Spring is here, a time of renewing and refreshing our lives in more ways than one! After the craziness of the holidays and with Mardi Gras season past, it is time to reset, get back on those unfinished projects or perhaps begin new ones. Many of us use this season for not only “spring cleaning” but also for changing up the overall look of a room or two. One way to do that is with a beautiful piece of art; whether replacing something or filling that empty space you’ve ignored for a while, a piece of artwork can be just the thing to freshen up a room , making it feel new again.
A large-scale abstract is a great way to fill a space especially above a mantle, bed, or dining room buffet.
Mandeville artist, Cindi Guillot often works on the 48×48” size canvas seen above. The square shape is a universal way to fill a space regardless of whether you need a vertical or horizontal shape.
Baton Rouge artist, Jennifer Carwile, often favors the grain of the wood used to create each of her paintings. The layers of blue reacting with the white over the sandy wood in this specific piece is beautifully reminiscent of the ocean and would make a beautiful addition to any home especially one near the water.
A gallery wall, or grouping of smaller works of art, is another option to finish a room and fill that open space in a room or hallway. A gallery wall can be composed of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, etc. It can be all of one medium or a combination of several, the options are truly endless and dependent upon the look you’d like for the room. Here are a few examples of how we have grouped some artwork here at Simply Southern in a gallery wall style.
The paintings above (left) are the work of one particular artist, Karen Van Zandt. The artist can be a unifying factor along with the size, or in this other case (right) – subject matter and color way. Riva Caldwell and Jennette Killeen’s angels grouped here show how a gallery wall can be created with as few as three pieces.
Group a few of Jax Frey’s NOLA mini paintings for a fun pop of color. I think these are great in a kitchen but could really work anywhere, bringing a little local, New Orleans vibe to the space.
Looking to break up the paintings in your home? Consider a whole new medium with a pottery installation. Local artist, Craig McMillin installs a hanger into each of his platters and bowls, making them easy to display in either a group or on their own. A group of different sizes makes a beautiful, organic statement as does one striking large platter. Mcmillin’s pottery is truly one of a kind, always arriving in different glazes. Display off the wall for serving (food safe!) or place in the center of a coffee table as a gorgeous focal point.
Another alternative to filling your walls with paintings, is a popular item here at the store – maps! Tony Goss creates a variety of rustic maps, each etched onto wood and finished with a hand built wooden frame. On this map Goss adds a copper overlay to the Mississppi River, the metal a beautiful contrast atop the wood.
And with these tips we are excited to announce the beginning of our SPRING ART EVENT here at Simply Southern! Discounts on select paintings, ranging from 15 to 50%, will run through March 31st. Come by and check out the work of our talented, Northshore artists and perhaps find something to freshen up your home this spring!