Abstract Art Design Insert the [ Artsy ] Interiors Paintings

Insert the Artsy: One Painting, Three Rooms

A phenomenal piece of artwork can find its home in any sort of space.  Especially when its as beautiful as this one, Darzita by this months’ Featured Artist, Jennifer JL Jones.


Darzita means “to reveal” and I love how this abstract mixed media work informs the personality of each of these spaces in such a chameleon-like way!

It goes soft and serene in a monochromatic bedroom retreat..


room found here

Or adds dynamic movement to dramatic charcoal walls in this copper-accented dining room–


room found here

Modern texture and little pops of bright color echo this loft’s downtown feel–


room found here

Which is your favorite? Personally, I think it would look stunning in a little modern cabin in the mountains.. preferably one with my name on the welcome mat. 😉

If you’re in the Tulsa area, be sure to check out Jennifer’s latest exhibition opening on November 14th at Aberson Exhibits!  Don’t miss out seeing her work in person!

Interior images linked above, art image via the artist.

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In Essentials: Daniele De Batte

You have to walk before you can run.  But you see things more clearly when you’re walking, you know?  So it goes with black & white vs. color.  In art school, we were all taught to begin with a black and white sketch.  Master that, then move on to color.  But what if just those two hues– the absence of color and the sum of all colors was enough?  For Italian artist Daniele De Batte, it wasn’t color that fascinated, but composition and juxtaposition of space.

D_012_Y_2011 by Daniele De Batte Noise 1 by Daniele De Batte Linoleum 4 by Daniele De Batte Noise 4 by Daniele De Batte Squares by Daniele De Batte

In breaking these down to the most essential elements of line, shape, and space, the artist is able to focus our attention on the strength of composition and the way each element contributes to the overall scheme.  The absence of color and even shading ( ok, there is some shading in other work ), keep our eyes from being distracted.  The graphic forms advance and recede, changing our perception of each composition with every new glance.

To see more of Daniele De Batte’s work, please visit the artist’s website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Artsy Dwelling Design Interiors

Artsy Dwelling: Be Off Center

Once upon a time, there was a rule that we all followed diligently– that art had to be centered on something.  Whether it was centered above a piece of furniture or centered based on the wall on which it was hung, centering was very important.  But I’m noticing a trend towards more casual, more interesting placement.  Deliberately hanging artwork off-center.  Justified waaaay to the right or way to the left.

Hanging Artwork Off Center

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But hanging artwork off center is akin to creating deliberately messy-bedhead-like-waves.  It takes a bit of work to get that effortlessly casual look.

Here are a few ways you can use off center artwork to create spaces that are interesting and pleasing to the eye–

1 | Use off center artwork to balance other eye catchers in the room 

Hanging Artwork Off Center

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Bold statement pieces often need another dramatic something to balance them out or your room may feel a bit lopsided.  That scene stealing coffee table or pendant needs something  to create a bit of harmonious tension, otherwise, he’s like that dinner party guest that just won’t shut up.  We liked hearing his stories at first, but someone else, please say something!

2 | Go for the triangle effect 

Hanging Artwork Off Center

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Our eyes like triangles.  Triangular compositions help our eyes travel and take in all that we see instead of zeroing in on one element.  By hanging artwork off center, you can deliberately create your own triangular composition.  So even if that painting is hanging in a place that at first seems off, once your eye takes in all the other elements in the room, it seems just right.

3 | Work your other angles 

Angles aren’t just found in the architecture and furnishings surrounding a piece of art, but also in the artwork itself.  Don’t forget about the compositional lines and angles in your artwork when thinking about how to hang it.  The work should carry on a pleasing conversation with the furnishings around it.  Like a first date that’s going really really well.

Hanging Artwork Off Center

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4 | Rethink centering

Hanging artwork off center doesn’t necessarily have to mean that the artwork isn’t centered on anything.  Just maybe think about centering on an unexpected or secondary element in the room, like a chandelier or rug instead of the desk or dining table.

Hanging Artwork Off Center

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Rules tend to be created to make things easy and orderly.  But art is neither of those things, so why should we live with it that way?  Don’t be afraid to be a bit off center.  Your art is crying out for it!

See more off centered artsiness in my Artsy Dwelling Pinterest board!  Need some help finding just the right artwork for your space?  I can help with that!  More info here.

All image sources are linked above.

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Painted Skies: Scott Naismith

There is something so magical about the way the skies color with the beginning and end of each day.  It’s almost like a painted message– there is new joy and hope in a new day or take heart, this day is done, a new one comes in the morning.  In his work, Scottish painter Scott Naismith explores the brilliance of those colored skies and the effects of light and color in the atmosphere.

Consonance and Disonance by Scott Naismith Dissonant Skye by Scott Naismith Diminuendo Shore by Scott Naismith Staccato Loch Study 1 by Scott Naismith Diminuendo Sky Study 2 by Scott Naismith

Through the refraction and reflection of light, we are treated to skies filled with glorious color.  What happens within the atmosphere and how our eyes perceive it is completely explicable, scientifically, but what about our emotional reaction to such a sight?  How do we explain the warm glow within that light and those colors bring?  Maybe we don’t have to.  Let’s just enjoy the gift.

If you’d like to see more of Scott Naismith‘s work, please visit his website.  The artist also has some really interesting thoughts on color theory, which you can see in this video on his YouTube channel.

All images are via the artist’s website.

This Artsy Life

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43 [ Dear October, We Love You ]

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43  I’m so with you, Lucy Maud Montgomery!  Mr. F and I were talking this weekend about how October is just the perfect month.  The crisp air is such a welcome change following summer, the turning leaves are in full glory ( it’s been exceptionally colorful here in Western WA! ), and for us in the Northwest, the winter rains haven’t yet set fully in.

We took advantage of a clear, crisp day and made a beautiful drive to hike at Mt. St. Helens.  We both hate getting up before the sun, but I love our day trip ritual.  A stop at Urraco Coffee for a latte & croissant for the road, trees barely visible through the morning fog and NPR on the radio as we chat about the week past and future plans.

October feels to me like that last wonderful hour of a party.. you know, the one where the people who really love hanging out together are just kind of sitting around, chatting and basking in the afterglow of a fun time together.  No one wants to say goodnight.  Because once you break the spell, the magic is gone.

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43

[ norway pass hike, mt. adams in distance ]

But then, there is something equally lovely about that post-party feeling.  Taking off your shoes, climbing into a warm bed and snuggling.  Sometimes we need that recovery day as much as we needed the party.  Following its eruption in 1980 ( I was in the 3rd grade.. 3rd grade was big for me, St. Helens erupted, I won the spelling bee and my little brother was born ), acres around the mountain were devastated.  Within just days, new seeds of life had already been planted.

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43

[ old destruction, new growth ]

We need that, too.  To slow down, sometimes to destroy in order to rebuild.  And although things may not look exactly the same ever again, we emerge, perhaps even more solid and strong.

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43

[ mr. forager, mt. st. helens & spirit lake ]

As we move into this season of hibernation, I’m sad to see October go.  But I’m looking forward to cozying up to November, to entering a quieter season, a season for thinking and planning, for resting and renewing.

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43

[ homemade seafood chowder ]

This Artsy Life: Weekend 43

[ fall decorations at urraco ]

 How does this change of season make you feel, Artsies?  Do you get as excited as we do?  Or were you bummed to see summer go?

Want to see more from this artsy life?  Follow me on Instagram!  I’m finishing up the #foliophoto project, too!

Daily Artsy Figurative Mixed Media Paintings

Defaced: Rogelio Manzo

When you look in the mirror, what face do you see?  Not a trick question!  Do you see your own visage as it actually is or do you tend to see the face of ten, twenty years earlier?  We often think of faces as unchanging, until a glance from just the right angle shows us the mortality of time marching across our faces.  In his work, Mexican artist Rogelio Manzo deals with the fragility of life and notion of beauty by deconstructing and distorting the faces of his subjects.

Nicolasa by Rogelio Manzo Nicanor by Rogelio Manzo Rogelio Manzo Lupe II by Rogelio Manzo Juanjo by Rogelio Manzo

As a society, we’ve become so obsessed with the idea of youth and perfection as beauty– that the end result seems to be that we are ending up with a homogenized standard of attractiveness.  The unique face, the one with a bent nose or not-quite-perfect teeth is reconstructed through surgery and orthodontia to fit the idealized “normal”.  We all begin to look the same, losing our sense of what makes us each rare and uncommon.

If you’d like to see more of Rogelio Manzo‘s work, please visit his website and Facebook page.

All images are via the artist’s Facebook page.

Daily Artsy Figurative Paintings

In Celebration of the Mundane: Giordanne Salley

We love our adventuring, we truly do.  But there’s somehow something even more special in those ordinary moments we spend together each day.  Comfort and joy in our routine, the way we “assume our positions” at the sink following dinner, he rinses, I fill the dishwasher.  How I know that I’ll get a kiss each night before I close my eyes.  It makes me think that these moments, not the big ones, are the ones we miss most.  New York artist Giordanne Salley captures the warmth and life in her paintings that I think so many of us forget is there in the every day.

Yellow Sink by Giordanne Salley | artsy forager #art #paintings Penny by Giordanne Salley | artsy forager #art #paintings #cat #quilt Friends by Giordanne Salley | artsy forager #art #paintings #quilt #love Cat Under the Table by Giordanne Salley | artsy forager #art #paintings #cat Family Dinner by Giordanne Salley | artsy forager #art #paintings

I love her use of texture and pattern– real life is layered with complexities and real homes don’t always look perfectly trendy and spotless.  But if we’re lucky, we are graced with a roof over our head and every day life is filled with people we love.  The next time you find yourself ready to complain about those ugly kitchen cabinets or wishing you could just redecorate that living room, remember, it isn’t the place you live that matters, it’s who lives there.

Want to see more of these charming paintings by Giordanne Salley?  Please visit the artist’s website.  

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Artsy Lately: Amanda Clyne

If you’ve been following Artsy Forager for a while, you may have noticed a few recurring themes in some of the work I write about– man’s relationship with nature, fashion industry and its psychology of influence, and art historical themes being a few.  When I first wrote about the work Toronto based artist Amanda Clyne , she was drawing reference from and making connections between historical portraiture and high fashion photography.  In her latest series, she continues the fasciation and the lines become even more blurred ( pun intended ).

In this work, she begins with a photograph of a painting.  The photograph is then printed onto paper to which it doesn’t stick, creating a wet, workable surface.  She then “paints” the photograph, then once the residue dries, the surface is scanned and the painting then once again becomes a photograph of a painting.

Gainsborough, Erased by Amanda Clyne Coello ( Catarina Micaela ), Erased Fragment by Amanda Clyne Van Dyck ( Henrietta Maria ), Erased by Amanda Clyne Coello(la Dama del Abanico), Erased by Amanda Clyne

The resulting image is ghostly, with an x-ray-ish quality.  A nod to the illusory nature of the original portrait?  An attempt to find the real person beneath the layers of fashion and facade?  In style and palette, these are much softer than Clyne’s previous series.  Yet they are still asking the same questions and it seems we, as a society tend to continue to give the same answers.

If you’d like to see more of Amanda Clyne‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Daily Artsy Photography

Walled In: Rosa Rendl

We often think of walls in a negative light, something to put up to keep danger out.  But they can also bring a sense of safety and comfort, creating for us a haven from the weather and the world outside.  In this series of photographs, Austrian artist Rosa Rendl gives an intimate look at the walls and the views they create in a Paris building.

Rosa Rendl | artsy forager

Rosa Rendl | artsy forager

Rosa Rendl | artsy forager

Rosa Rendl | artsy forager

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The perspective from which she composes her photographs creates flattened planes of view, so that the photographs lose a bit of their perspective and take on characteristics of abstract collages.  I’ve always found those spots where one surface meets another to be very interesting and quite telling regarding the way a space feels.  Rendl definitely has an eye for composition as she invites us into this Parisian world with just a peek at what may be.

If you’d like to see more of Rosa Rendl’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via It’s Nice That.  All images are from the artist’s website.

Abstract Art Fashion Paintings Wear the Artsy

Wear the Artsy: Megan Auman Scarves + A Special Deal Just For You!

I am forever in awe of how interconnected we have become through the glory of the inter webs!  Case in point– I receive an email from artist & designer Megan Auman, telling me about her new line of gorgeous scarves based on her paintings.  I think to myself, Artsy, these are awesome!  But those paintings look so familiar.. Sure enough, a quick check of my Pinterest boards reveals that I’d recently pinned one of Megan’s paintings for a future Artsy Forager feature.  Turns out I’d seen her work through Jaime Derringer’s Instagram feed and well, the rest is internet history!

I’ve made no secret of my scarf obsession.. my friends and family know it well!  And scarves that begin life as abstract paintings, thereby combining two of my absolute favorite things?  Winner, winner, warm & artsy neck!

Megan Auman Scarves

Auman’s richly colored abstract paintings provide the starting point for these lovelies.  The work is then digitally printed onto soft organic cotton ( bonus! ) and hand sewn in her Pennsylvania studio.  Each scarf is made in small batches and available in limited quantities.  Truly works of wearable art!




Auman collage

Megan Auman scarves are available for purchase in her online shop here.  And Megan is generously offering a special FREE SHIPPING offer to Artsy Forager readers!  Just enter the code ARTSY at checkout, but make it fast because this offer ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday 10/27.  Be sure to check out Megan’s other artsy wares– gorgeous art pillows, jewelry, and especially these ingenious cozy/cuffs!

All images are via Megan Auman.