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Here’s Part 2 of our 3 part series. You can take a look back at how we at Gallery Direct make sure your photo uploads look great. But, as promised, we’re going to take a look at Vintage. Vintage has something for everyone. There are some very unique pieces ranging from French Posters and Asian Art all the way to Van Gogh’s Starry Night. We also have some great Americana art dating back through times in American History. One of my favorites is this French Liquor Poster. Vintage Artwork: Each Vintage Image you order has been retouched to look like new. Look at these Before & After examples...  

 

  Here’s a video to show you what all goes into each Vintage image: Next time, we’ll show you the heart of the company… Gallery Direct’s Exclusive Artwork... Can’t wait! -Brittney

New Era Artist Feature: Volume 2

Tweet I’ve been enjoying interviewing our artists. It’s interesting to learn more about the persons behind the art I work with on a daily basis. Today I am going to introduce you to Darvin Jones, one of my favorite New … Read More

I've been enjoying interviewing our artists. It's interesting to learn more about the persons behind the art I work with on a daily basis. Today I am going to introduce you to Darvin Jones, one of my favorite New Era artists. [caption id="attachment_907" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Darvin's paint brushes"][/caption] Although Darvin would rather be an actor, iron-chef, super hero or astronaut he has embraced his role as an artist. He sums it up; "life is art and art is life, they really are inseparable." [caption id="attachment_908" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="Darvin in his studio"][/caption] Q: What or who inspired you to paint? How did you discover your talent for art? A: I would say my experiences working as an artist assistant and art handler in NY and on the West Coast. I studied art academically not as a practitioner. I started painting to basically see if I could do it and if I could do it better than the art I was hanging on museum walls. I discovered my talent though really out of a necessity during a dim time in my life. [caption id="attachment_909" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Darvin's paint splattered jeans"][/caption] Q: Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work? A: I work every day, I may not paint everyday but I’m in my studio everyday, every week. I wish I had the luxury of painting only when I am inspired, although on second thought then I would probably paint 24/7 and never stop.   Q: You have some very unique titles to your pieces, is there always a deeper meaning to your pieces or do some of them just portray emotions? A: It’s a combination of both. I usually try to sum up the meaning of the painting in the title or what I feel the piece is about. The paintings are always a riddle or a metaphor and so the titles suggest the rhetorical nature of the painting by using an interplay of words to title them. Q: Out of all of the pieces you've painted, which is your most favorite? A: Really? As I heard a mother put it when asked, which kid is her favorite I don’t have favorites, I love them all. [caption id="attachment_913" align="alignnone" width="200" caption=""Where is the Architect" JD162A. Darvin may have trouble picking a favorite, but this is one of my favorites. Here it is hanging in my family room at home."][/caption] Q: Who is your favorite artist? A: Is this a trick question? Hum, I guess it would be a toss up between Matthew Ritchie, Julie Mehretu and Takashi Murakami. Stayed tuned in for my next post!

Memory lane: The Yellow Dress

Tweet I remember the morning like it was yesterday.  We were all gathered around the tree and of course I had the most gifts!  Yes it’s true I was the spoiled one.  I wasn’t the “spoiled brat” but I was … Read More

I remember the morning like it was yesterday.  We were all gathered around the tree and of course I had the most gifts!  Yes it's true I was the spoiled one.  I wasn't the "spoiled brat" but I was the "spoiled princess".   I had waited all day for Santa to come and it was finally here.  So it was my turn to open my gifts and I won't ever forget this moment. With so much excitement I opened a medium sized box.  It was heavy and wrapped in the prettiest gold paper I had ever seen with a beautiful red bow. Santa must of had his best elf wrap my gift.  I heard music and when I pulled my gift out it was a water globe.  Inside the globe was a beautiful woman with a pretty yellow and pink dress.  She had similarities of Bell from Beauty and the Beast.  The globe played the song "I hope you dance" by Lee Ann Womack. I loved it! It's been several years since I got that gift, but one day as I was working in the prepress room. Peggy Weiss brought in one of her newest pieces, Twirling.  It's of a pretty woman twirling in her yellow and pink dress.  All I could think of was my childhood memory of my water globe.  I was so deeply in love with this piece that Peggy Weiss had created that I had to get one for myself. It hangs in the bedroom of my new sweet little girl, Eliana.  I hope that this picture brings her joy like it brought me. It amazes me how these pieces that different artists bring in can remind me of memories that I will cherish forever.  Did you ever run across an art piece of ours that reminded you of something when you where a child?  If I were you I would look at ALL of our art pieces and you will be amazed of how one of them can bring back a memory.  So try it, and why don’t you tell us about it.  We would love to hear. -Elise
Here at Gallery Direct we want to make sure that your image looks great. We offer a wide variety of imagery so that you can definitely find something that fits your taste. We have exclusive artists that share their wonderful artwork with us, just for you! In fact, I have many hanging in my own house. We also have Vintage prints that have grown to be very popular. And, you can even upload your own photo and create your very own piece of art. We’ll be doing a three part series on what we, at Gallery Direct, specifically offer. Our PrePress and Imaging department ensures that each image is looked at and retouched to perfection. You are getting the very best there is to offer with Gallery Direct. Gallery Direct offers: Exclusive Artwork: This is Judy Paul’s Lucky in Love – which has been perfected to look closely to the original, in color and in texture. One of my absolute favorites.         Vintage Artwork: Maybe you order a Vintage image. Each Vintage Image you order has been retouched to look like new. Just take a look at this example: Marines Recruiting Photo Uploads: Many customers upload their very own image and are able to create their own art or photograph. There are lots of wedding photos and family photos… photos from trips or even a birthday party. We see a lot back here in the PrePress and Imaging department. We’re going to jump right on into Photo Uploads first. It’s a popular choice. When you upload a photo onto Gallery Direct, you are able to pick the size you want. You are also able to pick a type. Do you want a Gallery Wrap? Or maybe have your image Framed? We also offer printing on Metal, Acrylic, Mirror and even Wood! There are lots of options. Once the image makes it to our PrePress Department is when the magic starts. Let’s look at the below example. The flash from their camera has caused the woman to have “Red eye” – our PrePress Department can take that out: Let’s say you want your photo to be turned into a B&W or Sepia tone: Maybe your photo has a certain Hue to it that doesn’t look neutralized. In this case, this photo is too blue. We can make sure your image turns out great: Join us next time to learn more about our Vintage Imagery. Cassie in our PrePress team works wonders! Go take some photos! Brittney

Gallery Direct says: Move that Bus!

Tweet Yep, you guessed it!  The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 9 kicks off this weekend and we are proud to be the home decor sponsor again this year.  The shows producers reached out to us last year asking if we … Read More

Yep, you guessed it!  The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 9 kicks off this weekend and we are proud to be the home decor sponsor again this year.  The shows producers reached out to us last year asking if we would sponsor. Not quit knowing what we were in for, we obviously said YES! Working with the energic extreme team and seeing the faces of the families light up when they see the art in their new homes warms our hearts every single episode... just like it does to everyone that comes in contact with the show. From Ty's "Good Morning" wake-up call to the entire neighborhood coming together to yell "Move that Bus" The Extreme Home team works around the clock to turn run down homes into their own version of MTV "Cribs"  The amazing design team can turn a closet into Disney Land in a matter of days.  Before you knock these families for getting all these freebies, please know that they all are more than deserving and hand picked by the amazing team at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.   Although we can't build you an entire house, we can lead you to the inspirational artwork that is featured on the show and touched the hearts of millions. We will feature the pieces that were on the show on this blog and our Facebook page with links (if available) on how you can own your own piece of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition miracles. The Special Two-Part Season Premiere, the” Jubilee/Marshall Family” will feature First Lady Michelle Obama. Watch this Sunday night 7/6c to see Ty and the team build a home for a woman and her son who offer housing and support to homeless female veterans. Tweet live with us and @extremehome with hastag #emhepremiere. We will be giving away free art on twitter and Facebook!

The Canvas Gallery Wrap Explained

Tweet The canvas gallery wraps most literal description is: a piece of canvas that is stretched over stretcher bars (you can think of this as an internal frame).  Here at Gallery Direct we’ve perfected this system (since it’s one of … Read More

The canvas gallery wraps most literal description is: a piece of canvas that is stretched over stretcher bars (you can think of this as an internal frame).  Here at Gallery Direct we’ve perfected this system (since it’s one of our most popular items we get LOTS of practice!).  Once we’ve printed the image you’ve chosen for your canvas gallery wrap it is cut down and taken to our framing area.  Here is where the flat piece of canvas transforms into artwork that comes to your door step ready to hang. The canvas is printed with 2" of cloned borders around the image for stretching/wrapping around the 1.75" stretcher bars.  Our production team carefully stretches the canvas so it’s even and straight on the stretcher bars while neatly stapling the canvas to stay in place.  From this point hanging wire or D rings are added to the back of the piece -- Tada!  A finished piece of artwork!  Check out the video to see how a gallery wrap is created. Although the system of creating canvas gallery wraps is generally pretty simple, you may be asking "what is the deal with cloned borders?".  This process is a great way to make the illusion that the piece continues around the stretcher bars without losing any of the image to sides.  To create the cloned borders for each image we take the 2 inches closest to edge of the image you've chosen and clone (you can also think of this as mirroring) them to create the borders that will wrap around the the stretcher bars.  The pictures below show what the cloned borders look like.  As you can tell generally images with peoples faces close to the edge of the image don't work well for the cloned border process.  In those cases we'd suggest using a white or black border, so there isn't a third eye or double forehead situation. [caption id="attachment_731" align="alignright" width="192" caption="Sample of cloned borders - Arrow indicates the start of the cloned borders"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_724" align="alignleft" width="249" caption="Cloned borders gone bad - Notice the double forehead & eyes"]Cloned borders gone bad - Notice the double forehead & eyes[/caption]               The canvas gallery wrap is a great way to display artwork for any space! Cheers! Brooke
We were excited to hear that Burt Watts decided to open the doors of their local facilities to the public and Gallery Direct. Part of the Austin Office Building tour, Burt Watts walked us through their headquarters right in the heart of downtown Austin. As a leader in green and sustainable designs, most of the structure was built from recycled materials and designed to be energy efficient in every way, from using mostly natural light to the carpeting made from recycled tires. All of the artwork printed for Burt Watts downtown building was printed by Gallery Direct and is showcased throughout the tour. Watch the video to learn more about the Burt Watts Austin Office Building Tour and Gallery Direct.  

How To Measure For Your Inner and Outer Dimensions

Tweet It’s hard to visualize what your artwork will look like after mounted in a frame when ordering online. Each frame is unique, so the overall dimensions will change when given a frame.  While customizing, you will see that Gallery Direct … Read More

It's hard to visualize what your artwork will look like after mounted in a frame when ordering online. Each frame is unique, so the overall dimensions will change when given a frame.  While customizing, you will see that Gallery Direct developed a final dimensions calculator to determine these changes for you. Watch the video below to learn how to measure for your inner and outer dimensions step by step! Enjoy! -Candice  

New Era Artist Feature: Volume 1

Tweet Working in Prepress at New Era I have the privilege to work with and look at original artwork from our New Era artists every day! I received degrees in Architecture and in Art emphasizing in Graphic Design, so needless … Read More

Working in Prepress at New Era I have the privilege to work with and look at original artwork from our New Era artists every day! I received degrees in Architecture and in Art emphasizing in Graphic Design, so needless to say I love Architecture and Art... and art of architecture is even better! This is why one of my favorite New Era artists is Tatara. I was able to conduct an e-interview with Tatara, below are the questions and answers.

Q: Your watercolors show dynamic culture, landscapes, architecture & cityscapes – what inspires you to paint these subjects?

A:  I rarely ask myself what I’m looking for when choosing this or that subject.  But once I am working I find that a sense of ideology reveals itself again and again, one that brushes over and blends all the many different details of a fractured world.  My images are in fact based on the reality of this world because I use photography as a tool.  The way a certain image is taken through the painting process, however, tends to bring out “the environment” of a setting.  And it is this part of a landscape that interests me. Q: Do you paint your subjects in person, from memory or refer to a photograph? A:  I began painting outdoors and on streets. This was exciting to be on location, having to stay focused amid the circulating distractions.  Now as I find myself spending more and more time on each piece, I take photographs and piece them together to recreate what it was like to be standing in that spot, all while painting inside my studio. Q: How long have you been painting? How many pieces have you painted? Do you use other mediums besides watercolor? A:  Though I have always enjoyed drawing with pencil, since my childhood even, I only began painting like I do now 15 years ago.  Watercolor seemed like an extension of drawing.  And now I am painting with oil, which for me has been the biggest step toward painting. [caption id="attachment_662" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Troubled Guest TA173A, wall mural hung in our office gallery by my coworker, Brittney and myself"][/caption] . Q: Which piece that you painted is your favorite and why? A:  Well, because I don’t really think of my work as individual, virtuoso-like creations, and rather as threads in a big fabric, I find this question difficult.  But if we look at “troubled guest” I see a good representation of all that interests me.  It is a house, a very generic house, that has been taken over by streamers of toilet paper.  It is a setting that has cultural undertones, but once removed, it has a serenity reminiscent of the Indian sub-continent or of warm-hearted laughter.  Altogether, the environment surrounding the object reaches from paper edge to paper edge. [caption id="attachment_665" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Original on the left, digital print file on the right inversed in Prepress."][/caption] Q: Your latest works have included painting in inverse colors, how did you come up with this idea and is it difficult to paint in this mode? A: I stumbled upon this technique by looking at snapshot negatives as an alternative figure/ground composition.  I found what I needed in the negative, which then served as the subject of a painting.  Once the painting was completed I recorded it in my inventory like I do all my work.  But I had a simple curiosity which was to observe the painting reversed back to its original color composition.  It seemed full of possibilities because of the newness of layering watercolor upon an ink-black substrate, becoming lighter and lighter, instead of the convention of increased darkness. Is it difficult?  Only when you think about what you’re doing. Hope you enjoyed getting to know one of our artists, stayed tuned for New Era Artists: volume 2!    
At Gallery Direct, we love to know what images are viewed the most on our website, and it's always neat to dig into Google analytics to see how visitors interact with our site or to identify trends in keywords, content, etc.  Checkout www.gallerydirect.com's top five most viewed wall art from the month of August... from New Years Day to Late Summer, you are sure to fall in love with these! [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Garden Party I by Sean Jacobs"]canvas art garden party I[/caption] Number 1 on the list is Garden Party I
The rhythmic repetition of circles and ovals in candy colors suggest masses of flowers waiting to be admired by one and all. This is a fanciful composition that shows off Sean Jacobs' skill with shapes, colors and light.
    Judy Paul - Tall & Skinny Canvas art Number 2 on the list is Tall and Skinny by Judy Paul
The title aptly describes the form of the tree that is depicted and repeats itself in the actual dimensions of the tall and skinny canvas. Her trademark use of whimsical images, from birds to polka dots, has never been more captivating or humorous.
    Canvas art by Silvia Angeli The 3rd most popular is Late Summer's Expectation I by Sylvia Angeli
Here, Nature has a hard time letting go of the brilliant blues and greens of summer. But the promise of autumn's fiery reds and golden yellows will not be denied.
    Canvas Art by Jon Eric Narum Number 4 is New Years Day by Jon Eric Narum
The brilliant blues and pinks of the sunrise, along with the wide open expanses of the horizon, speak of new beginnings and opportunities.
    Canvas art by Sylvia AngeliNumber 5 is Landscape Abstraction by Sylvia Angeli
The richness of the colors suggests a densely woven tapestry that will make a bold statement in any room of your home or office.  
Coming soon, will be more interesting statistics from from analyzing our web stats. Hope this helps you gives your more ideas on selecting artwork.     -Robin