Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Original artwork isn't the first thing you think of when you are looking online. The biggest question is really where do you find it? You don't have to spend hours looking through Etsy if you don't want to...there are faster ways to find good art and I've listed 10 of them.

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Gallery walls can really be so much fun to have in your home. You can make an arrangement with what you have now and you can make plans for later. I'm discussing the freedom of buying pieces you love to incorporate in your gallery wall later. It's also called the Later Plan- and it doesn't ever have to end! 

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

There are many how to guides on creating gallery walls. However, there isn't a lot of talk about the Now Plan and Later Plan. What to do right now to make sure you stop having blank walls and what to do later on when you find other pieces you like. I'm discussing the Now Plan and why it's important. Stay tuned for how to create the Later Plan!

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To have and to love series: Salt Lake City Abode

To have and to love series: Salt Lake City Abode

Gosh, I love this room so much! I'm looking into all the ways this room works and the many ways we can create the similar look in our homes. Read on to see why this coffee table is WAY more practical than other options that could have gone here. 

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Is it okay to put a colored wall behind art work?

Is it okay to put a colored wall behind art work?

In most of my art research, I see beautiful white crisp rooms with wonderful art. But what about using color on the wall instead? What colors do you use? Does it matter if you have one piece or several? Lots of questions that I want to make simpler and tackle in this post.

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How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

Like this image from The Decor Fix , I think that Christmas art can become a part of your home or just come out at Christmas. I talk about 5 easy ways to incorporate Christmas themed art around your home and also show ways to just decorate around the art work you already have up. 

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What is the best way to give art work as a gift

I know art work is personal. It's personal because you really like it, or you like it but are not in "love" with it, or you don't like it all.

So let's be honest- how do you know what to get someone who wants art work but you don't know what to get them? 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Traditional piece

Traditional piece

Contemporary piece

Contemporary piece

  1. Style- how would you describe their style? Would they say they are traditional? Contemporary? Would they say "I don't know, but I just know what I like?" I like to look at where a person loves to shop as an indicator of their style. If they like to shop(even if it’s just window shopping) at Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel- those are indicators of their style. Once you find their style you can look at several sources (here is a list of many sources) and search for words that describe their style or things they like: “abstract landscapes” or “colorful paintings” are two examples

  2. Have they been pointing out things that they like in stores, magazines, online or at a friend’s house? Take note of what they are and try to get something similar..

  3. Gift cards. I’m pretty sure any vendor, gallery or artist will be a happy to give you credit towards the piece of their choosing.

Which is why I’m launching gift cards! In honor of Cyber Monday, I want to make shopping for art easier on everyone and offer gift cards. And anyone who purchases one before 12/25/15 will get a free 30min. design consult to help the person either pick out a piece or decide where it will go in their house (which can be the hardest part sometimes!).

Happy Shopping!

My story as an artist and designer

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Earlier today I heard something that I thought was really interesting. According to a google analytics team, if you have had a passion from a very early age you will be very productive in it later in life.

As a really little girl, I would sit and draw for hours. My drawings of choice were banana splits (I still love ice cream), rainbows (I still love all colors) and girls with “puffy sleeves” (yes, I was a child of the late 80’s early 90’s).

MJM art circa 1992: Ice Cream, rainbows, flowers, candy, even a house- I guess that must have been my "dream house"

MJM art circa 1992: Ice Cream, rainbows, flowers, candy, even a house- I guess that must have been my "dream house"

I ended up getting into a high school in Houston, TX called the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. It was a competitive school to get in to, but once I started school I found a huge supportive art community.

One that fostered growth in the arts and where we were all jealous of how good others were in their art concentration and respected them at the same time. It was there that I learned how to think critically about art.

How to draw well in perspective. How to have positive and thoughtful critiques (where you analyze if a piece was successful or not). How my art should always be growing and pushing to be better and better.

During this time, I really decided to go after a degree in interior design. So I picked the best school in the region for an accredited interior design program and went for it.

The program that had a more “artistic” bent. For instance, one semester we had a water colorist come in and teach us some techniques on how to use watercolor in our work.

I learned so much in school but much of it was space planning (fancy way of saying where the walls and bathrooms go) and thinking of how a concept translates throughout a design. Not too different from art, actually.

When I graduated in 09’, the interior design market wasn’t doing too hot. 

I worked many different jobs that were related to interior design but none of them were ever the commercial interior design job I had wanted for so long. Instead, I worked in residential in some way for about 6 years.

Earlier this year, I finally got a commercial interior design job. The kind I had always wanted.

And then had to be laid off in March.

I was crushed but strangely at peace. It was like I felt God had hit the pause button on what I was doing. I still cried a lot and grieved the loss of what I felt like was my dream, but I also tried to start thinking about what could be next.

I started studying for the NCIDQ test at this time- which is a test that you can take that declares you a certified interior designer (this explains a little bit more about what that means...still waiting to hear if I passed!*)

*Note: I passed :)

A few of my smaller pieces

A few of my smaller pieces

As summer approached, I realized that I had been wanting to make art again. The more I looked into the market, the more I realized that the art I preferred to create- collage and abstract painting- was not necessarily represented strongly.

I realized I could not only make art, but make a living at it. For an artist, that sounds so unattainable when you grow up hearing that the only thing an art degree is good for is working at Starbucks.

I was really excited and started making a bunch of work and launched my website in August of this year. My only road block with doing art as a living, was feeling like I wasn’t touching the interior designer in me who I had cultivated the last 10 years.

After meeting with an insightful friend, I realized that I had “been there and back again”. I not only understood art, but also how it fits into a space.

And I could help others with their art problems in their homes.

And then I got REALLY excited.

Currently, I am trying my best to learn what you need. How I can make you feel excited, empowered and ready to hang up art in your home. What you need to know about yourself and your home, the steps you need to take and the places to look for art that fits you perfectly. I’m convinced that artwork is some of the most valuable pieces in your home because it tells a story about you and what you love. I want to help you create that story.

What part of your search for art has left you frustrated or has made you give up on trying to find art?

**Update: 

5 Fears of commissioning an art piece and how to overcome them

5 Fears of commissioning an art piece and how to overcome them

Have you ever wanted to get a piece of art for a special spot but never find anything? That's a perfect time to commission one! But often, there are fears that associated with it and you settle for something that will "make do". I talk about the 5 fears of commissioning art and how to overcome them. 

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