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Refresh Your Walls

You are probably well aware that your walls are more than just way for your home to hold up its roof. The walls of your home are also able to divide rooms as well as bring spaces together. And your walls are often also an important anchor for your furniture, not to mention a much favoured place to display wall art and family photos.

So rather than looking at your walls as a decorating afterthought make sure that they are part of your overall decorating plan. For example, if you have several sets of shelves or bookcases in your home, leaning up against various walls, sitting at different heights and all made out of different materials, you can give your walls and your entire home a fresh new look by transforming your storage shelves into one or two floor to ceiling solutions.

This makes for almost endless storage options for everything from towels and platter to books and vases, and you can paint your new shelving system the same colour as your walls, or a contrasting or complimentary colour to make it and its housed items, a feature.

Also make sure that your мебелиwall art itself is not an afterthought either, that is you’re not just buying and hanging it to fill a space, but that you have bought wall art which you like and will enjoy, and which fits into your decorating scheme either by colour, texture or even its shape or materials. For example, a 1950s film poster hung as wall art would be a valuable part of a vintage decorating theme, or a wrought iron wall art sculpture would fit perfectly into an old country house style decoration.

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Vignette Decorating

Probably the biggest tragedy in home decorating is the fact that people either think that it’s too hard to have a stylish designer home, or too expensive. Or both. While it is easy to go out and spend a lot of time and money on expensive items to decorate your home, and even on hiring experts to do the designing for you, the decorating is then not really about you is it?

And that is the most important thing to remember when decorating your home, whether you are choosing wall art or carpet – is it really you? The easiest way to decorate your home in a way which speaks to your true personality is to use things which are already part of your home and your life.

But how do you turn the ordinary pieces of your life into art for your home? You turn them into vignettes, that’s how. Vignettes are little collections of objects, clustered together to make an eye catching display. The best thing is a vignette can be made up of just about anything and each item can tell its own story, as well as contribute to the tale of the other objects too.

You may choose to display objects all of a certain colour, with a splash of a contrasting colour in your favourite piece of the display. Or you may decide to create a vignette which tells a story, for example a collection of sea shells from a recent beach holiday, or souvenirs from a memorable overseas trip.

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How Beautiful Art is the Best Medicine!

Sunset ViewLike the power of music is widely known to sooth and cure emotional hurts, viewing beautiful paintings can reduce pain as being a third less intense as when compared to viewing a blank panel. Like actual ocean waves with their reassuring rhythm and freshness can revive any sagging spirit, the mere picture of such a calming and soothing scene can lower BP and fatigue in the elderly or highly stressed individuals.

The reports at the Neuro-physiopathology Pain Unit also confirm that beauty triggers a response  in the orbitofrontal cortex ( part of our brain) that helps reduce the stimulus of pain. The more beautiful something is perceived to be, the more that part of the brain lights up! Dancing Innocence

Beauty obviously offers a distraction that blank and bare walls do not. Art like tranquil scenes, colorful tropical paintings, enchanting murals, beach views and similar sights of innocence, freshness and nature plays a vital part in soothing physical as well as mental agony. Beautiful surroundings can even aid the healing process as per the findings reported in the ‘New Scientist’.

In fact, I too, personally recommend the magnificient art by the fabulous artists in this site; Paul, Suzanne and Richard. Their paintings have helped immensely when I had been bedridden for a long time in India due to a severe road accident. Not only the pain was lessened, but my spirits and will power were tremendously multiplied! Cheers and God bless their fantastic endeavours! : )

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The Filtered Light of a Fairy Tale

We have all passed along a road or path like the one which Susanne Leasure has captured in the wall art print ‘Filtered Light in Montana de Oro Giclee’ and we know the feeling of magic and wonder at the beauty of this natural spectacle, and the desire to linger in this wonderful canopy for just a little longer.

Montana de Oro Wall PaintingSuch a common and unique image at the same time, this landscape painting will evoke the emotions and memories of many who view it and when it does, it has achieved its purpose. While the painting is of a real roadway in the California State Park, the feelings and the magic of the image are universal. The image is captured just before a bend in the road, making us believe that while we are in the most beautiful part of the world we could ever imagine, there is something even more special waiting just around the corner.

The clarity of the image in the forefront of the painting and the misty, softer image at the bend in the road lends more possibility to the surprises awaiting you just around the corner of the print.

Such a captivating and engaging landscape painting makes the perfect balancing piece of wall art for a space opposite a picture window or a set of large glass French doors in your home. While you can enjoy the view out of your window and you know you can go out into your garden and enjoy the view you see from inside, the painting gives you the same impression, making you feel like you could just as easily decide to turn around and take a leisurely walk through the California State Park, or even through another world.

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Thank you Rising Stars!

Dear Mr. Leasure,

I was stricken with awe when I saw the original of your painting featuring sea stars (“Rising Stars”). I was on that reef once and when I saw the painting, it brought back the memory of that day in full force.Rising Stars Wall Art I could hear the roaring of the sea; feel the spray on my face as the wave reared up in expectation of crashing on the reef. The stars were clinging to the rock face just as they are in your painting. But the wonderful detail in the painting…the pearl like portrayal of the stars’ surface…is so beautiful, I felt as if I could reach out and touch them, feeling the texture beneath my fingers. The seaweed swirling at the base of the rock as if it was trying to reach out to halt its motion like that of its companion weed draped already motionless on the surface of the reef…the swirling of the water are so lifelike. The painting is so beautifully executed. You are truly a gifted artist. Thank you so much for your beautiful portrayal…Marie

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‘Autumn Leaves in River’

There are times when we all feel like we are just a passenger in our own lives. When we are there, seemingly getting things done but we don’t really feel in control, we don’t really feel like life is going the way we are trying to direct it.

While this sounds like a scary feeling, actually it’s just life and it happens to everyone. You’re waiting and waiting until everything in your life feels right and then you will start really living, right? You wait until you’ve finished school or study, wait until you have a steady job, wait until you move out own your own, buy your own house, have some savings; when really all of these things are just life.

There will always be a reason to get swept away, and being swept away is how you live. It is a captivating, unique and scary ride but that’s life. These autumn leaves know they are involved in something bigger than themselves. They know they are being swept along and there’s not much they can do about it. So they sit back and enjoy the ride and this is an important reminder everyone can take away from this print every time they see it.

The reflections of the river water and the light filtering through are also clearly visible and this hypnotic and captivating image reminds you again that while you may feel like you have little control over your life, it doesn’t mean life is boring, in fact it’s spectacular and as unique and unusual as the reflections of sun through a flowing stream.

Susanne Leasure has said that she feels she has captured the grand finale that is autumn and I think the feelings of insignificance, of fear and of letting go to see where you end up are inspiring notes to make this piece of wall art a feature in your home.

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Framed Wall Art

Old frames seem to be one of those things which you can never really bear to throw away. You may have even seen old photo or picture frames at garage sales or second hand stores and seen their former beauty and their current charm but not known how to bring it out.

Well even if you have a collection of old frames with broken glass and lost backings, you can still make them a part of your weekend decorating project and let them shine once more. These frames may be a collection of colours, textures and even materials – well even better!

You may have old wooden frames, metal frames or silver frames and any sort of collection will make a stunning wall art display. All you have to do is clean up the frames by carefully washing or polishing them, depending on what they are made of, at the same time removing any glass and any of the backing still in the frames; yes you want to be able to see through to the other side.

Now that you have your collection of wooden and metal frames you can display them however you like. You may have off cuts of old wallpaper or some pretty wrapping paper which pulls out the colour pallets of the frames. If this is the case, all you have to do is cut out a new backing for your frames from cardboard and frame your paper for a vintage feel.

Or, if you have a striking feature wall in your home of a stunning paint colour or a gorgeous wallpaper pattern, simply hang your frames empty. The wood and metal of the frames will create the perfect textural contrast to the paint or wallpaper, and you can make a feature of your feature wall by ‘framing’ it.

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Buying Art Online

“Triple Falls”Does it seem like a Herculean task to look for the kind of art you love, walking through the long alleys of the gallery, while baffling questions pick on your mind about the subject, the price, who painted and with what? Though this may surprise you, many people like me do choose art just because we love them, even though we aren’t experts of what techniques were used, the mediums, styles or the artist.  

However, now that you can go through unlimited options of artwork via the online art sites, easily save a Estuary In The Sunsetconsiderable amount of time and take things at your own pace through the comfort of your own home; isn’t that a huge bonus over scouring an entire gallery for someone to assist you? Not only do you get the benefit of a short biography of the artists and their style in most sites, but also the price with the offered discounts and the best part,(that I adore) a short story about the painting itself! You can even put up your questions and correspond directly with the artists, as well as get some fabulous tips on the framing, maintenance, wall art or décor too!

You may concentrate on your actual reasons for buying art and getting the right pieces, without any external influences here: Planning to gift a piece? Perhaps art as décor for your office or home? Or maybe art as an investment? You may consider building a nice collection of a preferred artist; it could even be that you’re buying something simply because the painting speaks to you, enchants and inspires you.
Whatever be your reason, keep in mind that it is more important that the artwork vibes well with your personal taste and intuition. We often fall into the trap of buying “fashionable” art or “latest trends” that we may not even like!

On the other hand-even if you are some kind of an expert, and would like to possess a particular style or Golden Hillsmedium such as for example, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photographs, poster art, murals, etc, would it really matter when you immediately have an enormous fancy on a particular artwork? I’m sure, at that moment, even if you never cared for or owned a painting in that medium; you’d like to have it around you on your personal spaces. So what is it that makes these styles less important than the other? Be it an acrylic, digital or 3-D image, your own taste and enthusiasm is what is going to make it most popular!

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Art With A Smile

Everyone loves a smile. Many love art. How about art that smiles?Two tulips

Bright paintings in beautiful colors that evoke feelings of joy and happiness are what I call happy art. This happy art is a genuinely delightful art that is most enjoyable when you want your haven to be a place for you to completely be yourself and relax. No pretences, charades Lazy Dazeor false impressions. A place, where simplicity in natural scenes of a lovely landscape or beach environments bring not only a calming effect for you but a joy of pure indulgence as well. So finally, art that is meant just for your eyes and not for that sofa!

Morro Sand DunesFor ages, art has been a unique form of expression and communication for people. Through this medium, people could express themselves in a way that is not possible in words, either in a written or spoken manner. So what is this psychological need for art in human beings? Why do we search for fine works of art all over the world and pay huge amounts for a single piece of art? The simple answer to that is, because art brings such inspiration, beauty and joy to its beholder!

People attend concerts, observe paintings, appreciate sculpture, enjoy novels and fill up music in their Pour Girldaily life, with an inherent goal of experiencing bliss or even awe. In a way, art can be said to satisfy the soul as a relaxing massage to a weary, tired person or hearty meal for a hungry fellow. While people all over do appreciate good art for its many advantages, pleasure, inspiration, healing and decoration; for the lovers of art, call it an addiction!