There are many questions that I have always wanted to ask my hairstylist but have not been able to when I am at the hair salon so I have invited my stylist Almog to my place to have this conversation. Almog used to do my hair and I realized how much difficulty I have actualy talking with him. Like many women expressing myself as far as my hair goes is not easy, especially after a certain age. We either have been with a stylist who sees us in one light and is terrified of offending us or we are terrified of offending them. Going to see a new hairstylist is like committing adultery, infact worse, as it is more obvious that we have been unfaithful. I tend to go on the missing list and try to figure some things out on my own which I have done this past year. Experimenting with Organic color at the request of my daughter and ending up using a combination of three colors from Herbatint after experimenting with each one individually. Now I am enlisting the help of Almog who has done such a great job on my hair in the past. I want his opinion ( which I respect very much) on the colors I have chosen and his help doing this in a more flattering way so that I can incorporate my grey without actually going grey which I do not want to do. The results of this conversation are not a miraculous change. That is not what I wanted. The resulting brightness and mix of the colors has made me very happy but the distribution of my grey is not yet where I would like it to be with these results, so Almog and I will follow up on this conversation with a much shorter dialogue speaking about the experience and what we have both learnt and how we are going to perfect this growing in of some of the grey and how I can upkeep my hair so that I only need see him every 2 or 3 months.
When I closed my Soho Boutique/Workshop in 2013. I thought for a moment that I would discontinue my makeup line and focus on my Art. Some wonderful art projects followed with hopefully many more ideas to be realized in the future. However I felt a pang when my makeup clients were begging me for a makeup product of mine they could not replace and I took some of them shopping to try to find replacements. I swore that I would never go back into the business without financing and a great team working alongside!
Never say never, thanks to a great friend Kevin who helped with my Website www.beautyartmakeup.com. now exists making it much easier for customers old and new to make purchases. I discovered a limited supply of my signature metal compacts and many of you really missed my concealers which are on the new site and also the hand made “OOM” compact with transluscent powder. Maybe those foundations you miss so much won’t take too long to materialize.
Thankyouto the Infamous Rose Hartman for this fabulous photo you shot of me over drinks during the summer.
I think often about the past but not with sadness or regrets, just enjoying and reliving every fabulous moment in my memory. So how wonderful to be able to actualy relive in 2017 a moment from the 80’s thanks to Apple and an old friend Mark Bozek. Mark called me and explained to me about this fabulous movie he had been able to make about Bill Cunningham with old footage he had taken a few years before Bill’s passing and how there were to be some fun promotional events in the Apple Stores and would I come as my “old partners in crime” Max Vadukul and Wendy Goodman would be participating along with the one and only Pat Cleveland . He used Pat’s song “Tonight Josephine” as the music for “The Times of Bill”. I went along to the event and took a few colors and brushes and we were able to recreate a blast to the past on the streets of Williamsburgh. It was as much fun as ever with the same energy from all the photos you can probably see on Instagram. My daughter documented the part I played. Here are the photos by Daisy Mason.
1. Going in for the Kill.
2.The colors I have decided to use .
5. Pale yellow.
6. Another green stroke with Max documenting.
7. Packing up with my grandson watching.
I love the twists and turns of life and was impatient when I was younger but have fortunately learned patience (proof that its never too late for anything) and to aknowledge that there is a time for everything. This Youtube video that a friend Eddie Teboul made is proof of that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmevEN_nZJQ
Eddie Teboul is a very talented hairstylist whom I happened to know when he first started out in Paris in the 80’s when we worked together on the fashion shows of Rei Kawakubo (Comme Des Garcons) and Yojhi Yamamoto. About 5 years ago Eddie explained to me his passion for Yoga and how he had become a yoga teacher, he told me about a beautiful dream he had of me painting him. I wanted to make this dream come alive so we arranged for him to come over to my studio at The Art of Beauty on Grand Street , where I was at the time, and spend a couple of hours together.
The room was sparse and white there was just a couple of my paintings. Eddie set up his Iphone camera on the floor. “Et voila” fast forward to today and this beautiful video he has made of our work together. The film has been made with such sensitivity I highly recommend it for not just yoga and makeup lovers but anyone interested in special moments. He commentates over the video and it was touching to hear him talk about my method of painting as I feel it is quite magical but have difficulty decribing it myself. I just know that for each person I paint it is a very different individual experience. Thankyou Eddie for capturing this
I have been working with The New York Makeup Academy of Japan since 2002. They hold a very special place in my heart and I thoroughly enjoy their visit and working with very different groups of equally talented Japanese makeup artists. Every training session ends with a photo shoot and I have to continually think of new ideas so that I do not repeat myself. For the Classes I gave to them in the Temptu studio in June 2017 I found some paper shopping bags left over from my boutique The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason and painted these bags, cutting holes in the centre for the girls to look through. Here I digitally manipulated three different images of Cynthia combined. The makeup is by Yuiko.
Photos of the actress Sarah Villegas from the shoot with the visiting class of Makeup Artists from The New York Makeup Academy of Japan, which was held at the Temptu Workshop in June of 2017. Sarah has a striking resemblance to Meryl Streep and a very expressive face. To my mind so important to a successful beauty shoot. Makeup by Yukari.
I enjoy teaching makeup and also taking the photos at the end of the classes as this enables me to see the progression and development of each artists individual style. IBF, NYMA of Japan have been a faithful client for 15 yrs and each year is so very different and always lots of fun. We laugh now when we remember Hurricane Sandy and how we had to work in the dark and cold and the artists had no hot water for a shower. For the students it was not easy, for me it worked out fine, I am rather a fan of the unexpected and love to work in daylight. This is something I learned working on location on photoshoots, we had to adapt to lots of different situations as we had to come back with the photos. My beautiful nieces were visiting and were stuck in a hotel near the Art of Beauty so they modeled for us everyday with other young women from the neighborhood. The interesting thing about the class that year was the fact that we had two students who were spoilt brats. This was very odd as always the Japanese students are truly wonderful, attentive , involved enthusiastic and every other flattering adjective I can think of. They were meant to be here at that time for a life’s lesson and I hope that looking back they have come to appreciate it. Thinking about myself at their age (they were the youngest of the group) maybe I would have reacted as they did..maybe…maybe not. I shall never know.
These two photos of the model Vanessa from Click agency were taken during the last class held at Temptu Studio’s . Her natural makeup and her more creative one. The hair is by Almog. Makeup by Atsuko.
Just before I left for vacation at the beginning of July I finished another truly wonderful class for The New York Makeup Academy of Japan. We were fortunate to have the use of the classroom at Temptu which gave us the opportunity to play with their great products. We especially enjoyed working with Temptu air with pod’s available in many shades including ones I tend to use often and have difficulty finding. Such as 01, a pale ivory, and good shades with yellow undertones, there is also a white with which I was able to make 01 even lighter. Bravo to all of the students, they were focused and talented, their work at the final photoshoot was excellent. These shown are the results of two of the students work. The instructions for their first photos of Sadaf and Dahlia were “fresh and natural” . I was very happy with the results and how well they had understood what I wanted. Although I did discover that an excellent student who had trained with me a few years ago was now their instructor in Japan! The second photos are their more creative work. Hair by Almog. Makeup on Dahlia by Yurika and on Sadaf by Haruna
Portraits as opposed to photos are timeless. I love doing them be they mixed media like this one of Carole Radziwill http://lindamasongallery.com/current-exhibition/ or a more classical portrait such as the acrylic on canvas I do of both children and adults . http://lindamasongallery.com/portfolio/classic-childrens-portraits/ Portraits add Mystery and warmth to a home. If they are of the Host or Hostess, a good one will let you discover a different side to them. If they are of people that you don’t know, you can use your own imagination to create a whole story around them. Great artists such as Mark Kostabi capture a depth of human nature without any facial features I capture that in the facial features, each artist is different. When I had my Gallery I noticed Americans were much more reticent than other nationalities to put people on their walls, unless a portrait of their own child, prefering abstract paintings or out door scenes. I find a person is a “paysage” equally as deep and as interesting as The Grand Canyon. This portrait of Carole Radziwill and other portraits of mine were shown on The Real Housewives of New York City episode 10, 2017 filmed at the Vendome Gallery on Spring Street. To discuss commissioning a portrait call the number on the website:- www.lindamasongallery.com