Chad Wys is one of those artists that I found myself pinning his artwork on Pinterest on a weekly basis. I finally had to do some research and find out more about his work. His artwork is beautiful and has a sense of humor. He adds his own modern twist on classical works and I am obsessed.
Lucky for all of us he sells his work on the uber-affordable online gallery, Society6.
Below are some of his offerings…
A huge, huge thank you to Alysse and Kate at People with Panache. And, of course, my awesome friend Chelsea for suggesting they come meet me. PWP features young professional women who are doing their dream job. I feel pretty lucky to say that I have been doing my dream job for almost a year now. We had so much fun eating brunch (with mimosas, duh) a couple months ago. Below is the link to the article. Read for no other reason than there is a picture of me cooking. This is as rare an occurrence as a Sasquatch siting.
The other link is my latest column for Juice Magazine. It is kind of an overview for the year and the Des Moines Art scene. I will tell you this city is getting better and better but there is still so much that we can do. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that it has been a great year and then get right back on the saddle and ask ourselves, “How can I make it better next year?”
Have a fabulous Tuesday!
Today is Cyber Monday, meaning many online retailers have special sales for the day. Buying artwork online can be tricky but I have put together a round up below of my favorite, affordable online art galleries. I have also put the code if they are having a special sale today.
Also, I am offering an art consultation for holiday gifts this season for $75. This includes meeting to get to know more about your style and space, and then creating a list of artwork and suggestions for installation. Could be a great gift for the art lover in your life or just a gift for yourself.
I have barely done any holiday shopping this year. This is unusual because I am normally one of those people that have the presents all ready before I even have the tree up. I am feeling okay about it though because I am going to Market Day on Black Friday to stock up on artwork for everyone. What is Market Day you ask? It’s a maker’s fair that happens here in Des Moines a few times a year. It’s 9 am to 5 pm this Friday at the Gramercy Tap. I have picked a few of my favorite artists that will be there. For those of you not in Des Moines, I have included a link to their online shops too.
I am sorry for the radio silence this week. Lots of great clients and projects are taking my focus. Last night was the first snow (coupled with awful freezing rain but let’s focus on the pretty snow.) The snow this morning is still just a beautiful dusting of white over our downtown and I am happy to be upstairs in the warmth. I am thinking of this wonderful J. B. Priestly quote, “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment there where is it to be found?” Plus it finally seems like winter. Do you ever change up the artwork in your frames depending on if the season is changing? Or maybe for the holidays?
Below are some beautiful works that take me to a beautiful winter wonderland.
I am loving all of this winter work because it goes beyond the snowy winter wonderland with a little cabin. Have a great winter weekend that is safe and warm.
Framing can be really expensive. It most times is worth the price and can perfectly finish a work of art. However, if you are working with a tight budget, as many of us are, or you just spent your last $142.4 Million on the Francis Bacon Triptych last night, there are some more affordable options. If you are anything like me, you also like to switch your artwork up from time to time. Below are a couple of options that I have seen recently that are both affordable and are reusable for framing.
Stiicks is a Kickstarter project created by Brandon Knowlden as a solution to framing that is both attractive and affordable. There are 4 different sizes of print frames. Below is a video of the project that explains more:
The next images are a couple of ideas I have seen on Pinterest lately for reusable framing.
Link for the above DIY project here.
These would all be fun ways to display a collection of prints or your child’s artwork. If you are using these for prints, make sure to store the artwork that you are not displaying well. There are a ton of great options for acid-free print portfolio books for sale.
Have a wonderful day!