Well, yesterday I received not one, but TWO inquiries about the art seen in my posted photos with the specific request to post a blog about my art. Cynthia Bartsch & Debra Rowley - Thank you both for your inquiries and for your kind compliments about my work.
When you see a painting in my photos, it is my own original art. I think that original works of art elevate and enrich the look of a property, so using my original works of art have really made a difference in my level of quality in home staging. It's also a really fun creative outlet for me. I was asked to give all the details ... so, here goes.
It all started when I needed art for my own home and couldn't afford the originals of my favorite artists which were priced in the thousands, so I began painting my own works on canvas and board. At one point I had purchased a large floor vase for an interior design client who resided out of town, so I set the vase in a corner near a painting of mine and took a photo to email her. Not only did she like the floor vase, but she LOVED the painting and asked if I would sell it. Well as they say .... the rest is history.
I kept on painting and creating abstracts in colors that would work for my home staging decor, and have also created and sold several paintings and custom wall treatments for my interior design clients. My current art project is to create two large 30" x 54" cast glass panels weighing over 200 lbs each for one of my high-end clients. Fun, fun, fun!!! Not done yet, but I'll post pix when it is.
I was asked to give the details on mediums so this is what I use: (if you don't care about the details ... skip on down to the photos)
For the big splashy circular types of paintings, I actually use house paint. It's just the right consistency so that I can get the 'movement' and energy I like in my work. I really fling it around! You should see me when I'm working. I have drop cloths across the floor and up the walls on all 4 sides! I still end up with just as much paint on me as on the canvas. Oh, and I'm also beginning to buy my paint in zero VOC choices, so the art is even becoming rather ecologically sound. For the other paintings I use artist acrylic paints.
For my work on canvas, I buy stretcher bars and I stretch and gesso my own canvas. Much more economical than buying the ready made ones. For my works on board, I use two things ... either hollow core interior door panels which are nice and lightweight, or I use masonite attached to a 1" x 2" wood frame I cut to size. The hollow core doors are very lightweight and you can't easily poke a hole through them like you can with canvas, so they are awesome for staging. They run 28" - 36" wide x 80" long. My canvases are generally 3' x 3', 4' x 4', or 4' x 5'.
One thing I try to do on the rectangular paintings is to create designs that can be hung vertically or horizontally. I am also currently working on large panels that can be used individually, or hung next to each other to give you a very large painting that would be either 5' x 8', or 4' x 10'. Because I specialize in contemporary properties such as lofts ... those big sizes really come in handy for ultra high ceilings or long uninterrupted walls.
Not only do I sell my work, but I also rent my art very reasonably to other stagers. It can really cost a lot to buy those large works of art and they are difficult to store. I am happy to offer my paintings for rent to other stagers and to do commission pieces in colors that work with your decor.
You can see my work on Pangaea Interior Design and contact me regarding pricing.