Picnic Color Palettes

by Beth

The first day of spring means warmer weather is on its way. To celebrate, BandagedEar.com created color palettes with inspiration from picnic-themed art prints, such as Luncheon at Argenteuil by Claude Monet and The Picnic by Francisco De Goya. The beautiful colors of nature are highlighted in these color palettes to provide decorating inspiration.

Picnic Color Palette: The Picnic by Francisco De Goya

Picnic Color Palette: The Picnic Party II by Jack Vettriano

Read the rest of this entry »

Artist Profile: Peter Paul Rubens

by Beth

The Triumph of the Eucharist, Art Print by Peter Paul Rubens

Sir Peter Paul  Rubens was Flemish Baroque painter from the 17th century who established a high level of notoriety during his lifetime. In fact, he was one of the most successful painters during the entire Baroque era. He painted a variety of subjects such as religion, portraits, landscapes, history and allegorical subjects.

He was born in the town of Siegen, which is located in current-day Germany. After his father’s death, Rubens family moved to Antwerp in the Spanish Netherlands (current-day Belgium). During his formative years, Rubens received an education in artistic training and served as an apprentice to a variety of established artists.

Rubens traveled around Europe to study the works of masters, such as Titan, Raphael and Michelangelo. He received commissions to paint portraits, religious paintings for churchesand even found an employer. Eventually, he returned to Antwerp to  establish his own studio. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Sheep

by Beth

Big Horn Ram, Art Print by Pamela Gladding

As the Year of the Horse comes to an end, February 19, 2015 marks the Chinese New Year where we welcome in the Year of the Sheep. In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to one of twelve different animals: a dragon, horse, monkey, rat, boar, rabbit, dog, rooster, ox, tiger, snake or ram. The Chinese New Year typically falls in January or February and the celebrations last for 15 days.

People born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to be kind, loyal and good-natured. Sheep personalities are also adaptable and committed to their work. Some famous people born in the Year of the Sheep include Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo and Julia Roberts.

When celebrating the New Year, is tradition to leave the past behind and start anew. Clean your home, get a haircut, wash your car or redecorate to start the New Year off right. BandagedEar.com has a variety of sheep art prints to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.

Albert Bierstadt Color Palettes

by Beth

Use these nature-inspired color palettes derived from Albert Bierstadt art prints. Choose from a variety of landscapes, such as tropical destinations, mountains, sunsets and waterfalls.

Albert Bierstadt Color Palette: Bahamas Harbour 1882

Albert Bierstadt Color Palette: Yosemite Valley

Read the rest of this entry »

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

by Beth

Marsala

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:

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Read the rest of this entry »

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.