Triarchy. FW14.

Ania on the runway. #triarchy #wmcfw

This year at  (#WMCFW) FW 14 fashion week my dearest old friend Adam, and his model bombshell sister and cool motorcycle brother Mark - tore a strip off the runway showcasing their equestrian flair and biker chic styles of functional denim for the rider. It was epic. There was purpose. And I was so proud.

I have known these three since we were in elementary school together. It wasn't really until I came back from my first year at Parsons, sparks flew between Adam and I. He became my best friend instantly. We both LOVED fashion and got into mischief together at the scene of every party and fashion event we could find. And we laughed, watched movies and designed clothes.

Before starting an empire of his own, Adam was always my "go to" for style. What about these jeans? What about this shirt? What about these boots? He is every girls dream... and he is always bang on!

Ania was featured in a video at the beginning of their show. She is the epitome of natural beauty, with brains. I was so impressed (but not surprised) with their charm, their family pride, and the "no bullshit" -  there is work to be done.... attitude.

 The Taubenfligel’s leave a lasting impression always. Ewa, the mother of these mavens was always, and still is today the hottest mom, turning every head picking up the kids from school. The first time I met her I thought she was out of an Italian Versace Vogue campaign. Fashion is in their blood. They belong exactly where they are, and they are going places. 

As a token of my gratitude for the trio, I painted my favourite look from the runway. Ania ofcourse. I have painted this beauty many times, since I started painting and drawing croquis!
She will always be my little muse that one.

Love you to the moon Triarchy. xxx

Keep killing it Bang! Bang! Bang! 





Fall in Love.

It's always such a pleasure to paint a beautiful mother. This is Melanie. Her portrait was a surprise birthday present from her husband Thomas. He thought it would be an original and personal gift.

Thomas was very sweet with the process, trusting my creativity and judgement in regard to background, color, style, etc.

"I don't expect a hyper-realistic portrait, rather a stylistic one. So feel free to do according to what the pictures I sent you inspire you."

When I asked if there was any specific reason why he chose the portrait as a present, he responded: "I thought she would be touched. I wanted to find a new way to say “I love you."

I was especially flattered since Thomas was introduced to me from Antony, a previous customer who also got a portrait made of his wife: Aqua Girl.

When I began my painting Melanie, I saw her natural beauty radiating from the simple moment in fall that the camera captured. I loved the colours in the background, and I really wanted to emphasis the gold ochre, and earth tones of falls rich autumn.

When I showed Thomas, he was really happy! He wrote:

"I love it. She loves it. Everybody loves it. Very nice mix of colour and texture. It captures her natural beauty very well."

Thomas suggested I name the piece "Fall in Love" since I picked the colours of autumn, and as a symbol of his love for his beautiful wife.

I thought it was pretty darn perfect.

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Baby Abigail.

A long-time family friend, brought baby Abigail into this world. Although I haven't met her in person, I was super excited to paint this adorable, tiny and sweet little thing. It was a gift from my mother to her friend Angela, Abigail's grandma.

The little flower in her hair did it for me. Ain't she the cutest? The photo of the painting is taken from my phone, so it's a little blurry and washed out. I didn't have my canon with me when I had to give it away =(

I think I love you little Abigail, and can't wait to meet you in person.

Big Love,

Marina

Zoe.

Yay! Another portrait =)

Zoe is a sweet little thing that I haven't yet met, but her mom Vickie is a friend of mine. They are both in Australia at the moment - but when they get back, I get to meet this gorgeous baby girl and give her her painting. Those big brown eyes are so adorable... Have you ever seen anything like them? She is growing so fast, I may have to paint her again in the next few years to see how much her pretty face has grown. I can't wait to meet her!