SXSW buzz

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.
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.

Figurative = Feeling

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..

New Artists: Shirley Williams & Bob Hunt

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!
If you have a special photo that you want to really bring to life then I have the perfect idea for you, have your photo printed on aluminum. If you have never seen a photo on aluminum I am sure you have no idea what I am talking about but aluminum has the ability to bring your photo to life. The way the light hits the aluminum gives it an alive and sparkling look. A photograph of an aluminum print can never do it justice but take my wedding photo as a great example. The chandeliers in the photo seem to be on and sparkling in the background when you look at my photo. I have had this picture on display in my home since my wedding but now on aluminum it transports me back to my first wedding dance. Aluminum is a great way to elevate your photo and bring it life, water glistens and seems ti almost move, lights seem to be sparkling and the whole picture has a sense of being alive not flat like a typical photo. So if you have a special memory you want brought to life check out the aluminum options form Gallery Direct. This post brought to you by Ellen of Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Art Giveaway: American

Tweet In February we honor and celebrate our American Presidents, most notably President Washington and President Lincoln. These birthdays and the holiday of President’s Day often remind us and leave us feeling thankful to be Americans. If you didn’t know … Read More

In February we honor and celebrate our American Presidents, most notably President Washington and President Lincoln. These birthdays and the holiday of President's Day often remind us and leave us feeling thankful to be Americans. If you didn't know already, Gallery Direct is located in the capital of Texas. And if you know Texans we are proud of our state, but we are also proud to be American. Did you also know that Gallery Direct is pretty much one of the coolest American art companies around? Are you picking up on my "American" theme in this blog post? There are a lot of American things I love. One of my favorite American food is the Hot Dog. The idea of a hot dog on a bun is ascribed to the wife of a German named Antonoine Feuchtwanger, who sold hot dogs on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri, United States, in 1880. One of my favorite American or national pastime is seeing a major league baseball game. Go Red Sox! And when I think of a cool, American toy I think of Radio Flyer. Both my kids had a Radio Flyer Tricycle as their 1st bike. And they still have a Radio Flyer wagon. The company was founded in 1917 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. And the photo above is of a young girl with a Radio Flyer wagon circa 1955. So who wants to win this gorgeous fine art piece, Radio Flyer I by one of our exclusive artists, Justin Garcia? I bet you do! It's a beautiful canvas giclée (18x24") with a 1 1/4" natural dark brown floater frame, a $289 value. Here's how you can enter to win: For 1 entry leave a comment on this blog post with an answer to this question, who is your favorite American president or person ......or what is your favorite American thing, food or pastime? For 2 entries (because you want to win that bad!), leave a second comment to let us know you've shared this blog post on your Facebook, twitter or blog. *Comments are moderated and will show up once approved. Entries will be accepted from now until until Sunday night 11:59pm on February 19th. We will select and announce the winner on President's Day and ship off their awesome free art. Good luck!
As cheesy as it sounds, I believe in that quote, "Home is where your heart is."  Your home expresses your love for life, your family and passions. The more love you fill your home with, the more you feel at home.  My home is filled with artwork, images of my dog printed on canvas, my six nieces and nephews smiles in frames greet me every morning, landscape scenery throughout the hallways that remind me of growing up on the beaches of San Diego. My home represents what love is to me and what I love. As a blessed employee of Gallery Direct, I am able to love my home and workplace through artwork, and I want all of you to do the same. This is why we are giving away three $500 shopping sprees to Gallery Direct for Valentine's Day.  We want you to love your home.  Enter on our Facebook Page, winners will be announced on Feb. 15  

Print Your Photos Already

Tweet I love taking pictures, and I think I am really good at it. I love showing my friends and family how they look through the little screen on the back on my Sony CyberShot– we all smile and say … Read More

I love taking pictures, and I think I am really good at it. I love showing my friends and family how they look through the little screen on the back on my Sony CyberShot-- we all smile and say awweee -- and then that photo is never seen again- except maybe 6 months down the road on Facebook. My New Year’s Resolution is to rescue these images from my camera and do something with them! I didn't really intend to fill this blog post with my family photos from the holidays, but isn't my niece adorable? She is only 2 weeks old in these pics... and if I left her in my camera any longer she would be in preschool and I would sending outdated adorable pictures. Alright, you get my point -- so this is what I have done. I went to Gallery Direct and printed my favorite images from the holidays on canvas. I kept a few for myself, and I sent a few to my mom, grandparents and of course to my brother and his wife.  It’s ridiculously easy to upload your photos and print them on a canvas. It really takes about 4 – 5 clicks of the mouse.  Canvas prints are also very affordable, and with the 75% off sale, Gallery Direct is basically giving them away. Use code: Photo75 I must say-- this simple gesture pretty much won me the award of "family member of the year" as the phone calls and thank you’s I received were amazing, I think there were actually tears.  I did let everyone in on the secret code of getting 75% off at Gallery Direct -- Enter: Photo75 at checkout. Alright, I am off to print some more photos, just thinking about it reminds me that I need to send my sister a birthday present.    

World’s Top 10 Greatest Painters & Sculptors

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.

New Year = Feel Good Art

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!