Thursday, October 7

beautiful paintings by Idoline Duke

is a look at art in the home
starting with the talented artist Idoline Duke
and her collection of watercolors now on display
and for sale at
Mecox Gardens
East Hampton, New York
pools starfish
artist Idoline Duke in front of her painting in Mecox Gardens
While sharing a cup of coffee at local Golden Pear restaurant in East Hampton with artist Idoline Duke, I noted she lights up when talking of her childhood spent on the beaches of East Hampton. She explains how she taps into her love of the ocean to create these beautiful paintings, and feels the pull of the tide all the way to the green mountain state of Vermont where she lives with her family. While working in her studio, Idoline takes the beauty from her surroundings to create these ethereal watercolor paintings. I love her seahorse and marine life studies, which capture the spirit of these creatures. A few paintings had just arrived and were being hung on the Mecox Gardens walls the day we visited - just in time for the summer crush. Her works are selling quickly and their aesthetic dovetails nicely with the beachy vibe of the shop. Idoline created a series she entitled, "pools" and these colorful orbs are painted in arrangements similar to how one displays their collection of beach glass or seashells after a day of combing the sand. When describing pools, Idoline communicates her love for working with watercolors, and she feels it is the next best experience to actually being in the water.
Mecox Gardens
66 Newtown Lane
East Hampton

"The process of loading the brush with deeply saturated color and changing the stark white paper is satisfying and meditative. The Pool series are meant to be meditative for the viewer as well. With all of life's agitations, art should be intriquing and beautiful as well as create a sense of calm - that's what I'm going for with my art".

Idoline Duke

Idoline in front of her "pools" painting at Mecox Gardens

The pool series is a collection of watercolors with sentiments of the sea. Each watercolor painting captures the essence of water in orbs or droplets painted in layers of varying colors from blue and plum to pink and brown. It is at once literal, yet at the same time abstract.
As is true of many artists, Idoline has been painting for most of her life, but after a successful career as a landscape artist, growing her children and traveling, she is now setting her focus back onto her paintings.
She attended the University of Vermont and studied art history and studio art. Idoline also studied landscape design at Inchbald School in London, and embarked upon a 20 year span of designing gardens. After she and her family moved to Stowe Vermont, In 2005, Idoline took the position of Exhibitions Director at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont. She curated over 13 exhibits, designed and organized public programs, and led educational tours of the exhibits. In 2009, Idoline felt compelled to go back to the studio to create her own works.
Idoline in her studio

"this collection and body of work celebrates the freedom and fluidity of mixed-media collage and the freshness and vibrancy of watercolor" dragonflies

About Mecox Gardens

Mecox is one of my favorite shops for furniture and accessories, and it is also a great place to shop with clients because the space is put together beautifully. They have locations througout New York City, Southampton, East Hampton, Los Angeles, Chicago and Palm Beach, Florida. They manage to weave mid century furnishings with vintage, antiques and modern designs all stylized together producing a casual yet sophisticated feel. Each store has it's own flavor, and my two favorite shops are Palm Beach and East Hampton for their distinct nautical flair. Idoline's clean lines and clear colors blend well with the aesthetic. Please check out Idoline's blog at or contact Paula at Mecox Gardens, 631-329-9405 for more information on these works.


My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Dear Tamara, The introduction to your October "arts" posts is so touching. I love the idea that your beautiful blog blossomed in memory of your mother. You can imagine her in her garden, just from your words. It's also great that you've met Idoline and have so beautifully featured her work. Idoline, like your mother... is an incredible gardener and she is a master with watercolor and brush, too! I celebrate the memory of your mother, Idoline's talent, and their combined creativity. Cheers to your wonderful blog and a great October line-up!
ox Barbara

Anonymous said...

thank you for this view. I will be in the area ths weekend and hope to stop into to Mecox Gardens to see this art as well as other stuff you mentioned. Love your blog, and keep on nesting. -Anne Downing

Richie Matthews said...

Wow Tam, this month's focus on art in the home is your best NestNestNest work yet.

Idoline's watercolors are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your thoughts on all these subjects, however, the story of your mother's love for gardening was especially touching. I absolutely love seahorses and the detail on that painting is tremendous. I will stop back here next week to see what more you have on art. sincerely, charlene

Anonymous said...

Tamara, I really enjoyed reading about your Mother and how she inspired you to appreciate beauty. Idoline's work is so beautiful, I love the starfish !

Idoline Duke said...

Thanks Tamara, for your feature on my art! I'm loving that my own blog has seen a huge jump in visits since yours was posted. Amazing!
With lots and lots of gratitude,

Renae said...

What a great introduction to Idoline. Her work is very different and.....I love the starfish!
Great post as always!

the savvy host said...

owe you a big thanks - this art hit the spot for us! always enjoy your great taste and perspective!

Seedplanter Designs said...

Tamara, I lost my mother quite suddenly six years ago, so in that way I can relate to the shock you described. After her passing, I dug up my backyard and replaced it with flowerbeds and paths. Strange, the things we do when we're grieving.

I discovered this blog through a tweet this morning and was happy to find it. So colorful and uplifting! I'll be back.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Tamara, my first time here, {I know, where on earth have I BEEN?}and I love your introduction to this month's arts posts.

What a sweet memory of your Mother, surrounded by her garden flowers that she so loved. I know that you must miss her each and every day.

Love Idoline's work, she has a style all her own, and those colors! Thanks so much,

Emily said...

Idoline's work is amazing, thank you for showcasing it!