Friday, November 13, 2009


Where To Start: The Art, The Furniture or The Wall Color?

By Nancy from Wall Spin - The Zatista Blog

In my work as an art consultant curating art programs for high-end hotels, my clients are interior designers who have worked for months selecting everything for a room, from fixtures to furnishings, before the topic of artwork is ever mentioned. OK, wait. To be completely fair, the designer had selected a style of artwork early in the design process, but the actual works of art aren’t selected until the final phase of the project.
This is a world in which art is very much like an accessory that makes a great outfit pop into a WOW outfit. Not considered an afterthought, the artwork is indeed an integral part of the room, it has an integrity of its own, yet it is selected after the overall interior has been established. On rare occasions I’ve seen a hotel space designed around a piece of artwork or seen the art inspire the interior design, but this is not the norm.
My guess is the order mentioned above (first interior, then artwork) is how most of us live. Our homes are already furnished with pieces we either want to keep forever or need to replace eventually, the walls are painted and occasionally re-painted, and the collecting of original artwork follows sometime after we realize that the posters we’ve had since college just aren’t cutting it.

Whatever the reason, once you’ve decided it’s time to incorporate original artwork into your daily life and living space, start with the art.
You have already established your style at home, so get out there and shop for art for art’s sake. Go to galleries, shop on line, look around and get exposed to art. The more you see, the better. When you see something you like it will stand out. But I beg you, do not select artwork just to match your furnishings or your walls. That would be starting with the furniture. Let’s face it, people move from house to house, furniture gets moved around, and wall colors change. Start with the art and buy what you love.
If you start with the furniture and buy art to match or even coordinate, you will probably tire of the combination in a short time. This equates to buying disposable artwork, and we don’t want that! If you want to invest time and money into original artwork, and I suggest you do, buy artwork you love, don’t try to match the couch. You have a sense of style already and your tastes will draw you to certain artwork. If you trust your visual instincts, your furnishings and your artwork will naturally come together in the end.

I promise you will always find a place in your home for art you love and you will enjoy it for a long, long time. Isn’t that more satisfying than knowing you’ve matched the sofa?

Thursday, November 12, 2009



This contemporary abstract figurative art piece is a colourful, lively painting. It's a whimsical, folk art styled abstract painted on a deep canvas that measures 1 3/4" deep. The red and purple paint continues down the sides.This painting is ready to hang with painted sides and a gloss varnish that protects it and brings out the colours.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This contemporary abstract figurative art painting represents to me that feeling of being trapped. It's a feeling that everyone has felt at some point or another in their lives. Maybe you are in a job that you despise but can't find the courage or the means to leave. Perhaps your relationship makes you unhappy but your desire to not hurt another human being leaves you with no choice but to tough it out. Or your body has betrayed you in some way, through a sickness or injury. You feel trapped within your own body or mind, numb to the world around you. That is how this painting makes me feel, it reminds me of the terrible burden that trapped feeling has on our souls. How we owe it to ourselves to let go and choose the path that truly belongs to us alone. How each one of us longs for true happiness and freedom.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Art is an investment and a very personal choice. The best way to buy art is to choose artwork that reflects your personality, taste and beliefs. Contrary to popular belief, art is not meant to match your couch but to enhance and brighten your space. To give anyone who visits your home or office a great sense of who you are as a person. If you are lucky enough to find a piece of art that moves you in some way, do not hesitate to buy it because you worry someone else may find your choice strange. How you see your world is personal and reflects who YOU are. Be unique and own a piece of original, one of a kind art!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Tips For Hanging and Fitting Artwork Into Your Home Decor and Decorating Scheme

In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won't be possible in every situation, it's a good guideline to keep in mind.

Another technique to remember is that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor), playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works. Laying them out on paper is even better since you'll be able to trace around each object and determine where picture hangers should be installed. Tape the paper up on the wall as a template for picture hangers and you'll be done in no time.

You can also lay out pieces of scrap molding (or tape) onto the floor to form the "outside" bundaries of a picture grouping -- the measurements within which the smaller pieces of art will be set. This is useful when a particular wall has certain boundaries that must be observed (such as a chair rail, windows, heating vents, and the like) and helps keep your arrangement the proper size.

Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.

In general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.

Choose artwork that underscores the mood or theme of your room's decor.
Is the room vibrant, pastel, or neutral? Is your furniture casual, formal, modern, or traditional? These are clues that will help zero in on the type of artwork that compliments the color and scale of a room. Vibrant colors bring excitement to a room while neutral colors are more calming. Which do you prefer?

Keep in mind that one large painting makes a statement and keeps things simple. It can also call attention to the focal point of the room which is often the fireplace.

Landscape art is one good way to visually open up a smaller space. The view of a distant horizon acts as a sort of "window" giving the impression of a faraway vista. You can add the look of a "window" to a small or windowless area by hanging landscape art.

The use of line is sometimes overlooked by home decorators, yet proper use of line can set the mood in a room. Horizontal lines tend to elongate, widen, and emphasize a casual decorating scheme. Vertical lines however, tend to be more formal, add to the illusion of height, and can seem more elegant and refined.

You can find these and many more interesting tips on decorating your home with art by following the link to decorating.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Advice For Custom Framing Your Artwork Or Collectables

Advice for custom framing your new piece of art or collectable item. All of the paintings I offer for sale are ready to hang with painted sides on gallery wrapped canvas (meaning no staples showing). However if you choose to frame your new artwork here is some free advice. First off find a reputable, fully insured framer, if possible one that works out of a store. They can provide more frame choices and they are kept informed of the current trends and conservation techniques. Once you find a good framer you should find yourself using them for any repeat business. They will begin to understand your taste and budget and be able to choose colours and styles that will suit your home decor. The framing of artwork is meant to enhance the piece not take your eyes away from the art itself. A good frame choice is one that compliments the painting, may add a little interest while helping to draw your eye back into the painting. One mistake many people make is in choosing the width of the framing. Your eye tends to be drawn to the frame if it is out of porportion with the artwork. While it may be hard to visualize the final outcome with only a corner sample to view, trusting your framers advice will prove to be both economical (mistakes averted) as well as visually appealling.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Emotions In Art - Painting Sadness - A Visual Diary

I've been asked what inspires me to paint and while I struggle to come up with the obvious answers like my surroundings, the beauty of nature, my love of life what truly drives me to paint are my emotions. Sometimes the more emotional or stressed out I am the better the painting turns out. It seems I'm painting sadness. I have had more than a few people tell me that my artwork is packed with emotion. I guess I wear my heart on my sleeve; at least when it comes to painting. In life I keep my emotions to myself on the most part. I don't share my inner pain with friends or family or even my spouse. Maybe from an artistic point of view that is a good thing. For my aching soul it's a terribly lonely feeling. When I paint from an emotional frame of mind the end product is so drenched in sadness I don't think I could honestly call much of my art therapeutic. Mostly it's a visual diary to the ups and downs of my life. A life filled with love and betrayal, struggles that reach beyond just the financial burden I often face. When someone buys a piece of my art they are truly buying a piece of my soul, my very own visual diary.
My art can be found at there you will find links to all the online galleries I currently sell on.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Coming Up With a Series of Abstract Figurative Art Paintings

Every time I sit in front of a canvas an idea forms in my head. Sometimes it's in the form of colours or shapes, usually abstract. I turn to my tubes of paint and choose the colours as they appear to me in my mind. When the mood strikes and the painting turns into a figurative piece I find myself these past few months doing the same lonely figure. Sometimes standing on a cliff like structure, always with a dripping moon and no features on her face.
For me they represent the feeling of sometimes losing that unique part of yourself were everything seemed possible and our dreams were within reach. As the years go by that person, that dreamer seems more and more like a stranger. When I find myself painting featureless faces it's as if I am still seeking to find my voice. I think I might be searching for the dreamer I used to be.