15 Line Drawings of Beautiful Women You Need In Your Life

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There is something about the simplicity of line drawings that I find beautiful, and nothing is more beautiful than a line drawing of a woman — whether it is of her profile while she is deep in thought, the curves of her back after a bath, or her smile when she is looking right at you.

These portraits are of women I know or have met briefly while travelling — there is even a self-portrait in the mix. I’ve tried to capture a little of their personality in a few simple lines and a limited color palette so that you see a glimpse of who they are by the curves of their chin or the corner of their mouth.

I have always been inspired by black and white, line drawings, illustrations, and scenes that I’ve discovered while traveling — everything you need to create a beautiful gallery wall. If you are interested in seeing more of my work, check out my art store here. Have a question or a commission request? Contact me here.

From left to right: Katherine (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Isabella (Female With Flowers Portrait Series, Diana (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Julia (Female With Flowers Portrait Series

Female Body Study (From the Curves Series)

Left to right: Lounging After the Bath (From the Curves Series), Female Nude (From the Curves Series)

Left to right: Jane (Version 2), Jane (Version 6), Jane (Version 8), Jane (Version 7)

Olivia (Female With Flowers Portrait Series)

Left to right: Sophia V1 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Sophia V2 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Sophia V3 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series)


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9 Vintage Hawaii Travel Posters (That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags!)

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There’s nothing that makes me want to pack my bags more than vintage travel posters — especially ones that show me palm trees, beaches, and a tropical paradise!

These are some prints that I have collected during various trips to the Hawaiian Islands and they instantly transport me back to the sand, sun, and floral breezes of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Molokai, and Lanai.

Hawaii by Stan Galli, United Airlines Travel Poster, c. 1960

United Airlines Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Fly to Hawaii, Pan American Airways Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Hawaiian Hula Maiden, 1949 Pin Up Girl

Hawaii, by Chas Allen

Hawaii, Land of Surf & Sunshine, by Kerne Erickson

Hawaii, Northwest Orient Airlines, Vintage Travel Poster, c. 1950s

Fly to South Sea Isles, Pan American Airways Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Jet Clippers to Hawaii by Aaron Fine


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Unfinished Masterpieces and Their Intriguing Pasts [Infographic]

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Unfinished masterpieces and their intriguing histories

Unfinished artworks give off an aura of mystery. Were the works left incomplete by accident, or was it an intentional choice on the part of the artist?

Some of the most enigmatic and beautiful art — both for its unique aesthetic and intriguing historical context — is that which was left unfinished. While some artists purposely abandoned a piece due to lack of interest or to pursue another endeavor, others faced external circumstances that forced them to quit before the project was fully realized. From Renaissance paintings to feverishly-read novels, these unfinished works have afforded art historians and aficionados an array of untold stories and curious origins.

Famous artists, writers, and creators like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Jane Austen all left stunning unfinished works behind.

Check out more details of all of these works in the infographic by Invaluable below!

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Sources: BBC | ListVerse | Arts Heaven | Arch Daily | Ranker | The Guardian

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12 Symbols of Love Found in Art History [Infographic]

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Throughout history, cultures around the world have used an array of different symbols to depict love and affection, many of which ended up appearing in their art. Some representations, like the Irish claddagh, the harp, and the apple derive from ancient mythology and cultural folklore.

Invaluable created an infographic that explores these decorated symbols of love that go beyond the traditional hearts, roses, and chocolates. You may be surprised at how many of these symbols are still used today, in industries and disciplines including the visual and performing arts, antiques — even greeting cards!

Symbols of love in art history

Sources: Forbes | SlideShare | Fact Retriever | Ancient Pages | ThoughtCo. | Keen

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It's All in The Details — The Opulent Designs of The Chairs of Versailles

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In the year 1668, Louis XIV began his expansion of a small chateau into what we now know as the opulent Palace of Versailles.

Every surface and object in the palace was painstakingly designed and created by thousands of artists in the Royal Academy, led by the three head designers — Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and Andre Le Notre — in order to create a palace fit for the Sun King and his court of almost 20,000.

Visitors can now explore the palace and see for themselves, the bed that the king once laid upon, the Hall of Mirrors where he used to hold elaborate parties, and be dazzled by every gilded door frame, carpet, and chair.

The chairs of Versailles

Recently, art director, photographer, and artist Malorie Shmyr visited Versailles and found herself completely enthralled by the objects that fill the palace — especially by the many chairs that can be found throughout the hundreds of rooms.

Being engulfed in the opulence of Versailles left me trying to imagine what it would be like to live in a space where not one square inch was forgotten about.
 
I studied the every day objects in each room, imagining using them for their function instead of just an object on display. 

I honed in on the elaborately detailed chairs because it was exciting to see a normally humble piece of furniture dressed to the nines!

When Malorie returned home from her trip, she contacted me wanting to find a place to share the photos that she took of Versailles’ version of this every day object. Check out the details that she captured in the images below.

See more of Malorie’s amazing work on her website or on Instagram @malorieshmyr.

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The 6 Art Galleries You Must Visit In Paris

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There are A LOT of art galleries in Paris, and it is impossible to see them all on your first, second, or even third visit to the city.

So, I’ve put together a list of the top six galleries that you must visit based on the uniqueness of their collections, the space that the art is housed, and their location in the city. (They also all have fantastic museum shops, if you are interested in art books or unique souvenirs!)

Centre Pompidou

I didn't make it to the Centre Pompidou until my third time to the city — and was that ever a mistake! Not only is the exterior of the building a must-see, the museum is home to over 100,000 works created in the 20th and 21st centuries, and an INCREDIBLE view. 

Considered to be Europe’s leading collection of modern and contemporary art (from 1905 until the present day), there are some seriously big names housed in this museum — Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, and Yves Klein to name just a few.

You’ll see all forms of media: paintings, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture, design, industrial work, and more! (Check out the photos below for some seriously cool pieces.)

Here's what you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • The museum is located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, in the Beaubourg area. It is within walking distance to the river, Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais.

  • The museum is open every day (except Tuesdays when it is closed all day) from 11 am to 10 pm, but the exhibitions close at 9 pm.

  • A single ticket for admission to all galleries and the "View of Paris" is €14; a ticket just to see the "View of Paris" (no access to the galleries) is €5. Admission is FREE to all areas of the museum on the first Sunday of every month. 

Check out this post for more information:

15 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit The Centre Pompidou in Paris

The Picasso Museum

Located in the stunning and historic Hôtel Salé, the Musée National Picasso was inaugurated in 1985.

The museum contains 3,500 drawings, engravings, paintings, ceramic works, and sculptures created by Picasso, which were donated to the French government by his heirs when he passed away in lieu of paying inheritance taxes.

You also get some insight into the artist’s personal taste, as some of Picasso’s personal collection is also on display including works by Matisse, Degas, and Cezanne.

Here's what you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • The museum is located at 5 rue de Thorigny.

  • Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 am – 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am – 6 pm

  • Regular admission is 12.50 Euros per person

Musee De L’Orangerie

One of my favourite gallery or museum spaces in the world, the Musee De L'Orangerie is located in Paris on the southwest corner of the Jardin Des Tuileries.

While it has an impressive collection of Impressionist works, the most incredible part about this gallery is the two, huge white oval rooms that were built in 1927, to Monet's specifications, to display his eight-panel series, Decorations des Nympheas, or Water Lilies

Here's what you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • The museum is located at Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001

  • Opening hours are Wednesday to Monday from 9 am – 6 pm

  • Admission is 9 Euros per person (free on the first Sunday of each month)

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Visiting Monet’s Water Lilies at The Musee De L’Orangerie in Paris

Dali Museum

The only museum in France entirely dedicated to the master of surrealism Salvador Dalí, the Dali Paris has a collection of more than 300 incredible artworks that were amassed by Benjamino Levi, one of Salvador Dalí's great collectors and art dealers.

Small, personal, and quirky, the museum sits in a historic building atop a hill in the Montmartre area. The views from a nearby staircase are incredible!

You’ll see paintings, sculptures, etchings, original illustrations from Alice in Wonderland and the Bible, and surrealist objects that “bring to life the peculiar ideas of an insatiable explorer, passionate about atomic science, the Antiquity, the Renaissance, alchemy or religion.”

Here's what you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • The museum is located at 11, rue Poulbot in the heart of Montmartre area of Paris.

  • Admission is 12 Euros per person (children under 8 are free).

  • Open everyday from 10 am until 6:30 pm (last entrance is at 6 pm). In July and August, the museum is open until 8:30 pm (last entrance at 8 pm).

The Louvre

Whether you are a super fan of art and history, or just want to say you've seen the Mona Lisa, a visit to the Louvre is a must-do if you are in Paris.

This fortress turned palace turned gallery is now a massive, sprawling, and overwhelming collection of some of the most important pieces of human history.

Making the most of your trip definitely takes some planning — I've visited the museum twice, and still haven't come close to seeing everything! 

Here are some quick tips for planning your visit: 

  • The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Tuesdays) and until 9:45 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

  • Admission is 15 Euros per person if purchased at the museum (double check the website for up-to-date pricing).

  • If you only have one day to visit the entire museum, I recommend going on a Wednesday or Friday so that you have the maximum amount of time to explore. You can leave and come back throughout the day, so it gives you a chance to take a break, get some food, or enjoy the surrounding gardens. 

Check out these posts for more information:

Tips For Visiting The Louvre: How to Avoid The Crowds and Make The Most of Your Visit

8 Things to See At The Louvre That Aren’t The Mona Lisa

Musee d’Orsay

The incredible Musee d’Orsay is located in a sun filled train station from the early 1900s and is filled with the country’s collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works that were created between the 1840s and 1914. The vast majority being impressionist masterpieces, and post-impressionist and art nouveau pieces.

If you are a fan of this era of art, I suggest setting aside at least half a day to explore this museum — I got completely lost in the galleries as they were filled with my favourite works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and more.

Here are some quick tips for planning your visit: 

  • The museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and until 9:45 pm on Thursdays. It is closed on Mondays.

  • Admission is 14 Euros per person.

  • The museum is located on 62, rue de Lille, across the river from the Louvre Museum.

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8 Things to See at The Louvre That Aren't The Mona Lisa

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There is SO much to see at the Louvre in Paris, but after purchasing their entry ticket most visitors head straight to the Denon Wing and the Mona Lisa. (Read this post to find out why the Mona Lisa is such a big deal.)

The galleries in this wing, housing the Decorative Arts and the Italian, Spanish, and French paintings (also made famous from the movie The Da Vinci Code), are packed with tourists waiting their turn to stand in front Mona. 

They are loud, bustling, and give the impression that the museum is packed with people. But, the reality is that there are hundreds of rooms and galleries that are actually more-or-less deserted, full of incredible works of art, many of which are located on the other side of the iconic central pyramid.  

Planning your visit to the Louvre

Before we dive into what to see at the Louvre, here's what you need to know when planning your visit: 

  • The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed Tuesdays) and until 9:45 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Admission is 15 Euros per person if purchased at the museum (double check the website for up-to-date pricing).

Sculptures in the Marly and Puget Courtyards

These stunning courtyards (photo above) are located in the Richelieu Wing on Levels -1 and 0. They are vast, covered in glass, and filled with outdoor statues dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. It is quiet and, while wandering, it is easy to imagine what it would have been like for the past Kings and Queens of France to stroll through the space. 

The surrounding rooms are drenched in light and give amazing views of the street and the main square of the museum (photos above). They are also filled with beautiful sculptures, arranged by period, from the Middle Ages to the Romantic Era. 

Napoleon's Apartments

If you were wondering how French Royalty really lived, a visit to Napoleon's Apartments will give you some insight. The pictures don't do the over-the-top opulence justice — this is definitely a place that needs to be visited in person.

Set up exactly the way Napoleon lived in them, the rooms are gilded in gold, velvet, and crystal. They are definitely a must-see on any visit to the Louvre, and are located on the first floor of the Richelieu Wing. 

The ceiling and walls of the Egyptian Antiquities & Greek and Roman Antiquities displays

Located on the first floor of the Sully Wing, the Egyptian display is one of my favourites. I love the sculptures, mummies, and tomb walls that are on display as well as cabinet after cabinet of artifacts that have been found in tombs. 

The Greek and Roman antiquity displays are full of much the same — stunning stone and marble sculptures, figures, jewellery, and more that have been found in digs located in various locations over the two countries. 

The REAL draw for me in this part of the museum, however, are the gorgeous painted ceilings, intricate wood floors, and marble walls and doorways (see photo below). The surroundings that house these artifacts are absolutely stunning, and well worth seeing whether you are interested in these types of artifacts or not. 

Also on this floor is a huge ballroom (see below) that contains paintings related to astrological signs, gilded decorations, and display cabinets filled with priceless royal jewels. It is awe-inspiring, and is often missed by visitors, as it is located just before the entrance to the gallery where the Mona Lisa is located. 

The other Da Vinci paintings

Of course, you are still going to visit Mona! You can't visit the Louvre and not see this famous painting. But, did you know that there are actually more paintings by Da Vinci located in the hallway leading up to the Mona Lisa?

There are! And they are stunning and some of his most famous. Not too many visitors seem to be aware of them, however, as there is rarely more than one or two people checking them out (unless you happen to be traveling the same path through the museum as a school or tour group), so you can get up close to see the brush strokes and details of the work. 

These paintings are located in the gallery outside of the Mona Lisa room on the first floor of the Denon Wing. 

The red galleries

Overlooking the pyramid, these galleries on the first floor of the Denon Wing are behind the Mona Lisa room and are my absolute favourite because of the sheer size of the works located in them.

Despite being a popular spot for artists and tour groups, these vast galleries are never too busy and are definitely a must-see. The height of the ceilings and the unbelievable size of the paintings will have you utilizing the many leather benches located in the centre of the galleries so you can take it all in. If you have studied Art History, you will recognize many famous pieces by French Artists including La Grande Odalisque by Ingres pictured above. 

The second floor of the Sully Wing

Another area that is a must-see are the galleries on the second floor of the Sully Wing. They are filled with French paintings, many of which you will recognize, but they are lovely mostly because it is so quiet and people-free. 

There is also a fantastic view of the inner courtyard on one side (see image below), and of the main Louvre pyramid from the other. If you are looking for a respite from the crowds, or really enjoy getting up close to paintings in order to examine the artist's process, I would definitely pay a visit to this spot. 

Near-Eastern Antiquities

On level 0 of Richelieu and Sully Wings, the Near-Eastern Antiquities are really impressive. The collection of mosaics and artifacts are huge in scale and I would even go so far as to say that the collection is more impressive than the Egyptian collection.

There is a lot to see in a relatively small space, and of all the galleries on this floor, this tends to be the area that is overlooked for the flashier Roman, Greek and Italian sculpture galleries. 

The Angelina Tea Room 

Overlooking the central courtyard, this tea room is a charming spot to rest your legs, enjoy a view, and indulge in a coffee, tea, pastry, or light lunch. The coffee is amazing, the view lovely, and the atmosphere slightly royal (who doesn't like feeling pampered?!).

There is also a terrace that is open when weather permits for dining al fresco. The tea room is located on the first floor of the Richelieu Wing and so doesn't get as crowded as some of the other dining or grab-and-go spots as it is in a lower-trafficked part of the museum. 

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