Didn’t I just write a recap of January?! Where is the time going? Well, February is an absolute blur so I am going to do my best for a quick recall.
At the beginning of the month we went with some of our friends to the Second Saturday Dinner at Proof. It was artist-themed and 10 courses so we had to go. Below are the pictures (from my cell) of each course. Try and guess who the artists are. Answers after the pictures…
1. Kandinsky 2. Mondrian 3. Carpaccio 4. Pollock 5. Magritte 6. Grant Wood 7. Dali 8.Rothko 9.Chef Sean Wilson from Proof 10. Picasso
I am still dreaming about the clay potatoes in the American Gothic dish (with the awesome pitchfork). I’m currently very hungry and this is not helping at all. Delicious.
Amidst all of the non-stop work this month, I was able to go and talk to some middle-schoolers during their academic excellence ceremony. Trying to mold young minds by telling them to work hard and be kind. And then I was obsessed with the Olympics. Maybe that’s why this month is a blur. It’s because I spent most of it on the treadmill pretending I was an athlete while watching the events. I even made Nick participate in a medal ceremony with me after a particularly difficult run.
Alright, and here’s the kicker. Minutes after I post this I am heading to the airport and flying to Australia with Nick to see my best friends from college. I promise to post pictures after I am back-or maybe even while I am there if I am feeling particularly productive while on vacay. If you have been before, leave a comment about places we should see. We’ll be in Sydney the majority of the time. I’d say that’s a pretty great way to finish this month.
Happy end of February, folks.
So much is happening lately which is great for business but not so great for the ol’ blog.
I am working on many projects that I will be able to share in the next couple of months. One in particular though is going to involve an amazing gallery wall. I have been sourcing inspiration photos for a couple of months and want to share some of my favorites. I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to them.
Gallery walls are great for a number of reasons. For one, they are perfect if you have a huge wall and don’t have one large piece of artwork. Often times, they can be more cost effective too because often big sizes mean big price tags.
I love these images because they show how many ways you can take a gallery wall. You can have it seemingly random, totally ordered like the one above, or have space between them or not. I will post photos when my gallery wall is complete.
It has been a while since I have done a Link Love post and wanted to provide everyone with some good procrastination material. With the combination of fighting a cold (I will NOT get sick before vacation) and House of Cards Season 2 on Netflix I was not very productive this weekend. It seems to be carrying over into Monday morning too. Here are some of my favorite links lately.
Take a look at this list and phonetic spelling of 30 Artists names that are often mispronounced. Some are obvious, others are not.
Sheryl Sandberg and Getty Images are creating new images of women for their stock photo database. The Fast Company article says that the top selling image of a woman in 2007 pictured her in bed looking passively into the camera. Sandberg and Getty Images wants to change that and change the images of women we see in the media.
First of all, I love this Australian blog Table Tonic. And Louise just wrote about the new phone app that is sweeping Instagram: Waterlogue. It turns all of your photos into watercolor paintings. Fun and I am seeing it everywhere lately.
Finally, head on over to my husband’s blog to read his review of The Monuments Men. I am reading the book right now and enjoyed the movie this weekend. If you are an art lover, you will like this movie. Plus the George Clooney character is a real person from Winterset, Iowa. Go Iowa!
Alright, have a lovely Monday and don’t procrastinate too much…
What better way to say ‘I love you’ to that special someone in your life than a piece of artwork? Another answer may be jewelry but this is an art blog so we are focusing on artwork here, people.
If I had all of the money in the world, one of my very first art buys would be a Tracey Emin neon piece.
I have always had a thing for Chuck Taylors. 11.5 years ago I was a senior in high school and started dating a (very cute) boy that had a penchant for red high top Chucks. T-shirt, jeans and Chucks were pretty much his uniform. Now fast forward a decade and every time Nick wears his Chucks they make me smile. I also have found a love for wearing them too. So of course, when I saw Jimmy’s portraits of Chuck Taylors I became obsessed. The way that a person wears their Chucks is unique to them. A painting of Chucks is really a portrait of a person.
Jimmy is an artist working in Des Moines, IA and you can see a wide range of his artwork on his website. Jimmy’s work comes in a variety of sizes and some are more detailed than others. Many of his sneaker paintings come in under $500 which make them perfect for the affordable artwork I try to highlight. Take a look at some of his paintings below.
I am thinking about starting a new post that answers your questions about putting art in your home or office space.
Do you have questions about installing artwork, buying art, or framing art?
Do you have a problem space in your home that you need help with?
Do you just want to stay in bed and hide from this cold weather? Or is that just me?
No question is stupid. If you have one leave it in the comments below and I will tackle it for you in upcoming posts.
Have a great weekend!