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!  

Shirley Williams Art Prints

Tweet Have you checked out the art we’ve launched on Gallery Direct by Shirley Williams? I love getting to know our artists, and was able to meet Shirley face to face. She’s very sweet and I love her art! She, … Read More

Have you checked out the art we've launched on Gallery Direct by Shirley Williams? I love getting to know our artists, and was able to meet Shirley face to face. She's very sweet and I love her art! She, like us here at the Gallery Direct Blog, loves to blog about her work and what she's doing at her studio. Start following her on Shirley Williams Art Blog. Her abstract paintings show so much movement. The colors are so clean and vibrant. Her art would brighten up any space! Some of my favorite pieces by her are: Transforming Current II Horizon IV   Core Brick Which is your favorite? Stay tuned into the Gallery Direct Blog, I will be sharing about another new artist we recently launched!    

In the April 5th episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime TV, “Kids Room Makeover” will showcase a unique way to customize each room with the HP Wall Art and Gallery Direct solutions.  Make sure to tune in at 7:30 am (ET/PT) to learn more about this fun and easy method for decorating.

I (Joie Tamkin) am the Director of Marketing and Communications here at GalleryDirect, and I had the oportunity to go into the home of the seleceted family and show them how to redecorate the daughters room.  It was a lot of fun! 

Tune in on Thursday to seem me demonstrate how parents can use HP Wall Art to bring their child’s favorite television and movie characters to life in their home. This picture is from the shoot, you'll have to watch the show to see the complete room - and learn how you can do this in your home.

Unlike traditional wallpaper, HP Wall Art and Gallery Direct combines branded content, fine art, or personal photos with each individual’s creative touch.  Gallery Direct wall coverings and wall accents are extremely easy to put up and easy to take down, up and down with only water making it simple to change designs as a child grows or tastes change.  If I can do it, anyone can!

Furthermore, customers can customize their wall coverings to fit the exact dimensions of their room, while designing around elements such as windows, doors and light switches.  HP Wall Art meets the GREENGUARD Children & Schools standards[1] for low-emitting products, making it the perfect solution for a child’s bedroom or playroom.  

 Imagery available includes: fine art, photography, and licensed imagery from NASA, Marvel Comics, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Warner Brothers and new content and designs will continue to be added!

HP Wall Art wall coverings and wall accents are available online through Walls by GalleryDirect, and are shipped directly to consumers’ homes with and installation kit and customized instructions.


 

Spring Art: Florals!

Tweet It’s finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces … Read More

It's finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces especially during the dreary winter months they remind me that Spring is just around the corner. Gallery Direct makes it easy to find great floral prints either search by subject ( Botanical and Floral) or by color. Here are some great vibrant floral prints that will forever capture Spring in your home!         What floral prints at Gallery Direct caught your eye? I am personally a fan of Laura Gunn. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Spring Colors Trends for 2012

Tweet 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 … Read More

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.

Think BOLD, BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL!

Gallery Direct Twitter Party

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!

SXSW We ♥ Free Art WINNERS

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!         

2012 Color of the Year

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"]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"]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.

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!