“When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it- a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.” – Marc Chagall
My current obsession is vintage art. Oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, needle points, you name it. It all started when I was trying to find art to hang in clients’ homes, without breaking the bank. Most of what you find in a gallery is thousands of dollars, if you’re lucky. I began to sharpen my eyes and things would speak to me as I was out and about hunting and gathering. The richness of color coupled with interesting scenes made me start looking outside of the box in terms of wall decor.
It has almost become a contest between Jess and I, sending pictures back and forth whenever we spot a fantastic piece. We have acquired quite a collection the last few months, and it triggered a mini makeover in the back of our design studio. Not only can a lot of the art now be seen by customers, it is breathing new inspiration into our work each day as we are surrounded by our vintage gallery.
The painting above is a chinoiserie inspired piece that I bought the second I saw it through an antique art dealer. It is hand painted on glass and set in a gold leafed wooden frame with a fab Asian hardware hanger at the top. I love their clothing, the expressions on their faces and the flecks of gold throughout the landscape.
This japanese landscape is one of my all time favorite finds. Hard to believe, but it is in fact a needle point! I loved the unconventional design as this is not my Grammy’s needle point of days past, that’s for sure. Pagodas, mountains and the traditional Japanese wave patterns just send me. So much in fact, that I currently have it hanging above my bed as I enjoy looking at it every day. All it needed was a little attention to the boring wood frame, so I silver leafed it and the piece was perfect.
Paris in the rain, grab your parapluie and let’s go strolling down the Seine | Pastoral Farm Scene | A turquoise lover’s dream comes to life in this over sized Seascape
1960’s Portraits from Europe
Horse Bust | Old Man and the Sea
Stay tuned as we continue to add to our collection and are constantly rotating the art in our stores.