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Dolan Geiman {artist}

January 25, 2008

There’s nothing as exciting as finding beautiful art that is also affordable and installing that first piece on your wall. Okay, there are things more exciting, but when it comes to interiors I think art has to be my favorite thing to shop for. Because of this I’m frequently asked how to start a good collection. My advice is to frequent art school student shows, visit open gallery events in either the South End or Fort Point Channel (or other neighborhoods with artists’ lofts that are open to the public a few times each year), and for those looking for immediate gratification, I send them over to Etsy. You find just about everything there from rising stars to art world celebs and in general, the prices are always affordable and if they’re not, sellers usually offer alternatives to original works like reproduction pieces and high quality prints.

Dolan Geiman {artist}
Would you like to meet an artist with a range of prices to suit every budget who also has some great work fresh in his etsy store? Good because Ali Walsh recently wrote in about her partner’s work, Virginia native and mixed media artist Dolan Geiman who creates
Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent? and may I add, lots of it. He’s quite prolific!

Dolan Geiman {artist}
Ali enthusiastically told me all about what Dolan has been creating lately in his Chicago studio, like a limited edition wood assemblage series called Valentine Lovebirds available exclusively at Sacred Art in Chicago during the month of February. She also showed me some of his latest works over in his etsy store, where I found this limited edition print featuring dogs for only $45 that I really like. My favorite is this birdie box print, a limited edition reproduction of an original that I’d love to install over my bed.

Dolan Geiman {artist}
Yes, shown together this art can appear a bit “busy”. But try to imagine your favorite piece installed over your entry table with a lamp that coordinates with one of the colors in the work, or against a boring wall in your home, over a fireplace, or for fun, in your office because work has to involve something playful sometime.

Thank you Ali for writing to me, and Dolan your work is awesome. I first saw it over on Victoria’s blog but when you wrote to me asking that I highlight it here, I couldn’t refuse so thank you for sending it over.

(images from dolan geiman)

Arts + Crafts

Fontaine Anderson Illustration

January 23, 2008

Australian blogger Modamuse unearthed a real treasure when she recently blogged about 25-year-old artist Fontaine Anderson so I had to share her illustrative work here on decor8. Fontaine is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in South Australia.

Fontaine Anderson IllustrationFontaine Anderson Illustration

According to her bio she is, “Inspired by her dreams, Japanese textiles, Egyptian gods, 1980?s clip art, fashion and music.” Her inspirations are clearly visible in her work, a fluid dance of pattern and color with intricate details and obvious Egyptian influences woven into what almost looks like patchwork, a gorgeous quilt. If I had a gallery, I’d be contacting Fontaine immediately as her work is one I’d most definitely show with great pride. Soft, feminine, flowing… And the colors! I’m smitten.

If you’d like to know about purchasing work from her or if prints are available, please send an email directly to Fontaine: fontaine {at} fontaineillustration.com

(images from fontaine anderson)

Arts + Crafts

Andrea Heimer {pop art}

January 18, 2008

I adore the work of Andrea Heimer so when an email arrived the other day announcing her revamped website, I thought I’d take a moment to give this artist a shout out here on decor8. Great bold color in her work, perfect for those bleh walls that you can’t or do not want to paint but that desperately need some TLC. I can imagine her work in one of my favorite bedrooms featured once in Domino magazine shown below.

Andrea Heimer {pop art}Andrea Heimer {pop art}
If I were a bedroom, this is what I’d be. :)

(images top: andrea heimer. bottom: domino)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Lindsay Art {prints}

January 14, 2008

An encouraging email arrived from established artist Lindsay Brackeen who originally sold her mixed media paintings online but recently decided to move her business over to Etsy to offer affordable prints of her darling originals (just $20!).

Lindsay Art {prints}
Lindsay runs a home business in addition to her duties as a mom of two. She fits in time creating art during their naps so that she’s still able to do what she loves in addition to her favorite role as mommy. It always warms my heart to hear from independent mothers who are online and use all the great resources that exist out there to build a small business so that they’re able to spend more time with their children. The best part is that they’re not feeling trapped at home detached from the outside “adult” world, they’re connecting online and building a small business. No mom should have to sacrifice her dreams to raise a child, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do both really well because we all know a happy, emotionally fulfilled mom is a better parent all around.

I think you’ll enjoy some of these prints from her shop. Thank you Lindsay for sharing your work with us and for telling me about your blog, which I’m clicking over to visit el pronto!

(images from lindsay art)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Samantha Lamb {photography}

January 10, 2008

Designers and other creative types draw inspiration from everything, especially the natural world – there is so much outside of your own front door to explore and love. So many patterns, colors, textures await you — we’re so lucky to live in a world filled with the beauty that we sometimes take for granted. What inspires you about where you live?

Samantha Lamb {photography}An inspiring series, If Trees Will Talk.
For photographer Samantha Lamb, it’s the beautiful farm she lives on in Oklahoma where she captures the beauty of everyday life in a way that is almost poetic. She appreciates her life there, and it shows. Sam’s work will keep you staring at your screen envisioning Spring days spent in golden fields of wheat under a big blue sky – go ahead, see for yourself…
Samantha Lamb {photography} This series is called The Sea, The Surge & The Seamstress.
Samantha Lamb {photography}From Faceless portraiture of a Country Girl.

Sam sells her work if you are interested, nearly everything you see is available in a range of sizes and prices start at $25. If you view her photos on Flickr, you’ll quickly learn that she loves to shoot according to a theme and she groups each theme into sets. Most of her photos come complete with a thought or short story below them as she’s clearly a storyteller at heart. I can imagine that Sam could pull together several beautiful books on Country life in a second using her stories and captivating photos (a publisher seriously needs to contact her!). I’m so happy to have discovered this talented lady and I hope you find joy by viewing her work today, too.

(images from samantha lamb photography)

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