Today’s blog is on something slightly different. I recently came across watercolourist Mita Corsini Bland, and while her interiors are perhaps slightly grander than those that GoodbodyStudio has had the pleasure to work on, they are incredibly beautiful and inspiring.
Born in New York and raised near Florence, Italy, Mita Corsini Bland paints delicate, evocative pictures of interiors. They are vivid yet fleeting, capturing the play of the light on the fabrics of the room, of the textures of the wallpaper, the intimacy of a single crushed pillow in an otherwise perfect setting.
Some of the paintings employ a rich array of colours, such as this illustration below for Brunschwig & Fils Wallpaper. See how the light reflects off the mirror, the edge of the picture frames, even the arms of the chair, filling the painting with a feeling of life and spirit — despite the static nature of the subject.
She also writes that she is moving gently away from colour, working within the range of lights and darks of a single colour instead, such as in this picture of a corner (below) of a cottage, Millbrook, New York. If you look closely, you can see that lines are very simple: a few squiggles delineate the flowers (peonies?) in the glass vase; artfully placed verticals show the books on the shelf, gradually fading into darkness; the pictures hanging on the wall are really nothing more than geometric shapes.
It is in the shadowing and highlighting of this sepia world that its beauty lies, broken only by a tiny swirl of red over the beak of the stuffed pheasant, drawing the eye into the centre of the painting.
Her illustrations can also be found in this book, Sister Parish Design: On Decoration, by Susan Bartlett Crater & Libby Cameron, which I have now sent off for myself…