In 2014 we at Paprika Southern are sprucing up our blog a bit! By doing so we hope to provide you with more content, which, while in line with what you’ll find in the pages of Paprika Southern, doesn’t necessarily fit in the magazine. We also hope to stay more connected to our readers throughout the month through A Dash of Spice by sharing what’s inspiring us, wishlists, what we’re reading, watching, listening to, and more.
First up, we’d like to share a post from our “Inspired By” series. A friend recently alerted me to the work of artist Anne Siems (thanks Jeanne!) I love the flora and fauna, the connection to the seasons and nature, and the odd transparent frocks Siems clothes her girls in. The paints have a whimsical feel that blends a folk-art aesthetic with poses reminiscent of 19th century portrait photography. The vibrant color palettes speak to seasonality, and many of the pieces put me in mind of an untouched land still inhabited by the spirits of nature. The pieces can be studied again and again to pick up recurring motifs (the mushrooms, feathers, etc.) and while each piece stands independently, the work paints a larger picture taken as a whole.
Visit Anne Siems’ website to see more.