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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Easter Egg Art

    For those who celebrate it, Easter eggs may be the best accoutrement of the holiday. Even those who don't celebrate Easter can get in on the springtime fun of decorating eggs.

    But let's think outside the carton for a moment, shell we? (sorry, but that was worth it, right?) This year, we're all about trying something new instead of the same old tried-and-true white vinegar and fizzy tablet method for decorating Easter eggs. Some of our current favorites are ones we can do ourselves, others are by artists that we can merely admire, while still others (and these are our faves, always) are ones we can buy.

    Easter Egg Art We Can Do Ourselves: Well, OK, not this self. But maybe yourself. These knitted eggs are absolutely adorable in a bowl or on a branch. And these fabric eggs would be so cute tucked in a carton as a centerpiece. The quilled paper eggs will take longer, perhaps, but maybe an enterprising child could help out. The color combinations for each of these would be endless. The links will take you to how-tos.

    Easter Egg Art We Can Merely Admire: Check out these embroidered eggs by Ukranian artist Forostyuk Inna. Apparently they're duck eggs, not chicken, so the shell is stronger, but beyond that, we have no idea how it's done. Beautiful.

    Easter Egg Art We Can Buy: Yippee! These chenille eggs are available on etsy. So cute.

    Egg Art Canvas Wall Art That's Suitable Year-Round: We love the look and the sentiment of this cheery piece by Shelly Kennedy. Even when Easter is long-gone, it will fill us with hope for Spring!

     

    ps- Check out the blog on our sister site, oopsydaisy.com, for some simple ideas for decorating eggs with kids!

     

     

     

  • Modern Home Decor - "Fundamentally Unruly"

    If you're as mesmerized by the intricate details of Amy Genser's artwork as we are, you'll be glad to hear you may view many of her works in person this weekend. Her coiled paper upon painted backgrounds is so striking, that to get an up-close and personal viewing is quite an opportunity. Mark Jenkins from The Washington Post said it best... "the more three-dimensional it is, the closer Genser’s art comes to its natural inspiration, whose beauty is fundamentally unruly."

    The Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City has inspirational home finds for every part of your living space- from kitchen, to bath, to that poor neglected corner of your foyer! If you're in the vicinity of the Home Design Show, it would most definitely be time well spent finding out the latest ideas and products for the home. Original works by Amy Genser will not disappoint!

    Show admission information:

    Pier 94 (12th Ave. at 55th St.), New York City

    Booth #M80

    March 22-25, 2012

     

  • Tangerine Dream

    Yep, there it is. The color of the year, Pantone 17-1463, otherwise known as "Tangerine Tango." Says who? Says the folks at Pantone (in what's got to be the ultimate chicken-and-egg scenario of the design world). "Vivacious and appealing," they call it, and we'll go with that.

    Especially since we just happen to own an adorable belted trench in that very color. Who knew?

    Anyhow, Pantone names a new color every year, and then a whole lot of other people--designers, paint-mixers, artists, advertisers, etc--throw that color into their professional palettes. (See what we mean about the chicken-and-egg thing?)

    At GreenBox Art + Culture, we're all about personal style, which means picking and choosing the trends you want to add into your daily life. Because wall art is the perfect way to do that. That's why we make it extra easy on you--did you know you can search for the perfect piece by color? It's the ideal way to narrow down the hundreds of choices we offer.

    If you want to add a pop of this year's hottest hue, you can't borrow our belted trench, but you can find tangerine-infused canvas wall art in a variety of styles. Like Deborah Brenner's perfectly named Tangerine Pops, or Prolifik by Jennifer Mercede, or even a Gila Monster by Andrea Cobb.

    Just click on the color button in the SHOP + SORT BY column and you're off and running. Or tango-ing.

  • Todd Clark

    Artist Todd Clark doesn’t have formal art training, just “the school of hard knocks,” he says. But this oil painter teaches art now. Lest you think there’s any irony there, you should know that Todd’s day job is as an elementary school teacher. Teaching, he says, gives a balance to his life (“I get to be sociable and interact with other people”). It also affords the chance to paint, especially during his summers off, he adds. So when he’s not teaching, he’s painting, or teaching about painting. Or tending to the 2 horses, 7 peacocks, 2 emu, 1 llama, chickens, guinea hens, cat and fish that live on the five acres Todd and his wife own. “There’s a bobcat in the bushes, too,” he adds.

    GB: There’s nature depicted in your contemporary wall art for Greenbox, but it’s often abstract. The work on your website, on the other hand, is almost purely abstract. Where do you get your inspiration for those?

    TC: I’m not using an external context. It’s more of an internal landscape; things that come from within. I am constantly experimenting and moving on to other things. It’s a purely visual vocabulary that I’m inventing, my own language that I’m using. A line I paint might represent a branch, but it’s not necessarily intended. Nature is my largest filter but I don’t necessarily paint it.

    GB: Do you ever get artist’s block?

    TC: I just keep painting. Eventually you work through it. You can walk away feeling bad, but that’s the way it is. I just persevere. Maybe when it’s too sunny to be inside the studio I feel blocked, but even then I just bring my stuff outside and make the most of it.

    GB: About your studio—it’s beautiful. Did you design it?

    TC: Yes, I designed it myself. It’s still brand-new. It was built two years ago. It’s right next to the house and we built a barn as well. Both the studio and the barn have same kind of design, with lots of metal and long lines. The studio has lots of wall space for display.

    GB: Do you display what you’re working on?

    TC: Yes, and every summer I have a July sale. It runs two weekend and the weekdays, and draws over 200 hundred people. I live in a rural area near Vancouver, and it’s kind of a conservative community. So it’s always kind of a gamble what to hang. But I am always surprised when local people buy things that aren’t conservative.

    GB: So that’s what hangs on the walls of your studio. What’s hanging on the walls of your house? What kind of artwork for the home do you gravitate towards?

    TC: Lot of local art that I support. I sometimes think of myself as a painter who paints so I can buy more art. Although I don’t have much more space on my walls. But usually I’m more interested in process. Usually I buy abstract. I get tired of stuff that’s too literal.

    GB: What advice do you have for children or young people who want to become artists?

    TC: Go for it. For sure. There is no path. They have to find their own way. You can do the school route but I don’t think there’s a particular path. Throughout my life I always thought of myself as an artist but steered away from it for practical reasons. But it’s always been a constant, even more so as I get older.

    GB: Complete this sentence: [Blank] stifles my creativity.

    TC: Anxiety does. Stress. Being too busy. But that sometimes fuels it too. Sometimes when I’m stressed I go to the studio and paint and it feels better.

    GB: Complete this sentence: I really shouldn’t, but I…

    TC: Do it anyway.

    GB: If you could create an ice cream flavor, what would it be?

    TC: Peacock. It may taste terrible but the colors would be beautiful, right?

    See Todd Clark's GreenBox stretched canvas art collection.

  • Blame It On the Rain

    Perhaps it's because it's raining outside as we write this, but our thoughts are on rain. And water. It is March, after all, and the colors of our days are as saturated as a Flora Bowley painting.

    And if you're in the Stockton, California area in March, there's a very interesting art exhibit that centers around water--specifically, the water of the San Joaquin Delta--that you may want to check out. Called Delta Waters, it's a collection of eight site-specific works that explore the human impact on the Delta region, along with its preservation and beauty. There are textiles by Linda Gass, photos by Esmeralda Ruiz and sound by water and eco-artist Basia Ireland, but our favorite just might be the OPENrestaurant collective's tap-water tasting. The exhibit is at the Delta Center for the Arts' LH Horton Jr. Gallery, at San Joaquin Delta College.

    While water's still on your mind, check out charity:water, a non-profit organization that gives 100% of its donations to fund clean water throughout the world. Their logo is a Jerry can, that bright-yellow container that's used for gasoline or water. If you like the charity, you can start others talking about it by wearing some of their Jerry-can gear, including T-shirts and a striking silver pendant.

    Between Delta Waters and charity:water, you may never look at rain in the same way again.

  • Eye to Eye

    Our newest design obsession involves combining trompe l'oeil furniture with super-realistic wall art.

    Trompe l'oeil, of course, is a type of art or design that looks like something it isn't. French for "fool the eye," trompe l'oeil is perhaps best explained by way of Pere Borrell del Caso's 1874 painting Escaping Criticism, with an artist jumping out of a frame.

    Furniture in the trompe l'oeil style can be incredibly clever, like Nendo's clear plastic chairs finished with varnish to look like they're disappearing. Or Fernando Brízio's "What You See Is Not" cabinet--a vinyl decal that looks like a side table with an actual drawer extending from the wall, ideal for a book or two.

    The reason we like the idea of trompe l'oeil furniture paired with realistic art is that the mash-up is the opposite of what most people's brains have come to expect. Usually it's the art that's visually tricky and the furniture that grounds us in reality. Once the mind settles on what it's seeing, ie, abstract furniture paired with realistic art, the scene becomes cleverly amusing.

    Here at Green Box, check out our selection by Judith Jarcho. She's got lettuce leaves that will make your mouth water and weathered barns that'll make you think you hear a chicken clucking. Displayed over a piece of trompe l'oeil furniture, this canvas wall art will prove that you not only have impeccable taste, but a sense of humor as well.

     

  • Bloom True! A Two-Day Painting Adventure with Flora Bowley

    It is time for a workout- of the mind, and of the creative tools you know, or need to get to know! We, of course, love Flora Bowley and her ethereal wall art. She has supplied our GreenBox line with a touch of magic and bright, lush paintings.

    If you're lucky enough to be in the Berkley, CA area on March 10th and 11th, fitting in Flora's two day workshop at Teahouse Studio would be an incredible experience. You'll learn her personal painting techniques such as dripping, stamping, expressive mark making, etching, patterning, drawing with paint and carving out imagery. She'll help you focus on stretching your body, breathing deeply, and bringing that focus to the art making process.

    If you need an awakening, Flora Bowley will surely provide! If you miss this opportunity, Flora makes appearances far and wide- so find out what she's up to in the future.

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