I'm sure you'd like an update on your favorite artist, Mark Keathley, and his family. Mark is in the process of highlighting some of artist proofs of his latest painting. He shared an image of Bonnie and him that he used as inspiration.
So... maybe you only have a tiny wall available in your house. Or, maybe $1500-$10,000 isn't in your budget to spend on a print for your wall. Well, the answer is here... mini paintings! Several of our artists are offering open edition prints of some of their most popular pieces for very affordable prices. This makes it easy for you to fill up that tiny wall next to the door with something that will brighten your day. Minis we offer...
Art of Being Young, Bedtime Stories, Dance of Grace, Evening Prayers, Faithful Friend, His Light Shines, Heavenly Light, Legacy, Seasons of Life 1, Warm and Cozy
Arguably, the most popular pieces in the gallery are Grand Ol' Gang and True Blues by Andy Thomas. Every day, the majority of our guests stop in front of them trying to figure out who each president is. The pieces almost always spark conversation. You may feel something familiar about the paintings... he modeled them after the famous paintings of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge that depicted dogs playing poker. Thomas affectionately referred to his paintings as "The Big Dogs."
You might notice that Thomas hid lots of fun little things in his paintings that you would only really understand if you knew a bit about American and Presidential history. For Instance, In Grand Ol' Gang, (the first painting below), you can see Reagan's jellybeans, Ike's famous Indian belt and golf clubs, Roughrider Teddy Roosevelt's cowboy hat, Nixon in his often seen suit and tie, Bush's cowboy hat, and Ford's habitual pipe. Then, in the bottom painting, (True Blues), you might notice the curve of the wheel on FDR's chair, his cigarette, and the fact that he's making "The New Deal," Wilson's signature glasses, Truman's oft worn Hawaiian shirt, and Jackson's pistol/cane. So much research and time went into these, and they are so much fun! He has two more in this series that show the presidents playing pool.
Left to right: George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon.
Do you need inspiration to get your walls in tip top shape? Here is an idea that you may not have seen before. Allow me to illuminate you...
Don't think you have to be stuck with just one piece of artwork on your wall. Be not afraid of the cluster. By cluster, I mean a grouping of different pieces of artwork in different sizes that come together to create one large piece. If you feel the need for cohesion, you can choose a theme, a color story, use similar frames, etc. However, dont' feel like you MUST do any of those things. All of the different elements together can create gorgeous texture and visual interest. Clustering creates an organic, modern look that has a lot of impact.
When you are putting it together, lay it out on the floor first so you don't end up with a million holes in your wall. As you lay things out, bear in mind that you don't want one side to be more visually "heavy" than another. If you have a big piece of artwork, balance it out with several smaller ones close together to create the feel of a larger piece.
When you create a grouping you like, be sure to take a quick picture of it before changing something just in case you don't care for the changes. By doing something that isn't a square or rectangle, you don't have to be as precise, and it won't drive you as crazy. Plus, you can continue to add on to the outer edges as your art collection grows.
Before hanging, a good idea can be to get a big piece of craft paper and trace the layout so that you will know exactly where to put your nails. Again, this isn't as important as it would be if you were going for a super symmetrical layout.
Want to see more examples of clustering? Check out our pinterest board!