{favourite five: artist michelle armas}


Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world."

Colour affects emotions, design, art, and trends; it dictates our fashion, changes our mood and it epitomizes so many, many things without the need for words. Ruby red lipstick can be worn to signify ardent love and desire; pink blush conjures romantic rendezvous, and a bouquet of yellow daffodils can be given to symbolize friendship . . .


. . . lavender candles in a powder room can symbolize femininity, grace and elegance; a black evening gown that flows in the moonlight can represent sophistication and style, and the colour of a string of heirloom pearls worn on a wedding day is said to represent marriage.

Colour has its own language and painters are its masters.


Michelle Armas, an Atlanta-based artist, doesn’t simply paint with colours, she fuses colours with thoughts, blending magic to canvas -- each whimsical brushstroke takes your mind away to almost a heightened state of being and awareness, as you follow the light she creates through colour in paintings that have the power to light up a room.


By profession a graphic designer & illustrator, Michelle began painting to break away from the structure of work, but she says that ”the longer I paint, the more structured and narrative my work becomes.” Like many artists, Michelle’s design education began before she entered the classroom, making arts and crafts with her father at home, everything from clothes for her dolls to oil portraits.



Through her blog, Michelle offers a glimpse into the mind of an artist, and the motivations behind some of her loveliest works. This week, we sat down with her to talk about:


{the top five things that inspire her work:}

1. Day dreaming.
I pretty much fantasize about beautiful things all day long, and then I think oh wow, wouldn't a lavender and dark green something be the best . . . off to paint!

2. Fashion.
The prints! The proportions! The drama! I am recently drawn to spare, modern clothes in the perfect shade of black, blue or grey, and it is making me want to do paintings with less color, and softer compositions and lots of nice clean space.

3. Travel.
I love to see what other people are wearing, how stores in different cities do window displays, the light and the sky and the ocean in places that are not land-locked Atlanta . . . even the trees, the colors of leaves. I am going to California soon, and I am super excited to look at some cool new plants!

4. Food.
I just made an almond yogurt cake with blue berries and peaches on the top, and when I took the layer of parchment off, the colors were so stunning! I love the color of cooked blueberries, and that purple blue next to the soft orange of the peach was super cool.

5. The Ottoman Empire.
Yup, those people knew how to do a mosaic, and how to use color. Wow, one, maybe two colors, in the most amazing, stunning, geometric splendor you have ever seen. I am researching right now to start painting a bunch of portraits, and I can't stop adding details that I have seen in mosaics.


p r e v i o u s
f a v o u r i t e f i v e s :

* jewelry designers: megan & moira flynn
* actress & writer: shiva rose
* jeweler: camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist, part 1: denise porcaro
* floral stylist, part 2: denise porcaro
* fashion photographer & illustrator: garance doré

* interior designer & architect: nina freudenberger
* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell
* interior designer: tricia foley
* photographer: romina shama
* food editor & author: donna hay

~ laily

{images: paintings by michelle armas, all other images from once wed: one & two}

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Anonymous shoppingsmycardio said...

Oh, I could not adore Michelle and her art any more than I do...beautiful feature on her!

June 15, 2011  
Blogger Julie Khuu said...

What beautiful color inspiration...I just completed a post on fuchsia, turq, and cobalt...feels like a technicolor summer already!

Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

June 15, 2011  
Blogger JWK said...

I'm such a big fan of her work!! Her use of color is unbelievable. Such an inspiration!

June 15, 2011  
Blogger The Pocket Stylist said...

I love this post!! The colors in these paintings are insane!

June 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who arranged those beautiful flowers???

June 16, 2011  
Anonymous rachel @ Just a Touch of Gray said...

lovely post! such beautiful art!

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Helen said...

Thanks to this post, I discovered her work. I must say, I am simply delighted with her work. The use of color is fascinating. Love...

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Kay said...

Michelle is amazingly talented and charming to boot, great feature!
xx, {with fingers crossed}

June 16, 2011  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

anonymous -- it's in the credits :)

believe joy thigpen from once wed did all the styling and photography


June 16, 2011  
Blogger JLR Designs said...

Beautiful and so inspiring! Thanks!

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Miz.November said...

Michelle is one of my very favorite artists. This is a lovely post. Thanks for highlighting such an amazing person.

June 16, 2011  
Anonymous Paula said...

Such gorgeous art! And I love the writeup. Well done!

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Jane Flanagan said...

So great to learn more about Michelle and I'm excited about her future work now too - spare with less colour will be intriguing! Thank you both for sharing.

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Audrey said...

simply beautiful..

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Luxe Vida said...

Thanks for sharing! I'd never heard of her before, her work is really fantastic!. Have a lovely weekend. x

June 16, 2011  
Blogger à la parisienne said...

This favourite five post is lovely.
I am drawn to an artist's loft look-soft blended colors on canvases, colorfully worn paintbrushes and fresh flowers-so feminine, inspiring, and vivant!


June 16, 2011  
Blogger Johanna said...

Have a painting of ours and I adore the color explosion...want.need.more.

June 16, 2011  
Blogger Callie Grayson said...

Beautiful colour palette; soft yet intensely layered. The soft warm tones are just beautiful with the stunning cool blues and greens.
on her site, I really love the intensity of Cassandra and then the pale softer lassy.

June 16, 2011  

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