Thursday, June 4, 2009

Feelin' Artsy Fartsy?

Whenever I'm Stateside for a visit, I try to cram in as many home projects as anyone will throw at me. It's not that I don't have a "to do" list of my own down in South America, it's just fantastically easy to get ideas installed here in the good 'ol US of A compared to the efforts required in Brazil.
The last time I was here, I repainted Mom and Dad's office. Previously, they had a four-poster twin residing alongside the computer desk - a little bit of a hodge podge that Mom wanted to transform into more of a true study. So, the bed was replaced with this slipcovered loveseat (a cast-off by my MIL)Although streamlining the room was a vast improvement, we still haven't put the finishing touches in that will make the office a bit more cozy. Does anything from that pic above scream something out to you?
YES! There's some serious need for a piece of art on that wall! We've looked at some options, but really, I tend to cringe away from buying art at Big Box stores - they usually have an OK selection, but it's a bit sterile, and well, your neighbor may end up with that exact same piece - Ick!
As of this moment, our thoughts are to buy a large canvas and just let our creative juices flow...BUT there's also this possibility...

Becky over at Harmony and Home is hosting her first-ever give away - one reader will be randomly-selected to win a 40x40 framed piece of gallery art from New Era HD! It's super-simple to enter - all you have to do is browse a bit on New Era's website, then go back to Harmony and Home, and leave a comment on what piece of art grabbed your eye and why - See? Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

Here's a few I could work with...
Abstracted Fruit by Sylvia Angeli
Riviera Drive III by Sara Abbott
Horizon Lines II
String Theory I both by Benjamin Arnot
Morning Dew by Michael Joseph


High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh I totally run away from big box store artwork as well. So this site sounds amazing. Off to check it out!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Alison, Thank you, thank you for mentioning the contest. I'm so excited for the winner! I also wish that I could win my own contest... LOL!

Style Redux 2 said...

I would try doing your own large canvas-I have done two and they came out great. The first, inspired by Cy Twombly's calligraphic art, you did a post on a while back. The second I tried a splatter art like Jackson Pollock. I could really see something like one of these in that space.

LindsB said...

I'm going to win, so dont get your hopes up too high :)

(totally joking of course)

Blue Creek Home said...

I checked out all that gorgeous art a few days ago. It was hard picking a favorite.
I love the idea of "going for it" with a big stretched canvas. Putting slightly watered down paint (if you're using acrylics) in inexpensive condiment bottles - the squirt kind, and fire away.

Simply Mel said...

Let your creative side take the stage and fill that empty space with your own artwork!

Your Mama would be so proud!