Vincent Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace – Get lost in bright yellows and deep blues

Traveling to the South of France? Come see the bright yellow café who captured Van Gogh’s attention on a clear, indigo night. A small European Cafe in the city of Arles immortalized by a masterpiece.

Written by on 29 Aug, 2014
Vincent Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace

It was a clear night in September 1888, on a small southern village in France. A starry indigo sky contrasted with an immense yellow light from a boulangerie, casting light on the sidewalk and the paving stones on the road. Vincent Van Gogh – the Dutch in love with sunflowers and starry nights – had to interrupt his intense work to capture that moment. He painted on the spot, a night picture with nothing but light. This distraction happened in Arles, at the Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum. The result is one of the most famous Van Gogh’s paintings. A canvas where he perfected the idea of natural and artificial light through complementary contrasts, dabs of white and discrete pale green reflections. In a letter to one of his sisters, he describes a night painting without black; with nothing but blue, violet and green, along with…

Artist Ingrid Dohm Named’s August Artist of the Month

This August brings more flowers than ever; through a talent that has been delighting Europe and the United States for 30 years. An Austrian painter that has found in Nature her greatest inspiration, in search for the perfect Edelweiss.

Written by on 06 Aug, 2014

Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm is an Austrian visual artist based in Illinois that has been delighting the public for over thirty years with her lively acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings. Ever since a child she has always been fascinated by any instrument that could transport thoughts into shape – being crayons, pens or pencils  – and all the process that would transform lines into images. This multi-award winning artist is well known for her signature floral still lifes along with beautiful landscapes, cityscapes and portraits. Being born in the small town of Stadl-Paura, she grew up surrounded by forests, glens and mountain lakes, being inspired by Nature. During the long summer days, she would venture into the discovery of different kinds of flowers with her siblings. She would climb up the side of the mountains seeking the greatest prize of all, the splendorous Edelweiss that would be outcropping the…

How to Choose Art – Does is have to be so Hard?

It can be hard to choose what to take home, as it depends on ever-changing moods, tastes and tendencies. We try and simplify all this for you. Tell us what is your decoration style, and we’ll tell you what you should be looking for.

Written by on 27 Jul, 2014
how to choose art

We are all unique. This is true on every level, including our sense of style and what we find to be beautiful. With this in mind, we’ve created a guide to try and help those that are looking to decorate their walls with a set of ideas to try and spark their imagination. this is not going to work for everyone, but I hope some of you will find this intriguing. If you are looking for more decor advice and need assistance then we are here to help. please contact us via our Free Decor Assistance page and we will be happy to schedule a call with one of our decorating specialists. You can also download a free PDF copy of this guide. Traditional A welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. To…

Let your home choose its art

Knowing what artworks you should take home involves taste, mood and tendencies that change all the time. That’s what makes it so hard to choose. To make it simple, let your house tell you what it needs. Find out what art corresponds to your Decor style, and know what you should be looking for.

Written by on 20 Jul, 2014

1. Traditional A welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. The essentials are order, symmetry and freshness to avoid the outdated feel. Lord Frederic Leighton, Rembrandt or Bouguereau are three examples of artists that will give it the ultimate refinement. categories: Traditional, Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolist 2. Rustic Your home has an honest cozy feel to it. You probably love reusing wire baskets and wooden crates over rough textiles, patchwork and earth tones. The point of perfection lies between the loose and lush feel of nature and an ever so slight touch of industrial style rawness – balancing the organic forms with sleek surfaces. Cezanne, Van Gogh and Alfred Maurer are a great starting point to complement your decoration. categories: Rustic, Country Landscapes, Post-impressionist 3. Modern You love the mid-century looks…

Artist Mark Bennett Named’s July Artist of the Month

The English figurative painter who turns the passion of music and dance into oil on canvas. Coming from a line of painters to become a rising star in art, and now the featured artist for July among 2500 artists from around the world.

Written by on 07 Jul, 2014
FLAMENCO IV by Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett is an English figurative painter and graphic designer, who for nearly ten years has been capturing attention from galleries, collectors and art lovers all over the United Kingdom and Europe. Since his childhood he has been inspired by outstanding natural beauty. On one side the Cotswolds, with its honey colored stone, rolling grasslands and open skies; on the other Cornwall, with its fishing villages and beaches where he had plenty of beads, paint and clay to let his creativity run free. His creative urge comes to him even before his birth. His grandmother, Sheila Howells and his mother Celia Atkins were already painters from whom he captured this artistic side. His creativity was always stimulated since his early years, being always encouraged to paint and draw, and he soon learned to walk on his own path to become a rising star in the art world. As…

Henry Ossawa Tanner – Man of liberating talent

The first African American to gain international acclaim at a time where Abolition of Slavery and the Civil War were being fought. While in the US he was known as the black artist, he was greatly respected on the other side of the pond. He was acclaimed first by France and then by the rest of Europe, where he simply was known as Monsieur Tanner, l’Artiste Américain.

Written by on 04 Jul, 2014
Tanner - The Thankful Poor

Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first of nine children, born on 21 June 1859 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was named Ossawa in honour of John Brown, the abolitionist who commanded at the Battles of Black Jack and Osawatomie. His father, Benjamin Tucker Tanner, was a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church – the first independent black denomination in the US – and a lifelong political activist. His mother, Sarah Miller, was one of many born into slavery that escaped to the North through the Underground Railroad. In 1868 the family moved to Philadelphia, where he attended the Roberts Vaux Consolidated School for Colored Students until 1877. He was expected to become a minister like his father, but he knew he wanted to be a painter at 9, when he first saw a landscape artist at work whilst wandering about Fairmont Park. The idea had little encouragement from…

The Art of War – Genius Vs. Genius

Every generation has its heroes; and every hero has his archenemy. Companions, artists and rivals. Three examples of love and war between timeless minds.

Written by on 30 Jun, 2014
Leonardo da Vinci vs Michelangelo

Da Vinci Vs. Michelangelo: On one side Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519) the creator of “Mona Lisa” and the “Vitruvian Man”. An intellectual inspired by Aristoteles’ objective vision, scientific research and observation of Nature. Sociable, kind, keen on a good party and happy to share his work in progress with anyone interested. On the other side Michelangelo (1475 – 1564), creator of the “Sistine Chapel” ceiling and many other biblical and mythological themes. An artist inspired by Plato and in love with idealist shapes. Irreverent, brash and often rude, who worked obsessively and alone. Both Italian icons of the High Renaissance with absolute irreconcilable differences. Around 1503, Piero Soderini (recently elected Gonfaloniere in Florence) awarded each artist with a commission of painting one of the walls in the Council Hall of the Palazzo Vecchio – the legislative center of Florence. Da Vinci was commissioned to produce a…

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