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{favourite five: artist janet hill}

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“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

~Pablo Picasso


If Janet Hill’s paintings were a diary, they would tell a tale of waking up with the sun to black coffee and a blueberry muffin, donning a nautically-inspired pleated skirt and deciding on a pair of beautifully embellished heels, arranging bouquets in a favourite vase before dashing out the door, for a bicycle ride across town to a favourite patisserie to fetch delectable desserts for an afternoon tea party . . .

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Hill,
an oil painter who works from her in-house studio in Stratford, Ontario, seeks to find the glamour in her surroundings. Her paintings, displayed in private collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia,create a longing for lazy Sundays, picnics and high tea, all while dressed in duchesse satin gowns and perfect pearls, and carrying Hermès Kelly handbags, of course!

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The inspiration for her paintings, filled with the sweet nostalgia of times gone by, of timeless fashion and elegant pastimes, comes from many different places, including films, both classic and modern, and so, this week, we invite her to share with us her:

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{top five favourite films:}

1. Gone With The Wind (1939) | watch the trailer
I love a strong female lead, particularly if she is vain and very strong willed. I think that there’s a little bit of Scarlett in every one of my portrait paintings.

2. Henry & June (1990) | watch the trailer

Bohemian Paris in the 1930’s. It’s my visual hunting ground for ideas and images that I return to over and over again.

3. Bell Book and Candle (1958) | watch the trailer
This movie has those fabulous vibrant 1950’s colours and interiors. It’s a little silly and strange and Kim Novak is to me what Audrey Hepburn is to a lot of women.

4. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) | watch the trailer
I was prepared to be annoyed by this film, mainly because of Brad Pitt as the shrunken little man, but instead I was charmed by it. I love the cinematography and the magic realism element. It really captures life as a magical and beautiful place which is something that I try to portray in my work.

5. No Country For Old Men (2007) | watch the trailer
I have a bit of a dark side and this movie really satisfies it. Explaining how it influences me is a little difficult. I love the austerity, the isolation, and the unpredictable nature of the film. I paint a lot of empty rooms and a lot of people by themselves. I really enjoy solitude and I think there’s an element of loneliness (albeit a happy kind of alone-ness) in many of my paintings.

 
Laily Samadi
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.
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11 Notes
  • Gorgeous paintings…I love the one on the top with the fishbowl.

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • Judy Hill is one of my favorite artists: I love her unique color palette and oh so feminine subjects-ladylike shoes, vintage dresses, and curvy chairs-a true romantic.
    Mandy

  • love that fish bowl! how sweet. i really want to see all of those films…ive only seen no country for old men! xo jillian

  • The painting above are lovely. Being a fan of second-time-around items I particularly like the artists subject matter…colours are marvelous as well.
    I too have always been a big fan of Gone With The Wind.

  • Stunning paintings. Oh, I would love to live in one! Thanks so much for introducing me to her gorgeous work. I’m in love!
    xo Deirdre

  • Janet Hill’s work is so charming. I love that these paintings are almost trompe l’oeil in effect. What a wonderful find!

  • I’m so thrilled you did a Favourite Five on Janet. I just want to jump into the scenes in her paintings, like in Mary Poppins! Very sweet, indeed. I also love that she’s Canadian. :)

    Have a great day!
    Alice

  • Hello Laily,

    Janet is so talented! I adore her approach and style to capturing and portraying snippets of beauty… the nostalgia that she brings is priceless! I would enjoy owning a few of her pieces myself :)

    Great piece / Have a lovely Friday & weekend!

    xx, Sarah

  • FAVORITE “favorite five”
    beautiful, dreamy, sweet & summery oil paintings!
    And i love reading about her favorite films!

  • thank you for the lovely notes :)

  • thanks for featuring janet hill! i discovered her on etsy a few years ago and have the shoes print and “Paige in a Green Dress” hanging in my bedroom. her work is utterly lovely.

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