Art is one of the few splurges I truly feel guilt free about making. I’ll debate the merits of a new bag or pair of shoes for months, but if a piece of art resonates with me I’m suddenly cavalier.
Unlike clothing or accessories which inevitably need to be replaced, art lasts a lifetime. Nothing sets the tone in a room or has the ability to spark conversation quite like a great piece of art. Over the years we’ve bought a few special pieces to mark various occasions and I love having those visual reminders of milestones.
I’ve developed a long “someday” list for our growing collection and the latest addition is artist Meredith Pardue. The Savannah College of Art & Design and Parsons graduate describes her canvases as “composed of organic forms that derive from those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between myself and a blank canvas.”
I’m completely captivated by her work and use of color. Hopefully it brightens your Monday.
images via Meredith Pardue and Artsy
I’ve been a long time fan of Texas interior designer and Biscuit Home founder, Bailey McCarthy. Her irreverent decorating style is always inspiring, not to mention her lovingly renovated homes which have all been showstoppers.
Bailey’s country farmhouse was recently featured in Country Living and one of the rooms I loved the most was the family room above. The mix of buffalo plaid and chintz was perfect, but what really drew me in was the Texas longhorn artwork above the mantle by artist Mary H. Case.
We seem to have a bit of a thing for animal inspired artwork in our house with a menagerie currently counting a flamingo, giraffe, and rhino among its residents, so it’s no surprise that the longhorn was a hit.
I was super excited to read via this interview with the artist that we can now shop trays and limited edition giclee prints as part of a Biscuit Home x Mary H. Case collection.
Hook ’em horns!
In high school we had an all-school meeting every Friday. The headmaster and head of school spoke, there was some form of entertainment, and for the most part I wasn’t very attentive; however, I do remember watching a documentary on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Central Park installation: The Gates.
In continuation of Monday’s mission to bring a little color to the notoriously gray days of February, I bring you my latest inspiration–the Surrounded Islands project for Biscayne Bay–which, I was thrilled to discover, was executed by none other than Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
So here’s the deal, in the early 80s Christo and Jeanne Claude surrounded eleven islands in Biscayne Bay with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink fabric as a work of art “underlining the various elements and ways in which the people of Miami live, between land and water.”
These photos make me deliriously happy. I will never be able to resist a good shot of hot pink. I’d love to blow up the last photo to a ridiculous size and have it framed in lucite for my future office. That needs to happen, right?
Not only is it artistically inspiring, but I imagine there were a hell of a lot of critics saying it was silly, couldn’t happen (insert typical naysayer response here), etc. But, Christo and Jeanne-Claude made it happen.
Even more reason I need that framed print…
I wanted to title this post “Put a Bird on It” but figured an obscure Portlandia reference might be lost on the majority of readers (kind of a weird show, right?)
Anyway, I was cleaning up my iPhone camera roll last night and came across a photo of a Winslow Homer oil painting I snapped at the National Gallery a few months ago.
I was drawn to the moody, saturated colors–it’s hard to see but the duck’s eye is the most unexpected shade of Veuve Cliquot orange–a color I previously would never have thought to pair with sea greens and grays.
Ironically, I had happened to be looking at Manuel Canovas’ Sark wallpaper earlier in the day (it would be criminal if I didn’t take the opportunity to use this pun) and they are so obviously birds of a feather.
The wallpaper is even more fabulous in person and immediately reminded me of Marlien Rentmeester’s master bedroom decorated by Hillary Thomas which features the fabric version of Sark. Oh how my brain is a funny little decorating rabbit hole…
I think it goes without saying that I’m now eagerly seeking opportunities to ‘put a bird on it’.
Have a great weekend!
An original piece by abstract artist, Sally King Benedict, might be cost prohibitive for the art collector on your list, but luckily I’ve found a gift that I think they’ll enjoy almost as much.
Sally’s 2015 Calendar features 12 paintings which tear off into 5.5 x 7 post cards that can be mailed (or framed!) at the end of the month. Bonus!
I’m still kicking myself for not picking up one of her sweet little faces when I had the opportunity, but this calendar will definitely tide me over until I can have the real thing.