Spring is my favorite time of year - for decorating my home and myself. I view my artwork in my home like I view my choice of clothing -- they are both a reflection of who I am. So being in style is important to me. Spring usually brings out the boldest colors of the year, and 2012 has BRIGHT colors, and I absolutly love all of them. From neons to soft pastels this spring colors are HOT!
These ladies are sporting all the trends -- let's start from left to right. As most of you know from Breanna's blog post, Tangerine is the IN color, so go ahead and get an entire outfit of Tangerine, look how fabulous this woman looks.
The next woman is sporting a shade of pantone color Cockatoo -- paired with Starfish accents giving her an airy yet elegent look. These colors are sure to brighten any room making it feel more open and airy. I just placed Beach Series III by Sara Abbott in my living room and I can almost feel the cool breeze sweeping through.
In the middle we have the bright yellow that has come full circle and returned to be one of the hottest colors again this spring. Pair it with pantone Caberet (shoes) and you have a knock out look that is sure to turn every head.
This next outfit, really captures the essence of Spring 2012 with the mixture of Margarita Green and Sodalite Blue with the floral pattern. If you are going to wear florals this spring, make sure they are bright and big, and the colors are in season and you could rock this look.
The last outfit is a nice sophisticated blend of the Cackatoo with a light shade of Tangerine - almost a coral color, which is definitely an in color.
Tweet Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o’clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about … Read More →
Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o'clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about adding a little color to your home this Spring!
Bring your questions and your love of art and join us, six lucky winners will be adding a beautiful new custom piece of art to there home courtesy of Gallery Direct!
Tweet We are finally back in the office after a very fun and exciting year at the SXSW Interactive Festival. A big thank you THANK YOU to all who participated in the free art contest! ♥ Jacob Shea, Brian Burke, Tim Stanley, Susie Hall, Dawn May, Heather … Read More →
We are finally back in the office after a very fun and exciting year at the SXSW Interactive Festival.
A big thank you THANK YOU to all who participated in the free art contest!
♥ Jacob Shea, Brian Burke, Tim Stanley, Susie Hall, Dawn May, Heather Campbell, Loree Greco, John Berry, Nick Brill, Brian Burke, Jason Grice, Andrea Patin, Gina Thomas ♥
Check your e-mail to claim your winning coupon code and happy printing! We are interested to see your art so feel free to send us photos of your prints once when they arrive!
Check out the full SXSW Interactive video below and follow Gallery Direct through the festival!
Tweet With SXSW going on in town there are a lot of celeb sightings…and we had one here at Gallery Direct. Billy Corgan, alternative rock musician best known as the sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins, came to visit … Read More →
With SXSW going on in town there are a lot of celeb sightings...and we had one here at Gallery Direct. Billy Corgan, alternative rock musician best known as the sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins, came to visit and tour Gallery Direct. How cool is that! It was all business though, the employees didn't line up for autographs or pictures (although some wanted to). And we welcomed Billy by putting up a wall mural of his album art and printing his stuff on aluminum, birch-wood, paper and canvas. Our CEO said it put a smile on his face.
Tweet SXSW Interactive is finally here. It may be cold and rainy in our city but that won’t stop us. For the Interactive conference we will be giving $1000 in free art away everyday until Tuesday. You can enter to win here: … Read More →
SXSW Interactive is finally here. It may be cold and rainy in our city but that won't stop us. For the Interactive conference we will be giving $1000 in free art away everyday until Tuesday.
You can enter to win here: http://Www.gallerydirect.com/sxsw
But If you see us at the festival, enter to win simply by scanning one of our amazing QR shirts.... and say Hey! We are friends.
We will be updating daily so check back for more from SXSW Interactive.
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Tweet PANTONE recently declared Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of the Year. If you don’t know what PANTONE is, that’s okay. Allow me to explain. PANTONE is a company best known for its matching system (PMS), which is a … Read More →
PANTONE recently declared Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of the Year. If you don’t know what PANTONE is, that’s okay. Allow me to explain. PANTONE is a company best known for its matching system (PMS), which is a color-standardization guide primarily used in the printing industry. They provide PANTONE Guides that look a lot like the paint sample strips you get at a home improvement store, and it essentially works the same way. For example, if a company uses PANTONE 19-1664, or True Red, in its logo, they can rest assured that no matter how many different printers are used to print it, the red will stay true to its form. Make sense?
Every year PANTONE chooses a color of the year. The color is based on trends seen in fashion and interior design, as well as the general spirit of the times. According to PANTONE, Tangerine Tango provides the “energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.”
I know you’re wondering, “Why should I care?” Well, you should care because it means that Tangerine Tango is the new "it" color. It can be seen in the spring lines of many notable fashion designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari, and Adrienne Vittadini. And it’s popping up in accessories, pillows, and fabrics all over the place. Incorporating Tangerine Tango in the art you choose for your home is the easiest way to modernize and energize your space. I’ve even taken the liberty of compiling a few of my favorite paintings with this color:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="237" caption="Divulge I by Sylvia Angeli"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Wall Flower I by Sara Abbott"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="267" caption="Pyracantha by Stella Alesi"][/caption]
You can see all of our art with varying shades of orange by clicking here. Your walls will thank you.
Tweet Often when you think of buying art for your home you think of the main areas of your house, but not the bedrooms, especially not the kids bedrooms. Having art in your child’s room from a young age is … Read More →
Often when you think of buying art for your home you think of the main areas of your house, but not the bedrooms, especially not the kids bedrooms. Having art in your child's room from a young age is a great way to encourage a love and appreciation for art. My oldest two girls share a room and have an adorable ballerina quilt from Company Kids that is my inspiration for the decor. I knew I wanted to get a piece of ballet themed art from Gallery Direct to tie the room together.
Gallery Direct had a wide variety of options as well as quality products for me to choose from. I knew I wanted a wrapped canvas with a ballet theme so I wouldn't have to worry about glass in my girls bedroom.
After searching through thousands ( literally) of images I decided I wanted a painting and not a photograph but I did not want any actual figures in the piece. I debated on whether or not I wanted a pair of shoes or a tutu until I found the Ballerina tutu by Barbara Helgason and I knew it was the perfect piece to inspire my ballerina room. When the piece arrived my girls got so excited and it is exactly what I was looking for. The piece is striking and beautiful yet very soft and feminine. I love how the gallery wrapped canvas turned out and it makes the perfect statement in my girls room and it helps to introduce art into everyday life!
You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Tweet One of my most favorite paintings is “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. I remember studying this piece in my Art History course in college. Did you know it is one of the top 10 most famous paintings in the … Read More →
One of my most favorite paintings is "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. I remember studying this piece in my Art History course in college. Did you know it is one of the top 10 most famous paintings in the world ever according to mostinterestingfacts.com? Gustav, the Vienna master, painted this in 1907. The painting depicts a couple surrounded by a gold blanket and ornaments sharing a moment of shear passion: the perfect kiss. Every time I look at it, it gives me many feelings and memories of times I've felt these feelings before. Figurative art seems to do that for me. I guess it's something about seeing the expression or position of someone as well as the perspective. In this case the facial expression of the woman being kissed.
Did you know you can order a print of "The Kiss" at Gallery Direct? The customers who have purchased it have given it 5 stars. Here is what one said about it:
"I was so excited when I received my Klimt. I chose it to go over my fireplace in my living room and it looks perfect there! It really makes a statement and sets the tone for the entire space, which is exactly what I was looking to accomplish. The construction of the canvas on a wood frame is so light weight it made it simple too hang and it looks like a real piece of art. I couldn't be happier!"
Besides selling many of the famous paintings in our Vintage collection we also have lots of figurative art by our current exclusive artists. Some of my favorites are:
Deep Contemplation by M. Drake.
Classic Beauty V by St. John.
And Red Wing by Tatara.
So be sure to check them out and see if figurative art does the same to you as it does for me. Also I am going to give you a sneak peek of our upcoming new artist who paints beautiful figurative art. Her name is Katherine Fraser and her art will be launched on March 26th! Here is a sample of some of her art..
Tweet We are excited to announce 2 new artists that have joined our family. First is Shirley Williams. Shirley lives and works in Canada and has been professionally painting for more than 15 years now. In her art she focuses … Read More →
We are excited to announce 2 new artists that have joined our family. First is Shirley Williams. Shirley lives and works in Canada and has been professionally painting for more than 15 years now. In her art she focuses on intrinsic energies of color and organic form. We're super happy to have her work in our line now. I conducted an e-interview with Shirley, the Q&A's are below...
WL102A, Horizons III
Q: What or who inspired you to paint? How did you discover your talent for art?
A: My first memory of wanting to become a painter was at the age of 11. It may sound like a cliche, but I remember standing in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre awed by the power of a painting to emanate such energy. It was as though I'd been struck by a profound thunderbolt. From that moment I knew my path would be forever changed.
WL104A, Natural Wonders I
Q: Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work?
A: I'm very blessed to have a 1500 sq. ft. studio in a white-walled renovated warehouse. I work every day, usually from 10 - 6 and have a studio assistant who comes in occasionally to help me. Normally I handle the business side of things for a few hours every morning. Then I have lunch, meditate and get to the creative work in the afternoon. My original paintings are multi-layered and can take a month to finish, so I'm usually working on several at once. Then of course there's always a lot of non-creative studio work to get done such as preparing canvases, shipping work to galleries etc. So it's definitely a full-time job.
WL107A, Core Bice
Q: How long have you been painting? How many pieces have you painted? What mediums do you use?
A: I've been painting full-time for 19 years. Mostly I work in acrylic on canvas, and also enjoy working with mixed media and encaustic wax on paper. In an average year, I normally I finish 10 - 20 large scale canvases, 40 - 50 small canvases and countless works on paper.
WL115A, Transforming Whorl I
Q: Your new work that we just published is abstract, do you only paint abstract or do you paint other subjects?
A: Although my formal training included learning how to draw, recreating something realistic have never been interesting to me. I'm more inspired by the challenge of creating something that will move people emotionally in a way they may not be able to put their finger on. It's the mystery of questioning what we see and how we respond to it that fascinates me.
Introducing our next new artist, Bob Hunt. Bob is a local artist here in Central Texas. His abstract paintings are filled with vibrant colors and texture. We've just recently launched 20 new images by him.
From left to right: When will we be able to relax, Obtrude, and Amalgamate I.
His art can definitely bring color to any room you put it in. We especially love his art for wall coverings, like shown above.
So please, come check out our new artists and new images on Gallery Direct today!
Tweet Are you following @GalleryDirect on Twitter? If not you should be and now is a great time to start following because we are giving away 6 FREE CUSTOM ART PIECES.You could have a beautiful Van Gogh like that one … Read More →
Are you following @GalleryDirect on Twitter? If not you should be and now is a great time to start following because we are giving away 6 FREE CUSTOM ART PIECES.You could have a beautiful Van Gogh like that one above your fireplace.
That's right Monday February 27 at 10pm EST @ThriftyChicMom will be hosting a Twitter Party along with @GalleryDirect and during the party 6 lucky participants will each win a custom piece of art (up to a $200 value).
Be sure to go check out Thrifty & Chic Mom for all the party details, see you Monday night on Twitter!