LME at the Skinny Dip Palm Beach

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth


I just got back from my latest trip to Palm Beach, and looking back it was one of my most adventurous and fun yet.
There were some minor “this-would-only-ever-happen-to-Lydia-as-she-travels-alone” sort of scenarios…you can read more at the very end of this post for your entertainment.

All of those things aside— the palm trees were beautiful, the trunk show was so much fun, and I love everyone in Palm Beach!

My only complaint is that I’m not tan enough!
The Skinny Dip so graciously hosted me for a trunk show of my artwork, stationery, wrapping paper, and art prints! If you’re looking for something effortlessly so Palm Beach, look no farther.

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MEET OLIVIA!

For this event I teamed up with my friend, Olivia, who owns and runs Banniere. She has already been working with the Skinny Dip at their various locations, and for this event she was launching her brand new Boston scarf! Olivia works with different artists from all around the world to produce scenes from the beautiful cities and your favorite locations. She works with a factory in London which prints and hand rolls these stunning silk scarves just for you! With an eye on capturing the essence of a place and culture and simultaneously ensuring the artwork translates beautifully to silk and wearability, Olivia’s line is sure to impress you. And pair it with one of her effortless silk dresses and voila, mon amie!- the women who launched a thousand ships will be looking right back at you from the other side of the mirror!
Olivia is such a beautiful and lovely person inside and out to be around, I just loved being able to set up shop beside her and swoon over her scarves! She embodies the elegance of that 1960s silk scarf feeling with big sunglasses.

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I was also thrilled to work with Beau & Ro for this event. The founder of the company of Beau & Ro is actually one fo the founders of the Skinny Dip Collective as well. I’ve been following her for some time and was thrilled to be able to work with her. We offered customers live customization of their leather purchase in store. You can see some of the pieces I worked on in the shop in the photos above. Featuring all Palm Beach inspired scenes and work, it was such a delight to work on these truly luxurious bags.

My great thanks to The Skinny Dip Palm Beach staff, Ivy, Lindsey, and Leigh for setting up such a lovely event. And to Olivia, Sara, and all our customers who came by to support us.
I hope you’ll drop in the next time you’re in Palm Beach and see my collection and shop all the amazing brands available to you! It will certainly not disappoint!!


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The After the Credits, Behind the Scenes Insight into Traveling Alone with Lydia:

The Car:
I rented a Mini Cooper through a will-remain-nameless- car-rental-company-that’s-just-like-air-b-and-b-but-for-cars and it’s tires were apparently totally bald so they blew out on me and went flat -very unexpectedly!- first day of my trunk show. Fine, I think. I can change a tire (yes, I can. Stop being impressed. it’s slightly offensive how impressed you are right now.)
Did it have a spare tire? No. Please, don’t be plebeian. Mini coopers of this size do not come with spare tires.

Waited for three hours for tow truck to come. Spent half an hour on the phone with my insurance company getting transferred from company to company with no answrers.
Tow Truck towed me 10 miles to Mini Cooper dealership- waited for 2 hours to hear anything (because- WOW. Palm Beach BMW is doing great right now) who estimated this was going to cost just under a grand to fix.
GREAT. Called owner. Thank GOD, owner said he’d pay for it.
So when I planned on arriving at 11 at the trunk show with coffee and croissants for everyone- I didn’t arrive until 4 in the afternoon with no coffee and completely drained of any bibles that I had previously. Day = lost. And did I get money back, no. No, I did not. Do I think 'I’ll hear back from the parent company? No, no I don’t.

The Air B & B:
Was great. But.
Second to last night I was falling asleep and kept hearing all these sounds- that were very real sounds. Not made up sounds. It got me thinking my air b and b was haunted- so I prayed like crazy to help my mind calm down. Granted! I slept until about 4:30 am when I then concluded- “no, it definitely is haunted.”
I turned on the light and went to go move some papers that had been rustling and found myself staring into a very white and very confused—- NO. Not ghost—- FROG.
Mixed with half dread and half pitty I spend the next two hours talking to him trying to shoo him towards the door. At about 6 am I threw this paper bag on the floor and said, “Just do me a favor, “ and he looked at me with pleading eyes, “ Get in the bag.”
Do you know what he did?
HE GOT INTO THE BAG.
I then proceeded to hold it at arms length as I rushed towards the door -which felt like it was a half mile away from my room- and put him safely in his natural habitat.

I kid you not. This was all real.

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February at Forsyth Park, Savannah

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in


AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
2019 DESK CALENDAR ILLUSTRATIONS



FORSYTH FOUNTAIN IN SAVANNAH

Lydia Marie Elizabeth watercolor of Forsyth Fountain in Savannah Geogria for the 2019 American Road Trip Architectural and interior desk calendar

February. It’s my least favorite time of year to be anywhere above the Mason Dixon line.
Last winter, my husband and I visited Savannah for the first time, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Everywhere has stunning architecture and cascading tree limbs and you get the impression that if you just glance around the corner at the right moment, you might travel back in time without any warning at all. It is a timeless place.

When I decided to do an American Road trip theme for the calendar this year, (which sold out early in January- thanks for shopping! :) ) I knew immediately that both Palm Beach and Savannah had to be included. Savannah over Charleston- partly because it was a new discovery for me, and partly because I felt Savannah might be less expected than Charleston. I’ve also felt I’ve had a personal connection to Savannah since Brent and I spent a full weekend there with my parents last year. We even popped into a church— which we basically chose by covering our eyes and pointing to a list of churches near our hotel- and it was SUCH a wonderful experience. So many people introduced themselves to us, and we even found a couple who used to go to our current church in Philadelphia. It felt like we could just bring our suit cases and hang up our clothes and call the town home. While that’s not what I’m announcing currently, it was nice to find a place that felt so lovely.
Conveniently, we also walked out of the big church doors and rightist the cutest brunch place that had fabulous coffee. I mean, if there is one thing that sells me on a city or town it’s good coffee, good brunch, good sermons, and all of this has to be super cute too- Savannah hits all of this on the nail.

I think one thing I’ve noticed as I’ve really harnessed my life as an artist, is my adoration of high contrast in color. With Savannah’s Spanish Moss all over the city- there are a lot of dark, dark mossy greens and bright white architecture. As we walked up to the Forsyth Fountain, I was reminded of standing in a museum somewhere in the world and looking up at John Singer Sargent’s “In a Medici Villa” painting.
That’s how I wanted to paint the Forsyth Fountain.

Below are some of Sargent’s Fountain paintings, and two of our photos while in Savannah.

I tested out painting the fountain for me LME365 collection (which you can shop here)— I did a quick and impulsive painting of the fountain- and immediately tossed it aside somewhat disdainfully. And as it sat on my desk, I kept looking over at it, and gradually- it became one of my favorite paintings.
Sometimes as an artist you are you'r own toughest critic, but this spontaneous capture of the Forsythe Fountain I began to recognize as one of my “good” pieces. It sold last summer before it ever hit the LME365 collection, but I wanted to share it with you here.

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This is the journey of creating the February painting for the calendar. I hope you enjoyed this month’s installment of the process.
If you’d like to shop the artwork from this month either as a print or to purchase the original click the buttons below! By purchasing prints and originals, you enable me to keep painting like this, and continue to be inspired by the sunshine and the way the leaves dance in the breeze.
Happy February!

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Live Painting the 75th Anniversary of Palm Beach's Civic Association at the Royal Poinciana

by Lydia Marie Elizabeth in


A DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY



This past fall I was commissioned by the Royal Poinciana Plaza to Live paint a portrait of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Palm Beach Civic Association. The Civic Association had awarded The Royal Poinciana Plaza with the town’s beautification award for transforming the space into an enchanting place to visit for the county’s elite.
Preparing, as I always do, with what to wear first, I consulted fashion designer Katie Fong based in Greenwich, CT and she outfitted me like a princess for the event, so I arrived in style. Setting up my paints before the guests arrived, I began to capture the setting sun on the white architecture and the joyful palms as they began to sway to the band’s warm up tunes.

“When Mr. John S. Phipps dreamt of The Royal Poinciana Plaza, he asked of John Volk to “design for us a shopping plaza in any style you wish; however, it must endure for fifty years.” John Volk, architect to America’s royal families like the Vanderbilts, DuPonts, Fords and Pulitzers, made this dream a reality.

The Royal Poinciana Plaza stands today with the inherent charm and idyllic beauty retained just as she did more than half a century ago. The glint of this charm can be seen in the curvature of the restored metalwork, the click of one’s heels on the black and white checkered terrazzo, or the warmth of the Florida sun while you sit in a tucked away courtyard.” (you can read more here)

VOILA! the final painting!

Lydia Marie Elizabeth Schrader live watercolor portrait for the Palm Beach Civic Association's 75th Anniversary at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach


The Plaza has been one of my favorite places to visit while in Palm Beach, with it’s absolutely magical courtyards brimming with blooming flowers and palms dancing in the breeze. The foliage casts sweet violet shadows over the white architecture, and the passageways give way into rich deep indigo shadows causing the colors to pop.
The evening was spectacular, and when I heard from both my friends at the Royal Poinciana and at the Civic Association in Palm Beach that they were going to film the painting I completed for them, I had to pinch myself. Watch the video above to get a little background on the video and to see gorgeous gal Brittany show off my painting!!

I LOVED creating this painting, and had SO much fun at this event. The Royal Poinciana Plaza team knows how to put on a party! After beginning the Live portrait of the event, I started sketching quick portraits in indigos, pinks, and greens of guests throughout the remainder of the evening. It was such fun to be able to do BOTH live painting and live portrait sketches in one event. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to pull it off, but between you, me, and the internet- it was thrilling and went so well!
If you sat for me, Thank you, it was SUCH a pleasure! And Cheers to the Royal Poinciana and the Civic Association for their taste in all things, but most especially art! :)
Click through here for the full article on the Civic Association’s page here.

https://palmbeachcivic.org/palm-beach-civic-association-kicks-off-75th-anniversary-season-with-reception-hosted-by-royal-poinciana-plaza/

https://palmbeachcivic.org/palm-beach-civic-association-kicks-off-75th-anniversary-season-with-reception-hosted-by-royal-poinciana-plaza/

For more photos of the event click through to the article above or peruse some photographs below. All photographs are compliments of the very talented

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