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


We carry giclee prints published by different companies which means they may require slightly different handling techniques depending on the artist.

Prints by Abraham Hunter and Mark Keathley are fairly durable. They are sprayed with a special UV clear coat that protects the canvas's colors from fading from UV light. This also puts an extra layer over the pigments so they are harder to damage. For these prints, you should be able to use a clean damp cloth without damaging the image.

For prints by the majority of our other artists, you need to be more careful. They are very delicate and completely intolerant to water and moisture.They should be handled as carefully as you would handle an original watercolor taking special care to avoid any contact with water or mist. Please make certain that your hands are clean, dry and oil-free before touching it. (Perspiration on your hands or fingers will damage the image.) For these, you should be able to use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth, electrostatic dust cloth, or feather duster without damaging your image. Be sure to dust lightly so as not to scratch the image.

If this doesn't answer your questions regarding cleaning your giclee canvas print, please give us a call or send us an email.



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You may already be familiar with Rod Chase's work. He is a nationally known artist and has his paintings in galleries all over the country. He paints in a style called photorealism. "Photorealism is the genre of painting based on using the camera and photographs to gather information and then from this information creating a painting that appears photographic." (Wikipedia).


In Twilight in Central Park, the bridge makes a stunning focal point. Then, the water leads your eye to the beautiful buildings in the background. The color palate is minimal and consists of mostly greys, browns, whites, blacks, and blues. This combines to create a very soft, romantic feel to the painting. When combined with our Ansel Black frame, it creates a very striking image.

twilight in central park by rod chase full image 5422

We see a lot of people here at the gallery, and many of them complain of lack of space in their homes. That's no reason not to have something you love! I suggest thinking of your home like a museum. Museums have hundreds to thousands of paintings and artifacts (depending on the size and prestige of the museum, of course). To be able to show a good selection of their artwork, they rotate it constantly. Most people are not going to have the resources of a museum, but we can still follow their example...

You could change paintings each season so that your painting matches the season. Or, you could change paintings each month--following the seasons as well, or just putting up whatever you feel like looking at that month. You could even change them out weekly if you like. Whichever path you choose, this will allow you to make your home feel fresh and new each time you swap them out. In time, even a favorite image can become boring from constant exposure. So... purchase that painting you are so in love with! Give your walls a change. It doesn't mean you have to get rid of what's already hanging there--it just means you get to change your space when you feel like you need a change of scenery.

An easy, often affordable way to update a space is to add some fresh new art prints to the wall. You can even lean framed prints against the wall if you position them properly on a mantle or credenza. Art can do a lot to breath in fresh air to a space because often the introduction of pattern and color can make a noticeable difference. Additionally, art can also add personality and capture a certain mood that may make the room feel a bit more interesting which is why it is important to select work that resonates with you. Have you given this much thought? ... Bring things into your home that you connect to personally and to really start to think about this as you are out shopping and collecting art for your home. It's not about purchasing things that others like, or that are trendy or popular, or that simply "match" but give careful thought to how the things that you display in your home make you feel. How they impact your mood is critical to having a home that you really love!  (How Does Your Art Make You Feel? by Holly Becker)


Have you been introduced to Mark Keathley's work before? If not, then you have been missing out.

Many people compare him to Thomas Kinkade because of his use of light, but, in my humble opinion, he far outshines Kinkade. Kinkade uses light liberally throughout his paintings which gives them an illuminated two-dimensional feel. Mark Keathley, however, uses one main light source which gives his paintings more drama and creates a sense of depth in them. Mark also uses more realistic imagery instead of the fantasy scenes you get with Kinkade. Obviously, they are both great artists, and they each fill their own niche. A lot of our visitors ask if Keathley ever studied under Kinkade. As far as I am aware, the answer is no. Mark is self-taught and has a style that is very much his own.

Today's piece that I want to share with you is  Bedtime Stories. It has the same feel of the weather and the season that we are experiencing her in Tennessee right now. It is named as it is because it has a mother with two cubs walking along a lake shore at night. In fact, he said this about the piece:

Over the centuries, story telling has been a vital source for connection of community throughout the world. Often the elders would pass on a pivotal event or interesting tale to the new generation. Then their memory could carry on the legacy or even the legends of the tribe/family. This form of communication is a type of glue that holds the family together when times are tough because “I belong” is stronger than fear. This act of telling inevitably knits the listener to the story teller as they laugh or even cry as the story is told. While we read books alone or even watch movies in a fantasy world of our own, this form of “retelling” is becoming a lost art form. So, next time you see the moon rising, take a little time and recall an event from your childhood or your parents life and pass it on to your children so they feel like they belong to something more than their soccer team or their school. Make your past interesting, embellish it a bit, and recapture the great moments and the legacy of telling Bedtime Stories. --Mark Keathley


Now, let's dissect it to see what makes it so great...

1. One main light source... in this case, the moon. Using this technique, he can create more drama by where he chooses to put the light source and what it illuminates.

2. The S shape. If you look at the emptier space, the sky and the water, it makes kind of an S shape which makes it much more dynamic than if he would have had everything in a straight line.

3. The main subject (the bears) are slightly off center. He has actually placed the bears and the moon using the rule of thirds which can be achieved by placing a tic tac toe grid over an image. Where the lines intersect is where you put your focal points. By having more than one focal point and a way to connect them. he allows your eye to be drawn through the painting.

4. The colors. He has used a palette that works together. Even though he uses all three primary colors quite a bit, he does it in such a way that it doesn't create the uncomfortable tension that it could. Instead, they work together to create a very harmonious image.

So... these are some of the reasons that you could consider this a great painting. The biggest and best reason a painting is great, however, is because it resonates with something inside you; i.e. if you like it, it's great.