TIGER FLOWER STUDIO: A VIRTUAL GALLERY OF ARTISTS INTERIOR WATERCOLORS ONLINE

by Marisa Marcantonio

When my favorite watercolor artists get together and offer their prints all in one place, I get excited about it. Harrison Howard, Mita Corsini Bland and Caitlin McGauley, among other talented artists featuring interiors and fashion, are selling their prints in an online shop called The Tiger Flower Studio.  As a reflection on the finer things in life-- captured though elegant interiors, flowers and Chinoiserie scenes-- the artists limited edition giclée prints, available framed or unframed, are done using archival pigment inks on archival paper. They are wonderful additions to round out any interior aficionado's collection.

MITA CORSINI BLAND 

Known for her stunning interior illustrations, she creates beautiful watercolors of well-known interior designers rooms. You may recall her work in the Sister Parish book that came out in 2009.  I could frame every single image in there and cover a wall in it.

Brooke Astor's library done by Parish Hadley

A Tom Scheerer designed living room

Albert Hadley interior

Albert Hadley's bedroom

A Bar on Desk

A Bunny Williams great room

Miles Redd's First Apartment

A New York City Sitting Room

A Paul Wiseman interior

A Peter Dunham living room

A Sister Parish Living Room

Sister Parish's Maine Porch

Todd Romano's desk

CAITLIN MCGAULEY

The go-to gal for fashion-forward charming and bold watercolors and illustrations, Caitlin's work has legions of followers.

Flora

Two Chairs

Still life

HARRISON HOWARD

I have long been in awe of Harrison's fantastical, whimsical Chinoiserie scenes. I am so pleased he has this outlet for his work, where he can gain new admirers.  He has been busy, for he has recently collaborated on some fun entertaining accessories which I will share soon.

A Look at The Moon 

Before The Concert 

Finger Sponge and Angria

Garden Plans 

La Belle Mer

Red Coral and Top Shell 

Rococo Fantasy

Sea of Poppies

The Blue and White Pavilion

The Chaise Lounge

The Coral Grove

The Courtship

The Shell Collector

The Topiary Lady

Turtle With Urn

Watching and Waiting

TRAY CHIC: WATERCOLOR ARTIST CAILTIN MCGAULEY'S PORCELAIN TRAYS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Illustrator and artist Caitlin McGauley creates watercolors that exude charm. The specific details, colors and mood she captures make her distinctive work instantly recognizable.  Her darling creations have donned the pages of Lonny and the Tory Burch blog, exuding a whimsy and flair for the details. This winter she launched a capsule product collection of porcelain catch-all trays depicting her designs, and there is something for everyone. From a modern graphic chevron pattern in pale hues to a fuchsia backed- Indian ceremonial elephant, her feminine designs make great gifts. Used as a bedside jewelry holder or a place to keep your keys by the front door, her small trays, like a miniature painting, have a variety of uses, and their knock out colors make them hard to resist.

Photos courtesy of Caitlin McGauley

Te Elephant tray

A sharp citrus orange background makes the orchid blooms on The Orchid Tray come alive.

A zig and a zag in her loose, artist's hand-painted style reinterprets the chevron pattern.

Need a spot to hold earrings and assorted baubles? The mint colored tromp L'oeil tray with chunky stone earrings is  a girls best friend.

WATERCOLOR WONDER CAITLIN MCGAULEY CAPTURES FASHION AND HOME WITH CHARM

by Marisa Marcantonio


With her sketchbook in hand, the stylish artist Caitlin McGauley is often seen dashing through the NYC streets. Stopping long enough to get an impression in watercolor, her subjects range from a great interior to fashionable moments that capture city style. This watercolor maven gets to the essence of her medium; in a wash of saturated color she captures intimate moments with personality and flair.


A West Village doorway ready for Halloween and the trick or treaters it will bring
A sunny yellow room of an artistic type with a bohemian tablecloth and stacks of books

Vintage mismatched lamps and geometric art with red upholstered white frame chairs bring this living room together

A dashing fashion darling sits poised for a fireside chat

A potted herb garden in blue and white pottery is the epitome of the new ruralist movement for city dwellers

Finally! Someone else that loves gorgeous tabletop as much as I do. Mix and match your china for a colorful melange.
Sweet yellow blooms are just as good as the real deal
Oreo French Bulldogs

Catlin's work caught my eye when she painted portraits at the opening party for the Hermes men's store, and then I saw her work in Lonny. I just love her charming style so much, I had to find out more. I caught up with her when she had just put down her brush.

Why is watercolor your chosen medium? It seems very difficult to master since it is such a sheer wash.

I started taking watercolor classes when I was 8. It's the first medium I ever used and I just always kept going back to it.

What are key traits you focus on so the sitter's personality really comes across?

It's not as much personality traits as it is distinguishing features. I love when someone has really big eyes or a nose that's a little off center. I play those things up to make it really feel like the person.

You are a style aware city gal. What do you love most about fashion?

Prints, patterns, and color. I'm so inspired by designers that do the mix so well, like Dries Van Noten or Etro. It's right up my alley.

What inspires you with interiors?

What I love about interiors is what I love about fashion- different colors and patterns converging. A mix of colorful upholstery, animal prints, or interesting wall coverings. I was just looking at pictures of Temo Callahan's apartment , the former director at Clarence House. He started an amazing wallpaper collection, Studio Printworks. What I like is that it has all these elements and it looks lived in. Also, I can't get over his kitchen cabinets. It looks like he's living in a Ludwig Bemelmans book! Amazing.

Do you have a fave interior designer?

I am a huge fan of Miles Redd. His style is so classic but so whimsical and theatrical too. My favorite space is his own apartment. Pink walls, tons of art, and zebra upholstered doors with brass nail heads. It does not get any better than that. He is definitely not a minimalist, which is obviously not my thing!