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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Contain Yourself!

    We don't all have the space (or, truth be told, the patience) to garden a sizable plot. It would be nice to grow rows upon rows of lettuce and beans and tomatoes, but that takes a lot more yard than many of us have (not to mention patience. Did we mention patience?).

    There's a terrific option for those of us who want to exercise our green thumb in our own little plot of land. It's called container gardening. It's pretty straightforward to get started, and we've created a handy list to make it even easier:

    1)    Choose a pot, preferably one that's not plastic, which not only doesn't let the roots breathe, but when the sun gets hot can actually heat them up. Ceramic is a better choice.

    2)    Choose the size. Containers for gardening usually come in 7, 10, 15, or 20 gallons. Did you know you can even grow pumpkins in the larger ones? If you're willing to let the vines cascade down across your patio, the crop possibilities are pretty wide open.

    3)    Prepare the soil. And notice we said soil, not stones! You may be tempted to fill the bottom with stones for drainage, but doing so will raise the level of the roots and keep things perpetually soggy. Pine bark mulch is a much better choice. As for drainage, soil that contains Pearlite drains much better than peat moss.

    So there you go! That's really all there is to it. Find yourself a nice, sunny spot and pull up a lawn chair. Once your container garden is planted, you can sip some lemonade and watch it grow. Between sips, pull a weed or two. Patience is overrated anyhow!

    (Need plant markers for your crops? Hop on over to our blog at oopsydaisy.com for some DIY ideas!)

  • Your favorite Art as Digitally Selectable Wallpaper!

    What if you could you customize your living room wall paper with your favorite Andy Anh Ha art? Or perhaps you want to update your bedroom walls with newly created pieces from Flora Bowley or Deborah Brenner? Well friends, this futuristic technology has finally arrived!

    Well, not exactly but it is being developed and tested and is available in a scaled down version as we speak. This interactive wallpaper is being called ‘Surfaces’ and was created by the technology company NSD. Right now you’re able to set the wallpaper to display multiple television channels such as the news in the center view, your favorite episode of the Brady Bunch on the left and last night’s DVR’d American Idol on the right.

    Sound divine? Well how about we take this concept one step further? We’re thinking that with all of these selections and enhancements it might be a better concept to allow art to be displayed instead of a boring rerun to inspire some intelligent thought and creativity, right?! Why not set your walls to display a “Rising Sea Surf” by Amy Genser or brighten up the kitchen with “Bold Floral – Blue and Lime” by Steve Haskamp?

    Really, the possibilities are endless and maybe we’ll even check with NSD to see if GreenBox Art could be available in a downloadable format to project across your entire house one day soon. Now that's an idea!

  • Pastel Power

    We like it when clothing trends are easy to add to our wardrobe, which is why we like trendy colors better than trendy items. A new tie or scarf or even jacket is a lot easier to justify than a pair of parachute pants or a bat-wing-sleeved top.

    So we're completely committed to this spring's trend: pastel. For men, this can translate into a pop of pastel, like the aforementioned tie in a sky blue or a polo shirt in soft pink.

    For women, a scarf is always low-commitment, high-impact, but how about a mint green sheath dress or a yellow leather bag?

    There's a fine line between pastel punctuation and Easter-egg-ville, so the old reminder to remove one thing before leaving the house may be a good one to heed this season.

    Of course, you'll want your inside to be as on-trend as your outside, as far as your house is concerned. So browse our pastel canvas wall art, because this is the season to be Awash in Pastels!

  • Rain Showers Sprout Musical Flowers!

    Rain showers sprout musical flowers? Well not exactly, but wouldn't we all love it if the rain could hum us our own personal tune or perhaps trigger a blossoming melody? Well, the lucky inhabitants of one musically inspired building in Dresden, Germany have got it made! Their extremely colorful and artistically designed one of a kind building was constructed with what is being called “The Funnel Wall”, but more accurately - it's known as Neustadt Kunsthofpassage. When it rains, the water trickles down through an intricate system of gutters and funnels that make a beautiful and unique song every time!

    According to Atlas Obscura, “when the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system attached to the outside of a building in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage turn into charming musical instruments. The Funnel Wall is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town. ”

    We're beginning to wonder if this is where GreenBox artist Yangyang Pan got her inspiration for "Every Time That it is Raining" from? Probably not, but none the less, it may not be so bad to be stuck inside on a rainy day – that is...if you reside in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage.

    This is most definitely a truly creative and artistic way to enjoy the rain!

  • Andy Anh Ha

    Andy Anh Ha’s canvas wall art makes a big impression. His use of bold colors, graphic flowers and colliding scapes turn his art pieces into centerpieces. We spoke to him recently to find out more about his creative process, including his impressive track record when it comes to selling what he creates.

    Green Box: Do you have formal art training? If so, what and where?

    Andy Anh Ha: I have a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Media Arts from the University of Tennessee.

    GB: What medium do you mostly work in?

    AAH: Mostly acrylics and oils.

    GB: A lot of your fine art contains flowers. Do you have a favorite flower for your subject matter?

    AAH: Lotus flowers, cherry blossoms and orchids. [When I choose subject matter], I think about what is important to my life. Those emotions will translate into creative energy on a canvas.

    GB: Are you a full-time artist?

    AAH: Yes, I am. I've been a full-time artist for the past seven years. After I graduated from college in 2004, I moved to LA and after a year of various jobs I garnered enough savings and courage to commit to a full-time career as an artist. My very first art show, I won first place in painting at the Beverly Hills art show. I knew then and there art was for me and I was going to go one hundred percent at it.

    GB: What are the highs and lows of being a working artist?

    AAH: The best part is waking up every day to a life of creating. As for the lows, nothing at all. The only complaint I've heard about being an artist is inspiring yourself to do your "job." But to me, it's fun. It helps when every painting you've made has been sold!

    GB: That's impressive! Still, creating art full-time requires a lot of inspiration. What inspires your art?

    AAH: I am always pushing my creativity to make something no one has seen. Originality is a big inspiration for me.

    GB: Do you ever get “artist’s block?”

    AAH: Rarely. I'm always creating something, whether it's landscaping my yard, remodeling my kitchen or making music. It's all an art form. Designing is key to keeping me going.

    GB: What advice would you give to children or young people who want to become artists?

    AAH: Believe in yourself and take criticism lightly but subjectively.

    GB: Do you have a favorite artist?

    AAH: Basquiat, because of his personality. His desire was to create what he felt was beautiful and didn't stray from being different.

    GB: When decorating a room, do you choose the art based on everything else in the room or everything else in the room based on the art?

    AAH: Both. I believe art and decor should go hand in hand. Meaning that your style is reflected through both, so your art and decorations will come naturally and look harmonious.

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

    AAH: Nothing!

    GB: What’s the most recent youtube video you watched?

    AAH: That's a great question! The "I Am Bruce Lee" official trailer.

    GB: What advice would you give the you of ten years ago?

    AAH: Finish college already and get an early start on your art career!

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

    AAH: …want another soda.

    GB: Would you want to trade places with your pet if you could?

    AAH: Most definitely. My dog Knox lives a stress-free life. The only time he seems upset is when the postal worker delivers the mail.

    GB: If you could invent a flavor of ice cream, what would it be?

    AAH: Raspberry Tea, Lemonade and Sprite in a waffle cone. I'd call it Sprite Rasmonade Cone.

    Go take a look at  Andy Anh Ha's GreenBox Art Collection

  • Mats Matter

    A muddy, springtime floor is not too pleasant. Fortunately, browsing new welcome mats is pretty pleasant, especially given this year's crop, which have a terrific range of styles and fabrics.

    For a charming, cottagey look we like this vulcanized rubber mat. It looks like iron and has a very sweet flower pattern. It's available in all sorts of patterns, including ones that look like wrought-iron fences.

    The PVC owl is just funny, in an understated way. It's super-absorbant on muddy boots and shoes, and this little guy looks like he's got something important on his mind, to keep guests guessing.

    Have you seen these LED mats before? We haven't, but they strike us as so beautifully obvious that it's a wonder they aren't on every third or fourth doorstep. Pretty smart for the approaching summer nights, don't you think?

    And then there's our perennial favorite, which in some years is hard to find: Hi I'm Mat. It pretty much guarantees that everyone who enters your home will do so with a smile on his or her face.

    And that's enough to brighten up even the rainiest, muddiest day.

  • Donna Ingemanson exhibited in IPCNY

    We are proud to announce that one of our great artists at GreenBox Art + Culture Donna Ingemanson has been chosen to display one of her monotypes at the well recognized International Print Center New York. Her print “Botanica” will be displaying in their New Prints 2012/Summer show. This New Prints show will run from May 24th - July 27th and will have an opening reception on May 31st, from 6 to 8 pm.
    IPCNY is known for its “examination and serious study of artists’ prints from the old master to the contemporary.” They have a permanent show room located in Chelsea, NY and four New Print shows every year. In order to select the prints that will be displayed in each New Prints show there is a “Selections Committee appointed by the IPCNY.”

    This is an important and exciting step into Donnas’ career and we are glad to be a part of it, since this stretched canvas art will be available to purchase with GreenBox Art + Culture in the upcoming July new products release. Stay tuned and don’t miss out on all the other great contemporary wall art that will be added to our product line!

  • Just Released! "Brave Intuitive Painting" by Flora Bowley

    The excitement never seems to stop for our talented GreenBox Art + Culture family.

    We are so excited to announce that Flora Bowley, one of our exceptional artists, has just released her first book entitled "Brave Intuitive Painting"! In this one of a kind book, Flora gives the reader a rare chance to understand and learn from her zen-like approach at creating art without boundaries or limitations.

    "Brave Intuitive Painting" was written and designed for artist's of all backgrounds, styles and experience levels. Flora's own canvas wall art exhibits a free-form style of breaking compositional rules and her book attempts to teach us "a spontaneous, bold, and fearless approach to painting as a process of discovery." 'The reader is encouraged to engage the book as a guide to enhance their own creative innovations and artistic abilities "through a variety of techniques that combine basic, practical painting principles."

    Flora shares with us that the process for writing her first book "was truly an act of love, a deep journey of the soul and one of the most challenging things I've ever done. I poured myself into this baby, and I'm so excited to share it with you now." She also explains that her book "is based on exploring the process, letting go of fear, releasing preconceived ideas of what your paintings are supposed to look like, and allowing the paintings to unfold naturally and with ease." She is definitely one calm, cool, and collected artist!

    "Brave Intuitive Painting" is available on her website Brave Intuitive You, on Amazon, and at most major retailers. Whether you're a painter, an artist, or just a fan we definitely recommend picking up a copy.

    And if the book isn't enough "Flora" for you, she has 2 signings coming up:

    • May 8th, from 7:30-9pm  Author Talk and Signing @ Powell’s Books 1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR. 97209
    • June 7th, from 6-9pm Author Talk and Signing @ Readings St. Kilda in Melbourne, Australia 112 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182

     

     

     

  • Ghost Gallery Presents... Tyson Anthony Roberts

    We are so very proud and pleased to announce that our own GreenBox artist, Tyson Anthony Roberts, will be featured in an upcoming art show at the Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The art exhibit, entitled: "In the Midst of Transition", will run from May 10 through June 11 and is being held between the hours of 5-8pm.

    Tyson's artwork is focused on movement, change, and the environment; and his pieces explore this new type of harmony. He believes his job as a painter is to capture the change of the world as it is occurring; and he combines elements of abstract expressionism, color-field painting and spontaneity into his canvas wall art. Rural and urban scenes are in constant transition in Tyson's paintings, taking the viewer from what was, to what may be.

    Do not miss this fantastic event and a chance to view some truly unique and gorgeous original artwork from a magnificent artist!

    More information can be found by going to the Ghost Gallery's website or simply click on the flyer below.

     

    TAR Ghost Show

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