

Night sky, that's what this outfit seems a bit like to me. With the bright, rich gold penetrating the blue like stars. I love stars.

I made this skirt over the past week, I have really wanted a simply velvet skirt for ages but anything I find seems to be extortionately over-priced and not quite right. I went to buy fabric, and fell in love with the gold because of all the different shades that come out in the light- simply magical. Like Christmas (I am ridiculously excited; post to come!)

I didn't think the two velvets would work together, but I actually think it looks kind of interesting with the very different colours, broken up by the intricacy of the beaded top and the geometric pattern on the tights.

Love Ella.