I find inspiration pretty much everywhere: in street fashion, magazines, on Pinterest and Instagram ... And a lot of times on my daily walk or run.
Today it's raining here in Los Angeles, finally, and I got to take my walk through my neighborhood in the rain, which is such a rare treat for me these days. Long gone are the cold Chicago days, and now that I've been back in my beloved LA almost 6 years, it's hard to come by weather much. But today, even though it's overcast, the air is crisp, the greens are happy and the colors are saturated and vibrant!
These birds of paradise beauties were winking at me as I was walking by, just begging to be painted, with their flirtatious oranges and greens and purples. And after my walk in the rain, I came home and painted their portrait, letting orange and red and pink and purple and green dialogue and merge in serendipitous moments on the paper 🧡💚💜
Wishing you lots of inspiration this beautiful weekend and happy times outdoors!
Obsessed with the explosion of color at the @prabalgurung New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 show! 💖💛💚💜 This look, with the sheer neon green over the yellow body suit and pops of colorblocked hot fuchsia is fantastic! And the shoes?? Yes, please! Genius!! Loved painting this from beginning to end! Follow me on Instagram at @thecristinatudor to see the latest and most current of my fashion illustrations.
Today, my mom and I are celebrating 28 years in the States! 💙 🇺🇸 ❤️
28 years ago today, the two of us moved to Los Angeles from Romania, with one suitcase and a few words of English between the two of us, but with so much excitement to be here we could barely contain it - an impossible dream that all of a sudden became our incredible reality! October 3rd is easily the happiest day of my life, followed by a close second, March 16, the day I became a proud American citizen more than 17 years ago.
The happiness, the culture shock, the disbelief that we actually moved to the promise land, aka California, to start the better parts of our lives are still so vivid in my memory. I remember telling myself on that miraculous day, almost three decades ago, that anything I will EVER do or accomplish from that day forward will be just the cherry on top. Because, as far as I was concerned, I had made the biggest, greatest dream I'd ever had come true! A true miracle! 💙
‘Gib, Gib, come to California!’ was playing over and over in my head as we arrived at LAX in the middle of the night. The line Anthony Edwards says to John Cusack in ‘The Sure Thing’ as he’s hanging out by the pool in the dead of winter - one of the few but precious references I had to lead me as a young girl on my quest to some day live in LA, and it was actually, finally HAPPENING! ❤️
And here I am, so many years later, as grateful and incredibly happy to live an amazing life as a proud American, in this beautiful country of ours that I felt was home long before I moved here, celebrating each day and thankful I get to live here. On top of it all, it feels amazing to be going on 6 years since moving back to my beloved LA again, where it all began 28 years ago, always an LA girl at heart, and to live my dream in the only place that’s ever felt like my true home. 💙
Happy 28th anniversary, mommy! @ariclia 🥂 I love you and thank you SO much for all your sacrifices and for your constant unconditional love and support! Here’s to 28 more amazing years here at home! God bless America! 😘💙🇺🇸❤️✨
Are you as excited as I am about October and Halloween at the end of the month? Thought so! Every October 1st I get super excited about Halloween, and I start thinking about costume ideas. I love Halloween so much that sometimes I make 2 or 3 costumes and wear them at different parties, or even just during the day around town or during my work day.
This year I’m leaning towards being a unicorn. Ya know, a rainbow of color, gold unicorn horn and lots of gold and sparkle! Gotta get my color and sparkle fix! ;)
And of course, your calendar for October was inspired by my unicorn dreams, so I give you: Unicorn Girl!
I hope you like Unicorn Girl, and maybe she’ll even inspire you to get going on your Halloween costume early on this year – I know I will!
Take pics of your colorful Unicorn Girl in the space where she inspires you daily and share them with me on Instagram: use the hashtag #ctudorcalendar and tag me @thecristinatudor so I can see them! It would make my day, and I would love to feature your pics on my Instagram! And I definitely want to see pics of your Halloween costume this year, too :)
If your friends need some Halloween inspiration, or you just want to brighten their day, please share my website cristinatudor.com with them so they can download Unicorn Girl, too - if they sign up for the calendar at any time during the month of October, she will arrive immediately in their inbox.
Didn't get my Unicorn Girl? Subscribe at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. It's super easy! And share my website with your friend and family so they can get my free calendar every month, too!
Obsessed with this neon green paillettes Prada dress! Looks just like my favorite neon chartreuse earrings I got in Florence, Italy a few years ago … only much, much better! It’s pure perfection, love the fringe effect, and Sarah Paulson looks so edgy and confident in it, amazing! The minute I saw @mssarahcatharinepaulson wearing it in InStyle Magazine I knew I had to paint her. So here she is, as a 36x48 fashion illustration for my new IGTV video.
Watch the video on my Instagram @thecristinatudor and then tell me in the comments: would you wear this dress? You already know how I feel about it – I’d wear it in a heartbeat! <3
Thanks for watching!
It’s that time again! I just uploaded a brand new IGTV video on Instagram - you can watch it at @thecristinatudor (click on the little TV set icon below my bio) Watch me live-paint this 36x48 fashion illustration of actress Michelle Mitchenor modeling Arya, a stunning Matthew Christopher wedding gown.
I was inspired to paint Michelle in this gown by my upcoming collaboration with Matthew Christopher: this coming weekend, , Sept. 15 & 16, 2018, I will be painting custom live fashion illustrations of brides who say 'Yes' the the dress at the Matthew Christopher trunk show at Panache Bridal in Pasadena. Check back in with me here and on my Instagram account @thecristinatudor this week to find out more about this exciting partnership and to watch behind-the-scenes of my live painting at the trunk show over the weekend.
Are you getting married soon? Call Panache Bridal in Pasadena and make an appointment for this weekend's trunk show. Meet the designer in person, try on dreamy dresses, and receive a complimentary 11x14 custom fashion illustration when you find your perfect Matthew wedding dress! #marriedinmatthew
In the meantime, check out the IGTV video, and then tell me in the comments who you'd like to see me paint next. Follow along @thecristinatudor on Instagram to see who I paint for my next video.
Thanks for watching!
My new IGTV video dropped today! Watch me paint live this 36x48 fashion illustration of Keira Knightley wearing a show-stopping Balenciaga structured top and ruffled skirt in Marie Claire magazine. The suggestion to paint Keira came from @renatahaidlephoto Thanks Renata for your help with painting inspiration for this week’s IGTV video! :)
Check out the video, and then leave me a comment and tell me: who should I paint next week? I'd love your help with inspiration! Follow along @thecristinatudor on Instagram to see who I pick for my next video. See you guys next Tuesday on IGTV!
Thanks for watching!
I remember always feeling so excited at the start of a new school year, back in the day, when summer break lasted all the way until September: new school supplies, new outfits, the smell of brand new, unopened notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils ... And all the possibilities that a fresh new beginning would bring! My FREE CALENDAR for September, Nerdy Girl, was inspired by those memories for your September calendar.
Are you ready for the start of fall? Are your kids going back to school? Or perhaps you're starting a fresh new school year this September?
I hope you bring Nerdy Girl along with you to whatever new adventures this September brings you. Take pics of her in the space where she inspires you daily and share them with me on Instagram: use the hashtag #ctudorcalendar and tag me @thecristinatudor so I can see them! It would make my day, and I would love to feature your pics of the calendar on my Instagram! :))
Didn't get my Nerdy Girl? Subscribe on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. It's super easy! And share my website with your friend and family so they can get my free calendar every month, too!
Enjoy the calendar!
If you haven't watched my IGTV channel on Instagram yet, you must! I launched it last week to share with you my live painting process, which is how I pant live at events like weddings, retail, fashion and entertainment events. And my first behind-the-scenes video is of live painting beautiful Luna Castilho's portrait, a stunning model and TV host from Brazil who is a model for one of my favorite bridal designers, Matthew Christopher. She loved her portrait so much, she wanted to hang it in her apartment in New York, so off it went to her. Super exciting, I love bringing together my paintings with my inspiration subjects!
And speaking of inspiration: leave me a comment here or on Instagram and tell me who you'd like to see me paint next. I'll pull a name out of the hat each week, and stay tuned on my Instagram account @thecristinatudor to watch a new live painting video each Tuesday and see who I paint next.
Today I am sharing with you my second IGTV video where I live-paint a large scale fashion illustration of the talented Lupita Nyong'o, at the request of @musicallytrained This is an acrylic painting on paper, inspired by a photo by Tom Munro of Lupita wearing a form fitting white Celine sweater dress and glam Celine statement earrings in the December 2014 issue of Glamour Magazine.
So whose fashion illustration or portrait do you want me to paint next on IGTV? Is there someone whose style you admire, a famous bride whose dress you love, or an actress/singer who inspires you? A strong woman who inspires you? Don’t hold back, flood my comments, I would LOVE to get suggestions from you guys for painting subjects!
Follow along @thecristinatudor on Instagram to see who I pick for my next video and to see if your choice made the cut! ;) See you guys next Tuesday on IGTV!
Welcome! I'm Cristina Tudor, a Los Angeles-based live painting artist and fashion illustrator.
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