2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

by Beth


Every year, Pantone, LLC – the ultimate authority on color – designates a color of the year. Bold colors such as Radiant Orchid, Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle were deemed the “it” colors. In 2015, you can expect to see a lot of red wine-inspired hues with Marsala being the color of the year.

Add Marsala to your color palette by replacing or adding new art prints to your home or office. BandagedEar.com offers high-quality art prints and framed art prints to help you take part in this trend in a budget-friendly way. Check out some of the top picks from our home decor experts:

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Vincent van Gogh Color Palettes

by Beth

Vincent van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist Dutch painter who was most well-known for his bold paintings such as The Starry Night, Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and Starry Night Over the Rhone. Use these beautiful color palettes inspired by Van Gogh’s artwork as inspiration for your next home decor project.

Vincent van Gogh Color Palette: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

Vincent van Gogh Color Palette: The Starry Night, c.1889

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Children’s Room Color Palettes

by Beth

Choose a color palette for your children’s bedrooms that matches their interests. BandagedEar.com offers art prints for a wide range of children’s bedrooms with themes such as farm animals, princesses, oceans, sports and much more!

Children's Room Color Palette: Baby Elephant, Art Print by Bernadette Deming

Children's Room Color Palette: Farm Group - Cow and Sheep, Art Print by Yuko Lau

Children's Room Color Palette: Flutterby, Art Print by Stephanie Marrott

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6 Reasons to Buy Holiday Gifts at BandagedEar.com

by Beth

Christmas Tree I, Art Print by Patricia Pinto

This holiday season, choose to give your family, friends and everybody else on your gift list art prints from BandagedEar.com.

1. Variety. Variety. Variety. Choose from among art prints from artists such as, Georgia O’Keeffe and Pablo Picasso, and subjects such as sports and cityscapes.

2. Shows your thoughtfulness. Select an art print that matches your gift recipient’s interests to show the care that went into choosing the gift.

3. Convenience. The stores and post offices are busy this time of year. Pick out the gifts you want from the convenience of your home. BandagedEar.com will ship your art prints or framed art prints anywhere you need them to go!

4. Art prints are big gifts! Everybody loves seeing a big gift with their name on it under the tree. Wrap up an art print, or better yet, wrap up a framed art print for an ever bigger gift!

5. Budget. Art prints are budget-friendly. Choose from among a wide variety of art prints from under $10. Upgrade any art print on BandagedEar.com to a framed art print, which costs less than framing an art print at a local frame shop.

6. Art prints: the gifts that keep on giving. Art prints add beauty to a living space by adding color and creating a central focal point. Unlike other gifts, art prints are enjoyed on a daily basis.

Artist Profile: Georgia O’Keefe

by Beth

Georgia O’Keefe was an American artist, born in Wisconsin in 1887, who is best-known for her paintings of enlarged blossoms and the American West. By the age of 10, O’Keefe knew she wanted to be an artist. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1905. She went on to study at New York’s legendary Art Students League and the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Purple Petunias, 1925, Art Print by Georgia O'Keeffe

She said that flowers are small, but she wanted people to see flowers how she saw them. Her art expressed, “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” She became an icon of feminism as her paintings of irises, lilies and other flowers were considered erotic. O’Keefe denied these interpretations of her work.

Her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, was a gallery owner who was instrumental in promoting her work. He was the first advocate of modern art in America. She became dubbed as the “mother of American modernism.”

After spending time in New Mexico, O’Keefe became inspired by the landscapes, warm colors and scenery of the American West. She moved to New Mexico permanently in 1949.

As O’Keefe got older, her eyesight worsened as she lost her central vision. She continued to draw and create pottery as she still had her peripheral vision. She lived until she was 98 years old.

Find some of her most well-known art prints at BandgaedEar.com, such as Purple Petunias, Oriental Poppies, Red Cannas and Red Hills with White Shell.

Salvador Dali

by Beth

The Persistence of Memory, c.1931, Art Print by Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali is a well-known surrealist painter. Born in Spain, Dali’s natural artistic talent was encouraged by his mother. His talents included drawing, painting, lithographs, film, sculpture and photography.

Dali created thousands of art works, such as theater set designs, drawings, book illustrations and more than 1,500 paintings. The Persistence of Memory is his most well-know painting and a wonderful example of how Dali integrates symbolism into his artworks. The melting watches represent the Einstein’s theory that time is relative. Images that appear often in his artworks are elephants, eggs to represent hope, ants to symbolize death, and locusts to point to waste and fear.

Dali - Parasol, Poster by Salvador Dali

Fashion was another interest of Dali. He collaborated with Italian designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, to create a shoe-shaped hat and a pink belt with lips for a buckle. He even collaborated with Christian Dior to make a costume for the year 2045.

Dali’s creations weren’t limited to material objects. His artworks are often described as bizarre, as was his behavior. He created publicity stunts, such as dressing up for a masquerade ball with his wife as the Lindbergh kidnapper and baby. These stunts were later called performances.

Decorate your home with Dali art prints, including The City of Drawers, Temptation of St. Anthony and Swans Reflecting Elephants.

Happy Color Palettes

by Beth

The team at BandagedEar.com loves to be happy! We chose our favorite art prints that feature happy, laughing and feel-good subjects and created color palettes to help you decorate. Create a living space that brings a little joy into your life.

Happy Color Palette: Sunrise I, Art Print by Chris Paschke

Happy Color Palette: Nature Trio - Laugh, Art Print by Veronique Charron

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Love and Romance Color Palettes

by Beth

Bring a little love into your life by decorating your bedroom, or any other room, with a love-themed color scheme. BandagedEar.com has a wide variety of art prints that feature hearts, romance and other loving subjects. Decorate with hues of red, orange and other warm colors to create your perfect space.

Twiggy Love, Art Print by Lisa Hilliker

Three of Hearts, Art Print by Liz Jardine

The Kiss, c.1908, Art Print by Gustav Klimt

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The Hidden Secret of “The Angelus” by Jean-Francois Millet

by Beth

The Angelus, c.1859, Art Print by Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus is a famous painting by French painter, Jean-Francois Millet. The artwork portrays two peasants, presumably a couple, praying over a basket of potatoes. In the background, one can see the church tower of Chailly-en-Biere. It was believed that the painting depicted a prayer ritual.

Salvador Dali, a well-known surrealist painter who was known for his eccentric behavior, had a hunch that the original painting represented an infant’s funeral. At that time The Angelus was part of the permanent collection of the Louvre in Paris, France. Although Dali’s gut feeling was not widely accepted, the Louvre finally gave in and took an X-ray image of the painting. It was discovered that Dali was right. Millet had originally painted a small coffin, but later covered up the coffin with a basket of potatoes.

Purple Color Palettes

by Beth

Purple is associated with wealth and royalty for a good reason. In ancient times, purple fabric was extremely expensive so only those with vast amounts of wealth, typically royalty or rulers, could afford it. Purple dye was derived from a mollusk which was only found in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea.

Today, you can use the royal color as inspiration to make a bold decorating statement. Use these color palettes from BandagedEar.com to put together the perfect color scheme for your room.

Purple Color Palette: Abstract Pop IV, Art Print by Ricki Mountain

Purple Color Palette: Bloomer Squares IX, Art Print by James Burghardt

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