Tweet One of my most favorite college courses while studying art was Art History. It helped of course that I had a professor who was so passionate about our world’s greatest artists and masterpieces. I recall taking notebooks full of … Read More →
One of my most favorite college courses while studying art was Art History. It helped of course that I had a professor who was so passionate about our world's greatest artists and masterpieces. I recall taking notebooks full of handwritten notes on these artists, and making flashcards of each painting and sculpture with all the known facts about them. I've been fortunate to see some of the masterpieces in person at the Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Here is a top 10 list of the world's greatest painters and sculptor compiled by Neil Collins MA LLB.
#10 Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
#9 Jan Van Eyck (1390-1441)
#8 Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
#7 Claude Monet (1840-1926)
#6 Donatello (1386-1466)
#5 JMW Turner (1775-1851)
#4 Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
#3 Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
#2 Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69)
#1 Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Did you know that Gallery Direct offers some of these amazing and beautiful masterpieces such as from Claude Monet? You can also search our Photo Vault for stock images from all of these artists or photographs of their works. We also have a Classic Art section where you can find masterpieces by many famous artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Degas and others. Even though they did not make it on this top 10 list, they certainly made their mark on history in the world of art.
Since these artists are so famous it's a given that current artists will give us a new rendition (maybe with a modern twist) on some old masterpieces. Here's an example from one of our exclusive artists Randy Slack.
Want a masterpiece hanging on a wall in your home or office, get it from Gallery Direct. We can print it for you on canvas to closely resemble the original masterpiece, or give it a modern look and print it on acrylic, birchwood or aluminum like this blogger did with Van Gogh's Starry Night.
Tweet Happy New Year 2012 to all of our blog readers and customers! Each new year many of us do our best to get inspired, motivated and feel good about our lives. And then come the 2nd week of January … Read More →
Happy New Year 2012 to all of our blog readers and customers!
Each new year many of us do our best to get inspired, motivated and feel good about our lives. And then come the 2nd week of January we loose the inspiration and motivation. So why not get creative, make your own inspirational and motivational art to hang on a wall in your home - something that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel good everyday you see it. It's really not that hard to do, I'll show you how...
At Gallery Direct we offer an Americana line and a Vintage line of art. You will see from both these art subjects that "posters" from that time period often had a message (type) on them. And now they have become great focal points and works of art to hang up and admire. You can create your own "poster" with your favorite inspirational and motivational quote, upload it to Gallery Direct to be printed - and then you will have your own one-of-a-kind artwork that you made to hang in your home!
First determine the size you want your "poster". Go to the Gallery Direct website and click on the "Print Your Photo" tab on the top right hand side.
Choose the size you want it to be and using Photoshop (or a similar photo program) create a file at that size. To make a textured or colored background for your "poster" you can find free vector art, graphics and patterns at FreeVectors. I used Seamless Flower Pattern 3. Make sure the graphic or pattern you choose for your background is set to the print size you want at 300dpi. Next just add your quote!
For all of you that are familiar with the world of Pinterest, you can find a ton of inspirational, motivational quotes, or quotes that make you laugh, or quotes that just make you feel good from there. I chose a quote that makes me smile and laugh. Just type your quote on top of your background in Photoshop. To fancy it up, use some cool fonts. I found my free fonts at Fonts For Peas. I used Rage for the "R", Before the Rain for "Nice", and Haettenschweiler for "Normal". And that's it, you're done creating your poster artwork! Flatten the image and save at 300 dpi. Format: JPG, TIF, PNG or BMP. File Size: 500KB to 50MB. And upload your file at Gallery Direct!
We will print it for you on paper, canvas, aluminum, acrylic or birchwood. Frame it and ship it to you ready to hang on your wall!
We encourage you to keep your new year's resolutions this year, and do it by putting up some feel good art in your home!
Tweet Recently, Extreme Makeover Home Edition was in our neck of the woods, literally! In Season 9-Episode 14, the Extreme Team makes their way deep into The Lost Pines forest of Smithville, Texas. No longer than two months ago the … Read More →
Recently, Extreme Makeover Home Edition was in our neck of the woods, literally! In Season 9-Episode 14, the Extreme Team makes their way deep into The Lost Pines forest of Smithville, Texas.No longer than two months ago the most destructive wild fire in Texas history ripped through this area destroying over 1,600 homes; leaving many families and the surrounding pine forests completely devastated. The community has since demonstrated that even a natural disaster of this magnitude couldn't keep them down. Since the month long fire ended, volunteers with varying skills from Bastrop and surrounding areas banded together to rebuild their homes from rubble.Extreme Makeover spent a lot of time in Bastrop speaking to locals about the specific destruction they had experienced while also searching for a family who was in need of more than a little extra help. During their search they learned about the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department which had been completely destroyed during the fire while the firefighters were out battling the flames themselves. Members of the Heart of the Pines are all long standing volunteer members, but during such an unexpected and overwhelming catastrophe, many members of community left their homes behind to help aid the Firefighters defend what was left of the town they share and call home. One of these selfless individuals was Mizzie Zdroj. The Zdroj home was located less than 400 yards from the Heart of the Pines fire station, and burned to the ground in mere moments of each other. Abandoned foundations and burned single standing chimneys lined the road leading up to the Zdroj and Heart of the Pines site. It's heartbreaking to see the widespread damage throughout Bastrop and Smithville. In just 7 days, Extreme Makeover and the community not only rebuilt the Zdroj family home, but also completed a fire station for Smithville's Heart of the Pines firefighter family. As proud sponsors of this effort and Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Gallery Direct got out of the office for a few days and into the volunteer action over in Smithville. Nearing the end of the project, for 3 days hundreds of volunteers came out to help with the finals stages, from landscaping to simply moving furniture in. Every aspect of building these new structures was donated, sponsored and offered up freely by Extreme Makeover and the community. That's pretty powerful, see for yourself! Check out the photos from the last 3 days right here and get ready to MOVE THAT BUS! [gallery]
Be sure to tune in to Season 9 - Episode 14. It airs next Christmas in a two hour special! I can't wait to see the art the designers chose for the Zdroj's!
Author and Photos by Candice Benge
Tweet Yesterday we launched artwork from Andreas Langley, our newest member of the New Era – Gallery Direct family. His art is very unique as it is of something we’ve never seen! He explores the mystery and wonder of ancient crystals … Read More →
Yesterday we launched artwork from Andreas Langley, our newest member of the New Era - Gallery Direct family. His art is very unique as it is of something we've never seen! He explores the mystery and wonder of ancient crystals revealing to us layers never seen before. Andreas has "an inherent and spontaneous drive for spirituality and a passion for metaphysics". Andreas grew up in both Europe and the United States but now resides in Arizona. He has a background in broadcast television and film. But lucky for us he explores in the visual arts by revealing the micro cosmos of mineral consciousness expressed in crystalline form of quartz.
Above are 2 companion pieces, Record Keeper and Gateway Mystical. Andreas describes them as follows... Energies take shape in other worldly Gnome formations and entice with warm Salamander glow... A gateway offering to a forgotten Land of Dreams.
In this series of 3, Spirit Timberland, Andreas describes them as follows... The Nature Spirit of Forest and Trees expressing its range of energies in its mystical workings.
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We hope you enjoy Andreas' work as much as we do!
Click here to visit his gallery of work.
Tweet My main job duties have me focusing on color correcting all of our digital image files from scans of original artwork. I thought I’d give you a short screencast showing you what is involved when color correcting in the … Read More →
My main job duties have me focusing on color correcting all of our digital image files from scans of original artwork. I thought I'd give you a short screencast showing you what is involved when color correcting in the Imaging Department. Using Adobe Photoshop I am able to "fix" overall or select areas of the image that the scan did not capture perfectly. It's important to us here at Gallery Direct that we offer our art-loving customers limited edition prints that pretty much look exactly like the original artwork. In the above photo you will see the original series of artwork (larger paintings) with my paper printed proofs next to them.
In this screencast you will see we work in adjustment layers. When I first start on an image I will make some basic overall adjustments by sharpening, bringing in the black & white levels, adjusting overall color casts in selective colors, adjusting the hue and saturation and finally adjusting the brightness and contrast. Since our monitors are specially color calibrated, what I see on my screen should be exactly what prints out. So I want the colors on my screen to match the colors from the original artwork up on the wall in front of me. Right away I saw that there were some specific areas on the image which needed some tweaking. The green/yellowish background behind the flowers needed to be adjusted. Also several of the stripes needed to be color tweaked or toned down.
Once I made those layer changes, I print out some paper proofs to see how they look in comparison to the originals.
Do anymore areas need a little more tweaking? Take a look closer...
It's not perfect yet, back to working on the adjustment layers until it's just right!
Tweet If you’re in the Austin, Texas area sign up now to help build a miracle in Bastrop County. That is right!!! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is headed to Bastrop County. Join the crew tomorrow night for a pep rally and sign … Read More →
If you're in the Austin, Texas area sign up now to help build a miracle in Bastrop County. That is right!!! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is headed to Bastrop County. Join the crew tomorrow night for a pep rally and sign up to help out! Visit www.joinextreme.com/texas
Tweet This is an exciting week, we get to launch artwork from a new artist that has joined our New Era family! We are introducing Stella Alesi, who resides in Austin, Texas and has a very distinct style of painting. … Read More →
This is an exciting week, we get to launch artwork from a new artist that has joined our New Era family! We are introducing Stella Alesi, who resides in Austin, Texas and has a very distinct style of painting.
My coworkers and I, who have been color correcting the digital files from the scans of Stella's original artwork here in the Imaging Department, have noticed her interesting painting style. Her oil paintings have a very soft and subtle texture to them, yet they are bright and alive with color. The botanicals Stella paints are very realistic imagery.
Stella already has several different series of artwork. One of them being her Vanitas series. In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. I just love how realistic Stella painted these companion pieces, Backyard Plums I&II. She was even able to capture the dusty-white coating that gives them a glaucous appearance.
Another series Stella paints is her Mandalas series. Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. This piece, Intuition Intenetion, is the first of this series that New Era has launched.
Lastly Stella also has a collage series. I find these companion pieces, September 11th I&II, very interesting. The older photographs really draw your interest in on the meaning behind the pieces. The colors, texture and pattern to the collages also make for great focal points.
So take a look around on Gallery Direct of all of Stella Alesi's new art we are offering, you're sure to not be disappointed!
Tweet Not to sure if this is a Texas thing or maybe it was just my old school, but I hated walking the hallways and seeing nothing but brick walls. Me, being an art person, always wanted to see colors … Read More →
Not to sure if this is a Texas thing or maybe it was just my old school, but I hated walking the hallways and seeing nothing but brick walls. Me, being an art person, always wanted to see colors and pictures, but my school just never had that. Tuesday I had the pleasure of giving a tour to the Principal and a couple of teachers from Oak Meadows Elementary School, Manor ISD. We recently put up a Mural in their school and I can’t tell you how grateful they were to have something so wonderful on their walls.
The teachers absolutely loved the mural, but the kids thought it was the most awesome thing! (especially the young man in the picture J)
So as I gave the tour, I spoke more about what our CEO, Joe Garcia, wanted to do and in the making. He wants to help cover up those ugly brick walls with some nice, beautiful artwork made by our artist and these students. Here is part of an e-mail he wrote to the company:
“In the meantime, we still want to continue with the mission of helping disadvantaged schools and school districts by providing art, art supplies such as our bi-products which can be stretched canvas, rolls of paper, loose canvas, wall coverings, returned art work, etc. Our cause is to help keep art essential! Many schools districts are cutting or eliminating art programs. This teaches kids that art is not important. I would love to see more people involved in this great cause which aligns well with the company”
I am absolutely stoked about this project in the making, which we hope will be called InvisionART, a non-profit foundation.
We thank the Teachers, Principles, Director of Advanced Programs and Fine Arts and Superintendent from Manor ISD for all the help, inspiration, and excitement that they have given our company. We hope that the art given to you all brings joy to you and your students as much as it gives us!
On an ending note please keep a look out as we continue to work hard on building this foundation! We are excited! Take a look at the link below for a sneak peek!
InvisionART MANOR ISD
Tweet The bathroom is often one of the most visited rooms in the house. The holidays always remind me to pay extra attention to my powder rooms as they can make or break a visitors experience. I also find that … Read More →
The bathroom is often one of the most visited rooms in the house. The holidays always remind me to pay extra attention to my powder rooms as they can make or break a visitors experience. I also find that re-decorating my bathrooms makes me feel like I refreshed my living space.
Mirrors and bathrooms make sense. Why not pick an image and print in on a mirror? This is a great way to add a creative touch to a bathroom. How contemporary and cool does the mirror to your right look? This would look beautiful above a bath tub or behind the toilet. Think that is too much? Than go for a calmer image like a seashell or foot prints in the sand. You can search through thousands of images in the Gallery Direct Image Vault.
Obviously this is wall art decor, it's not for the main mirrors in the powder room. You could pick interesting shapes and frames for the standard mirrors if you want to add some spice to the functional mirrors.
The hallways and stair cases are not the only places to place family photos. Go ahead and post some of your favorite family moments in the powder room. You can always rotate the images from around your house. Move some from the hallway into the powder room. Themes are great. I like to put the memories from the past seasons in the bathrooms. I have last years New Years photos that I plan to put up around Christmas and then some beach images in the summer.
If your bathroom is off of the living room or a bedroom, it's nice to incorporate that decor and colors into the bathroom. Keeping the wall decor consistent throughout the transition from the bigger room to the powder room makes your home flow nicely. If your living room has bold abstract images, go ahead and place a large bold abstract in the bathroom and keep the shower curtain or towels in a solid complimentary color. I like to add a touch of uniqueness to my powder room images by printing on aluminum. Aluminum will give any image a shine with a contemporary edge.
Have a bathroom decor tip? Please share it with us by leaving a comment.
Tweet Are your walls ready for the holidays? One of the best ways to make a great impression for your guests is to have beautiful artwork in your home. Trust us, we know. We get thousands of happy art buyers … Read More →
Are your walls ready for the holidays? One of the best ways to make a great impression for your guests is to have beautiful artwork in your home. Trust us, we know. We get thousands of happy art buyers telling us how many compliments they get on their purchase from their guests. To celebrate all the wonderful compliments we want you to get on your art this holiday season, we are offering you a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to www.gallerydirect.com. Three winners will be picked, and it's simple to enter, just like us on facebook and enter your e-mail address, so we can contact you if you win!