Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From My Art Portfolio

Below are samples of available paintings from my portfolio.  Contact me at paintingsbycynthia@gmail.com if anything interests you.


Friday, April 14, 2017

A new poem - inspired by Spring


Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal

I just know when he is around
His calls are so loud, seemingly urgent
He flits about from branch to branch
My eyes could not find him.

He doesn’t rest
‘Til he hears the answer to his calls

Suddenly, a beautiful red appears
On a sea of green
Soon, a lesser red alights to join him
They both fly into the skies.....

Mating season has begun.


Copyright, April 11, 2017

Cynthia Angeles

Friday, March 17, 2017

My VIDA Design Collection

Please check out my design collection at shopvida.com.  The scarves, tops, and (soon) tote bag feature my paintings.  Take advantage of 10% discount on your first order.

https://shopvida.com/collections/voices/cynthia-angeles


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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Reach of a Painting

I have received numerous requests from all over the world to use my painting, GRIEF, for seminars, lectures, grief counseling sessions, cover for Women's Review of Books, cover for a Dutch psychology book, religious retreats, etc.

Sometimes, I discover the image being used without my permission for blogs and Facebook pages. Most are not aware that it is illegal to use copyrighted works without permission.


It has been uplifting to know that my painting has touched so many hearts over the years. It is more than an artist could hope for.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My ShopVida collection updated

This scarf is perfect for all seasons. My husband bought one for his mother and she loves it! Check out my other scarves and tops at the following link:

http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/cynthia-angeles


 Black Tupelo


This scarf, made with soft, luxurious fabric will add a bold, modern statement to any wardrobe.

Friday, April 22, 2016

My latest VIDA collection



Below is an updated collection of tops and scarves inspired by my paintings.


PROBLEMS?  Email me at paintingsbycynthia@gmail.com

Autumn Leaves Scarf, $40   
 Black Tupelo Scarf, $40
Glamour Girl Scarf, $40

Steaming Rocks Silk Top, $75

Chasms Top, $65


      Purple Spray Top, $65        

                                                          

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Art of Dressing Elegantly - For Women of a Certain Age: Basic Rule 7


Rule No. 7:  You’re never too old to look good!

Some women give up on themselves just because they are “old”.  Age is a state of mind.  I am reminded of a friend in her early 90’s who lived on a limited budget.  She never failed to stretch and exercise every morning.  She walked almost everywhere.  And, when she did, she was always immaculately dressed – not expensively, just elegantly.  She kept her gray hair short and complemented her clothes with lovely silver jewelry. 

I can never forget the time she showed me a lovely Kenzo scarf she bought on sale at Filene’s Basement (remember it?).  She was so excited about how drastically reduced the price was.  She was 92 at the time.  Through all the years that I had known her, she had always carried herself with grace in both dress and manners.  She had always been the epitome of a lady to me.

The woman below illustrates a style that is simple, classy, and timeless.  Even carrying a cane did not detract from the elegance she exuded.


Photo from Pinterest

The Art of Dressing Elegantly - For Women of a Certain Age: Basic Rules 5 & 6


Rule No. 5:  Keep it simple!

This is the most important rule to remember.  Understated elegance is simplicity at its finest.  Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Katherine Hepburn had it.  Lauren Bacall has it.  A lot of us work hard to achieve it.  Think minimalist!
Spend what you can on clothes of good quality because they will last you a long time.  The simpler the lines or style, the more versatile it is.

About 15 – 20 years ago, I saw a lovely sleeveless woolen dress in chocolate brown, with a matching jacket in a shop in England.  I fell in love with it, but the price was more than I was willing to spend.  It was a Valentino design.  I could still kick myself for letting that go.  The tailoring was just beautiful.  If I grew too big for the dress, I could have had it altered.  The swing jacket would have lasted me for years.

Most women wear black because it is easy to work with.  Choose a few basic colors that you like and look good on you.  If you are dark-skinned, the world is your oyster.  If you’re on the pale side, perhaps, camel brown, tan, and pastels will suit you better.  You can get wild in your choices, but make sure your colors and patterns don’t clash.  Solid colors are a safe bet but you can mix-match them with more adventurous designs.

Here is a woman dressed in well-coordinated attire.  She could have gotten away with a chunky silver bracelet in addition to her dangling earrings, but she opted to keep it simple.  Casual? Yes!  Elegant?  Yes!  Achievable?  Easily! 


Photo from Pinterest

The few times that I have traveled to Italy and France, I always marveled at how well mature women there dressed despite their age.  They don’t apply lots of makeup on their faces or wear clothes meant for younger women. They simply wear clothes that fit right – not too tight nor too loose.  And, they carry them well in spite of the extra weight on their bodies.  So, where do we find these clothes?

Rule No. 6:  Watch out for sales!

You don’t have to travel far to buy good quality clothing.  Several times a year, shops sell their merchandise at reduced prices.  Scour the clearance racks!  I would avoid shopping online or by catalog unless you are familiar with the company’s sizing and the quality of its merchandise.  The following is a list of shops where you can find affordable, but stylish clothing.  These stores may not be your cup of tea but do shop around and find your style that agrees with your budget.

CHICO’S (https://www.chicos.com/) – Visit Chico’s sales racks when you have a chance.  They carry nice separates and accessories in various colors and sizes.

H&M (www.hm.com/us/) – Believe it or not, you can find inexpensive, but stylish sweaters, tops, skirts, and accessories from this store.  They may cater to youngish clientele, but one can find lots of separates which can be suitable for all ages.

T.J.MAXX (http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/index.jsp) – This store can be a mine for good bargains if you know what you’re looking for.

MARSHALLS (http://www.marshallsonline.com) – Again, I would advise against shopping online just because you want to be sure of the fit of the clothes.  If there is a Marshalls store near you, then you are in business.  They offer lots of choices at reasonable prices.

JJILL (www.jjill.com/) – Their clothing and accessories are pricey, but if you check out their sales, you may be able to find some classy outfits within your budget.

DRESS BARN (http://www.dressbarn.com) – Here is another store where one can find affordable clothing and accessories.  They carry women’s clothing in both regular and plus sizes.

ZARA (http://www.zara.com/us/) – Zara is pricier than H&M, but you’ll find stylish clothes of good quality and lovely accessories at reasonable prices here. 

Go through the sales racks at Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and their outlets.  Shopping requires a lot of patience so it is never a good idea to shop only when you need something.  It puts a lot of pressure on you to find it quickly and even pay a hefty price for it.  Shop leisurely and you will probably find a “keeper” and a bargain at that!