Ways to Bring Joy to Your Home

A home bursting with joy is something you can feel the instant you walk in the door. But what is it that makes a home joyful?  Check out these Houzz suggestions, then see some art suggestions to generate joy.

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Fine art for your  walls by artists left: Hyunmee Lee. Right: Helen Frankenthaler.


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Left: Drawing by Jan Kirstein. Top right: painting/drawing by Lingmu Meizhi. Bottom left: Painting by Hyunmee Lee.



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Painting by Elke Trittle.



Art by Stephan Leberloa.

Collector’s Choice: Red!


Mark Rothko : Red Abstracts

Thanks to Azurebumble

Above:  Mark Rothko. Orange, Red, Orange. Oil on paper.

Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.


Mark Rothko. Untitled. Oil on canvas.

Mark Rothko.  Oil on canvas.

One of the preeminent artists of his generation, Mark Rothko is closely identified with the New York School, a circle of painters that emerged during the 1940s as a new collective voice in American art. During a career that spanned five decades, he created a new and impassioned form of abstract painting. Rothko’s work is characterized by rigorous attention to formal elements such as color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; yet, he refused to consider his paintings solely in these terms. He explained:

“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”



More Red Paintings


Henri Matisse:  “The Desert:  Harmony in Red, 180 x 221 cm, 1908



More Red Art

This set of images includes art from living artists. All of these artists have been featured on Kirsteinfinefineart. These artists include Kurt Nimmo, Rick Bennett, and Janis Kirstein.


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Red is a color I love, but ordinarily for me, a little red goes a long way. However, all of the paintings on this series use a proportional predominance of red. Red is an assertive color that comes forward toward the viewer. It is a warm color, an assertive color, and even can be an aggressive color. Red is associated with fire, passion, heat, energy, blood, life force, and is a high impact color. Red is said to make people hungry, thus the predominance of red in fast food decor: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Rally’s for examples.

Hope this blog didn’t make you too hungry!


Jan Kirstein



To see more of my Red Collage Series, click here and go to November Collages 2016 Gallery.




Collector’s Choice: Jason Twiggy Lott






Jason Twiggy Lott


Thoughts from Jason Twiggy Lott


I’m a native Mississippi artist and have been painting and crafting for as long as I can remember. My work references both the physical and the spiritual, decay and renewal, the external and internal worlds.
The creation process is a sort of spiritual exploration for me. I try to turn off myself, my brain, and my ego when I create. I try to create from a place of pure spirit. The less I think, the better I usually work.  When painting abstractly, dirty brush washing water is just as important as new paint. Every artist working with paints has the jar of water or turpentine that brushes go in and out of while painting. I like the idea of the ‘trash’ that would normally be washed down the drain being on the same level as the untainted paint straight from the tube. It’s sort of a metaphor for how I see the world. The ugly parts of life can always be recycled and reused to help build new ideas and experiences.



Jason Twiggy Lott: Assemblage

The artworks I create are shrines, reliquaries, totems, altars, love letters, journals, and collections of memories. I both construct and reconstruct their history, purpose, and meaning. They are products of their environment, pieced together from the detritus of the South where I was born, reside, and work. They are rich, dark, and dirty like the history of my home. The South is steeped in a history of dark personalities and deeds. Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil so he could play a mean guitar. We’ve ridiculed, oppressed, enslaved, and murdered people because we don’t like their skin color. White Southerners decided it was a good idea to go to war pretty much because we didn’t feel like working our own land.

Jason Twiggy Lott: Assemblage

Our Archangel Elvis Presley died on his toilet a bloated, bejeweled drug addict, and our literary messiah, and arguably the greatest novelist in history, William Faulkner was by most accounts a rude, shut-in alcoholic. Yes, we have a sordid past colored with dark, tragic characters and bad behavior. But who doesn’t? Every nation, state, city, person has skeletons in their closet, but even today the South retains its spooky patina. We don’t progress at the same rate as the rest of our country. We move more slowly. Maybe it’s the heat. We haven’t fully covered our scars yet. We haven’t fully buried our skeletons. Our past remains relatively on the surface. Drive down any Mississippi back road and you’ll see it, feel it, and taste it.

We tend to embrace our rich, colorful, and sordid history. We seem to have an innate sense of how our past, even the nasty bits, makes us who we are today. The average, the dirty, the discarded and forgotten can all be elevated to god-like status. Lead can be turned into gold. It’s all about perspective and how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

Jason Twiggy Lott: Assemblage

So much of the trash I find and use was once very significant to someone, but they lost it, discarded it, or forgot it. Does that negate its significance? Do we as people become less special if we’re lost or discarded? Does our past define us? Are we innately significant and special beings or is our significance dependent on how we’re remembered once we’re gone?

Ultimately, my work speaks to our fundamental understanding of the human condition, as well as our lack thereof. What we leave behind can say as much about the present as it does about the past.



Jason Twiggy Lott: Acrylic on canvas

These lyrical abstractions by Jason Twiggy Lott exude an ethereal world of emerging energy. His naturalistic colors embrace veils of delicate washes and subtly drawn form that gives an essence of something being born. His sense of form and movement present a sensibility that is refined, yet authentically spontaneous and direct.    Janis Kirstein



Jason Twiggy Lott: Acrylic on Canvas

Curriculum Vitae

Represented by:

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015     The Pulse Project, The Empty Spaces Project gallery, Putnam, CT
  • 2014     annual Cedars Juried Art Show, The Cedars, Jackson, MS
  • 2014     Museum After Hours dual show with Ginger Williams Cook,
    MS Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
  • 2014     dual show with Lauren Dunn, The Caron Gallery, Tupelo, MS
  • 2014     Art Lovers’ Soirée, Fischer Galleries, Jackson, MS
  • 2014     solo show, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA
  • 2013     Hunter Underground, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
  • 2013     god:HEAD, The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2013     Artists by Artists, MS Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
  • 2012     Show of Devotion, Fischer Galleries, Jackson, MS
  • 2012     dual show with Sam Dunson, The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • 2011     The Circus Show, Fischer Galleries, Jackson, MS
  • 2011     dual show with Charles Clary, The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN
  • 2010     Annual Nude & Figurative Show, Fischer Galleries, Jackson, MS
  • 2010     Small Works Show, Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA
  • 2009     solo show, Nunnery’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS
  • 2007     The World of Moe Ffitsle collaborative show with artist William Goodman,
    Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA


2015     The Woven Tale Press, Vol. III #9,  online publication
2015     The Pulse of Mixed Media : Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed by Seth Apter

2014     Studio Jackson by Nell Knox

2012     The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

2011     Bluecanvas, issue 7





Jason Twiggy Lott: Acrylic on canvas

“Many of my pieces include dried grasses and twigs that I adhere to the canvas during the painting process. I like the organic feel and texture they provide as well as the accidental possibilities they introduce into the process since I never really know how the paint is going to behave as it flows over and through the texture.”
“Perhaps more importantly to me though, the organic material is a literal manifestation of death and rebirth embedded into the piece itself. Not only has the material gone through the natural cycle of birth, death, and rebirth before I even collect it, but I am birthing it anew by incorporating it into the painting. As you’ve seen, the life cycle is central to almost all of my work. ” Jason Twiggy Lott

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