Expert Advice and Interior Design tips

Expert Advice and Interior Design tips
Read about Interior Design recommendations focusing on wall décor and all sorts of advice to help you decorate in style. Find great ideas to bring art and oil paintings into your wall décor.
Henri Matisse - Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background

Everyone seeks advice. Artists have a tendency to always second guess themselves more then others. Insecurities and the luring question of "is this really great art?" are an ambiguous and extremely difficult questions to carry around in one's gut. The good news is that you are not alone. Artists have been faced with such concerns from the dawn of art itself. The great ones often spoke of the art process and what makes their art so very special. The following is a collection of artist inspiring quotes. Think of them as tips to help you get into the artist mindset and hopefully it will make you a better artist and a more confident one. Know in your heart that what you have created is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is a fantastic dream that one day this work will adorn the walls of the world's greatest art museums: “To create one’s own world takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Paul Cezanne "The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman... Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal... The nude is...
How to Choose the Perfect Painting for Your Room

It's easy to identify a painting that you're fond of, but it's a bit trickier to find a painting that works well in a specific room of your home. These expert tips will help you choose a painting that adds to your space and works with the existing décor. Lively Living Areas In the living room, something bold and eye-catching works best because this room generally has an open layout and is full of lively activity. Colors like green and purple are great choices, as they brighten up the space and add a pop of color to even the most basic furniture. Place a gallery wall of paintings above the sofa, or lean a series of same-sized paintings on a shelf or media cabinet. One long, horizontal painting on a large, blank wall also makes a beautiful focal point. Cooking & Dining Decor Classic still life paintings of fruits, wines and other food items are universally flattering choices in any kitchen and dining room, but you can customize this traditional wall décor by using one uniform accent color across the board. Bright shades like yellow, red or orange work best in these social, festive places. Place paintings in a row across the tops...

We can use animal symbolism to make the act of decorating our spaces easier and feel more connected with the personality of ourselves, our families, or our company.
Surviving a Date to the Art Museum

Copy and paste the HTML to embed this Infograph: If you have a looming date to stare at art for an indeterminate amount of time with a person you intend on wooing, then you should know about the etiquette expectations that will make or cripple your romantic festivities. For those that emerge, validated, from the museum’s exit, the spoils of a successful date await. But without the prerequisite knowledge, you may find that the love you hoped to detect in the air has been replaced with the bitter smell of revolt. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get a second date: No matter how knowledgeable you may be about art, never force your opinion onto your date. A first date is no place to unleash a disparaging volley on romanticism or Picasso, especially if your date holds an opposing stance. Perhaps you are the uninitiated one. In this case, you’ll want to be inquisitive and open to learning. Don’t forget that you’re on a date, though, and not in art class — don’t interrogate your date to get every last boring detail. Get comfortable with your date and forget about the art. In the end, you need to remember you’re at the art...
CARING FOR YOUR PAINTING INFOGRAPH

CARING FOR YOUR PAINTING:A simple and free guide for art collectors to keep your fine art looking fine! Copy and paste the HTML to embed this infograph: There are no hard and fast rules when framing a painting. However, the spotlight is the artwork and the frame should be the perfect complement for the art and the décor in style and color. DO NOT USE A FRAME THAT COMPETES WITH THE ART IN COLOR OR TEXTURE If you have other paintings hanging, DON'T TRY and match the frame. It's actually cool to have them different and contrast each other. Make sure the frame matches the style of the painting, and not detract from it. Make sure the frame looks appropriate with the decor of the room it will be hanging in? FRAME BASED ON YOUR STYLE Portraits and landscapes look best with more traditional looking frames. Abstract, edgy, or modern art looks best with plain geometric frames. Not all paintings need to be framed. Gallery wrap canvas art is very popular. TRANSPORTING YOUR NEW FRAMED ART When transporting paintings, it’s best to travel when weather is moderate. The painting should be carefully wrapped, cushioned, and insulated from moisture, humidity, and temperature extremes. Paintings should always be carried by the...
hanging your oil painting safe from harm

The oil painting you have just hung on the wall may still be susceptible to damage. Never choose where to hang an oil painting based solely on where you think it will look best. Ignoring necessary environmental factors could damage your original oil painting more than you expect. Event though oil painting is a highly durable media it is still best to take into account temperature, air moisture, and lighting when thinking about the best place to hang your art. The following are a few tips to help you find that perfect spot for your art away from harm: Think about when you attend a showing at an art gallery. The space is usually cool as higher temperatures lead to the deterioration of the painting. Watch out for elevated humidity. Do not hang your painting near heating vents. Areas with high moisture - such as the bathroom - are not good places to hang your oil painting. Avoid walls with direct sunlight and rooms that have a hall volume of dust as it contains certain acids which can erode the artwork. You can periodically remove dust from the oil painting with a soft brush, but it may be advisable to use the brush solely for this...
Top 5 Oil Paintings for Father's Day

overstockArt.com announced today the top 5 must have oil paintings for Father’s Day 2013 to help dads create their perfect man cave. "When a dad is elegant and tasteful, his man-cave should probably fit the part." said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. "We love sharing our unique insights and customer favorites with the art world to help art lovers know what's cool and trending for their space, and what would make the perfect gift for the elegant dad this Father's Day.” The Father's Day Top 5 list was accumulated based on traffic to the overstockArt.com website of dads in the US only, measured in the past 12 months. According to the analytics gathered, the works of art listed above were most sought after among dads in the US. The Top Five oil paintings for Father's Day include: “Bullfight” by Edouard Manet - Bullfight is an impressionist painting by Edouard Manet that captures the action and moment of the Spanish corrida. French painter Manet, was a key artist in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. “Going Out” by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait - Going Out is a beautiful painting of a hunter and his dog in the heat of the hunt. Fitzwilliam Tait was...

Redecorating a home can be challenging and picking out a new color scheme may seem like the most daunting part of the process. Reds, blues and greens are all viable options, but which shade? What about the trim? Then begins the frenzy of online searches, torn out pages from magazines, and stealthily analyzing the homes of friends and family for inspiration. After the headache of choosing colors and painting the walls, another challenge arises: What to decorate the walls with? Let's start with that question. Choose a work of art to inspire your color scheme and forget the online searches for “wall colors ideas.” When you go to peruse the paint chips in the home depot store, you will be prepared. Here are three examples from the reproduction art galleries of Overstock Art to inspire you as you choose home wall colors. Click on the hyperlink art titles to have the ability to zoom on each painting as if it were inches from your eye. Klimt's The Kiss Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (1907-08) is an iconic painting of two lovers sharing a romantic kiss among a bed of flowers. Which colors appear the most vibrant to you? Where is your eye immediately drawn...
Mother's Day Oil Paintings

The art experts at the popular online art gallery overstockArt.com revealed today its official top 5 must have oil paintings for Mother’s Day 2013. Treat mom to a gift that never stops giving - the gift of fine art. overstockArt.com's most desired art for Mother's Day is sure to be a favorite of Moms' everywhere: 1."Poppy Field in Argenteuil," Claude Monet - In this colorful oil painting, originally created in 1873, Claude Monet painted his wife and son strolling together among the poppies. 2. "Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child)," Gustav Klimt - Mother and Child is part of Klimt’s famous oil painting Three Ages of Woman. The painting depicts an image of a mother cradling her young son. The original was created in 1905, three years after the death of Klimt’s baby son, Otto. 3. "Madame Monet and her Son," Claude Monet - While Monet successfully captured life's reality in many of his works, his aim was to analyze the ever-changing nature of color and light. Known as the classic Impressionist, one can not help but have deep admiration for his talent. The original masterpiece was created in 1875. 4. "Bouquet of Pink Peonies," Camille Pissarro - Originally painted in...
Touring London

This Summer, Britain is in the spotlight. The Olympic craze already has the UK in its grasp. But the first focus is The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne, the second longest reigning monarch in British history, with the center of the celebration coming up.  For four days, June 2-5, the UK and the commonwealth realms (Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu) hit the height of celebration. Even though we fought for our independence, Americans are still fascinated with the pomp and circumstance of British Royalty. Weddings, births, deaths and scandals, we can’t help but to be intrigued by the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, with her coronation over a year later on June 2, 1953. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II was third in line for the throne. At nine, her grandfather King George V died, and the crown passed to her uncle, King Edward VIII who later abdicated the throne less than a year after King George’s death, choosing love (Wallis Simpson)...