Artistic Interpretation & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #49

Artistic interpretation is one of the most subjective ideas in human existence. Human beings have been expressing themselves creatively through art since the beginning of time really. As we evolve, our methods of artistic expression and the way we interpret art evolve with us. People find ways to express their creativity through an endless variety of mediums. Many people express themselves through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, music, or writing. Others find creative outlets in clothing or jewelry design.

*This is a sponsored post. I was provided this plaid poncho in exchange for this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

*Poncho: Plaid Kangaroo Pocket Plus Size Cape Top c/o Rosegal.

You can find art everywhere around you, if you are looking for it. The florist, the crafter, the stylist. The architecture in your town. The displays in your local shop windows. All of these things require an artist with a creative flare and a keen eye for a beautiful aesthetic. And while beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder, if you look for it, it is quite literally everywhere around you.

*Jeans: Torrid Premium Stretch Skinny Jeans – Light Wash with Ripped Destruction.

*Black Plaid Button Down: Old Navy (Similar here).

For example, I express myself creatively through this blog…with my writing and my clothing. I find so much joy in being able to combine pieces into one outfit that others may not think of combining. On Thursday, I promised you all that I would be showing a combination of three plaids in one outfit. Although one of my so-called plaids is actually houndstooth. So in reality, I have combined two plaids and a houndstooth. But it’s all subject to my own interpretation anyway, so call it whatever you like!

*Houndstooth Ruana: Shelbee’s Shoppe (Sold Out).

*Boots: Impo Tashley Velvet Booties from DSW (Available in 4 colors).

Style is my form of art, creating outfit combinations that are interesting and fun but still look appropriate for every day living.  But as I stated earlier, art takes on so many different forms. Each form is left to the discretion of the creator. I create outfits. Others create all different sorts of beautiful things.  And all of these different beautiful, creative things are each considered art forms.

For example, if you were to walk into my favorite eyewear boutique, EyeCrave Optics, not only would you be presented with the most amazing designs in eyewear (a brilliant art form in its own right), but there is currently a display of the most vibrant and colorful paintings that are sure to lift your spirits at first glance. The creative genius behind these paintings, Taylor Weldon Soderquist, is local to my small town of Watertown, New York.  He exhibits a fondness for color and specializes in a variety of mediums such as acrylic, oil, and spray paints. He is heavily influenced by the works of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman, and Clyfford Still. Much of Taylor’s artwork is currently housed in a brand new art studio in town, SmitKit Studio. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting SmitKit Studio, but after viewing this fantastic sampling of Taylor’s work, you can be sure that I will be heading to the studio the next chance I get.  (I see a future blog post coming featuring SmitKit Studio.)

Check out these pieces by Taylor Weldon Soderquist.

Don’t the colors and the designs just automatically elevate your mood? I think everyone needs a piece of art like this hanging somewhere in their home where it is the first thing you see in the morning. Start your day out bright and cheerful with a bit of intrigue and mystery!  Here is one unique and fun way that you could acquire an original painting by Taylor…

In an effort to get more people excited about art, Taylor offers “Free Art” where he will place a piece of his original artwork somewhere around Watertown, New York. He will take a photo of it in its location and post it on his Facebook Page. The first person to go out and find it, keeps it! I just cannot get over what an unbelievably amazing and generous idea that is! So if you are local to the Watertown area and you love art, follow along and see if you can acquire your very own original painting by the brilliantly talented Taylor Soderquist.

Taylor also teams up with another local artist, Stow Dunham. Together they perform live art in conjunction with live music events and band performances.  At the end of the show, they raffle off the resulting artwork. Another super cool way to become the proud owner of this magnificent artwork. How cool is that?

To view more of Taylor’s work, you can follow him on Instagram (@kwst_art).  You can also check out what’s going on at SmitKit Studio on Instagram (@smitkit_studio).  And if you are local to the Watertown, New York area, you should definitely check it out in person!  It will take your breath away.

And while I am on the topic of creative genius, I was also recently introduced to the stunning jewelry design of Lynne Bates who specializes in handmade copper pieces. Her designs are available for purchase in her Etsy shop, Handmade and Hammered. On Shop Small Saturday, I treated myself to a pair of copper earrings adorned with red enamel and turquoise. They have immediately become my favorite earrings and I have worn them multiple times in the past week since I have acquired them. I will be adding more Handmade and Hammered jewelry to my personal collection soon…perhaps some custom made pieces are in order.

*Earrings: Handmade and Hammered.

I hope you all enjoyed all the artistic influence and creative interpretation in this post. Tell me how do you incorporate art into your life…do you wear it, view it, buy it, create it, or just live it?

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Nina of Sharing A Journey showed some versatile options for getting dressed for holiday events in her post, Don’t Shop For Evening Wear Till You Read This. How gorgeous is her floral embroidered blouse?  You have to hop on over to Nina’s blog and see the different and very creative ways that she has styled this top.

Nina of Sharing A Journey

And Claire of Claire Justine shared her matching mother-daughter Christmas dresses in her post, Christmas Dresses From Want That Trend Review… I just can’t even get over the cuteness of this dress! And I love the way Claire and her daughter have chosen different ways to style this adorable piece.

Claire of Claire Justine and her daughter

I hope you all keep your eyes, ears, and minds open to all of the beautiful artwork around you! Just continue to look for it and you will not be disappointed.

Keeping it on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

72 Responses

  1. Great poncho, they’re such fabulous additions to outfits. Jacqui

    • Thank you, Jacqui! Ponchos are really great completer pieces. I have quite a few in my wardrobe. Although that shouldn’t be surprising…I have quite a few of everything in my wardrobe! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


  2. It’s good to browse art. I find it very relaxing xx

  3. Love this look Shelbee, you got the pattern mixing spot on. You look great. Aww and thanks so much for the shoutout. We loved taking photos for this post :):)

  4. You, my friend, are a work of art! Love all of the plaids together!

  5. What a lovely post! the art is so uplifting and that poncho – so pretty! you look great and relaxed. LOVE the photo of you sitting on the green poof! wishing you a fabulous week!

    • Celia, thank you so very much! I think that might be my favorite photo in this post, too! And isn’t this art so cheerful and inspiring!? Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having an amazing week and not working too hard on the Winter Issue of Resilientista!


  6. Enjoyable post…you have a little for everyone today⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    You have mastered the art of mixing patterns…great look today!

  7. I love those earrings! I love to make and wear art!

  8. Love your poncho! I have a reversible one or couple now that I think of it and love the versatility. I love how you put three plaids together. I agree art is everywhere and I enjoy art in all forms. Us fashionistas are artists too!

    • Thanks so much, Cheryl! And I agree with you completely about the amazing versatility of ponchos as well as fashionistas being artists as well. It took a while to realize that it does take a certain amount of creative ability to put together a great outfit. I always thought it was easy and took for granted that anyone could do it. I am learning otherwise now that it is, indeed, an artistic talent!


  9. I love the bold plaid combined with the houndstooth and how the common black/white thread keeps everything tied together. You look great as always! Thanks for hosting today’s link-up!

    Elizabeth |

    • Elizabeth, thank you so very much! This was really fun to pair all these plaids and prints together! And the trick is just as you said…keeping the color scheme the same. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fabulous week, my friend.


  10. Yes! Even in my veggie garden, I find an outlet for creativity!
    Thanks for your always-good thoughts here each week!

    • Oh wow, Michele! I love that you find creativity and art in your vegetable garden! How fabulous that is. It is so true that art and beauty surround us…if we just stay open to it. Thank you for such a wonderful comment!


  11. I love this fabulous wrap, my darling. You’ve paired it perfectly with those trendy booties. Xo Jonet

  12. Well, I would never have thought to try it, but I love it! I especially like the houndstooth cape.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Thanks so much, Nikki! I was definitely stepping outside my comfort zone and being brave with this combination! But I think the plaid on the underneath shirt layer is subtle enough to not make it too crazy. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic week.


  13. I LOVE your outfit! You make anything and everything look so good! You definitely have a great eye for fashion! Taylor’s work is pretty cool! I’m one who likes to view art and maybe live it! Have a Happy Holiday Season!

    • Natalie, thank you so very much for this wonderful comment! I also love viewing art especially art that can elicit emotion! Someday I will be able to afford more original artwork in my home. That would be amazing! Thanks for stoping by and have a fabulous week.


  14. That is so very cool. Love all the art, that downtown looks pretty cool. Thanks for the uplift. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

    • Patrick, thank you so much for stopping by! It always amazes me how the talents and creativity and passions of others can so inspire and uplift! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Have a fantastic week!


  15. WOW, Shelbee, you should wear skinny jeans more often, they look so great on you!!!! I really like how you paired your plaid with the houndstooth cape, very chic. Thank you for hosting.


    • Aw, Cherie, thank you so much! I go back and forth between my skinny jeans and my distressed loose fitting boyfriend jeans! It all depends on my mood. I appreciate this lovely comment! Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic week!


  16. looks like a lot of fun! Loving those boots!

  17. Bravo for everything, Shelbee. Your outfit, your mixing of prints and your artistic love and supporting your local businesses!! You have it all going on!!

  18. Interesting bit of info about the artist and if you live in NY how to acquire pieces. i enjoy visiting art shows, jewelry shows etc.. love those copper red earrings on you. The plaid mix is really cool, love the mix of black and red plaid with your poncho, and the velvet booties, sweet!
    enjoy your week!
    jess xx

    • Jess, thanks so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment! Isn’t that so cool that Taylor leaves “free art” around town for people to find!? I love that idea so much. Have a fantastic week, my friend.


  19. Just adore your outfit, so much to love! The plaid, those beautiful earrings and velvet booties!! I don’t visit a lot of art shows, but love this one that they have at the sculpture park every Mother’s Day weekend.


    • Thank you so much, Carrie! This was a super fun outfit to style, for sure. I was all filled with sass the day I photographed it, too. I don’t get to nearly enough art shows either, but I need to remedy that! It is so inspiring and uplifting to witness someone else’s creative passion.


  20. So much to love. Prints✔️ Ponchos✔️ Velvet✔️ Cool Earrings✔️ You look darling as always, Shelbee!!!

  21. The idea of pairing plaid and houndstooth was quite genius ! Well done.

  22. Love the combination of plaid and houndstooth! That cape is so cute on you!

  23. Those boots are cute! 🙂

  24. You so wonderfully expressed how fashion is art! I love creatively expressing myself through what I wear.

  25. Shelbee, this was a great post! I love how you mixed the plaids and houndstooth prints. I don’t know if I could ever make myself do it, but it looks so good on you. I love those boots and jeans also! All super cute! The artist you featured has really neat work. I have some wild art myself. I think everyone should have real paintings in their home. Thanks for hosting, and have a great week.

    • Julie, thank you so much for this wonderful comment filled with all lovely compliments! I think you should give it a try…mixing up some patterns and such. You never know…you might just love it on yourself! If you love wild art already…remember fashion is art and you can be your art! Now I need to go find myself one of Taylor’s hidden paintings! Have the most wonderful day, my friend!


  26. beautiful photos

    Wonder Cottage

  27. I couldn´t agree more: art is everwhere! You just have to find it!
    I love the treasure hunt for the painting of Taylor Weldon Soderquist! I see the holiday spirit is taking us one by one 🙂

  28. I love the mix of prints, they look fabulous together! The paintings are stunning, I don’t really know much about art other than I know what I like, and I really like these! Lovely earrings – I used to go to jewellery classes and work with copper, silver and enamel. I almost bought a kiln, but now I just do the occassional bit of beading. It was fun because you’re never sure exactly what colour the enamel will turn out after firing!

    Emma xxx

    • Emma, thanks so much for this lovely comment! It was super fun combining all these prints into one outfit. It made me feel like an artist of sorts! And I definitely do not have the patience for jewelry making or any crafting for that matter, so I am always in awe of the creative people who make such beautiful things!


  29. I agree, art is all around us, and it’s beautiful! As is your outfit—I love how you so creatively mixed your plaids!
    Cheryl Shops |

  30. What a cool game Taylor does for the free art! I would love to participate in that just to see if I could find it before someone else. I love those jeans!

  31. wonderfull outfit dear love the combination thanks for sharing.. online shopping in pakistan online shopping pk

  32. Wow, those are some cool art pieces. Also LOVE love love your booties.

  33. Love all the poncho looks and those boots are so pretty!

  34. Love the art and the patterns you mixed!

  35. Thanks for hosting this linkup every week. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  36. Definitely a lot of art involved in there and I find it’s a great collaboration between the artists and your eyewear store. Unique concept. It’s great htat your blog is a venue for you to express yourself. When you first get immersed into it, it doesn’t always feel that way but eventually you find it’s your getaway and where you find your voice.

    • Rania, thank you so much for this very insightful comment! Blogging really is such a unique forum to find and use our voices, isn’t it? And it is so wonderful how so many small businesses in my community join together to support one another. I love to share their stories on my blog! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


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