ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lobo

 

“What started as a hobby became a profession”.

 

That’s what Lobo says, a Brazilian artist born in São Paulo, the biggest city of South America. Thanks to compliments received from paintings he created to present to friends, he decided to take a turn in his career and dedicate himself exclusively to his art.

 

Inspired by artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Burton Morris, Lobo expresses his art with outstanding features, influenced by the experience he gained in the several art fields in which he worked.

 

His art works always ring with vibrant and happy colours, features that are already his trademark. His work has gallery representation in several countries.

 

"I never thought that a free time passion could become a profession."

SUMMER TRENDS: Natural Elements

Flowers and greens - get outside the garden.  The use of natural elements like flowers, bark and grass as decorating elements will be very popular this summer as people continue to connect with the simpler life.  We love the energy and warmth these elements bring to a room, like the one below.


Home and Garden Design Ideas

Surround Yourself With Art You Love!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”   William Morris

Surround yourself with art you love! The most important aspect of choosing artwork is finding pieces that express your personality while enhancing the look of a room. Today artwork can be found in all shapes, sizes and styles, and knowing where to begin your search for the perfect piece can be difficult. Below are some tips to get started on your search:

  • If your tastes are traditional, consider landscapes or works of the Old Masters in a traditional frame.

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  •  If you have more romantic taste, look to impressionist-style portraits, or photographs of couples in gold or silver frames.
  • Photography in a black industrial-chic frame is a great option for contemporary interiors.

  • If you’re looking for something modern and eclectic, pick pieces with bold colours and graphic shapes.
  • Choose artwork that complements the colours in your décor, but don’t try to perfectly match colours. The artwork will not stand out enough to draw the attention it deserves.

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  • Consider scale when selecting your art. A large room with high ceilings will need a large piece of art, while small art should be selected for more intimate spaces where it can be appreciated up-close. A large, bold piece of artwork can be an excellent focal point in a small room.
  • Art is a very personal decision and it should reflect your personality. Look for artwork that reflects your personal interests and passions. If you love to travel, select artwork that depicts some of your favorite places to visit. Art should make you feel good when you look at it, so don’t settle for generic images.

  • Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Very few people live in a décor that is strictly one style. If a modern abstract speaks to you, there’s no reason it can’t be displayed in a traditional room. The right framing treatment can create a transition from old to new.

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To help find the work of art that’s perfect for you, visit our partner at www.shopforart.com where you can easily search through more than 200,000 images by style, artist or collections at your leisure. For your convenience you can have your selections shipped directly to Framing & Art Centre that’s closest to you, where our framing experts will help you select beautiful framing that will fit your home and lifestyle.

Happy Birthday to American realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper, who was born this day in 1882!
Pictured here, the famous, “Nighthawks,” 1942. Available on Shop for Art.

Happy Birthday to American realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper, who was born this day in 1882!


Pictured here, the famous, “Nighthawks,” 1942. Available on Shop for Art.

Five Reasons to Use Metal Picture Frames

Metal picture frames are making a comeback in design!  They’re perfect for creating a contemporary or modern look in your home, or adding new life to existing décor and art.  Here are several benefits to using a metal frame over a frame of another material. 

  • Metal frames are easy to clean.
  • Where humidity is a concern, metal frames will not warp or shrink.
  • Cost Effective.
  • Durable and light-weight.
  • Variety of finishes and colours.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings

Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women.

After his death in 1675, his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity for nearly two centuries. In the 19th century however, Vermeer was rediscovered by German and French art historians Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger, who published an essay attributing sixty-six pictures to him, although only thirty-four paintings are universally attributed to him today. Since that time Vermeer’s reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

Create A Breathtaking Gallery Wall for Your Home

Determining a layout for your gallery wall can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.  Before putting nails in the wall, create a layout.  You can lay out your picture frames and art on the floor, but if you don’t have the space for that, then tape paper to the wall.

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Cut the paper to the size of each item and use painters tape to stick the papers to the wall.  By using the painters tape you won’t strip off your paint when you move the papers around.  This method allows you to envision the gallery without damaging your walls.  Once you decide you like the arrangement, then it’s time to start hanging!

If you’re not sure how to hang your custom framing, then check out this blog post for more tips!

Image from Better Homes and Gardens

Happy Birthday to Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani! Pictured here is his piece, titled, Woman with a Fan.
Image: ShopForArt

Happy Birthday to Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani! Pictured here is his piece, titled, Woman with a Fan.

Image: ShopForArt

Rediscover Metal As A Home Accent

In the 80’s metal was seen everywhere.  While you may not necessarily want to replicate the entire 80’s in your home, metal can still be a great accent to add.

There are many options for metal.  Silver.  Gold.  Brushed.  Polished.  The list goes on and on.  Whichever color or finish you like, metal can help you achieve many looks from retro to modern to eclectic styles.

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Retro
A room predominantly filled with metal is a common look to retro.  Anything goes from fixtures and furniture to picture frames and wall décor.

Modern
Modern style coincides with clean lines and simplicity.  Metal further emphasizes the open and airy environment of a modern home.  A metal picture frame can make a modern piece of art look sleek and stand out.

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Sarah Sarna

Eclectic
Mix the old with the new! This is the easiest type of room transformation if you’re looking for a change, because you start with things you already have.  Put new life into an old piece of art with a metal picture frame, or switch out an outdated lamp for one with a metallic base.  Just a few accessories spread throughout a room can make a HUGE change.

Natural
Metal accessories can blend in with a natural, earthy look, believe it or not! In a warm-toned room metal will add balance while also providing contrast to the varied textures of wood, stone and fabric.

Metal can be natural, reflective and brushed with a variety of finishes.  Create a retro look, refresh an older look or go for something modern.  Picture frames, tables, lamps and other accessories are the perfect way to achieve this!

Summer Trends: Bright Colours

Colour – use it… A LOT!  Nothing says summer like a healthy dose of colour and this year the brighter the better.


Go bright in the entire room! This works because of the neutral flooring and a few neutral accessories placed around the room. (Belle Maison)


Bright colours are fun in a child’s bedroom or playroom! (Parents)


If you’re not sure about bright colours all over your room, use just a few bright accents like curtains, flowers and art. (Style At Home)