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Andy Warhol’s “Triple Elvis”

It's a new year! That means it's time to look back and see where 2014 has taken us. Many interesting events took place this year that have elevated art related news to be the talk of the nation. Despite high auction numbers thanks to the recovering economy, many think that the art world is slipping in popularity. Thankfully, with art, it's not all about the money! Read on for some of the successes, stand-outs and some slips of the world art for 2014. Van Gogh Goes to Arles Even though Van Gogh spent much time painting in the Provence, until 2014 there was no permanent museum in the region to see his prolific work. Thanks to the Fondation van Gogh, in 2014 a 15th-century mansion in Arles was converted into 11,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum will go beyond housing some of Van Gogh’s most notable works (such as “The Yellow House”), and will also show contemporary works by up-and-coming artists. Arles is also the home of the famous Cafe Terrace. Andy Warhol's Elvis The year also saw stellar sales, with Andy Warhol’s “Triple Elvis” selling for $81.9 million and his “Four Marlons” selling for $69.6 million. The 1963 ink and...
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...

This week's post is all about patterns. Guess what painting was made by who. This will be your last chance to see what was in the mystery box. Which I will uncover in a couple weeks. This will be the last game board for a while so Good Luck! Last chance to see if you can claim this hidden visual prize. Come back in 2 weeks to see who wins it.

This bi-weekly game looks at people in art. Play a little hide and seek with the popular crowed. How well do you know your Art? Above are images of paintings from overstockArt.com currently available in our online gallery.  If you think you can identify the artist and title of each work, please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We will provide the correct answers  in two weeks (on Friday, Oct. 8th), along with our next ReproduceTHIS: Know your Art challenge and mystery box! Congratulations Prairie Air for answering all 5 of the artists and paintings! What's in your mystery box? A 1985 Nintendo game controller! Thanks for playing What will the next winner get from our mystery box? Leave your comments  and then come back in 2 weeks for the next game and prize.

How well do you know your Art? Below are images of paintings from overstockArt.com currently available in our online gallery. If you think you can identify the artist and title of each work, please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We will provide the correct answers  in one week (on Friday, August 27th), along with our next ReproduceTHIS: Do you know your Art? challenge. Good Luck! We will also be posting a congratulations to one weekly winner.
Spruce up your home for Spring with a few design tips

Spring Decorating Trends Abloom with Floral Prints and Vivid Hues To spruce up for spring, design expert Dawn Kail of overstockArt.com, has come up with a top five list of decorating trends that will help liven up the look of your home. "The fashion industry has traditionally been an inspiration and influence over the color and trends of home furnishings and décor," said Kail. "It doesn’t take transforming the entire room to freshen up your look, just add an accent piece or two to liven up your décor for spring." Kail shares new home decorating trends and offers the following tips on how to let in the fresh air with the changing of the season: Lighten Up – Get rid of the winter darks and bring in some lighter colors and fabrics to freshen up your décor. Replace the velvet accent pillows with light cotton or linen pillows. If you have decorative artworks and oil paintings in your living room, great room, den and so forth and they’re darker with a winter look, brighten them up with a lighter-colored frame or replace the colored art and oil paintings with spring themes. If you have dark window treatments replace them with lighter neutral...

The fashion community, Polyvore, which is a site that lets you mix and match products from any online store to create outfits or any kind of collage, created a great collage that focuses around the works of Vassily Kandinsky paintings: KandinskyArtGallery by em.ina featuring Sonia by Sonia Rykiel skirts I love the way this collage was mixed and matched with fashion items and all to emphasize the color scheme that the oil paintings can go oh so well with...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, home of some of the most amazing collection of artifacts from ancient history to modern times was caught off guard as one of its most treasured Picasso's received a lethal blow by a clumsy student who stumbled onto the masterpiece and created a six inch gash on the hundred year old canvas. This isn't the first time that this happens to a Picasso. Casino Mogul Steve Wynn pocked a whole in Picasso's Dream oil painting. As the owner of such a creation and due to an hereditary deteriorating eye disease at least he has a good excuse. So the next time a guard at the museum asks you to step away from the masterpiece please oblige...

overstockArt.com, the leader in handmade oil painting art reproductions, has officially released its Top 10 list of the most popular oil paintings from the past decade. Topping the list is Vincent van Gogh’s irrefutable magnum opus, Starry Night. “We release an annual Top 10 list and thought it would be interesting to look back over the past decade to determine the trendiest and most sought after hand painted oil painting reproductions,” said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. “Not surprisingly, the notoriously eccentric artist, Van Gogh, leads the list with his masterpieces Starry Night and Café Terrace at Night.” According to overstockArt.com’s statistics, Van Gogh’s total sales numbers have far exceeded those of any of the other great masters. TOP 10 OIL PAINTINGS OF THE DECADE Most popular art on the planet: courtesy of overstockArt.com RANK ARTIST MASTERPIECE #1 Vincent Van Gogh Starry Nightt #2 Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night #3 Gustav Klimt The Kiss #4 Claude Monet Poppy Field at Argenteuil #5 Leonardo Da Vinci The Mona Lisa #6 Pablo Picasso Le Rêve (The Dream) #7 Pierre Auguste Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party #8 Edvard Munch The Scream #9 Georgia O'Keeffe Red Cannas #10 Salvador Dali Persistence of Memory In the past decade overstockArt.com sold more than a million oil paintings. They are one of the Web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with over 10,000 daily visitors and 100,000 loyal customers. “As...

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein The value of creativity has been discussed by many business visionaries. Michael Dell said, "It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell." Bill Gates said "I've always been an optimist and I suppose that is rooted in my belief that the power of creativity and intelligence can make the world a better place." Leaders often place a value on "thinking out of the box." But if creativity is so important why do large and small companies often leave it to chance? The development of creativity in your organization should be approached with conscious intent. You need to create an atmosphere that fosters creativity. Many organizations have gray cubicles, bare walls, bland conference rooms, and semi-isolated employees working in small areas covered by creativity-reducing colors, visions and sounds. How can we expect people in this environment to think creatively for our organizations? So what can companies do to improve this most critical element called creativity? It is amazing how much can be done with a relatively small investment. Replace standard corporate posters in conference rooms, hallways and offices with beautiful oil paintings. Hand-painted reproductions of great masters...

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