Add a Touch of Autumn Style to Your Home with the Latest Offerings at ArtGallery

by Robb Shingles 16. September 2019 13:09

With the Summer slowly drifting away and the cooler weather setting in, it’s clear that we’re heading well into Autumn. Even though it means breaking out the warmer clothing and debating whether or not to put the heating on, every new season brings with it the perfect excuse to give your home a little re-fresh. And what better way than to treat yourself to some fabulous new artwork from your favourite online art gallery? We feature a huge range of local artists and their original artwork, so whatever your tastes, you can guarantee to find something you’ll love here at ArtGallery. Just to get you inspired, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite originals that are sure to embrace that Autumn feel!

 

Hare in Blue by Anna Pawlyszyn

 

Artwork involving woodland animals is one way to incorporate that Autumnal feel into your home. Woodland themed lamps, prints and fabrics seem to be popping up in a lot of homeware collections lately, but for a show stopping piece that will be the talking point of any visitors, we love this Hare in Blue original. This gorgeous watercolour painting by Anna Pawlyszyn is the perfect addition to any room for the Autumn. The cooler colours combined with the classic brown tones give a unique twist on the painting, along with the fine details in the whiskers and eyes which is sure to add the wow factor to any wall. The perfect painting for any animal lover.

 

Through the Red Trees 2 by Aisha Haider

 

When it comes to an Autumnal colour palette, you can’t beat a vibrant, rich shade of red. Through the Red Trees 2 gives us just that. This stunning piece by Aisha Haider is the perfect feature for any living room or bedroom, and will help to create a cosy and romantic atmosphere. The varied shades of red create a gloriously realistic texture, allowing you to feel as though you’re walking through this romantic forest itself. A fantastic painting to take your home into the new season, or even as a gift for a special couple. 

 

Twins by Claudine Peronne

 

Sticking with rich reds and Autumn colour palettes, another piece of original artwork we’re loving for the new season is this Twins print by Claudine Peronne. A wonderful piece to feature in any family home, the deep browns and bright oranges combined with the pastel pink sky create the look of a cosy Autumn sunset perfectly. We especially love the range of textures, created with the use of ink, pastel and watercolour pencils. 

 

Goddess of the Green Wood by Angie Livingstone

 

If you’re looking for even more ways to embrace the woodland theme, Goddess of the Green Wood is the painting for you. Jewel tones are a popular trend for Autumn 2019, and the glorious blues and greens fit this bill perfectly, giving it a beautifully enchanting look. The thick textures and embellishments add to the magical feel of the painting, from the branches on the trees right down to the detailing of the animals. We especially love the concept behind the artwork - the idea that our woodland creatures are watched over by a forest spirit to protect them from cruelty. 

 

Sunset #2 by Cecillia Frigati

 

What better way to welcome Autumn into your home than with a gorgeous sunset landscape? As part of Cecillia Frigati’s original landscape series, Sunset 2 is a wonderful way to add a snapshot of nature into any room. Created with acrylic paints and free flow brush strokes, this fabulous landscape captures an Autumnal sunset perfectly. With a range of contrasting colours, from the pastel tones in the sky to the dark, rich shades in the vegetation, this landscape will suit a wide variety of decors in your home and is sure to be a talking point for any visitors. 

 

3D Tall Silver Birch Trees by Marilene Salles

 

If you love bright and bold colours, you’ll love this 3D Tall Silver Birch Trees piece by Marilene Salles. The vivid blue background paired with the warm Autumnal tones of the falling leaves create the perfect eye catching contrast that’s sure to brighten up any space. Painted from a unique perspective, this gives the feel of being sat under the trees with the leaves falling around you - it’s a sure way to embrace the new season! 

 

London Westminster by Rizna Munsif

 

Finally, we can’t look at some of the best offerings from local artists without a piece that involves our glorious capital. This London Westminster painting by Rizna Munsif shows off the stunning city (in our classic British weather, of course!) and uses only five colours to really emphasise the structure. The rich tones in the falling leaves give the scene a wonderful Autumn feel of walking along a London street on a blustery day, while the varied black and white tones capture the sophistication and the beauty of the buildings. This is definitely a cityscape for you to fall in love with. 

 

Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here at ArtGallery we have a range of stunning original artwork to suit all tastes, so whether you’re looking for a classic landscape piece or something bright and quirky, you’re bound to find the perfect piece to brighten your home. 

 

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8 Different Art Forms That Every First Time Art Buyer Should Know About

by Robb Shingles 24. July 2019 13:37

When buying an artwork, there are so many different caveats, so naturally, you may find it difficult to navigate through these and find yourself that perfect artwork. That’s why we at ArtGallery.co.uk have put together this handy little guide. We hope this whistle stop tour will give you the information necessary to make informed decisions about the artworks you purchase!

 

Artforms

Photograph: For over 180-years, people have been asking the question: is photography art? Pioneering photographers soon recognised that photographs, like paintings, are artificially constructed portrayals: they too have to be carefully composed, lit and produced. Today, the camera is recognised as an extension of the paint brush and art photography can be one of the most effective ways of brightening up your home.

One Amongst The Many By Dean Buckfield

 

Digital art: This is a term first coined in the eighties with the advance of computers and is used to describe art that is made or presented using digital technology. After some initial resistance, the impact of digital art has added to the impact of painting, drawing, sculpture and even virtual and interactive art experiences.

"Well, What Are We Going To Do?" "I Don't Know. Let's Start Walking." by Simeon Machin

 

Drawing: This is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks. Ink, pencil, crayon, charcoal and chalk are the most commonly used materials, but drawings can be made with or in combination with paint and any other wet or dry media.

Lion Drawing by Max Eaton

 

Ceramic: There is a long history of ceramic art in almost all developed cultures, and often ceramic objects are all the artistic evidence left from vanished cultures. It is made from ceramic materials, including clay, and can take forms including tableware, tiles, figurines and other types of sculpture.

Abstract Deer 23 (Sculptural) by Paula Horsley

 

Collage: This describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other materials are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface. Collage can also include other media such as painting and drawing and contain three-dimensional elements.

The Garden Of Earthly Delights by Stephen McGowan

 

Mosaic: This is the decoration of a surface with designs made up of closely applied, usually variously coloured, small pieces of materials such as stone, glass, tile, marble or shell.

Mosaic Dog Portrait by Gill Aitken

 

Sculpture: This is three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing. Artists have used techniques including bending, folding, stitching, welding, weaving, and balancing to construct sculptures from a wide variety of materials and found objects.

Two Faced Owl by Malcolm Hull

 

Painting. The term painting describes both the act of painting, (using either a brush or other implement, such as palette knife, sponge, or airbrush to apply the paint) and the result of the action; the painting as an object.

There Paradise Lies by Julia Everett

 

 

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Art as an investment - A few handy tips..

by Robb Shingles 22. May 2019 13:35

Katie Hope, business reporter for the BBC in a recent article, seemed to summaris the general consensus when buying artwork as an investment, when she said “It's a fantasy akin to winning the lottery.”

Whilst we at ArtGallery.co.uk concede that it is incredible difficult, is in a rare talent and very difficult to master, there are certainly things any art lover can do to give themselves the best chance, which we delve into further on in the piece.

Patrick Connolly, a financial adviser at Chase de Vere gave the best advice, which was simply “with extreme caution”, and we couldn’t agree more with him. Now this is a sentiment we agree with wholeheartedly.

The below is a handy guide, but it is by no means exhaustive. If you are keen to buy artwork specifically as an investment, we absolutely recommend seeking expert, professional advice.

 

What to choose?

We’d always recommend buying what you love. Just because you’re buying as an investment, it doesn’t mean you should try and jump into a potential buyer’s shoes. Stick to what you know and love, and don’t be led solely by a painting’s financial worth or the artists reputation. If you’re new to art and you aren’t what your tastes are, visit your local art gallery! Browsing an art gallery is a good way to experience new types of art and can broaden your horizons.

When considering art as an investment, it’s also worth finding out about an artist’s beliefs, creative processes and overall vision. To find this out, speak to gallery staff, they should have an excellent relationship with their exhibiting artists and be able to explain everything you need to know.

Expanded XL, by Peter Nottrott

 

As with real estate, it’s all about location, location, location!

Where you place/hang your artwork can make a huge difference and greatly enhance the overall impact if placed in the appropriate place. It ensures the best light, the right view and the ideal focal point. "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level."

 

Apple on Books, by Jean-pierre Walter

 

Planning ahead for future valuation

One fantastic positive about buying art as an investment, is that you can enjoy it in the meantime!

As with all this, an expert opinion is certainly worth the money. There are many expert art consultants out there, usually on the end of a Google search.

 

A Girl Like You, by Antigoni Tziora

 

If you need any advice from us, give Chloe in our Sales team a call/email.

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Art Gifts for Mother’s Day: A Definitive Guide

by Robb Shingles 27. March 2019 09:58

Some of us are very lucky, we know before we’ve even started gift shopping what we’re going to buy for a loved one. The ideas flock to us, there is little research involved and often, the gift is very well received. However, for the unfortunate majority, buying gifts for loved ones can be a long drawn out affair, with regular standoffs and frustrations. 

As art enthusiasts, we know that buying art as a gift for Mother’s Day is often perceived as one of the most thoughtful and perceptive of gifts. However, there are still many pitfalls that people can easily fall into, especially if not art enthusiasts themselves.

So, that’s why we at ArtGallery have put together a handy little guide, which hopes to inform readers on how to make the best artwork selection and ensure their gift is well recieved.

Art Gifts for Mother's Day - Botanical Jazz by Alexandra Grashion-cowley

Botanical Jazz By Alexandra Grashion-cowley

 

How well do you know your Mother’s tastes?

Some may say this is a silly question to ask, but careful consideration is needed here. If you feel that you aren’t particularly brushed up on your Mother’s tastes, try following these simple steps: 

  • Look for art/prints/pictures already erected around the home. This isn’t a fullproof method of picking the perfect piece, but it is certainly a safe indicator.
  • If you mother is a crafter, have a browse through her supplies. Within here, hopefully you’ll discover patterns, colours and styles.
  • Home Décor – Buying an artwork which doesn't compliment internal colour schemes is likely to go down badly, so take this into account. The general tones and patterns of wallpaper, wall paint and furniture is likely to give you a solid understanding of your mother’s tastes.  

 

See The Light By Tracey Rowan

 

Space in the house

Another important factor to consider when shopping for that perfect artwork is working out if your Mother has the space to hang it! Whether you’re looking on ArtGallery or on another online art marketplace, they should have functionality enabling you to filter artworks by size.

To go through the entire artwork selection and purchasing process, only for your mother to put your gift into storage would be disheartening for everyone, so try your best to make sure your Mother’s Day art gift is an appropriate size. Perhaps even sneak around with a tape measure and scope out a few potential hanging spots prior to purchasing. 

Iris With Lilacs Bouquet By Elizabeth Williams

 

How much are you willing to spend?

This is certainly something that needs consideration, as artwork prices can vary hugely. As with size requirements, all good online art marketplaces, including ArtGallery.co.uk will have price filtering. This should cut out endless browsing and help you find a piece within your budget, within just a few clicks.  One handy hint; we at ArtGallery are real advocates for quality over quantity. If in doubt, a smaller more expensive piece will be better received than a large cheap piece.  

Beautiful Autumn Day By Oleg Riabchuk

 

Don’t buy for yourself, however hard that may be

Although very difficult, we always advise people to try and park their own tastes and feelings at the door. When it comes to buying Art for Mother’s Day, or for any occasion, you must try and put yourself in your recipient's shoes. 

 

When do you need it by?

It’s always best to make sure that the artist can deliver in good time. That being said, for the perfect piece, it’s no bad thing to wait an extra couple of days. Just make sure you let you Mother know, so she doesn’t think you’ve forgotten about her!

At ArtGallery.co.uk, all UK sales are delivered within 5 working days unless otherwise specified. However, your order can be delivered quicker. The best way to take advantage of this service is to contact Chloe Draper, our Sales Executive at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can call her on 01666 505152.

Blue Skies in London 2 By Aisha Haider

 

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Paintings of Pets - Capturing Animal Spirit in Art

by Toby Ward 20. February 2019 15:00

This week, pet owners show off their special animal friends on Love your Pet Day.

Studies have shown that owning a pet can increase your chances of being happy and successful. In fact, of 1,000 pet owners studied, researchers found that they brought laughter to six in 10 owners and made seven in 10 feel more relaxed.

As a nation of die-hard animal lovers, it’s not surprising our furry (and feathery and scaly) friends make us happy.

Animals are hugely popular subjects for artists, and why we have hundreds of paintings of all kinds of wildlife. 

Pets in art

Dogs and horses have always been incredibly popular in the history of art.

Some of the earliest cave paintings ever discovered is of horses. Many years before horses were domesticated they were being carefully observed and recorded by humans.

Renaissance artists painted their subjects with their dogs. Dogs symbolised loyalty, faithfulness, protection and love. One of the most well-known and recognised being Velazquez’ ‘Las Meninas’ where a dog snoozes in the corner, or Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini marriage where a puppy is at the forefront of the painting.

Here's a modern cat-tastic take on the Arnolfini Portrait.

 The Arnolfini Marriage. Feline art by Olga  Koval
The Arnolfini Marriage. Feline art by Olga Koval

One of the most famous animal painters of all time was George Stubbs who became internationally recognised for his horse portraits, and still is today. His lifelike studies show incredible detail that have influenced so many painters with horses being a subject that remains very popular.

Animals are also the stuff of myths and legends and have captured people’s imaginations for centuries. Unicorns, two-headed dogs, the phoenix have all played a big part of shaping stories for generations.

Domestic pets

Admit it, we all go gaga over a cute cat or dog. We are a nation that’s crazy about pets and animals in general and take their care very seriously.

Cats are loved - perhaps despite their famous ambivalence towards humans - unless they want something of course. Whereas dogs bound around looking for approval and attention from their owners.

Whether you are a cat or a dog person, there’s a lot of art to choose from.

The weird and wonderful

Not everybody sees the beauty in the more conventional pets, such as a cat or a dog, but instead prefer to look after some more unusual creatures, such as lizards or spiders.

These are creatures that require a lot of care and attention, as well as equipment, so people who look after unusual pets, really do have a passion for them.

Pet portraits

Because we are a nation that loves animals, there are artists at ArtGallery.co.uk that can be commissioned to do pet portraits. Elaine Askew is one artist who having lived in Florida for many years, relocated back to the UK and is now inspired by the Durham coastline, and animals.

One of the most popular animal artists on our site is Sam Fenner. Her animal portraits really bring out their individual personalities and character. Unsurprisingly, her paintings capture a range of animals from dogs and alpacas to hares, cows and donkeys.

If you’re keen to have a portrait painted of your pet, then you can commission an artist via the Art Gallery site. Either drop us a line via the Contact Us page, or you can contact the artist direct.

All our artists have a ‘Make Enquiry’ button, so do get in contact with them to find out more.

Special offers

There’s always a great selection of art on our Special Offers page. For a limited time, artists reduce the price on some of their work, so if you’re on a budget, this is a great opportunity to get a great piece at a great price.

It’s also a great way to buy a gift for a close friend or loved one. Art can sometimes be seen as something that is a nice-to-have, so presenting them with a painting or sculpture can show them how it really transforms a room and a person’s mood. Combine these elements with a cute pet image and you’ve got the perfect work of art!

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Cubist Art

by Toby Ward 12. February 2019 12:30

Are you feeling a bit of a square?

Well, it’s all going a bit square-shaped here at ArtGallery too, as we have gone slightly Cubism-mad!

Cubism is the modernist style that fits perfectlly into smart, stylish or minimalist interiors. Let's take a look at Cubist art - a style that changed the face of art and was the start of what we now call modern art.

The Cubist style has certainly stood the test of time as it still works with a range of interior styles today. 

When is a square not a square?

When photography entered mainstream society there was less of a need for paintings to be so realistic, especially when it came to portraiture. A camera could capture the likeness of a person, which left artists free to experiment with paint, reinvent what art means to society and create new styles.

Enter Picasso.

He realised that art could represent reality in different ways and that we could look at differently. It didn’t have to look ‘real’, so why not show multiple viewpoints and poses simultaneously?

 To test his theory, Picasso painted Les Demoiselles Davignon, which changed the course art and led to the birth of Cubism.

Portrait (cubist) by Stanislav Bojankov
Portrait (cubist) by Stanislav Bojankov

The term cubism comes from the block-like nature of the paintings. In order to fragment the image, Picasso mainly used square shapes to ‘build’ the image. Essentially, he was testing, experimenting and creating new art, which still influences the modern art of today.

Abstract or cubist

Abstract art is about distorting the everyday with the artist showing their own representation of an object or scene.

This can also be applied to Cubism, which is a form of abstract art. It’s a distorted view of reality that serves no other purpose than be a work of art.

Sounds a bit deep, but as the camera captured reality, art then became less about functionality and more about something people could appreciate aesthetically or had to think about.

Interiors

The Cubist style has certainly stood the test of time as it works with a range of modern interiors. If you love a sleek, white interior, then it can add the focal interest to a wall, as well as a pop of colour.

It can also make a great statement piece as visually,  Cubist art is colourful, but often quite challenging. It makes you want to look at it for a while. So hang in a central location where you can get to stop and contemplate it for a while.

Music box (landscape) by Paresh Nrshinga
Music box (landscape) by Paresh Nrshinga

Types of Cubist art

Picasso used a range of subjects for his Cubist paintings. This still applies today with a wide range of themes being captured in this style, such as food, drink, instruments and figures.

Cubist artists tend to use simple shapes and forms. This stems from the fact they like to transform the everyday by distorting the image to make it look as though you’re seeing it from a range of angles.

Artists

There is a wide selection of Cubist art on our site and something to suit for every taste. Arie Coetzee paints abstract images, as well as block-like landscapes and townscapes that are inspired by Cubism.

Neil Hemsley is a digital artist who experiments with a range of styles and themes in his art, from Surrealism to Cubism. He currently has a series of images based on this art movement.

Cubism that doesn't break the budget

There is a wide selection of Cubist art on our site for every budget. Having this style of art on your wall doesn’t need to break the budget. You can buy a work for as little as £90, and then right up to £600.  

If the budget’s looking a bit tight but you’ve seen your dream painting, then there’s always the Own Art scheme to help finance your purchase.

The scheme works on 0% APR and you can spread payments over 10 months, which gives you the opportunity to get that work of art you’ve always wanted to own.

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The Art of Love - Original Art to Celebrate Valentine's Day

by Toby Ward 28. January 2019 09:42

Fire up your favourite cheesy love songs, for it’s the time of year when Cupid’s arrow hits us all and we all get a little giddy and romantic.

Hot dates, date nights, a night in with your friends, sending anonymous cards or simply spending quality time with your family; yes, that’s right it’s Valentine’s Day!

We show you how to get your romance on and share the love with some great art and gifts to really impress your partner or loved ones.

Crazy in love

Defining love is probably one of the hardest things to do.

Psychologists and philosophers constantly talk and theorise about it - and have done for centuries - but it’s one of those inexplicable forces of nature.

Authors write about it and singers write songs about it. This thing that is love. Butterflies, sweaty palms and that real joy of seeing that special someone is an unbeatable feeling, and one that we celebrate on Valentine’s Day.

Some people think it’s a pointless event, but there’s nothing wrong with having a day that reminds us why we love that person or people. Why not do something positive to make them happy and to feel good about themselves. You can tell we’re a romantic bunch here at Art Gallery!

Iconic images

The theme of love is a never-ending source of inspiration. Since the dawn of time, it’s been captured in so many ways.

But it’s art that has been one of the most effective ways of portraying love, which is why there are so many iconic paintings and sculptures that have capture our imagination for hundreds of years, if not centuries.

Rodin’s The Kiss is perhaps the most iconic piece of art of all time. Created in the 1900s, it’s an image that has never dated. That’s the power of Love, and art of course!

Gustav Klimt’s Kiss is another image that has been reproduced and interpreted many times. If you were to ask somebody what they considered to be one of the most famous works of art, they would probably think of Klimt’s painting.

An iconic image can express feelings better than words, which is exactly why they are so famous because they have worked their way into public consciousness to become unforgettable.  

Galentine's

It’s important to note that not everybody enjoys or looks forward to Valentine’s Day, and there has been a change in the way this time of year is being marketed. We’re seeing a bit more awareness of how we’re all different and don’t always want to conform to specific days or events.

A good example is Galentine’s day, which is developing into a bit of a phenomenon because it’s a day that’s happy not to conform. It takes place on February 13th and celebrates all things female friendship.

Having been created in the TV series Parks and Recreation, it’s grown in popularity in the US, UK and Europe. It’s a great opportunity to get all you friends together and tell them just how much they mean to you.

The other great thing about Galentine’s is that make sure people are around and showing they care, especially at this time of year, which can sometimes feel like a lonely time.

Family

Even though Valentine’s Day is mainly about romantic love, we think we should celebrate love in all its many forms. It’s always great to remind someone special just how much you appreciate them and all that they do to support or help you.

That’s why it’s important to celebrate family; whether it’s children, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, or other people that are so close they feel like a family member. Spread the love, we say!

Not only that, but why not use Valentine’s as an opportunity to reach out to people who may be on their own or missing a loved one at this time of year. There are reminders of love and romance on the TV or in shops, so why not reach out, you never know where it could lead you.

Affordable gifts

As much as we’d love to make a grand gesture and buy an incredibly expensive work of art, sometimes it’s just not feasible. That’s ok though, because we have something for every budget and price range.

We have paintings from as little as £25 that make very grand and touching gestures on a small budget. More often than not, these are the gifts that last and are cherished for a lifetime.

We love a bit of romance at art gallery, and so, it seems do our artists. We have over 1,000 paintings on the subject of love alone, which shows just how powerful a subject it is, not just  for artists, but all of us.

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Italian Art

by Lisa Doherty 15. January 2019 09:17

Who doesn’t love Italy? Bellisima weather, bellisima landscapes and bellisima cuisine.

Offering a wealth of subject matter, it’s no surprise Italy is such a popular country for artists. Let’s also not forget that it’s considered to be the birthplace of ‘modern’ art, making it a place that has a strong heritage of creative inspiration.

Not only that, but Italy is also a popular holiday destination and a country people associate with sunshine, laughter and relaxation.

To help beat the January blues and give you that nice summer holiday feeling, we have a large selection of Italian art on our site, so you can capture that holiday moment in your own home forever.

Landscapes

Italy has a diverse range of landscapes and scenery, from the rolling hills of Umbria, and the beaches of the Amalfi coast, right through to lakes, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes.

This diverse landscape means there is a lot of inspiration for artists. Different scenery also means different light, which is a really important element and point for consideration when creating and painting.

Light can make or break a painting, it brings an image to life and transforms it from a standard image into a work of art.

Changes in light is something artists are keen to capture as it does change across a country, or parts of a country. The light in a mountain range, such as The Dolomites, is a clean, strong light, whereas areas like Umbria or Tuscany tend to have a softer, orange-hued glow.

Light also impacts shadows, so in strong sun there will be longer, more angular shadows, whereas soft light makes them less defined. This is also important to capture on canvas in order to really hit the senses and emotions.

The geography of Italy also presents a challenge to artists as it’s not made up of the conventional rolling hills of the UK, but a mixture of rocky bays and cliffs or mountains. Mix this with changes in architecture across different regions, and you’ve got a great challenge for artists!

History

Of course, Italy is bursting with history.  The Renaissance saw art change forever, with artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci paint in a style and figurative realism that had never before been seen.

To this day, artists still try to recreate the style and technique of the old masters on canvas. And, although Renaissance art is mainly based on religious subjects, they show raw emotion and passion, which is still just as important to artists today as it was then.

The Italians also had a significant impact on society with the Roman Empire shaping western civilisation. In most towns and cities, you can’t move for ruins and architecture from that period, as well as the Renaissance. 

Just think, the Colosseum is over 1,000 years old, it’s still standing to this day and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

For artists, capturing ruins like the Colosseum is a great challenge, as not only do they need to focus on light and shade, but also the fragmented and broken stones and brickwork that makes-up the ruin, which requires a lot of attention to detail and accuracy.

Towns

Italy’s towns and coastal regions are also extremely popular with artists, and why we have over 100 paintings capturing these areas and places on our site.

From historic hill towns and coastal regions, right through to the Lakes, we think it’s impossible for an artist to ever get bored or struggle for inspiration and subject matter.     

Cities

We couldn’t possibly put a blog together on Italian art without talking about its cities, especially Roma!

A place of romance, history, culture and escape, Rome is the twelfth most visited city in the world. It offers so much inspiration for artists as not only is it a chaotic and busy city but is also a calm, sanctuary-like place.

Rome is not the only inspirational city in Italy though, there is Lucca, Florence, Bologna and Sienna, to name but a few. All with different personalities and historical significance.

Venice

With over 150 paintings of Venice on our site, it’s clear that this city really captivates artists and tourists alike.

With its narrow canals and imposing buildings, St Mark’s square and the Doge’s Palace, Venice offers a lot of inspiration. It’s a city that’s dripping in history and atmosphere and, as a city that is built on water, Venice fascinates. It appears that once visited, you never seem to forget it.

Of course, Venice wouldn’t be Venice without its gondolas. They’re a very popular subject for artists and we have a very varied selection on the site.

As you can see, Italy inspires artists in many ways. Whether it’s capturing the Renaissance, differences in light or its vibrant cities and towns, the creative process could go on forever, and still there would be more to capture and inspire. 

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Affordable Art That Makes You Happy

by Toby Ward 19. December 2018 13:49

Christmas is done for another year, it’s cold, we’re all heading back to work soon, and, to top the lot it’s nearly January. Urgh!

Not to worry - we’re ever the optimists at Art Gallery - let’s focus on making our home or workplace a happy place with affordable art. We believe in art for all, so here’s a selection of happy paintings that don’t have to bust the budget.

The science of happiness

What makes people happy is a question that’s often researched by scientists and academics. Studies have shown that it’s a range of areas and elements that brings joy into people’s lives.

Although the study showed that money does buy happiness (sorry), the common theme or thread amongst happier people is that they take time out and hit the pause button on the chaos of life.

The research also found that spending time with family and focusing on relationships were also key criteria for happiness, as well as general downtime or simply taking time out to stop and smell the roses.

The increasing popularity in mindfulness reflects this need to hit the pause button every now and again. We’re also seeing this in art with abstract paintings that are almost hypnotic in their nature and encourage you to switch off and ‘be’ in the moment.

Landscapes

Paintings of the sea or countryside can also bring about a mindful moment or make you happy simply because it’s a beautiful or calming scene.

Back in the days before photography, a painting was the only way to capture a moment in time, or a specific location, and would leave people excited and happy viewing a scene they may not see on a regular basis. Imagine how people felt back then when they first saw a landscape painting that presented a scene from another country.

This really hasn’t changed much in the 21st Century, even though we have cameras and smartphones. Landscapes or images of the beach or sea still bring about a sense of happiness, fascination and joy. Not to mention nostalgia. Why not put a bit of that on your wall?

There are so many styles or themes of landscape art that can make us happy. Whether it’s a winter scene or a blazing hot beach, they can both make us smile and feel happiness in different ways.

Animals

A recent study has shown that owning a pet can increase your chances of being happy and successful. In fact, of the 1,000 pet owners studied, researchers found that they brought laughter to six in 10 owners and made seven in 10 feel more relaxed. As a nation of die-hard animal lovers, it’s not surprising they make us happy.

It’s not just pets that makes us happy either, we do love a light-hearted animal painting or photograph. On our site alone, we have over 300 paintings of Dogs, the same amount for Cats and nearly 400 works on animals from across the globe.

Sam Fenner is an artist who mainly paints livestock and wild animals. What makes her art so popular is that she captures their personalities and really brings out their character. As a result, her art is amusing, charismatic and really makes you want to smile.

At work

Ok, so we know that work isn’t necessarily the place where we always want to be, but a super-productive day, positive feedback or a fun atmosphere can make us happy.

From an employer’s perspective, it’s important to have motivated staff and to ensure morale is high. Otherwise, productivity can decline, leading to unhappy and demotivated employees.

Research from the University of Exeter found that minimalist interiors and blank, white walls does not reduce distractions or increase productivity, for that matter. In fact, they found that people who worked in ‘Enriched Offices’ with art and plants were 15% quicker and had fewer health complaints than employees who worked in ‘Lean Offices’ with plain walls.

Visually challenging art is ideal for the workplace as it can help to positively distract staff and encourage them to take breaks away from their laptop or PC. It’s easy to stare at a screen for long periods at a time, so breaking it up with interesting art is a great way to recharge and have a focused and happy moment.

Colour can also impact mood. Bold tones can increase staff happiness levels, whilst inspiring a more driven and productive mindset. As you’d expect, calming colours, such as Blue create a relaxed atmosphere, whereas bold Reds and Yellows drive energy and creativity.

Affordable means affordable

Buying art doesn’t mean you have to take out a small mortgage to make it a reality. There are paintings out there for every person, every home and every business. Whether it’s a sketch for £20 or a large-scale painting for £200, there is a work of art out there with your name on it.

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Beautiful Winter Paintings to Bring Warmth to Your Home

by Lisa Doherty 11. December 2018 16:36

Some people love the whole winter season and the build-up to Christmas, while others simply love the festive period.

Either way, it’s a time to make your home a cosy winter wonderland for friends and family. Here are our top picks for capturing that festive winter spirit.

Snowy landscapes

Nothing says Christmas like a snowy landscape; and as we don’t often get the white Christmas we always dream of, why not recreate it your own home?

There’s something about a snowscape that brings out nostalgia and warmth in people. Looking out at the cold, while being warm and dry indoors can be a very mindful and uplifting experience. The Danish have a great word for this - hygge - which decribes a feeling of warmth and enjoying the good things in life with good friends.

The Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, which means there must be something about a winter landscape that lifts the soul. Come on, get the open fire burning, hang the paintings up and, if you really want to go for it, get wearing those Christmas jumpers. You know you want to …

Have a giggle

Christmas is a time of fun, so why not buy art that makes you and your guests smile? There is nothing like a light-hearted painting to put a smile on your face.

The winter season is great for characterisation in art as there’s something about animals and snow that makes us smile.

For those of you who’ve had pets or watched animals negotiating the white stuff, it’s pretty funny and guaranteed to make even the most serious among us smile.

It’s also the time of year where it gets dark early, it’s cold and can be quite miserable sometimes, so putting something on your wall that makes you smile, and forget the cold for a bit, can only be a positive thing.

Towns and cities

Snow can make everything look amazing, bringing smoothness and calm to an otherwise jagged and jostling environment. That's why it’s a very popular subject in art.

We have nearly 300 paintings of snow available to buy right now. One reason is because snow can be a challenge for artists to recreate with paint – capturing the glisten, movement and soft feeling of snow – not to mention a popular theme for the home.

Snowscapes of towns and cities are also great as they capture what may usually be seen as a mundane view and turn it into an almost magical image. Especially if it’s a painting of your home town.

The other great thing about snowscapes is that they work with a wide-range of interiors, from a contemporary look right through to a more traditional theme, which makes it a really versatile style of art.

Landmarks

There’s something about famous landmarks around the globe that, when captured from a different perspective, makes them stand out even more.

Usually, landmarks are painted or photographed on a sunny day or against a dusky backdrop to have more of a picture-postcard feel. But when captured in the snow it can make it look more unconventional, creating a different image altogether.

Abstract winter scenes

Not everybody is a traditionalist or has an interior that fits with a more formal style of painting, so there are also abstract winter landscapes to work with a modernist or minimalist look.

For an artist that is trying to capture the movement, texture or even the range of colour in snow, abstract art enables them to achieve this, offering them more freedom and scope for personal expression.

A gritty realist

OK, so not all of us like a romantic winter landscape, but instead prefer a more realistic or urban representation of winter. It can be strangely comforting to see wet, slushy snow, or iced remnants of snowfall, when you’re cosy and comfortable indoors.

For a lot of city dwellers, there’s a deep love for the grey, winter snowscape that is so different from a countryside idyll. It is this difference that gives them a sense of comfort, and a feeling of joy, to be inside and out of the chaos of a city.

Whatever your taste, there is always art to match it, and always a perfect wall to hang it. Treat yourself this Christmas or make it a really personal gift for a loved one. A great painting will last forever.

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