Finding my Path at Home

Tweet I have been working at Gallery Direct since the beginning of November. What a delight it has been – I have artistic co-workers and see beautiful images all day.  I am a graphic designer and picking images for marketing … Read More

I have been working at Gallery Direct since the beginning of November. What a delight it has been - I have artistic co-workers and see beautiful images all day.  I am a graphic designer and picking images for marketing or the website is - to say the least - fun. Since I deal with beautiful images all day, I decided to put together an Evernote notebook for me (any mac users out there?!) with all the art that I wanted to buy from Gallery Direct. Almost 3 months went by, and my list surprisingly was mostly abstracts, a few Asians and lots of maps. Not to mention my own photos that I wanted to print. I would love to have my personal photos blown up and hung onto my walls. One day I realized that - duh - I didn't have enough walls for all that I wanted. I needed another list for my list. Focus! Reduce! Less is more. What did I really want for my house? Where in the house? Which wall? I realized that I would have to repaint some of my walls, because, when we bought the house in 2007, I went a little wild with the color palette, I admit it.  Now, those colors no longer make me happy. As we change, the colors that we love change, the ways that we think and react to visual stimuli also change.  I always welcome change!  Was I dying to repaint the walls? Ouch, no. So while being busy at work and having a high maintenance Border Collie that needs walks and exercise every day, I stopped adding images to my notebook. Until the day I had to make a banner for the homepage. Here it is: Inline image 1 That somehow lit up the little bulb above my head and in a weekend spell, I went to Lowe's and bought the paints I wanted, painted the living room and placed my order: 2 gigantic Todd Camp - Enlighted Path I and II, 48x36. That did it! It was just the "push" I needed to make everything else rock'n roll.  The purchase made me very happy - those colors represent so much of what I like in terms of art - freedom, color, energy (well, at least that's my view... art is art, right?). I also ordered a few smaller ones, which you'll see in the photos below. I don't think of my house as a "chic" place: I know it isn't.  Although I graduated in architecture, when it comes to my own place, it's always been more a joyful play - with room for experiments - rather than the "tried and true" styles that I know will work. Also, having 4 cats (and 8 clawed front-paws) and 2 dogs (how did that happen?), my house is not super tidy. That said, I beg you to please disregard my couch ;-))) Inline image 1 Above: Also look at that Border Collie with her moose toy - isn't she precious? ;-)))) Below: My bike has its own wall. You can not buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and art! Last photo: Colors, colors: such a blessing to be able to see them all!
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What lights up your bulb?
-Marina
Talk about positive energy!!   You can feel Alex's energy exploding from his paintings.  Alex is all about having fun and learning from life's journey.  Many of his abstract painting ideas come from his dreams. He is inspired from observing people and changing their features and colors to reflect their expressions and feelings.  Claiming there is no logic to his paintings, but a constant flow of energy that guides him to into portraying inner feelings, both his and other people's. "People and their expressions have always fascinated me, to see how different yet similar we all are. Bold colors reflect the intensity with which I live and view life. For my black lines, I choose to use liquid acrylic in a bottle and as each squirt of paint falls on the canvas, I capture the irregularity that defines us as humans. It also bestows a particular energy that mirrors my energetic personality.  Welcome to the world according to me." -Alex Benitez View his limited edition Gallery Direct collection HERE.  

Easy Home Decor Tips

Tweet Does your house need some sprucing up? Are you lacking ideas in the home decor department? Here are some tips on how to decorate your home and make it really pop. Mix art with tabletop accessories: Hang your art … Read More

Does your house need some sprucing up? Are you lacking ideas in the home decor department? Here are some tips on how to decorate your home and make it really pop. Mix art with tabletop accessories: Hang your art about 8 to 12 inches above the table to form an connection between the wall items and tabletop decor. When choosing accessories for the tabletop make sure they are tall enough to overlap the artwork creating unity. Filling A Large Wall: When you have a large wall to fill there are several different ways you can decorate.
  • Try grouping in odd numbers, it creates more interest.
  • Decorate with a series, use multiples of the same print in varying colors.
  • Choose art in the same color scheme but vary the size and shape
Unique Accessories: Have a  unique accessory you want to accent? Use an over-sized piece of art as a backdrop you can set it on the floor or on a tabletop. Art doesn't always have to be hung. Add Some Color: Don't be afraid to add some bold color and try some new combinations.
  • Choose colors that are opposites on the color wheel like blue and orange and purple and yellow they will really pop against each other.
  • In a neutral room add interest with only one or two bold pops of color either in art or accessories.
  •  Use a white wall to really accent a colorful painting.
You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.          
When you have a large wall that needs to be decorated it can be overwhelming. Here are three ways to fill a large wall space.
  1. Group in odd numbers. Try grouping an odd number of pieces of art 3 and 5 both work really well.
  2. Make an impact with multiples of a single item. For example a collection of the same painting in multiple colors, I personally LOVE Laura Gunn for collections.
  3. Change up the size, try grouping a large piece with several small varying the size adds more interest.
I have a large wall in my house where I plan on placing three large Laura Gunn pieces I am choosing symmetry with repeating the same print in three colors and it is going to look amazing! You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

New Artist: A. J. Andrews

Tweet Join us in welcoming our newest artist to the Galley Direct family, A. J. Andrews. Although A. J.’s parents were musicians, he ended up an artist & photographer because he has a good eye for composition, balance and color. From a young age A. … Read More

Join us in welcoming our newest artist to the Galley Direct family, A. J. Andrews. Although A. J.'s parents were musicians, he ended up an artist & photographer because he has a good eye for composition, balance and color. From a young age A. J. enjoyed taking photos of interesting people, animals and landscapes. As the years passed his realistic photography went more abstract. A. J. feels he is always learning from his environment, life experiences, lucky mistakes and looking at the work of others for inspiration. Today A. J. lives with his wife in a small town in New Jersey. Here are some of my favorite images by him, and I love the explanations he gives for them. AJ102A Light Display on House in the Midwest "Sometimes people go overboard with decorative holiday lights on and around their homes. For me as a photographer, however, the more the merrier! Here was an opportunity where layers of lights were twinkling and flashing, while my camera was zigging and zagging, resulting in a couple of very engaging images." AJ106A Window at Barney's "People call Barney's in New York an emporium of style and fashion, and their recent Lady Gaga windows were a special visual treat. The calming colors of a “crystal cave” blended together to create this memorable ice image. Cool!" AJ112A Large Mineral on Display at AMNH "Rare iridescent fossil shells of disk-­‐shaped ammonites can be found along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. One such beautiful gemstone specimen offered the colors and shapes that seems only nature and time can create." AJ115A Clivia Miniata in Bloom "During a recent visit to a nearby botanical garden, planters full of these colorful blossoms were just calling out for attention. They were not to be ignored – and my camera obliged." Be sure to check out the rest of A. J. Andrews work on Gallery Direct!

Olympic Spirit!

Tweet Are you getting into the Olympic spirit and wearing USA and Olympic colors!? Opening ceremonies are tonight! My favorite sports to watch are diving, track, gymnastics, swimming and equestrian. Well if you need help getting into the spirit of … Read More

Are you getting into the Olympic spirit and wearing USA and Olympic colors!? Opening ceremonies are tonight! My favorite sports to watch are diving, track, gymnastics, swimming and equestrian. Well if you need help getting into the spirit of things, be sure to check out our London collection...also don't forget you can browse by color too! Above are my favorite blue, gold, black, green and red images! GO USA!

New Artist: Fatmir Gjevukaj

Tweet We recently launched work from one of our new exclusive artists, Fatmir Gjevukaj. Fatmir considers himself a traditional artist. Here is a quote from Fatmir: “My love for movies and comic books since my early childhood and my interest and … Read More

We recently launched work from one of our new exclusive artists, Fatmir Gjevukaj. Fatmir considers himself a traditional artist. Here is a quote from Fatmir: "My love for movies and comic books since my early childhood and my interest and focus which has always been on creatures and characters made me enter the world of cg art five years ago, and that's what I have been doing pretty much ever since." This definitely shows in his artwork. We love all the bright vivid colors and characters he paints! Be sure to check out all of his artwork on Gallery Direct! And here's a sneak peek at the latest work he's dropped off with us. Currently working on the digital files in our Imaging Department...

Happy Summer Solstice from GD!

Tweet So yesterday marked the first day of summer! People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. Activities such as traveling to the beach and picnics occur during summer months. Here at Gallery … Read More

So yesterday marked the first day of summer! People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. Activities such as traveling to the beach and picnics occur during summer months. Here at Gallery Direct I work in a room with no windows, it's for a good reason though, I can't have any light from the windows shining on the art I am working on in the imaging department. So I can't gaze out the window to see the beautiful summer blooms or see the summer breeze rustling the leaves on the trees. But that's okay, from the photo above doesn't it look like summertime in the imaging department!? Lots of beautiful, bright, vivid colors. Found a summer vocabulary word list, here are a few words: berries, daisy, flowers, fresh fruit, gardening, grass, hot, June, outdoors, picnic, relax, rose, season, sunny, visit, warm weather, watermelon. Some of those words come to mind working in my windowless room, thanks to the incredibly beautiful art I get to work with.

Pinterest Inspiration

Tweet Did you know that Gallery Direct is on Pinterest? If you haven’t started following our boards be sure to start doing so now! We have a “Pin It To Win It” board with your chance to win free art. … Read More

Did you know that Gallery Direct is on Pinterest? If you haven't started following our boards be sure to start doing so now! We have a "Pin It To Win It" board with your chance to win free art. I've been a Pinterest user for awhile now. I love the ideas, creativity and inspiration I can draw from Pinterest. One person I love to follow on there is Jessica Colaluca with Design Seeds. She has a passion for color (something we have here at Gallery Direct too!) and shares her color palettes that she journals from photos of art, architecture, nature, food, animals...you name it. So if you are having trouble coming up with interior color schemes for you home, you surely can get some inspiration from Design Seeds. And here is the thing, don't just stop at painting your walls these colors use the color palettes to help you find art! If you don't already know, you can search and browse through our art per color palette. Here are some examples of Design Seeds palettes I choose to inspire me in finding some Gallery Direct art...

Color Forecast

Tweet In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that’s what will be hot and what … Read More

In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that's what will be hot and what will sell! Home Accents Today magazine came out with a great Color Forecast article. I love that Brighter Brights and Americana are what's "in" because here at Gallery Direct we have a ton to choose from in those categories! And it's so easy to find art in these colors because on our home page you can search for art by color... Some of my favorites that would fit into Brighter Brights... And Americana... So do you want to stay with the latest trends and forecasts at an affordable price...shop at Gallery Direct!