The Art of Hesther van Doornum / www.hesthervandoornum.nl


From the website of one of my favorite artists Hesther van Doornum :

Powerful, sensual women who are not frightened to show their vulnerability. These are the women on Hesther van Doornum’s canvases. ‘˜This is me’ they seem to proclaim. Hesther: “A woman who dares to be herself is wonderful to behold, balanced in body and spirit. The open attitude of my models radiates vulnerability as well as strength. This is enhanced by their transparency. The characters flow as it were, into the background. You can say that for me these faces are my canvasses; the landscape of women.”

 Hesther has been passionate about drawing and painting since she was a child. Her first work, however, was inspired by the many drawings she had to do from models at college. In the course of the years Hesther’s work has developed from a figurative style to a more abstract approach of her subjects.

 “I believe Art is born by imagination. Of course it also needs knowledge and curiosity and other aspects, but without inspiration, something that comes from outside the consciousness of the artist, an artwork becomes hardly mediocre.

I dream, read, hear, think, feel, see and start painting.”

 People, particularly women, are a key element in her paintings. The choice of subject, expressive use of colour, composition and clearly visible strokes make her work a symbiosis of reason, feeling, sensuality and symbolism . Her work fascinates the observer, it is gripping and stays in your thoughts.

 “For me every painting is an achievement when I succeed in painting real, soulful women; when I succeed in capturing a moment in time, one or even several emotions, to make it count for ever. As an artist I also love to see when my art moves people emotionally; they inspire me and I get to inspire others- it’s a wondrous continuous cycle.”

 

 

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Links to the work of Hesther van Doornum :

aRT by Hesther Van Doornum

Hesther Van Doornum / Saatchi Art

Facebook page – aRT by Hesther van Doornum

My Favorite Looks From the Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection / John Michael Antonio


 My favorite looks from designer Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Resort 2108 collection :

 

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

My Favorite Looks From the Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection / John Michael Antonio


My favorite looks from designer Maria Grazia Chiuri ‘s Christian Dior Resort 2018 collection :

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Christian Dior Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

My Favorite Looks From The Chanel Resort 2018 Collection / John Michael Antonio


Out of the 80 plus looks from Chanel’s Resort 2018 collection, here are my favorites :

 

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

Chanel Resort 2018 Collection Photos – Vogue

My Poetry : I am America by John Michael Antonio / Feminine Collective.com


I am America – Feminine Collective

                                                                         Photo Credit: adrianvfloyd Flickr via Compfight cc

This is my poem ‘I am America” which was originally published on December 13,2016 on Feminine Collective.com 

I am America

 

I am America
and I am
bold and diverse
and all the colors of
the human rainbow

I am America
and I wear a hajib
a Star of David
a cross
and no cross
at all

I am America
and I am all genders
and sexual orientations
with a liberty to love
whoever I want

I am America
and I live in her cities
in her country vistas
in her farm houses
and in her suburbs

I am America
and I am rich and poor
and everything in between

I am America
and I was born
out of the
enduring dream
of a better life

I am America and
I can’t be walled in or out
because immigrants
have always been my life blood

I am America
and I have a gloriously free
and defiant voice
that can not and
will not be silenced

 

I am America
and I don’t need
to be made great again
because my words and promises
are for all of my people

I am America
and I am ready
to resist you
to defend myself

I am America
and I will survive

EVERY LOOK FROM THE 2017 MET GALA RED CARPET / Whitney Bauck / Fashionista


 In no particular order, here are my fifteen favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala :

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Laura Osnes in Christian Siriano

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Aymeline Valade in Marni

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Gisele Bundchen in Stella McCartney

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Daisy Ridley in Oscar de la Renta 

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Daria Strokous in Dior

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Adriana Lima in Alberta Ferretti

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Lily Collins in Giambattista Valli

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Katie Homes in Zac Posen

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Emily Ratajkowski in Marc Jacobs

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Diane Kruger in Prada

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Lily-Rose Depp in Chanel

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Serena Williams in Versace

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Zendaya in Dolce & Gabbana

Every Look From The 2017 Met Gala Red Carpet – Fashionista

Kate Hudson In Stella McCartney

In the West, all brown people look the same / Maria Thomas / Quartz


In 2014, an elderly man came up to the Indian-American actress and comedian Mindy Kaling at a VIP party at one of New York City’s most iconic clubs. He congratulated her for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and remarked on how well she had recovered from being shot in the head by the Taliban. He…

via In the West, all brown people look the same — Quartz

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