Hats in portraits of women reflect all of these functions and etiquettes. A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. You may own a bag, a bottle of scent, or a pair of shoes bearing the label of a famous fashion house, but you are perhaps less likely to own a hat - which we should have at least one. Hats have always been a complementary part of a woman's attire. It's a very beautiful expression of one's self.
Being inspired of that, I am happy with how things have pan out for my painting journey of this series since last year. I am so glad that I have created a mini art studio for myself for whenever possible to break away from a busy day job. It is just so therapectic to see all of my paintings and it is really an indesribable accomplishment feeling. This entire painting series is truly my labour of passion. I started this series since April 2020 and I finally completed all of them recently. I wrote a short commentary on the Part I series in July 2020 and today's post showcases all of them together.
Christian Dior himself wrote in his Little Dictionary of Fashion: "A hat is essential to any outfit. It completes it. In a way, a hat is the best way to express your personality." Through this series, I got to know the different types of hats. I have been looking through fashion magazines and websites to get ideas about the different shapes women can look with hats. There are hundreds of hats styles, so I always take a bit of time to explore before painting each and every piece. Each painting features a lady with hat and the wide brim gives the wearer an edge, a confidence boost, a simple reassurance.
Here's how you can display my portrait painting elegantly and gorgeously in your house. Each painting's size is 16" (40cm) x 18" (50cm) on canvas.
So which is your favourite?
A typical painting of such is around one week of careful work. For each of them in this series, I try to use different and unnatural colours to paint the woman and/or hat. It brings a different level of emotion to each painting. I will certainly continue to explore other areas and create more and better painting works. I hope you like these paintings and I can't wait to showcase a new series soon !
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All of these paintings are also available for sale as print editions at ArtWallStreet.