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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.

Often when school budgets are tight, art programs are first to get cut. This was the case at the Manor School District near Austin, Texas.  Gallery Direct heard about their situation and immediately wanted to help get art into these students lives.

Studies have shown that art in schools increases test scores and productivity.  Students also behave better when they are in a school that has clean hallways, classrooms and common areas.  Art gives students a sense of pride in their school and inspiration to achieve thier dreams.

Gallery Direct worked with the Manor School teachers and students to bring thier walls to life with inspiration.  Checkout our before and after photos of the cafeteria below.

[caption id="attachment_2317" align="alignleft" width="299"] The Cafeteria Before Gallery Direct's Makeover[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_2318" align="alignleft" width="528"] The Cafeteria after Gallery Direct's Makeover[/caption]

 

Top 10 Reasons to Order Art Online!

Tweet This list was shared on our parent company’s site, but applies to Gallery Direct too! I love #6. I don’t order online very often but when I do, I do feel like I got one thing off my list … Read More

This list was shared on our parent company's site, but applies to Gallery Direct too! :) I love #6. I don't order online very often but when I do, I do feel like I got one thing off my list and accomplished...so I do rest better at night. #2 would apply to my husband. He loves to browse online but not with a cappucino or herbal tea...more like a beer. So what's stopping you? Order your fabulous piece of artwork that you've been wanting for you living room the past month NOW! Order online at Gallery Direct!
When you're invited to an art exhibit or gallery, do you hesitate to go in fear of feeling stupid if you don't understand the artwork?  I think we've all been there.  Most people are intimidated by art, and I used to be that way as well, even though I work at Gallery Direct.  I remember going on a date in New York City to the Museum of Modern Art and as my date stared at a brown sculpture I was looking around wondering why he and everyone else was admiring a sculpture that looked like my dog's food.  Most people, like I did, assume they must understand the art intellectually before they can enjoy it. The man in this picture could be thinking about his favorite soup that his wife cooks or where his parents used to grocery shop when he was little.  Whatever is going through his mind, he is certainly enjoying his experience. That is what art is all about! It's about the experience that it brings to your life. Art is created for you to enjoy, however you want to enjoy it.  You do not need to take an art appreciation class before picking out art that you like.  Just look at the images and let the artwork do the work for you.  The image could bring back an old memory and spark an emotional feeling.  You might be inspired by the painting to start something new, or reminded of something you used to love to do. You could find a shape or color in the image that draws you in. A song, or scenario might start forming in your mind and you start to day dream. Often, the less you know about art, the more free your mind is to get lost in the brush strokes.  Art is a lot like wine, it's not the cost or the color that necessarily matters, it's all about what tastes good to you. How have you learned to enjoy artwork?

Tips from the Imaging Department

Tweet The gals and I in the Imaging Department were talking the other morning on which category wins for the most user uploads to get printed here at Gallery Direct. It was between these 3: wedding, pets & children portraits. … Read More

The gals and I in the Imaging Department were talking the other morning on which category wins for the most user uploads to get printed here at Gallery Direct. It was between these 3: wedding, pets & children portraits. In the Imaging Department we like to give our user uploaded photos a little clean up and boost if they need it. After all it will be hanging in your home so it has to look it's absolute best! Unfortunately,  we do receive many user upload photos that are fuzzy & out of focus, or are dark or have major flash shadows. And there's not much we, the Imaging Department, can do for those problems. So here are some photo tips that I've found useful when taking photos of my own kids or dog! I also love to take pics at family & friends weddings. Go to them, Keep the eyes sharp, and Use natural light.  [caption id="attachment_2277" align="alignnone" width="720"] My dog, Penny Lane. Shot down at her level, focusing on her eyes and using natural light.[/caption] It's important for your kids & pets to feel comfortable. Get down to their level and go to them. Have you ever heard the saying, "eyes are the window to the soul"? Be sure to focus in on the eyes and keep them sharp. Photos using natural light always come out so much better! No flash burst or shadow from the flash. Experiment, Be Patient, and Schedule. [caption id="attachment_2278" align="alignnone" width="720"] My kids. Experimenting with different angles, patiently taking lots of photos and scheduled to do it a time of day I knew they wouldn't be grumpy.[/caption] Experiment with different angles, approaches and compositions. Be patient and just take A LOT of shots. Worry about the results later. It's always good to schedule a time to take portraits when your kids and pets are most energetic. Backdrop awareness and Non posed. [caption id="attachment_2279" align="alignnone" width="500"] I found this blue bonnet field a few miles from my home. Wouldn't it be a perfect backdrop for a wedding portrait!?[/caption] We've seen several times photos of the most adorable kids with maybe a pile of laundry or dirty dishes in the backdrop...or a wedding couple with other people or cars in the backdrop. Be aware of what is behind your subject, and if possible pick a beautiful backdrop out! We also see a lot of posed portraits and those are great, but sometimes I find the non posed ones to be most interesting. Like capturing a wedding couple, walking, talking and laughing. It really makes the photo more intimate.   I hope you found my tips useful. We love seeing the customer photo uploads that come through our Imaging Department, so keep uploading and ordering from Gallery Direct!

It may still feel like Summer but Fall is just around the corner and with cooler temperatures comes more time indoors. I don’t know about you but the Fall and Winter are when I start to notice places in my house that need a bit of sprucing up. Maybe some new furniture or a new image or two on the wall, Fall is the perfect time to update your decor. Join @ThriftyChicMom and us, @GalleryDirect tonight at 9 pm CST for decorating tips, tricks and suggestions as we discuss updating your home decor!  RSVP HERE We want to hear your tips, so please join in with suggestions and comments.

5 Lucky winners will each win a $200 credit for FREE ART to create that perfect custom art piece to update your home decor so be sure to join me @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect at 10pm EST #GalleryDirect

You must RSVP to be entered to win:  RSVP HERE

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.
We are very excited to share with you that New Era Portfolio (www.newerahd.com), Gallery Direct's parent company, has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine.  Earning accolades for the fifth time, New Era ranks at number 3,651 on Inc. Magazine’s 2012 “5000 Fastest Growing Companies” list. The exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America’s independent entrepreneurs. “We’re proud to be a recognized and to be part of this exclusive club of growing companies that are truly driving our economy,” explains Joseph Garcia, CEO and President, New Era Portfolio. "We thank all of our loyal customers for helping us earn a spot on this list for the fifth time." For more than 30 years, Inc. Magazine has been the premier print publication for entrepreneurs and business owners. In 2007, the Inc. 5000, was born which celebrates the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. A big thank you to all of you, for helping us make this list.  

New Artist: A. J. Andrews

Tweet Join us in welcoming our newest artist to the Galley Direct family, A. J. Andrews. Although A. J.’s parents were musicians, he ended up an artist & photographer because he has a good eye for composition, balance and color. From a young age A. … Read More

Join us in welcoming our newest artist to the Galley Direct family, A. J. Andrews. Although A. J.'s parents were musicians, he ended up an artist & photographer because he has a good eye for composition, balance and color. From a young age A. J. enjoyed taking photos of interesting people, animals and landscapes. As the years passed his realistic photography went more abstract. A. J. feels he is always learning from his environment, life experiences, lucky mistakes and looking at the work of others for inspiration. Today A. J. lives with his wife in a small town in New Jersey. Here are some of my favorite images by him, and I love the explanations he gives for them. AJ102A Light Display on House in the Midwest "Sometimes people go overboard with decorative holiday lights on and around their homes. For me as a photographer, however, the more the merrier! Here was an opportunity where layers of lights were twinkling and flashing, while my camera was zigging and zagging, resulting in a couple of very engaging images." AJ106A Window at Barney's "People call Barney's in New York an emporium of style and fashion, and their recent Lady Gaga windows were a special visual treat. The calming colors of a “crystal cave” blended together to create this memorable ice image. Cool!" AJ112A Large Mineral on Display at AMNH "Rare iridescent fossil shells of disk-­‐shaped ammonites can be found along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. One such beautiful gemstone specimen offered the colors and shapes that seems only nature and time can create." AJ115A Clivia Miniata in Bloom "During a recent visit to a nearby botanical garden, planters full of these colorful blossoms were just calling out for attention. They were not to be ignored – and my camera obliged." Be sure to check out the rest of A. J. Andrews work on Gallery Direct!

Back to school…school art!

Tweet Are your kids going back to school soon? Mine start in 2 weeks, and I’m as anxious and excited as they are! Like me, I’m sure many of you like to take lots of photos on your kids first … Read More

Are your kids going back to school soon? Mine start in 2 weeks, and I'm as anxious and excited as they are! Like me, I'm sure many of you like to take lots of photos on your kids first day. It's a great way to document the day, and the photos can also turn into memories you can hang on your walls! Besides the traditional portraits of my kids wearing their new school clothes and backpacks, I also like to take detailed photos like the ones above and below. Things like the number bus they rode, their clothes laid out that they will wear, the note I leave in their packed lunch. Well my friend posted an awesome idea several months ago that I thought I would share, and also to remind you what to do with all those art projects your kids bring home from school this year. She's my buddy from college and also received her Bachelor of Arts emphasizing in Graphic Design. I have mountains of my kids school work in binders, folders and bags. I feel like I would be a terrible mom to just toss it all, but what do you do with it? Well create a beautiful piece of art like my friend did! And then get it printed at Gallery Direct! This is such an awesome idea. I plan on doing it for my 2 kids this year. It would be great to hang in their rooms or in the hallway by their bedrooms. I'm inspired, hope you are too.