Howdy, everyone! I simply cannot seem to get more than two posts out a week these days..dunno what my deal is. Anyway, to start my ABC Challenge post, I first have to send out a huge THANK YOU to Liz from A Mani Maniac. Some of the girls from the Challenge participated in a secret St. Paddy's Day polish exchange and Liz drew my name and hooked me up with some fantastic goodies that will feature in future posts. Thanks again!
On to today's manicure! We're on to "K" in the ABC Challenge this week. This was a tough letter for me. I have very few polishes, either by brand or by name, that start with "K". I decided to go with an inspired look and some nail art today. One of my favorite artists is Gustav Klimt. His colors, subject matter and symbolistic style appeal to me. Many of you are no doubt familiar with The Kiss which is probably Klimt's most famous work. If this is the only work you know from him, I urge you to Google him and check out some other images. They're just beautiful!
Today's manicure is inspired by Klimt's Hygeia. A detail of a three part oil painting, Hygeia was unfortunately destroyed in 1945 during the final days of WWII when the castle where it was stored was burned by retreating SS troops to prevent it falling to Allied forces. Nice little art history lesson for you. War is bad, destroys pretty things!
Ok, on to the nails!
I'll include a polish list at the end of the post and I won't bore you with all the details here. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Is it immediately recognizable as Klimt-inspired? Maybe not. However, when you see the detail in Hygeia's robes, I hope you can see where I was going with it.
The accent nail is inspired by her hair.
This was really a fun manicure and I was glad to have a chance to do some nail art!
Red, Red by Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine~cherry red creme
Diva on the Dunes by Jessica~bright red/orange creme
Pull Over by Sinful Colors~bright yellow creme
This Is It by Sinful Colors~shimmery gold with holographic flecks
Black and Brown Sharpie
Please take a moment to check out the other ladies in the ABC Challenge. You can find them via the thumbnails below! Thanks so much for reading!