When you have a large wall that needs to be decorated it can be overwhelming. Here are three ways to fill a large wall space.
  1. Group in odd numbers. Try grouping an odd number of pieces of art 3 and 5 both work really well.
  2. Make an impact with multiples of a single item. For example a collection of the same painting in multiple colors, I personally LOVE Laura Gunn for collections.
  3. Change up the size, try grouping a large piece with several small varying the size adds more interest.
I have a large wall in my house where I plan on placing three large Laura Gunn pieces I am choosing symmetry with repeating the same print in three colors and it is going to look amazing! You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Have you ever wished that you could take beautiful pictures like the ones your favorite artist takes? Besides taking a course on photography there are a few easy things us amateurs can do to improve our picture taking skills and become overall better photographers!
  1. Natural Lighting: I know you hear it all the time but natural really is better so turn off that flash and find some great natural light then get snapping!
  2. Eliminate Clutter: It is easy to lose the focus of your picture when the background is too cluttered. Decide what you want your focus to be and try to remove the rest if possible.
  3. Find A New Angle: Try switching up your angle it can really add new interest to a photo. Get at eye level or take the photo from above or below, just experiment.
  4. Focus: Play around with the focus, get really close or far away, just do something different you may be surprised at how it turns out.
  5. Take Lots of Pictures: Finally just take a lot of pictures trying new things and you will improve just by experimenting and practicing.
You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
As the Olympics begin to wind down and the USA racks up more and more gold medals here are a few golden pieces of art to remind you to Go For The Gold! [caption id="attachment_2213" align="aligncenter" width="306"] Stratoscape Gold I by DeRosier[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2214" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Golden Spectrum II by DeRosier[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2215" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Golden Series I by Caroline Ashton[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2218" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Golden Age I by Kim Coulter[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2219" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Golden by Katherine Houston[/caption]   Don't forget to add a gold frame for the ultimate golden art piece!   You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom
It's time for another Twitter Party! Here at Gallery Direct we love interacting LIVE with our customers on Twitter and so we are once again having a Twitter Party. This Monday July 30 at 10 pm EST join us on Twitter as we discuss preserving summer memories and sending our kids back to school with great decor. Join @ThriftyChicMom and RSVP for the party, 5 lucky participants will win a $200 credit to Gallery Direct! So come on let's party!

Celebrate America with Americana Art

Tweet I have always enjoyed American Graphic Art and what better way to celebrate America than to decorate your home with Americana Graphic Art. Check out these great examples of American Graphic Art…   You can find Ellen blogging regularly … Read More

I have always enjoyed American Graphic Art and what better way to celebrate America than to decorate your home with Americana Graphic Art. Check out these great examples of American Graphic Art...   You can find Ellen blogging regularly at Thrifty & Chic Mom

Generational Photos

Tweet I love coming across unique ideas for family photos and lately I have been seeing a lot of great Generational Photo Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite unique ways to photograph the generations all together.   Source: … Read More

I love coming across unique ideas for family photos and lately I have been seeing a lot of great Generational Photo Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite unique ways to photograph the generations all together.  
  This could easily be reinterpreted in many ways with women or men in all kinds of outfits, however you do it I like the picture it paints.

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  While no faces are involved in either of these I think the creative use of hands from different generations would make a striking piece of art that would start many conversations in your home.

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    I love this wedding photo idea and wish I had done it on my wedding day!

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  And of course the show Modern Family made this popular, but it is still lots of fun!
  Last but not least this one would take some photo editing skills, but the finished effect is very cool! Have you ever thought of creating a great generational photo piece of art? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
For some reason people seem genuinely afraid to get art printed on anything other than canvas. They know canvas and so it is a safe choice, but is it the best choice? Gallery Direct offers some amazing out of the box options for your art that truly bring your pieces to life in new and amazing ways. My favorite pieces in my home, and the ones that get the most attention, are not on canvas they are on aluminum and acrylic and mirror. Canvas is beautiful and a great option but take a look at how your art can really pop when you try a new media! Aluminum: Aluminum has the ability to make water sparkle and lights glitter in a way canvas can not, check out this example at Go Graham Go and this one at Thrifty & Chic Mom. Acrylic: Acrylic is a great option for a kitchen or eating area as it is easy to clean, check out this great acrylic at Better in Bulk as well as this acrylic piece. Birchwood: Birchwood gives your art great texture and a more earthy feel. Check out these great birchwood pieces at The Mom Reviews and Stuff Parents Need. Mirror: Art on mirror is a great way to elevate a room and add more elegance as well as more light. Here are some great examples of art on mirror at My Four Monkeys and Thrifty & Chic Mom. Check out all of these great examples and then consider ordering your art on something other than canvas.
Need some great ideas for a Father's Day gift? Then join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect tonight Monday Jun11 at 10 pm EST for a fun Twitter party full of ideas. We will be discussing Father's Day gift giving and all the great options available to you at Gallery Direct. 5 lucky winners will each win a FREE PIECE OF CUSTOM ART ( valued up to $200). To be prize eligible you must RSVP on Thrifty & Chic Mom. See you tonight at 10pm EST!

Always Bringing You More Art

Tweet Gallery Direct is always on the look out for new talent and we are constantly adding new images from our artists to Gallery Direct to ensurew we bring you the newest and very best artwork possible.  We seek out original and creative … Read More

Gallery Direct is always on the look out for new talent and we are constantly adding new images from our artists to Gallery Direct to ensurew we bring you the newest and very best artwork possible.  We seek out original and creative new artists from both established professionals and emerging artists. Here are a few of the recently added images by Gallery Direct artists. Justin Garcia

Baily

Sia Aryai

For information on how to submit your art visit GalleryDirect.com You can find Ellen blogging at Thrifty & Chic Mom daily.
Graduation season is here and art would make the perfect Graduation Gift! Here are 5 art inspired graduation gift ideas.
  • Gift the gift of friends, Instead of framing that small 8 x 10 photo get it blown up and make it really grab your attention
  • Get the gift of decor with a piece of art by a favorite artist to decorate the dorm or apartment (I suggest acrylic for dorms it is durable and easily cleaned!)
  • Give the gift of inspiration by finding a piece that makes them think of a life goal, use art almost like a vision board.
  • Give the gift of memories by capturing a favorite moment or place and having it printed
  • Give the gift of creativity by photographing a piece of art they created and having it printed
This year give the graduates in your life a gift that they will keep with them forever, the gift of art.   You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.