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Feels Like Summer

Tweet I just recently published two new series of Laura Gunn art. I love her art, it feels like summer to me. Summer is just around the corner – well unless you live here in central Texas like us here … Read More

I just recently published two new series of Laura Gunn art. I love her art, it feels like summer to me. Summer is just around the corner - well unless you live here in central Texas like us here at Gallery Direct...then summer started several weeks ago. Laura's art is always colorful and vibrant. Laura blogs about her life as a mother, artist and designer over at "Paint in my Hair", it's a great blog to follow and she shows you how to liven up your home with her incredible art! Poppy Bouquet I-III Branch in Bloom I-III
Today is the last day to save big on our Memorial Day sale. For most of us Memorial Day kicks off summer, so why not pick up a summery image or two from Gallery Direct.  The two images featured in our banner would give any room a breezy feel. I can almost smell the banana boat sunscreen now.

Color Forecast

Tweet In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that’s what will be hot and what … Read More

In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that's what will be hot and what will sell! Home Accents Today magazine came out with a great Color Forecast article. I love that Brighter Brights and Americana are what's "in" because here at Gallery Direct we have a ton to choose from in those categories! And it's so easy to find art in these colors because on our home page you can search for art by color... Some of my favorites that would fit into Brighter Brights... And Americana... So do you want to stay with the latest trends and forecasts at an affordable price...shop at Gallery Direct!

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.

How To Hang Your Art

Tweet Have you ever wondered over the proper height for hanging your art work? While you can hang your art at whatever height you choose there is a standard that works well everywhere, it’s called the 57 Rule. The 57 … Read More

Have you ever wondered over the proper height for hanging your art work? While you can hang your art at whatever height you choose there is a standard that works well everywhere, it's called the 57 Rule. The 57 Rule says that the center of your art, not the hook, should be at 57 inches up from the floor. Why 57 inches? This is the average eye viewing height of people and is regularly used y galleries and museums for hanging height. By using this height as the center of your art all the pieces in your home will be hung in harmony no matter the size. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom

Not Your Average Family Portrait

Tweet I hope y’all took advantage of our awesome sales to purchase a special print for your special mom for Mother’s Day. Don’t worry, if you didn’t. You can redeem yourself…this Sunday when you gather together with family to celebrate … Read More

I hope y'all took advantage of our awesome sales to purchase a special print for your special mom for Mother's Day. Don't worry, if you didn't. You can redeem yourself...this Sunday when you gather together with family to celebrate the awesome mother you have, be sure to capture some "not your average family portraits". We all have those posed portraits, looking straight at the camera putting our best smile on our face...but I actually find portraits where the subjects aren't necessarily looking at the camera much more interesting. When you capture a "moment" you can truly capture the feeling of the moment. I'll show you what I mean... Aren't these awesome! They just exude so much joy, and as a mother myself I know any mother would love to have a picture like one of these to hang in her home. So get it done this Mother's Day. Capture that moment! And then once you do have it printed with us here at Gallery Direct. You'll be sure to WOW her.
Do you love to have everything in each room match in your house? Do you have a theme throughout your house that flows from room to room? If either of those decorating styles sounds like you then you should consider decorating with prints from the same series. Many artists found on Gallery Direct have created series that are an easy way to decorate your home and know it all goes together. Series come in may different versions from those that are the same color with slight variations like the Seafoam Series by Leslie Saris   Or you can find series that have the same print in multiple colors like the Color Study or Lily Suite by Laura Gunn series Have you ever considered decorating with art in a series? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Four Steps to a Better Photo

Tweet With so many great cameras on the market today for great prices almost anyone can take an amazing photo. At Gallery Direct we want your photos to turn out amazing, it makes our job as your printing solution a … Read More

With so many great cameras on the market today for great prices almost anyone can take an amazing photo. At Gallery Direct we want your photos to turn out amazing, it makes our job as your printing solution a lot easier. Here are some tips to taking a better photo. 1. Eliminate red-eye Red-eye is probably the most common and, let’s face it, scariest photo mishap. While there are tons of sources out there that aid in the removal of red-eye, wouldn’t it just be easier to avoid it altogether? What causes it? I was always told that people with light eyes are more prone to red-eye. This may be true, but that never explained why my brown-eyed friends were inflicted with the red-eye as well. Turns out, the main cause is the camera’s flash. The light from the flash reflects off the subject’s eyes and illuminates the blood vessels within the retinas. The result is a red glow scary enough to make you reach for holy water. How do I prevent it? Well, the obvious answer is to avoid using a flash. If you’re unsure about whether or not to use it, take a few test shots first. You might be surprised. If you absolutely need the flash, ask your subject not to look directly into the camera lens. Also, many cameras today come equipped with a red-eye reduction feature. Check your manual to see if this is an option for you. 2. Designate a focal point Have you ever looked at a picture and thought “what am I supposed to be looking at?” Yes, we all have. Even a picture with great lighting and color can be compromised if the subject is nowhere to be found. What causes it? Lots of things, like a competing background, too many landmarks or a subject that’s too far away. Basically just trying to fit too many things in one picture. How do I prevent it? Try not to be distracted by everything around you and focus only what you can see through the viewfinder. Treat what you see as a two-dimensional image with a hierarchy of importance. Sometimes the solution is simply to use the zoom feature or take the shot from a slightly different angle. 3. Make it sharp I know sometimes blurring is intentional and can create really nice photos, but I also know sometimes it’s not. What causes it? Blurry photos are the result of either a moving subject or a moving photographer and the wrong shutter speed. How do I prevent it? If you’re taking an action shot, make sure the shutter speed is set appropriately. Many cameras come equipped with an Action mode that automatically sets it for you. If it’s a low-light situation, use a tripod to keep the camera steady and prevent camera shake. 4. Expose it just right Exposure is the amount of light that passes through the camera lens. Too much light can result in a bright, washed-out photo, while too little light makes the photo look dark. What causes it? Dimly lit spaces with a fast shutter speed, or really bright spaces with a slow shutter speed. How do I prevent it? If you have the option to adjust your shutter speed, do so accordingly. If not, don’t fret, there are still things you can do. If you’re shooting indoors, move near a window or lamp to add extra light. If you’re outdoors and it’s too bright, find a shady spot for your subject. Or, as counterintuitive as it sounds, try using the flash to avoid severe shadows. Overcast days really create the best lighting for photography. Well, there you have it. I can sense your photos getting better by the minute!  

New Artist: Wyn Bielaska

Tweet I am very excited about introducing our next new artist, Wyn Bielaska. I have the same passion about architecture, art and graphic design that he does. Wyn is an architect that has worked on a wide range of projects … Read More

I am very excited about introducing our next new artist, Wyn Bielaska. I have the same passion about architecture, art and graphic design that he does. Wyn is an architect that has worked on a wide range of projects in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, and the Middle East. He has also been teaching option studios in the Masters Program at the Faculty of Architecture (now called the Faculty of the Built Environment), University of Washington, since 2002. Being a former Architecture and Graphic Design major in college, I was so happy to see Wyn's art roll in to Gallery Direct. You can see his background in his art, it has an architectural flair & structure and it also has a graphic design edge to it. Last month we released his "Ship Hulls" series. Here are some of my favorites: 21 Again II Noguchi Lost