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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The Hidden Secret of Picasso’s Painting “The Old Guitarist”

by Beth

Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Old Guitarist, Art Print by Pablo Picasso

He was a co-founder of the Cubist artistic movement and created masterpieces such as “Guernica” and Girl Before a Mirror.” Picasso achieved fame and notoriety while he was still alive, but he wasn’t always a successful artist.

Like other artists, Picasso couldn’t always afford the art supplies he needed when he first started out. At times he used cardboard instead of canvas. He even repurposed canvasses and painted over works of art to paint something new. One of his most well-known paintings from his Blue Period, “The Old Guitarist,” was actually painted on a repurposed canvas.

Looking at the painting up close, one can see an outline of a face. X-ray images of the painting revealed that the face belongs to a nursing mother. In the original painting the mother and child are seated in a rural setting and are accompanied by a bull and a sheep.

United States Art Prints for American-Themed Decorating

by Beth

Sierra Nevada in California, Art Print by Albert Bierstadt

Transform your home with patriotic art prints from BandagedEar.com as Independence Day approaches. When decorating, you don’t need to stick to a red, white and blue color scheme. Americans can celebrate their country and bask in the diverse beauty of the United States. The rich hues of the dessert sunsets, the brilliance of the farmlands, the sunny tropical landscapes and the snow-covered mountains are just some of the breathtaking views to admire.

Albert Bierstadt is an artist that can help create an American-themed living space. His art prints feature beautiful renditions of landscapes in the Western United States. Another artist that captures the beauty of the American West is Jack Sorensen. Art prints by Jack Sorensen feature cowboys, Western landscapes and family-themed subjects.

Lazy Days, Art Print by Norman Rockwell

Great American cities, such as New York, are also subjects that make great art prints. Henri Silberman, who moved to Brooklyn at a young age, captures the magnificence of the New York City skyline in a variety of his prints.

Independence Day is also a time to celebrate American traditions, such as parades, fireworks, barbecues and neighborhood get-togethers. There are few artists that capture the essence of these activities better than Norman Rockwell. Art prints from Norman Rockwell capture the simplicity of American traditions with small-town themes.

When decorating your home or office space this summer, discover some our team’s favorite American-themed art prints from BandagedEar.com:

Flag, 1954, Art Print by Jasper Johns

Kickin Up Dust, Art Print by Jack Sorenson

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Featured Artist: Collin Bogle

by Beth

The beauty of the outdoor world creates a welcoming and calming ambiance. Nature art prints can bring the magnificence of the outdoor world indoors and give new life to office and living spaces. World-renowned artist, Collin Bogle, is known for his realist wildlife and flower paintings. In Bogle’s words, “An abundance of light and shadows creates a playground for me, allowing my paintings to take on a life of their own.”

Although he never obtained a formal art education, Bogle learned to appreciate art from a very young age from his father, who is also an artist. Collin learned the fundamentals of design from his father, but Collin created a technique that is truly unique and shines through in his artworks.

Growing up in Seattle provided Collin with a beautiful backdrop to inspire his art. Whether he is painting wolves, trees, bears or other elements of nature, Bogle’s passion for the outdoors is evident. As a child, he already had more of an interest in nature than playing baseball with other children.

Discover some of our favorite Collin Bogle art prints:

The Guardian, Art Print by Collin Bogle

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Bathroom Color Palettes

by Beth

Create your dream bathroom with decorating inspiration from BandagedEar.com. Bathroom art prints from BandagedEar.com will add color and character to the room. Discover how to incorporate different hues into  your decorating color schemes to creates a relaxing effect in your living space.

Bathroom Color Palette: Scrub-a-dub II

Bathroom Color Palette: Bathing Lady II

Bathroom Color Palette: Country Inn Bath II

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