Color Blocking for “Floral Forms” by Emil James Bisttram

Hello, and welcome to Style Imitating Art’s “Reveal Monday”. Today is the day that the hosts, unveil our interpretations of the chosen artwork.

What Is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Round’s Art Work

Emile James Bisttram was born in Hungary, near the Romanian border in 1906. He Immigrated with his family to New York, NY in 1906. He eventually moved to Taos, New Mexico, and opened a gallery, The Heptagon, in Taos in 1932. Bisttram died in Taos, in 1976. Even though he was born in Europe, was reared in New York, I feel Bisttram was a regional artist of the Southwest 0specifically New Mexico).

More about him can be found HERE:

My Take

That’s Sandor in the background, one of my daughter’s Chi-weenies

I am the curator of this round and thought this was a good art work for everyone to work off off. However, that doesn’t mean that I have anything in my closet that would directly address it. I think this is why I mainly have to settle on the color palettes of most of the art work that we have for Style Imitating Art.

And what about the color palette for this “Floral Forms”? It is pretty simple; the three primary colors along with white. The red leans toward the red-orange.

I started to pick up the color palette by using a pair of linen trousers, which picked up the Poppy color. One day, in the Summer of 2019, while window shopping, I came upon a shop called Francesca’s Collections and found them on a clearance rack. I remember the shop being cute, but have never been back.

These trousers remind me of something that Katherine Hepburn would have worn, except I am sure hers had pockets! I hate not having pockets in my trousers. When, I make things, I always make sure they have pockets. That’s fast fashion cutting corners, I guess.

A white Viscose/Nylon shell made sense for the top and I am wearing a piece that I probably thrifted back in 2017. It is a great basic for layering under cardigans and jackets. It’s a staple!

For the blue of the triad, I had to go with navy blue. It was needed to balance the red-orange of the pants and gives a nice contrast against the white shell. I have a silk ribbed Pendleton cardigan that I’ve had since 2002. We were in Oregon and I picked it up at their woolen mill;s outlet store, I’ve worn it throughout all these years and it still looks great!


This is the first time I’ve broken out the sandals. These are an older pair of Franco Sarto navy suede espadrille styled wedges. I though it would be weird wearing suede during the summer, but this is going on their sixth year so I guess I can say, it has not been a problem!

Finally, I picked my latest Rebecca Minkoff Love Bag that I found last summer on Poshmark. A lady was moving and decided not to take all her bags. I had told myself that I was finished with getting any more Love Bags! But when I saw the price on this one, that went out the window! It’s a deep navy with almost a violet tint and I love the decorative guitar strap and matching weaving of the bag flap.

I like the easy minimal approach that this look has, but with the color twist of the pants. These are probably the brightest pants I own.

That sums it up for me for this round.

I hope you find something in this work that inspired you and didn’t mind the ramble into my sewing life. Send me what you come up with at along with a small blurb on how the work influenced your choices by tomorrow. I will do a roundup this Wednesday featuring all your designs.

Take care everyone and stay creative!

7 thoughts on “Color Blocking for “Floral Forms” by Emil James Bisttram

  1. I very much like your take on this. The trousers really set the tone for the main colours of the painting and the bag really plays to the distribution of blues in the painting!

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  2. Oh wow, Terri, those pants are really fabulous! I adore the color and the style, but I agree that no pockets is no good. I am with Marsha…this is one of my favorite outfits ever! As much as I love your shoe choice, I think I would love this outfit even more with a cute pair of sneakers. And that bag is great, too. Well done, my friend! Very well done, indeed.



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