Whenever an occasion arises our first thought is to send flowers. This is a tradition that easily conveys our emotions. Something for which we often lack the right words. Flowers say it so much better.
Giving and receiving of flowers makes us feel good. Flowers are therapeutic. We don't need science to tell us this, but research has been done that proves that flowers have the power to make us feel good.
So in honor of Leap day I give you a yellow Gerbera daisy with Teasel buds. Enjoy.
Abstract art can be very dramatic. It relies on our sense of form, color, lines and curves more than it does on in-focus details.
Abstract is a form of art that people either like or hate. At least it seems to be that way among people I know. Personally, I enjoy abstract art, but like any other art form there are pieces I like and some that I don't. I am drawn to the colors and lines or curves and how they interact.
Abstract art in the home can be very relaxing. It allows you to look at it and wonder or imagine what it might be. Your mind is free to wander through it more easily. Each viewer can see their own meaning in the piece. I often like to play the 'What do you see' game.
How to you feel about abstract art? Do you enjoy it? Would you buy it for your home? Share your thoughts about it in the comments.
Spring is fast approaching. With that come thoughts of light, soft pastels. This includes the color Pink.
Pink is a happy color and is often viewed as light-hearted. Pink encourages friendliness and has been used in prisons holding cells to reduce erratic behavior.
Pink is often viewed as a soft, feminine color, at least in Western culture. However, in Japan the color pink has a masculine association. The pink blossoms of the cherry trees are said to represent the Japanese warriors that died in battle in their prime of life.
Pink, in all its various hues and shades, is a vibrant, fun and high energy color. Try to bringing a touch of pink to your spring decor. Then wait and see how it makes you feel. Then you will be able to answer whether or not you are in the pink!
I am so excited to release this new feature to the website! Whether you are an artist, designer or customer this feature can inspire your color palette.
If you have purchased one of my photographs to hang in your home you can use these palettes to coordinate the colors in the room to tie the photo into the decor. This is especially helpful if you have the photo and want to make some color changes in the room such as wall paint. The card will help you select colors that will work well with that particular image.
Each palette card has a light, medium and dark palette for you to work with. Each color has the Pantone color code printed on the color. These are only suggestions and by no means the only colors that will work to coordinate with the picture. But it will get you started.
This is an on-going project which means that I will be adding more of these on a weekly basis. If you see one of my images that doesn't yet have a palette card please contact me and I will put one together for you. Turn around time is 24 hours.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed putting this together.
There is a big trend happening with small homes. Downsizing and living with less is consider more, in a mindful way of living. When you look around your home how much of what you have do you really need?
Smaller homes and apartments are fun, cute and loved by those living in them. But, how can you decorate and accessorize a tiny home to make it appear expansive?
One trick is to choose one large bold art piece. Gallery walls can make a small room appear even smaller and somewhat cluttered.
Go big. Go bold. Have fun!
Ours walls and what we put on them says a lot about us. Will you be freshening up your walls for spring?
Vote in the survey and tell us more about what you will be doing in the comments. Have Fun!
I've briefly talked about the size of wall art in the past, but today we will dig a little deeper into the subject.
You want the overall look of your room to be balanced. If your artwork is too large for the available space it will take over the room. Going in the opposite direction imagine hanging a 5 x 7 photo over the couch. It would get lost and not seen.
When you set off to buy your artwork decide where it will be hanging in your home. Measure the width of the available space. To determine how large your artwork should be you will want to use the three-eights rule. What this means is that generally you want your artwork to leave an empty space equal to three-eights of the width of the photo on each side. Ok, I can see your eyes glassing over with that last sentence.
What this all means is that you can figure out the perfect size photo to hang on your wall by multiplying the width of the wall by 0.57. The result will be the size of the photograph you should hang in that space.
Recap: Available space width x 0.57 = art size.
Don't forget to include the size of the frame. Although it doesn't sound like much, a simple two inch frame will add 4 inches of width to your photograph or artwork. Don't worry if you go a little over or under on the size. I don't think anyone is going to come in and measure it. Just stay as close as you can to keep the look of your room in balance.
One last thing to remember when hanging your artwork. Hang the artwork so the center of it is about 65 inches from the floor if it is an open space. If you are hanging the piece above a table or sofa keep the bottom edge at least 9-12 inches above the piece of furniture.
Why would you or should you use a professional picture framer for your art work?
A professional framer can help you choose the best mat for your artwork. You can ask all those questions running around in your head and receive good, easy to understand answers. There are so many framing options that you will get lost trying to pick the best frame for your photo and budget You obviously spent hard earned money on the artwork so you don't want to put it in a cheap frame that won't last. So you see, there are some good reasons for using a professional framer. The next question is how do you find a good professional framer?
The best and perhaps obvious starting point is to do an internet search for your local area. I just moved and am currently looking for a good framer. I have located two that have good reviews. They both offer the same basic services. So how will I choose? I am planning to go and visit them at their place of business. I find that spending a little time in the shop helps me. As a photographer I want someone I can build a relationship with. Both businesses on my list work with local galleries, other local photographers and have great reviews by both. So for me it will come down to the relationship. Be sure and check out their warranty. Do they stand behind their work?
Did you know there is a Professional Picture Framer Association? Check to see if your local shop is a member.
It is also helpful to know that many frame shops have a DIY option. This is less expensive than having the framer do all the work. Plus they are around to answer questions and give you advice. They want your DIY experience to be successful.
There is a lot to consider when framing your photos or artwork. The frame, matting, glass, backing, all of it can be confusing. Your friendly local professional framer can help you get that stunning photograph ready to hang.
To mat or not to mat is quite a decision. But how to choose a mat is the bigger question.
First let's discover the purpose of matting. Mats can be of visual importance to the photo. A mat can highlight a color in the artwork. It can be used to increase the overall size when the artwork is small. Mats provide support for the photo. They can also help protect an unframed photograph if it will be handled a lot.
Mat Border Sizes
How do you know how wide the mat borders should be? The whole idea behind matting and framing a photo should be to draw the eye to the photo and enhance it.
There is no set rule. Some professionals will say 15 -20% of the smallest dimension of the image should be the mat border. Others just know from experience that certain border sizes work well with certain image sizes. Look at different sizes. What looks good to you? Experiment a little. Always keeping in mind that you want people to see and focus on the image.
Should you use a mat at all? Aside from the purpose of mats mentioned above, this is purely a personal decision. When you look at paintings done by the masters there are not mats. And you don't really notice the lack of a mat.
The choice is yours. But now you have a little more knowledge to help guide you in that choice. Remember you can do this yourself or you can use a professional picture framer.
How do you choose a good frame shop to work with? We will cover that next time.
Once you've spent money on buying a beautiful image for you home you are faced with how to frame it. Here's 5 quick tips I've put together to help you get started.
1. The frame should fit into the decor of your room. There are a few ways to do this. You could have all the picture frames in the room the same, rather like they do in a gallery. Maybe you want to tie in the metal of your lamps as an element. But when you are considering the decor of your room you need to consider the next tip.
2. The frame is all about showcasing the photograph or artwork. The frame and the matting should enhance the photograph and draw your eye in. Consider the art, is it bright and bold or soft with muted tones? Look at it and ask yourself if there is a color in the photo that you want to call out. Choose a frame that will draw out that color or feature. This can also be done with a colored mat.
3. Know where you want to hang the artwork. This will help you determine the frame size and matting options as they will add to the overall size of you piece.
4. Frames can be artsy and creative. I have an artist friend that makes frames. She embellishes them with found objects. A photo of a sailboat might be in a frame made of driftwood. A great artsy photograph can most likely support an artsy frame. Be creative when looking at how you will showcase your art.
5. Not all frames in the room need to be the same. Mix and match your frames. Especially if you have a large collection of photos that you display on your walls. Your photos don't need to be the same size and your frames don't need to all match.
But should you mat your photos? How should you decide what size the matting should be? Those questions will be answered in the next post on Matting a Photograph.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.