New + Reignited Endeavors.

We all have particular gifts - talents we were born to use. Ever since I can remember I have loved to draw. Not to toot my own horn, but it's always something that has come easily to me - it's one of my God-given talents. I used to challenge myself by figuring out how to draw horses, which were tough. It was so gratifying to set a goal for myself and attain it, especially as a child under the age of 12. Another beloved muse of mine has been to sketch stylish people, which lately I've felt more compelled to do once again. I stopped drawing sometime around my pre-teen years, the desire just drifted away: it wasn't considered "cool," and new priorities took precedent, probably things like make-up and MTV (TRL, anyone?). Neither of those are good excuses for ditching a craft you enjoy, but I was a pre-teen girl, and hindsight is ... well, you know.

My passion for painting developed in college, where I also progressed in developing my drawing craft. Wow, I am glad I took off from where I left off in my adolescence. I learned so many valuable technical aspects of illustration and painting in those college classes. After another brief, more recent hiatus in the artistic realm, I am gratefully recalling those very techniques now. After some Google-ing of various watercolor tutorials I began recently focusing on painting fashion and glamour in that style - painting in acrylic and oil already I know. I've learned that I love to paint using watercolors. Doing my YouTube make-up tutorials has been a fun learning experience, but this painting medium has been a welcome new challenge. 

Painting and illustration are a couple of my passions, whether the medium is watercolor or make-up. Since glamour and style are other loves in my world, it's exciting to incorporate those interests into my art. It may sound obvious, but after much thought and work, I realized it's important to pursue the skills that come naturally to each of us, whether as a hobby or a career. I'm very grateful I have the opportunity to invest time in exploring my path. You too should put thought and effort into the positive things that inspire you. I thought I would share some of my latest illustration and watercolor work in hopes that it motivates your creativity. 

Stay tuned for the latest developments on this front! I hope to start taking commissions soon.

What hobbies might you have had at a different stage of life, that might reinvigorate you now?

I hope to hear you in the comments below!

xo Lauren

 

©2017 ShesLaurenAshley/All images by Lauren A. Oosterlinck

Opening Party @The Bowery Bond

Up-and-coming artists from around the globe gathered to celebrate the opening of joint store space, The Bowery Bond, on Thursday, June 22nd. Giant balloons, drinks a-flowin', and beats from DJ Crazy B filled the space, while artists mingled, with their displays of handmade goods.

If I could take anything away from this multi-artist store, I believe it would be this rock'n'roll jacket - so rad!

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OMG!

I heart these clear sunnies. ;)

Don't miss finding a unique piece - whether it be jewelry, art, home decor, or clothing! There is a wild, daring array of inspiring one-of-a-kind items here on Bowery. My husband, Ben, found a hilariously cool series of Ab Fab themed goodies by sweet CherocPopShop.

If your style errs on the adventurous and whimsical spectrum, I would highly recommend checking out the clothing ByRaha. Her items are ethically-sourced handmade luxury items mainly made in Iran. She is a pal and invited us to the party, so I am a tad biased. :)

Fantastic mules! I’d wear ‘em.
— Moi

It's Frida

by Diti Mistry, India.

Pretty things!

Thanks for having us! What I'm wearing: Pants-Tory Burch. Top-LF. Heels-Seychelles. Spider charm-Betsey Johnson. Ben's flamingo top-Asos. XO

All images and writing by Lauren A. Oosterlinck, 2017.

Miss Dreamlands at The Whitney?

I dragged myself out to the Meatpacking District alone one particularly frigid February day, not so long ago, hyped to make my way into the Whitney Museum before the limited exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, was gone. I made it, and thankfully bought my ticket a day in advanced (the minimum possibility), as just getting through the doors was a feat - lines stretched around the block that Saturday (and it was FREEZING), so this cinematic art must be good, I thought.

The clip below was inside of one of the most buzzed-about works of art within the entire exhibit.

This installation Factory of the Sun (below) seemed most popular - the room it was held within was huge, so allowed for the most people inside for viewing (awesome for the big crowds). It was an interesting piece, but went above my head. I could not make sense of it all, from the 15 minutes or so I could stay to watch the various combined clips inside of the black, glowing room. It reminded me of some sort of an anime disco party video game. Enjoy!

Below, is a slideshow of my favorite points of interest from this exhibit.

I had extra time, so I explored a bit of Whitney's 6th floor. The slideshow below shows pieces from Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection, some of the portraits that I found most striking (artists L-R: Julian Schnabel, Robert Colescott, David Salle).

Due to potential crowds, I strongly suggest ordering your Whitney tickets a day prior to when you want to go (that's what I did, WHEW). Although Dreamlands is finished, the 2017 Biennial is going on now through June 11th, so I hope you can catch it!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOLauren

All photos and video featured c/o Lauren A. Oosterlinck