As Mother Nature teases us with her hot-cold attitude (at least here in Canada), we can start dreaming about our soon-to-be weekends away, and vacations at the cottage. Perhaps, with that comes the much needed spruce up of this oasis. So why not take a few pointers from the classis American painter, Edward Hopper.
Hopper was known for his depiction of modern life in America, and the alienation and isolation of American society throughout the 1930’s and into the mid-century. Seemingly anti-social, Hopper was also taken with quiet Cape Cod scenery and beach-y landscapes – images of the calm escape we are all counting down the days for.
How can you best create a relaxing and restorative second home? Leave the modern and the extraordinary chic at home. We’ve pinned a few inspiring beach designs for your next cottage project.
Follow in the style of Edward Hopper, and surround yourself with quiet worlds of peace and solitude. Works like this one by David Hoffman, follow the soothing color scheme and the reurn to nature that we all yearn for during those long work weeks – making them perfect to welcome you into the weekend getway.
Personally, I think a place like the cottage is the prime opportunity to bring in those fun, eclectic pieces. This painting by Karin Lowney is just erotic enough to bring a laugh, and still in theme with your weekend in the sand. Play it up. We all have that uncle/grandfather or neighbor whose cottage screams “yardsale”, so take the opportunity to make your own a little more out there.
If you are at all familiar with social media, you know Pinterest. That ghastly site that makes you want to shop, bake, cook, craft, and workout all at once. Launched in 2010, the website acts as a virtual bulletin board and bookmark for everything you love, love, triple love on the Internet. Known as the first stop for DIY projects, home décor ideas, and wedding planning, the site has not only attracted 25 million users, but keeps them there… probably for several hours… a day.
What I love about Pinterest is its ability to be a one-stop shop for online browsing and “window shopping”. I can simultaneously shop for shoes for that dinner party while I plan my new bedroom with all the finishing touches, and be linked to products’ original websites.
At Zatista we utilise the powers of Pinterest to share our art. We create boards geared towards our favourite timeless photography, American paintings, hand-pulled prints, as well as boards full of art that are meant to inspire thoughts of the coming spring weather, or remind us of the beach.
Many may not realise it, but Pinterest is an excellent resource for shopping for a finishing touch to a room. With access to original art marketplaces like our own, Pinterest brings multiple art suppliers to you in one neat webpage. But how do you go about finding art perfectly suited to your dazzling taste on Pinterest? Start by checking out some of Zatista’s boards and the works we’re loving, or just browse what Pinterest’s Art category has to offer. Many of the pins may not link to a product’s site, but this is the best place to start. Look for colours you want, styles, and even specific mediums.
To make your searching as simple as possible, we’ve tried to check off all your searching tactics – great gifts, artworks under a certain price, decoration for the man-cave. It’s all there on our Pinterest boards.
What’s great about Pinterest is not only does it bring you to original artwork you can invest in, but it is a center of ideas on how to introduce art into your home. It can teach you how to be an at-home curator, so to speak. When you check out our Pinterest boards, you’ll find ideas and inspiration for integrating original artwork into your home as well as ways to decorate with art, and around it.
Be sure to follow us on Pinterest. If you don’t know where to start when choosing which artwork is the best investment for you, Pinterest can be a great ease into the process. We swear… Pinterest can be Producti – OH! Look at that Cupcake recipe – sorry. Productive.
Considering it is the shortest of the year, February can sometimes seem an interminable month, when memories of holiday festivities past seem as far away as the promise of spring. Wherever you may live, you are probably tired of the extremes of whatever season you happen to be stuck in the middle of.
On the whole March has a lot more going for it. Daylight Savings Time begins, with the Vernal Equinox and St. Patrick’s Day soon after, followed by Passover and Easter.
As if the general air of release and celebration were not already fully realized, April seals the deal, by beginning with a day on which we are not only allowed, but encouraged to pull pranks on each other, and offering us an equally shameless and silly riot of color in the form of spring blossoms.
Fortunately here in the States we have a few special occasions to distract us and help move along the progress of this least popular time of the year. First we had the annual rites of passage known as Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday, next came Chinese New Year, this week Valentine’s Day, and next week President’s Day.
For some of us these days provide a brief moment of relief, a day off from work, or a timely opportunity to let loved ones know they’re loved. For others they are a welcome sign that better times are ahead and getting closer. But for those of you who still can’t wait, art is a great way to bridge the gap between where you are and where you’d rather be. The next time February gets you down, remember that here on Zatista, escape is just a click away!
Brian Sylvester is a guest blogger on WallSpin, and an artist on Zatista.
Thought of a gift or special treat for your Valentine yet? You’ve only got one week left!
Here’s a little secret: nothing says ‘I love you’ better than art. Whether it’s art you create or craft, art by another artist, or a visit to a gallery or museum – art is personal enough to be a thoughtful element to weave into your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Avoid those silly, mass produced greeting cards and get original on Valentine’s Day. C’mon, if you love someone, what have you got to lose?
Being original with your own art or someone else’s art is always a great idea.
The Huffington Post says, “Why not save yourself the disappointment of yet another Hallmark card and take the reins? Here is how to jump in: Think beyond dinner. Sure, dinner is always great, but so is an afternoon or daytime adventure.”
The HP continues, “If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, you can easily put it off until the weekend and plan something fun and different. Try a hike and bring a picnic (complete with wine, of course). If the weather is limiting, take a stroll through your favorite museum.”
This is my best advice, folks! Be ORIGINAL and ARTFUL this Valentine’s Day, and enjoy!