Tweet Radiant Orchid is the new IT color. Pantone has announced the hottest color of them all for 2014, factoring in trends and influences from all over the world. The red carpet will certainly be a bold spectacle this spring. … Read More →
[caption id="attachment_4368" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Pantone's Radiant Orchid[/caption]
Radiant Orchid is the new IT color. Pantone has announced the hottest color of them all for 2014, factoring in trends and influences from all over the world. The red carpet will certainly be a bold spectacle this spring.
“Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, [it] encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
Pantone further describes the color as "an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones." It has already splashed the runways of 2014 Spring Fashion shows. Collections from Prada, Chanel, and Dior included various pinks and purples.
[caption id="attachment_4369" align="aligncenter" width="433"] AP Photo, Karly Domb Sadof[/caption]
In the interior design world, Radiant Orchid is set to be the go-to accent color for paint and accessories. It can be a unifying element for an eclectic space. Pantone recommends brightening up a neutral palette with a stroke of purple vibrancy. For the more adventurous, pair it with another bold color, like deep hunter green, turquoise, or a light yellow.
From makeup to handbags to pillows, Pantone's pick is sure to blossom in abundance come 2014. For more color and decor inspiration, check out our Pinterest board "Radiant Orchid Revolution".
Tweet Buying art for your friends and family can be a delicate art in itself. To help, we’ve put together a shopping guide to get those holiday gift ideas flowing. The parents or grandparents will have no idea you’re trying … Read More →
Buying art for your friends and family can be a delicate art in itself. To help, we've put together a shopping guide to get those holiday gift ideas flowing.
The parents or grandparents will have no idea you're trying to bring them into this millennium with contemporary art on birchwood. The retro references will have them fooled! Try Maureen Brouillette's "It'll Do Dancing" series.
A kid's play space doesn't have to be an eyesore. Make it a space fun for adults, too, with framed art on canvas. Try Joel Ganucheau's "Whimsical" series.
Show your niece how cool you think she is with a framed floral print. Time for the big girl art! Try Sia Aryai's "Garbela Fusha" or find more inspiration in our Botanical subject.
Bring a little bling into your friend or sibling's bathroom with an elegant print on aluminum. They'll think of you every time they flush. Try Sara Abbott's "Waiting for the Sun" series.
What do you buy for the stylish friend with specific tastes? Can't go wrong with a unique, vintage image on framed mirror. Try our Vintage subject for inspiration.
Still not sure what kind of art to give your loved one? No worries. That's why we have eGift Cards. Instant delivery means you can wait till the last minute, and your gift will arrive on time.
Tweet Just in time for the holidays… The word is out. Top designers are all saying that seasonal décor this year is not just about tree trimming and table top. It’s all about the walls. Patti Hinners, designer of Austin’s … Read More →
Just in time for the holidays...
The word is out. Top designers are all saying that seasonal décor this year is not just about tree trimming and table top. It’s all about the walls.
Patti Hinners, designer of Austin’s finest homes, says,
“It may have started as a trend, but now my clients are pulling out art from holiday storage year after year – same as they would the garlands and wreathes and their other little treasures.”
Seriously – Picture this: It’s late Saturday afternoon and it’s cold outside – too cold to go out. You’re lounging in your comfiest chaise in front of a roaring fire with a yummy cashmere throw and an even yummier mug of mulled wine. Perhaps you’re still wearing your pajamas. You’ve forgotten the book on your lap because you’re transfixed by a fresh fir tree sparkling with tiny white lights. But how does last summer’s sunflower or beach print fit in? Indeed, it’s jarring. The tableau is simply not complete without seasonal art.
Gallery Direct makes it possible for you to decorate in style this winter with festive imagery from your favorite artists – Sia – Paul – Saris – Abbott – Gjevukaj – Graham – plus our colorful photography. From trees to stars to lights to nature’s curiosities, and even a sweet little deer, this imagery is available on numerous media to select from, including traditional framed paper for a classic touch, light weight canvas that’s easy-to-hang, sophisticated aluminum or acrylic for a modern spin and unique birchwood for a rustic feel. Plus all the red you need to turn your space into a warm and cozy holiday home.
Hinners advises canvas precisely because it’s lightweight, durable, and easy to hang and move around.
“It’s perfect for seasonal décor for all those reasons, but it also has the feel of an original, especially framed canvas.”
As this year’s designers will tell you and savvy home makers get it: It’s not just about the tree or the table this year, it’s about the holistic experience. And there’s no better way to create that than to surround yourself with cheery wall décor!
And don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!
Tweet Austin is renowned for its live music and awesome festivals. But when it comes to the art scene, Austin’s East Side hipsters could give Brooklyn’s hipsters a run for their Hush Puppies. In the heart of one of the … Read More →
Austin is renowned for its live music and awesome festivals. But when it comes to the art scene, Austin's East Side hipsters could give Brooklyn's hipsters a run for their Hush Puppies. In the heart of one of the largest conservative states is a liberal oasis where retro style meets contemporary sensibility. Whether a current resident or a visitor, there's plenty to explore.
Austin has its selection of art museums, like Blanton Museum of Art. But it's Texas, rugged country. Get off the beaten path. Try the graffiti park at Castle Hill in Clarksville. With the ever-changing artwork, think of it as a free outdoor exhibit you can rediscover on a monthly basis. Looking for original art to buy from new artists? Head on over to Austin Art Garage. You might see some familiar work by Joel Ganucheau and Judy Paul, two of Gallery Direct's artists.
For more of the visual feast Austin has to offer, check out our Pinterest board, "ATX Art Scene". On it, you'll find links to galleries and events and hidden gems around the city.
Tweet In the heart of Gallery Direct’s production warehouse is a small room with no windows, but it is the only space with pure, natural light. An entire wall is flooded with full spectrum daylight lamps for our team of … Read More →
In the heart of Gallery Direct's production warehouse is a small room with no windows, but it is the only space with pure, natural light. An entire wall is flooded with full spectrum daylight lamps for our team of imaging specialists to properly match the prints we manufacture to the original art. These specialists lovingly refer to this space as "The Sanctuary".
Passing through the Sanctuary doors, the noise of printers and framers and the bustling production floor fades away. Once beyond those doors, an unspoken vow of silence is taken as the specialists sit down at their stations to worship at the altar of art.
The images lined up along the sacred Sanctuary wall change almost daily. Besides color correcting every piece of art that is scanned into our database, our team of specialists also tweak and enhance each image to the Art Director's and artists' specifications. Ultimately, it is the job of the specialists to insure that every print looks like the real deal. They are Gallery Direct's first line of defense in quality control.
Once the art is approved for printing, they become available on our site for orders. This week's Sanctuary image includes the works of Justin Garcia and Sylvia Angeli. To keep up to date with artwork being processed in The Sanctuary, visit our Facebook page weekly.
Tweet When designing a room it’s always helpful to have a starting point, such as a piece of artwork like the Art Deco Butterflies 60 featured above. Artwork is a wonderful source of inspiration for an interior. The colors present … Read More →
When designing a room it’s always helpful to have a starting point, such as a piece of artwork like the Art Deco Butterflies 60 featured above. Artwork is a wonderful source of inspiration for an interior. The colors present in the artwork, the artistic style, and the overall mood of the piece can inform many of the decisions you’ll make for your interior.
Aside from offering color and style direction for a room, the right artwork can serve as the focal point of your space. Consider the focal point to be the center of interest or activity in a room. Where do you want the eye to be drawn? The focal point may or may not be the actual center of the space, but it is always the most important part.
Because a focal point engages users and draws attention to the space, it’s placement in a room must be thoughtful. A stunning piece of art above a fireplace will call users to the living room to sit and gather; a bold piece of art placed at the end of a hallway entices users to progress through the space; and a unique piece can serve to anchor a seating grouping or activity zone.
For a step by step guide to making artwork your focal point visit please visit our Design Help and Inspiration Section.
This article was originally written by Interior Designer, Desi Creswell. You can find more of her great tips in the Gallery Direct Design Help and Inspiration section.
Tweet Gallery Direct Artist, Justin Garcia, was voted the Editors Choice Best Artist of 2013 by the Houston Press. Painter Justin Garcia calls himself an abstract expressionist. It’s a more accurate label than simple artist, he says. Garcia is currently … Read More →
Gallery Direct Artist, Justin Garcia, was voted the Editors Choice Best Artist of 2013 by the Houston Press.
Painter Justin Garcia calls himself an abstract expressionist. It's a more accurate label than simple artist, he says. Garcia is currently enjoying success with both collectors and critics. In today's fickle art world, that's rare. Rarer still is Garcia's drive to blend his artistic endeavors with good business sense. Putting good work on the canvas isn't enough. His self-imposed job description includes getting those canvases in front of an appreciative - and buying - public.
"I believe that Houston is a great city filled with great artists. I'm grateful to the Houston Press for their recognition of my work and honored to have been chosen to be a part of their Silver Anniversary edition. Congratulations on 25 wonderful years and your many contributions to the City of Houston."
Justin has been honored twice this year by the Houston Press.
Tweet Meet our newest Artist, Kim Curinga. Kim is a digital photographer and photo illustrator who studied at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Maine Photographic Workshops, and The International Film and Television Workshops. Her photomontages are the result of her need … Read More →
Meet our newest Artist, Kim Curinga. Kim is a digital photographer and photo illustrator who studied at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Maine Photographic Workshops, and The International Film and Television Workshops. Her photomontages are the result of her need to create personal landscapes from images she feels compelled to photograph, things she needs to document. The subject matter varies with what she is seeing around her and what is meaningful to her. Her work is featured in an Associated Press article, Trend Blast, an online trend site, and numerous corporate and private collections, including the Greater Latrobe Art Conservation Trust, regarded as one of the finest collections of 20th century. Browse her works: http://www.gallerydirect.com/art/artists/kim-curinga
Tweet Greetings, Gallery Direct! Having returned to the States after my fabulous summer of learning and exploring in Italy, I am back to the grindstone. I am currently applying to PhD programs in art history and museum studies, and had … Read More →
Greetings, Gallery Direct! Having returned to the States after my fabulous summer of learning and exploring in Italy, I am back to the grindstone. I am currently applying to PhD programs in art history and museum studies, and had the occasion to visit Yale University in New Haven, CT, this past weekend for a fantastic conference on one of my favorite artists of all time, Edouard Manet. The conference was excellent, but I also got to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams: visiting the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Yale.
[caption id="attachment_4223" align="aligncenter" width="528"] The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library[/caption]
Not only is it the largest building in the world that is dedicated solely to the preservation, conversation, and dissemination of rare books, it is also open to both Yale students and the public at large. For a book geek like me, it's always wonderful to know that even with such precious materials at hand, people are dedicated to sharing them for the greater good.
Among their collections that are out for public display (including a Gutenberg Bible) was a first edition run of John James Audubon's Birds of America. At the age of 35, John James Audubon embarked upon a mission to paint every bird in North America. In 1838, that project saw completion. Working with British engravers, Audubon transformed his watercolor and pastel works into what is now known as Birds of America. A total of 87 sets of five prints - making a total of 435 plates - were released between 1827 and 1838.
[caption id="attachment_4224" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Original printing of Audubon's Birds of America[/caption]
Having personally worked with all of the plates of this astonishing during my time at Gallery Direct, it was so incredibly cool to see the original works in person. Check out some of the great prints we have available over at Gallery Direct from the Audubon collection. Two of my favorites are the Great Horned Owls and the Zenaida Doves.
[caption id="attachment_4225" align="aligncenter" width="242"] Audubon's Great Horned Owls[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_4226" align="aligncenter" width="240"] Audubon's Zenaida Doves[/caption]
So, go ahead and "put a bird on it" with your favorite Audubon print from Gallery Direct!
Tweet Fall fashion trends are hitting my favorite boutiques and I can’t stay away! Through my shopping adventures, I noticed a trend in my shopping bag, that matches my walls. Black and white! Here’s a shot of a display at … Read More →
Fall fashion trends are hitting my favorite boutiques and I can't stay away! Through my shopping adventures, I noticed a trend in my shopping bag, that matches my walls. Black and white!
Here's a shot of a display at my favorite boutique in San Francisco, Ambiance. They paired the classic colors with a splash of blue. That black and white dress is absolutely stunning and puts a new modern twist on a contemporary look. This boutique has consistently been voted San Francisco's top woman's boutique for several years, and it's obvious why.
Black and white are playing a huge role this Fall and are adoring runways across the globe. No longer reserved for basics, it’s time to embrace the freshness of the bold contrasts.
Art works the same way. Artwork follows the fall trends of the runways, just in a more subtle way. Like your clothes, with art you can pair your current or older décor with new décor, making a huge impact in your space. This bold black and white abstract makes a huge impact in this room. Changing the artwork from florals to abstract makes it look like a complete makeover.
My pinterest board has my wish list of black and white artwork and outfits, my two favorite things ......and these are anything but ordinary. From the runways to your walls, there is nothing boring about black and white.
What are you wearing this Fall?