How to Decorate A Living Room: Try an Artistic Gallery Wall in Your Home


“A living room is a great space to embrace thoughtful disorder, such as through an artistic gallery wall, mix-and-match throw pillows, open storage baskets and fun furniture…”  From this Houzz story on How to Decorate A Living Room.

 

 

 

Let’s Play with the Concept of a Gallery Wall in your home…

 

 

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Left: Painting by Nancy Hillis.  Top right: Fine art print by Jan Kirstein and bottom right: Collage by Hildy Maze. To contact Hildy Maze or Nancy Hillis with further questions, just message me. For more information about the print by Jan Kirstein click here

 

 

Another Gallery Wall in your Home:

 

 

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Gallery wall includes painted panels on left, by Karen Jacobs, top right image is painting on paper by Lee Brewster and the bottom right is a fine art print by Jan Kirstein. For inquiries about the work on Lee Brewster and Karen Jacobs you can contact me on this website. Also I have stories on both of these artists on this blog as well. To find out more about the fine art print by me, click here.

 

Create a gallery wall in your home. If you would like help with this fun project, just email me at janiskirstein@gmail.com, or contact me on this website. I would love to hear from you and help you out with choosing your preferences.

 

 

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The Painting Journey Continues


Our painting Journey Continues with Nancy Hillis’ Studio Journey online abstract painting workshop. Her assignments help free up your expressive inspirations through exploration and self confidence. Growth emerges through experimentation. My own personal journey has opened up possibilities far beyond what I faced even weeks ago. Thanks Nancy!

Painting in a Series

Lee Brewster: To Capture a Moment in Time


 

 

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If an artist can capture a moment in a lightening strike of eloquently drawn lines and painted strokes of pigment, then why do so many artists feel it is necessary to overlabor over creating ? Is a rendition of the moment with dutiful work ethic, and a heavy sense of responsibility always more valuable than a direct moment of complete insight?

By viewing paintings by  Lee Brewster, one can see that it is entirely possible for  an artist to perfectly align with the universe in a delightful harmony, and capture this moment of spontaneous truth. When this happens, you have a major miracle.

This is the work of painter Lee Brewster, who’s baby steps capture the larger heart and soul of reality in a most certain, profound and complete way.

Jan Kirstein

 

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“today in the studio I had one of those sacred moments. it brought me back to why I love art-making & came when I added a thin layer of white to parts of this little paper piece. I can’t say that it’s done, but it is much improved by what was added today. this piece has been sitting in my studio…waiting. i never gave up on it when it was ugly & awkward, because I saw something worth saving in it compositionally. i love the messiness (or mistakes, if you choose to call them that) from the past & that you can still see shadows of them. mostly I love what I learned about life: that for all those times when I didn’t look like much, someone saw something in me worth keeping around & investing in. someone had a vision for what I would become. so…this little piece of paper with black & white marks on it was my teacher today. she’s is imperfectly beautiful & wise & worthy and I’m calling her “grace”

Lee Brewster

Artist

Franklin, TN.

 

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Collector’s Choice: Janet Jones


 

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“Rather than collecting beautiful materials for collage and mixed media, I look for those that have had a troubled past.

 

 

I want to draw attention to the innate beauty of the stains, foxing and velvety patina of old book pages and the grime and grunge of “road kill” papers rescued from the street. Sometimes these found papers are finished pieces with very little intervention on my part, and in other cases I distress papers by soaking, laminating, staining, scorching and sanding to give them still more history.

 

 

I take pleasure in giving these humble materials the loving presentation they deserve.”

 

Janet Jones, artist

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Collector’s Choice: Anna Hryniewicz


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Anna Hryniewicz draws us into her colour fields by her vigorous, dramatic and energetic painting. I want to live in these colourscapes – whether they be landscape, mindscape, or heartscape. Once we had to travel to immerse ourselves in the experience of other visual art traditions; now the vibrancy of other traditions comes to us in the guise of an incoming generation of artists from other parts of the globe. Anna Hryniewicz is part of this new force which will invigorate and augment visual art culture on this island, in particular the practice of abstract painting.

Paula Meehan

 

 

 

Magda Snarska on the work of Anna Hryniewicz:

… The works of Anna Hryniewicz result from artistic considerations of the light problem in the picture. In her abstract compositions she makes an unusual record of light which constitutes a synthesis of her personal experiences. With great patience and inquiring mind she creates colorful compositions and in this way she presents her emotional and visual feelings by means of painting. The intensification of such a mature artistic ‘translation’ comes from the clear composing of colorful ranges in which the author moves with natural grace and intuition. Spontaneity of painting expression, deep sensitivity as well as humbleness in arriving at interesting solutions all determine the values of this painting. The meeting with her pictures is a journey through extraordinary lit up remote parts created on canvas thanks to great sensitivity and imagination of the author…’

Magda Snarska

 

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Artist statement:

I create art that resonates with my life and I hope it brings emotional experience that others will recognise in their own existence. As I struggle with life’s difficulties, loss, and defining who I am in the world I try to capture moments in time. This is how I feel the real beauty and flavour of life.

I have been painting abstract art since I obtained my MA in Fine Arts in 2004. But I have loved and leaned towards abstract ever since I can remember.

I create works that are about colour and line, I explore surface in search of light, gesture, space and motion. I have an open and dynamic practice, which doesn’t have a formula, it’s all about experimenting and looking for interesting solutions. Once I begin to paint the original idea evolves in unexpected way through a messy, intuitive process of collecting marks, traces lines and overpainted surfaces.

When I start painting I step into the “unknown” to discover something new, that I cannot plan beforehand. I am constantly looking for lines and colours that create evocative, emotional image. I draw and paint over until I feel the work is complete. Each piece becomes very personal and evolves through “chaos”, with marks and traces of the previous layer. I carefully decide which of them will stay, and which will go in order to let others exist.

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Biography:

Anna Hryniewicz born 1975 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Graduated with distinction from Wroclaw School of Music (Piano Performance);

and University in Poland (Art Education, Painting) and in 2004 received Masters in Fine Arts with distinction.

Alongside my painting work, from 2000 to 2007 I was a graphic designer in multimedia companies, and illustrator for children magazines, and a teacher of art and music.

I moved to Ireland in 2007 and until 2010 I worked with preschool children running creative art activities. From 2011 to 2015 I ran art sessions for adults and children with disabilities in Dublin.

But first and foremost I am a painter.

I was shortlisted for the Winner Prize Award in RUA RED 2015 Winter Open Show in Dublin, and my works can be found in private collections in Ireland, the UK and Poland, as well as in OPW Ireland’s public collection.

 

 

KIRSTEINFINEART.COM gives thanks to Anna Hryniewicz for sharing her exhilaration work with us here today. For more exciting features on the best contemporary artists working today, click on the subscribe button at the bottom of this page. Thank you so much.