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September 1, 2015 | Posted by | No Comments

Seascape Wallscape

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Image from Emily Henderson’s Instagram @em_henderson

Today I was inspired by this photo from Stylist and Interior Designer Emily Henderson’s Instagram. How lucky is a person with enough art on hand to install a beautifully curated seascape painting gallery wall? Very. Of course, Emily has scoured countless flea markets for these precious finds. In case you don’t have the time or the wherewithal to do just that, I thought I’d pull some images for you below. Perfect timing too – these beach scenes remind me of all the fun had a the beach this summer!

Afternoon Light – Pescadero by Timon Sloane $475

Time To Relax by Konnie Kim $390

Wave III by Michael Diliberto $385

Coastal Bay by Peter Laughton $210

Ocean Patterns by Roxene Sloate $425

Three Fishermen by William London $640


August 27, 2015 | Posted by | 4 Comments

Food Art

mint coral + meringue by katrina berg $630

Speaking of birthdays, I like cake and could go for a slice! If a slice of cake isn’t readily available, I could also go for a lovely, painted image of one. Does anyone know where I could find something like that?

lemon meringue pie #2 by John Kilduff $825

Paintings of food have long been in fashion in classical art, which explains why still lives of food are up there on my list of likes. Here are some great images below, either due to good subject matter, yummy colors, or both. Enjoy!

MEDITERRANEO by Lucia Bergamini $11,150

olden Delicious by Stephanie Berry $135

Oil Painting of Vegetables, Original Still Life by Livia Mosanu $615

August 25, 2015 | Posted by | No Comments

Happy Birthday, Duke!

The Duke Kahanamoku Hawaii Surfing Legend by Michael Verlangieri $211

I realized while searching Google yesterday that it was Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday. Who is that, you ask? According to Wikipedia, Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was an American competition swimmer of ethnic Hawaiian background, who is widely credited with spreading the sport of surfing. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming. He was also an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player, and businessman. [And evidentially, he had a very long name.]

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In the spirit of summer and the beach, I think it’s worth collectively celebrating Duke’s birthday, both by hitting the beach and enjoying some visuals. Below are several images relating to Hawaii and surfing or both, which puts a big smile on my face.

Surfin’ Hawaiian Style by Anthony dunphy $450

Hawaii Sunset from Kaanapali, Maui by Liz Wade $195

Going For The Surf by Dominique Amendola $3,050

BRFTBOY by Daniel Grant $1,110

Maybe there’s a wall in your home where one of these could hang, creating smiles, all year long? Search here for more great surf images in your favorite, on-line gallery!


August 20, 2015 | Posted by | No Comments

Coloring For Grown Ups

Splendid Cities

Image from Splendid Cities: Color Your Way to Calm by Rosie Goodwin (Artist), Alice Chadwick (Artist)

From Huffington Post: It’s the newest hobby every adult needs to try – relaxing, thrifty, and creative, adult coloring books are the latest craze. Learn why, and discover the best books to get started with.

Secret Garden

Image from Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

[Grown up] coloring books are a fairly new phenomenon, but one that’s quietly taking the nation by storm. In fact, as of this writing, three of the top eight Amazon Best Sellers are adult coloring books, beating out blockbusters like Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. That’s not all—14 of the top 20 books in Amazon’s Crafts, Hobbies, and Home section are adult coloring books, as well.

Enchanted Forest

Image from Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book Paperback by Johanna Basford (Illustrator)

“Coloring is a rhythmic, absorbing, and accessible activity and that is why people find it so relaxing,” says Debra Matsumoto, the U.S. Press and Marketing Manager at Laurence King, a top publisher of adult coloring books. “It doesn’t require much artistic ability or specific talent. … It is not expensive. It can be done alone or with others, while still holding on a conversation. It is rewarding because you complete something and then have something to show for your efforts in the end.”
Read on for more on adult coloring books, plus our top picks.

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Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford (Illustrator)

For: The Naturalist

Titles: Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest

Artist: Johanna Basford
Thanks to grassroots support, Scottish illustrator Basford’s gorgeous compendiums are consistently ranked among the top-selling books—never mind coloring books—in the country. “The popularity of Secret Gardenand then Enchanted Forest grew by word of mouth—the greatest compliment,” says Matsumoto. “Everyone from tweens, their mothers, and grandparents are coloring in our books.” Outdoorsmen and women will love the focus on leaves, trees, flowers, and nature, while the casual colorer will be absorbed by the detailed patterns and arresting scenes. Basford’s next book, Lost Ocean, is due October 27.
Buy the books here: Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.  
Masterpieces to Color

Image from Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso (Dover Art Coloring Book) by Marty Noble (Author)

For: The Art Enthusiast

Titles: Art Masterpieces to Color and Art Noveau Animal Designs
Artist: Marty Noble
Florida-based artist Noble is one of the most prolific adult coloring book illustrators around, tackling every subject from Medieval Tapestries to traditional Indian designs with characteristic excellence. Art Masterpieces is among her most popular works, giving fans the opportunity to color famous paintings from Van Gogh, Botticelli, Cassatt, and more. Art Nouveau Animal Designs consists of Noble’s own, original drawings, based on the illustration-oriented style popular in the early 20th Century. Both books are wonderful opportunities to learn about different eras in art (and relax, too).
Buy the books here: Art Masterpieces to Color and Art Noveau Animal Designs.

Art Nouveau

Dover Creative Haven Art Nouveau Animal Designs Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) by Marty Noble (Author), Creative Haven (Author)


Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1) by Angie Grace (Author)

For: The Closet Mathematician

Titles: Balance and Centered

Artist: Angie Grace
Symmetry and balance are major themes in Grace’s beautifully detailed books, offering page after page of pretty, precise circular designs intended to calm stressed colorers. Hundreds of fans have submitted finished works on her Facebook page, and you can see some of Grace’sown completed art on her website, Bonus: For those looking beyond circles, she’s also illustrated dozens of additional pattern-based tomes, all of which are worth a gander.
Buy the books here: Balance andCentered.
Secret Paris

Secret Paris: Color Your Way to Calm by Zoe de Las Cases (Artist)

For: The World Traveler

Books: Splendid Cities and Secret Paris

Artists: Rosie Goodwin/Alice Chadwick and Zoe de Las Cases
For those looking to get away without paying for a plane ticket, these metro-based coloring books are the way to go. Splendid Citiesevokes international flavor through stylized patterns specific to global destinations, including European architecture and Middle Eastern textiles. De Las Cases’ works, on the other hand, are less pattern-based and more whimsical, reminiscent of the best children’s illustrations; she’s also published books based on New York and Tokyo. Either book is a great buy, however, for those needing a vacation.
Buy the books here: Splendid Cities and Secret Paris.
Creative Cats

Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book (Creative Haven Coloring Books) by Marjorie Sarnat (Author)

For: The Animal Lover

Titles: Creative Cats and Owls

Artist: Marjorie Semat
Short, sweet, and inexpensive, these wildly popular and well-reviewed books by Chicago-born artist Semat include 30 illustrations each. Every page is filled with the animals of note, as well as dozens of smaller patterns—perfect for artfully whiling the time away. Kids will especially appreciate the cute critters, and the finished products are potentially frame-worthy.
Buy the books here: Creative Cats and Owls.
August 18, 2015 | Posted by | 2 Comments

Color Talks

If you’re looking to have fabulous walls, look no further. With color this good, how can you go wrong?

Yellow Bottles by Bernard Victor $120

The Musician Bernays by Amy Bernays $870

Silted Horizon – Fall by Lauren Adams $730

Bluebird + Branches + Tiffany Blue by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers $4,450

Landscape by Agata Czeremuszkin-Chrut $400

Red Carnival by Regia Marinho $2,146


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