Flower Power

Posted on 07 July 2011

Bringing the outdoors inside adds so much energy to a space! The only problem is, not all of us were blessed with a green thumb! We forget to water the plants one afternoon and before you know it your Ficus has browned and your daisies are wilting. Whether you are someone who struggles to keep your greens green and petals perky or an experienced gardener extraordinaire—I have the perfect way to bring the outside in—without the maintenance.
[caption id="attachment_604" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Click photo to see more of Frank Satagota's artwork "][/caption] The most wonderful thing about floral artwork is how a single, beautifully simple subject matter can be recreated through artwork in so many different ways. Changes in mediums and techniques can create vastly different looks. Lisa Schuster’s technique gives her paintings intense energy! Her use of soft or saturated colors and textural brush strokes gives her artwork movement and electricity! [caption id="attachment_607" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Click photo to see more of Lisa Schuster's artwork "][/caption]


Bright and colorful floral art is stunning in rooms that get volumes of natural light. This enhances the illusion of bringing the outdoors inside. Sunrooms and kitchens we like to keep light and fresh which can be enhanced through the vibrancy of the art we choose. However, bedrooms and libraries we like to keep romantic and relaxing. More intense contrast and colors create the “fresh” look while softer brushstrokes and low contrast create romanticism. [caption id="attachment_612" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Click photo to see more of Kevin Poole's artwork "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_606" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Click photo to see more of Lisa Schuster's artwork "][/caption]  

Art that Blossoms

Artworks portraying flowers or blossoms are often associated with the traditional style—still life paintings categorized in our mind as pre-modern. Well, wake up and smell the flowers! This is simply not the case. Floral paintings can be executed in extremely different fashions, influencing the style of the piece. Any piece of artwork can be abstracted in proportion and color, minimalist in composition, or surrealist like the work of Rene Magritte to bring modern flair to a subject matter that has been an artist’s muse for hundreds of years. [caption id="attachment_614" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Click photo to see more of Helen Buck's artwork "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_603" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Click photo to see more of Donna Roger's artwork "][/caption] Another common myth about floral artwork is that it is—and I quote—“girly.” Well as fabulously feminine as flowers are they most certainly don’t have to be! Choose floral artwork with masculine touches. For example a blossom, versus a blossom tree can make a world of difference to the man of the house. Branches, the structured and twisting angles they create, can be just enough to make it so that piece of artwork is loved by both women and men!  

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Meet Litsa

Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.




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