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ARTmonday: 36 Obscured Portraits of Women

If you follow the ARTmonday posts,  you’ll know that as much as I love abstract art, I am especially drawn to artwork featuring female figures. Among my many posts highlighting specific female painters or more frequently, photographers, who create quirky or elusive images of women (Cig Harvey, Viviane Sassen, Natsumi Hayashi), I’ve also curated a number of roundups, including Women Thinking, Women In the Kitchen, Figures in the Landscape, Women In Water, and Girls At Play. (For more, you can also peruse my Pinterest boards Female Figures in Art, PortraitsNudes.)

I have so many images of women turning their backs on the camera, that I thought for sure I did a post of those, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. Today’s post features 36 portraits of women whose faces are obscured in some way. The overall image might be blurry, her head could be wrapped in twigs (or a shower curtain!), perhaps her hair is in her face, or she’s wearing a blindfold. Or, the image might show what could have been a perfectly straightforward rendering, but then he or she dripped paint over the visage, or whited out all traces of personality.

Some of these obscured portraits of women are cloaked in mystery, others are silly, and still others, a tad subversive. I find them all appealing. (I left out the more disturbing of the finds this time around.)

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Smooth #1  •  Agnieszk Maria Zieba

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Petra Stridfeldt

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Andy Denzler

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Barbara Baldi

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Parker Fitzgerald

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Melodie Mousset

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“Hunger”  •  Jovana Lakovic

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Julia Skopnik

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Annija Muižule

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Human Sculptures  •  Joakim Heltne

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Jose Romussi

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Wilkosz & Way

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“Portrait with the Cat”  •  Chiara Elisa Ragghianti

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Wool and the Gang

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Yann Faucon

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“Portrait with a Spectrum 3″  •  Chad Wys

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“Paper Butterflies”  •  Ping Homeric

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Maia Harms

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“Sky of Tears”  •  Tabitha Vevers

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“Essäché”  •  Flora Borsi

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Grace Coddington  •  Tim  Walker

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Rafael Sliks

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Melissa Gamwell

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Mate Moro

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Javier Martin

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Face-Kinis  •  Peng Chen

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“Ubearable”  •  Alessandro Passerini

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“A Bundled Mass of Confusion”   •  Robert Flynn

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Sarah Bodri

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Urs Fischer

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Lalla Essaydi

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“Portrait of Petra Collins”  •  Neal Turner

Marianne Faithfull by David Redfern

Marianne Faithfull  by  David Redfern

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Sunday Bouquet: Thinking About Fall Florals

Fall Floral Arrangement With Succulents

Fall floral bouquet with succulents from an Alabama wedding.

Photo by Morgan Trinker  •  Flowers by Michelle Johnson

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Saturday Say It: Seeking Solace

Shirt WIth Leave Me Alone Patch

“Leave Me Alone” Please.

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Montage: 13 Bathrooms With Tiled Vanity Countertops

So I still haven’t figured out what to do about the pink Formica countertop on the vanity in Florida. Buying a piece of stone is out—definitely no budget for that. And really, it’s a basic, white tiled bathroom, so it doesn’t call for a slab of luxurious stone anyway. There’s no way I am paying for an updated lamintate countertop. Blech.

I think tiling the countertop is the way to go. I’ve come across a number of how-to articles for installing tile over laminate; it’s seems to be a rather popular DIY project. We also still need to swap out the lighting fixture above the mirror that are more appropriate for a C-lister’s dressing room. Maybe we can tuck some LED strip lights behind molding and add a more contemporary light fixture.

I’m thinking my husband could get to work on some simple changes over winter break when we’re there. After all, he has all sorts of tools—step ladder, pliers, wrenches, and plenty of stuff I can’t even name. It’s nice that he’s handy : )

It’s hard to find examples of cute tiled countertops on bathroom vanities, I’m guessing because it’s a low budget solution and gorgeous, photographed homes use more upscale materials. I did find 13 bathrooms with tiled vanity countertops that are quite nice. I should go for it, right?

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 Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

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Home of architect Lisa Breeze  •  Design Sponge

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Home of designer Ana Spiro  •  Apartment Therapy

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Maison Hand Design

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Bathroom of blogger Iris Vank of Enigheid for Ixxi

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Marie Claire Maison

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Tracy A. Stone Architect

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Maison Hand Design
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Photo by Julie Ansiau

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Fired Earth via Sunset Magazine

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Home of vintage furniture dealer Annabel Gueret  •  Elle Decoration South Africa

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ARTmonday: 20 Original Affordable Artworks Under $500

I have a tendency to buy smaller works of art, because they are more affordable artwork and they’re easier to take in, and now, because we are running out of wall space. I’d love to get an oversize piece of statement art, particularly a photograph, or maybe an abstract, but it’s hard to devote thousands of dollars on a single luxury purchase (for me, anyway).

That said, money is no reason to live with bare walls or posters left over from college. There is so much affordable original artwork available online. You can buy small pieces whenever you find a bit of extra cash, or happen upon one you like, and over time, build up an impressive and eclectic gallery wall of art.

Here are 20 original affordable artworks available to buy at Saatchi Art, Etsy, UGallery, and Serena & Lily. They’re paintings, watercolors, and mixed media works; none are prints. It’s nice to be able to live with art on which you can see the artist’s hands; the texture, color varieties, and depth. Not that there is anything wrong with prints, mix those in too (there’s a shopping strip at the bottom of the post for prints under $150).

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“Perspective Drawing,” Clement Tsang  •  $300 at Saatchi Art

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“Relaxed Nude From Behind,” Rip Matteson  •  $395 at Serena & Lily

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“The Blue Parasol,” Steve Mitchell  •  $251.30 at Etsy

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“Breath In,” Alina Cristina Martin  •  $180 at Saatchi Art

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“White on White 3,” Justin Simcik  •  $300 at UGallery

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“When your face doesn’t fit,” Fabienne Jenny Jacquet  •  $500 at Saatchi Art

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“DD 4.4.2013,” Astrid Oudheusden  • $225 at Saatchi Art

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“Quartz,” Ferm Living  •  $148 at Burke Decor

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“Untitled,”  Jim Harris  •  $350 at Saatchi Art

Woman Painting Pops Of Color Affordable Artwork

“The Sun Is Shining,” Robin Hiers  •  $250 at Saatchi Art

Interiors In Art Bench And Light Affordable Artwork

“My Personal Space 3,” Lucie Jirku  •  $270 at Saatchi Art

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Little 007,” Jenny Prinn  •  $100

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“Deep Green -The identity and relation of 12 complexion,” Tomomi Maruyama
$300 at Saatchi Art

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“3475,” Hang Nguyen  •  $300 at UGallery

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Thevysherbarium  •  $60 at Etsy

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“Untitled 0022,” Katia Borges  •  $200 at Saatchi Art

Mixed Media Affordable Artwork  Uprise Art

“Urine Hell,” Chad Kouri   •  $500 (framed) at Uprise Art

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“At Sea,” Julia Rymer  •  $225 at Serena & Lily

Abstract Affordable Artwork Oil Painting Serena & Lily

“Stained Glass Window #11,” Marc Ellen Hamel  •  $250 at Serena & Lily

Mixed Media Abstract Affordable Artwork Serena & Lily

“Mid Century Ink & Tape Hard Edge Study,” Dellar Cassity
$385 at Serena & Lily

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Sunday Bouquet: Sophisticated In the City

Bare Branches Arranged In Clear Cylinder Vase

via A Good Chick to Know

Bare branches in a clear glass cylinder vase.

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Saturday Say It: Rewrite Your Life

Childrens Author Mo Willems Quote

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” —Mo Willems

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Design Diary: Architect Bill Boehm’s Kitchen

Here is a preview of a story that will be featured in this weekend’s “Kitchen & Bath” issue of Boston Globe Magazine, about the renovation of architect Bill Boehm’s own kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Architect Bill Boehm and his wife, artist Danielle Sauvé, used orange and yellow cabinetry to make their small kitchen pop. They knew when they purchased the 1,600-square-foot condo in a Cambridgeport multi-family home built in 1840 that the kitchen would need a major overhaul. Undeterred, Boehm made everything fit in the eight-foot-by-13-foot space, then colored it boldly.

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Photo by Bob O’Connor

Behind the yellow door of the pantry (that’s Boehm’s 13-year old son, Theo; they also have a 10-year old), Boehm replaced sliders with a single glass door to the patio, so he could extend the counter, above which he added a pair of large windows. He used an oversize enamel sink (bigger than they had planned for) that he spotted on the curb four blocks away in the midst of the renovation. The counters are Silestone. The backsplash wall is done in soft yellow stacked horizontal tile. He skipped overhead cabinets, which take up a lot of space, in favor of stainless steel shelves from a restaurant supply company.

Boehm worked with Jamaica Plain-based contractor Carr Carpentry and Restoration on the project, which in addition to the kitchen itself, entailed to removing the wall that separated the kitchen and dining room. They were able to salvage the oak floor by simply refinishing it. They exposed the original beams, which had been hiding under old board and plaster, and added extras for necessary reinforcement. “The floor above was bouncy,” says Boehm.

The radiator was pushed aside to make room for the bay window and window seat, that looks out to the garden that Sauvé spends a lot of time tending. Above the radiator hangs objects from his travels, including a toy airplane made by Malawi children from when Boehm lived there as a peace corps volunteer, sandals his grandfather brought back from the Philippines 100 years ago, a mask from Mexico, and a cow skull Boehm found in Colorado.

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Photo by Bob O’Connor

For the room’s palette, the couple were inspired by a photo of a yellow and orange kitchen with a mod sensibility. Boehm favors punchy colors in architecture. This goes for residential projects (like my friend Becky & Tom’s Back Bay home that Bohem designed) as well as public projects, like an after school center in Roxbury, in which he differentiated age-group clusters by colors—Caribbean teal, lime green, and juicy orange. For a community center in Mattapan he is working on, he’s using teal, orange, and ochre, set off against a warm gray linoleum floor and walnut-toned wood.

For the kitchen in his own home, Boehm and Sauvé chose Benjamin Moore “Orange Burst” for the base cabinetry and Benjamin Moore “Sun Valley” for the pantry cabinets. When he ordered panel samples for the cabinets from Boston Building Resources in Roxbury Crossing, Boehm says, “they were like, ‘Are you sure these are the colors you want?’ ” For the floor he went with linoleum in a saturated blue tone. It’s a material he uses often, since it’s available in many colors and patterns. Plus, it’s resilient, affordable, and has an eco-friendly, non-chemical makeup.

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Photo by Bob O’Connor

See the full story online here or pick up the Boston Globe this Sunday.

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Designer Spotlight: Tilton Fenwick

Tilton Fenwick, the New York City interior design firm led by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham is doing great things. Just four years after hanging out their stylish  shingle,this adorable design duo has just debuted a line of upholstered furniture at Target. Known for saturated colors and mixing and matching of patterned fabrics, this pair has fun and it shows.

I first met Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham at a lunch in New York hosted by Traditional Home for the magazine’s 2012 New Trad issue. Last year, when they traveled to Boston to promote their new Tilton Fenwick Fabric Collection for Duralee, I attended a dinner in their honor. I always have such a good time with them; lots of laughing.

Here is a sampling of Tilton Fenwick’s work—in case you haven’t seen it all over Pinterest already— as well as a selection of patterned upholstered headboards, sofas, ottomans, and chairs from the brand new Tilton Fenwick Designer Upholstery Furniture Collection for Target.

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 All photographs by Trevor Tondro 

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1 Tilton Fenwick Shirred Border Bed in Jumana Yellow, $629.99-$729.99

2 Tilton Fenwick  Settee in Jumana Yellow, $699.99

3 Tilton Fenwick Skirted Ottoman, $429.99

4 Tilton Fenwick Cocktail Ottoman in Zulla Emerald, $429.99

5 Tilton Fenwick Nail Button Camel Back Chair, $399.99

6 Tilton Fenwick Nail Button Camel Back Chair in Jax Blue, $399.99

7 Tilton Fenwick Velvet Wingback Bed, $799.99-$884.99

8 Tilton Fenwick Tufted Arched Bed, $679.99-$779.99

9  Tilton Fenwick Skirted Chair in Sissy Purple, $429.99

10 Tilton Fenwick Skirted Storage Bench, $249.99

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ARTmonday: Last Days of Summer

A collection of images that evoke summer—beaches, road trips, watermelon, cocktails on the patio, swimming pools, and sunsets. Enjoy the last day of summer everyone.

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Charlie Engman  •  Uprise Art

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Euguene Richards  •  Artsy

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Hwan Lee  •  Saatchi Art

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Leah Giberson • Little Paper Planes

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J. Adam Mcgalliard  •  Saatchi Art

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Michael Northrup  •  Uprise Art

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Mario Sughi  •  Saatchi Art

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Bruce Weber  •  Paddle 8

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Joyce Lee  •  At 60 Inches

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Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe  •  Artspace

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Carolyn Monastra  •  Artsy

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Life Through The Lens  •  Society 6 

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Franck Bohbot  •  Uprise Art

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Kirsten Sims

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Pop Pop Photography  •  Society 6

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Paper Whistle  •  Society 6

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Michelle Fleck

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Raymond  Meier  •  Vogue

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