Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl, oil on linen, 12"x 16"

Friday, October 26, 2007

After the Party

After the Party #1, oil on linen, 12"x 16"

After the Party #2, oil on linen, 12"x 16"
$1800 framed (ask about availability)

Every now and again, I take a brief break from my florals and landscapes to revisit this wine series. I think these two paintings would look great together or bookending another larger piece in the middle.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Zinnia Patio Bouquet

Zinnia Patio Bouquet, oil on linen, 7"x 5"
$375framed (ask about availability)
Number 11 of the "100 minis" collection

Remember the Farmer's Market post? Well, here's a mini inspired by the flowers I bought there. I really like the color and texture combination of the flowers so I decided to paint a larger piece based on this mini sketch. I'm sure to post it when it's finished.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

How to Hang Art in a Grouping

Have you ever wondered how to creatively fill a wall with more than one piece of art? You probably already have a collection of paintings, mirrors and wall sconces that would look great together.

Here are a few suggestions to get started:

Use Your Imagination - Arranging small treasures in a group gives a big impact when hung close together. Have a common theme among your collection. For example, all florals, or all black and white photos or a group of small paintings framed in similar styled gold frames. See my mini collection page for an example of different gold frames that would look nice together. Arranging your group on the floor first helps to see how to organize the "puzzle."

The Numbers Game - When filling a wall with large paintings, groups in even numbers work well and uneven numbers work well over furniture.

Going Vertical - Hang the wider framed artwork on top when hanging pieces vertically.

The Gallery Look - A simple modern gallery look is to draw an imaginary line 58" (standard) above the floor across the wall. Then arrange the art centered on the line no matter what the framed proportions are. Leaving lots of space between the pieces works especially well in long lobbies and hallways.

X Marks the Spot - Use a small masking tape "X" on the wall to mark the spot before nailing a mirror hanger. This helps save your wall from scratches and cracks, especially plaster walls. Use 2 hooks when hanging large art, this helps keep the piece from titling. I suggest using a level, too.

I hope this helps and gives you some new ideas about hanging art in groups. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at art@lisapalombo.com. I am always happy to help.

Wishing you flower-filled days,

Lisa Palombo

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Johnny Jumps Ups

Johnny Jump Ups, oil on linen, 7"x 5"

I don't know if it is because I grew up in New England or that my mother planted violets in our backyard, but every time I notice these little flowers, I want to lay down in the grass and look for animal shapes in the clouds. :0)