Digit-al Dozen Does Art: Rothko

My Day 4 mani of the Digit-al Dozen ART theme week is based on a Mark Rothko painting called White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) (1950) [image source]. You probably recognize it. It’s one of the most expensive pieces of art ever sold. $72.8 million! What a steal! David Rockefeller bought it for only $10,000 in 1960 and attended the auction when it was sold almost 50 years later. During the auction, I imagine he felt like I did in the last 5 minutes of my husband’s motorcycle listing on eBay! Talk about a nail biter!

Rothko White Center (work / play / polish)

I used all Zoya polish. You figure four polishes, right? Orange, White, Pink and Black? Um, nope. Eight polishes. I kept grabbing them off the rack! Here’s the final Zoya roundup: America, Arizona, Coraline, Kate, Purity, Raven, Shelby and Cho. I found the two jellies, Kate and Coraline, were really helpful in shading without making it look too heavy.

Rothko White Center (work / play / polish)

The pinky and thumb are one coat of America with one coat of Coraline.

Be sure to visit the other Digit-al Dozen works of art! Just one more day left.

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  1. Another beautiful job!!

  2. how did you do it!! ii love it.

  3. Stacy says:

    Wow!! This is SO great, a really fantastic representation!

  4. Your art manicures are just amazing! So far my fave has been the Jackson Pollack. I’m useless when it comes to nail art so I enjoy yours soooo much. Dare I hope you will recreate the entire pointillism masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”? LOL ;-)

  5. Chris says:

    All of the art you’ve done based off works of art is amazing. You have incredible talent and I hope one day I can be a s good as nail art as you!

  6. Love how pretty these are! Gorgeous!

  7. Cindi says:

    Oh how pretty. You are very talented, it looks so much like the original!

  8. Every day this week has been a pleasure! I especially love your close attention to details. The colors are perfect. Thanks for sharing your amazing nail art.

  9. glittersnapdragon says:

    That is just fab! Multi million art on your nail….you should auction them on Ebay ;) Beautiful swatches and gorgeous nailart!

  10. This is gorgeous love the inspiration!

  11. M. says:

    Wow, that’s awesome. I love Rothko’s work so much, I may steal this idea from you. Love love love how this looks.

  12. Katie says:

    Love this. Saw the play Red last year – brilliant.

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