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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Fabric Featuring Art by GreenBox Artists

    Artists have a vision, and we love to view those visions. Some artists of the GreenBox Art + Culture collection have their artwork on different surfaces so that you can bring their art into many parts of your life. We are undeniably partial to enjoying their creations at eye-level as wall art. But, another medium many artists have graced their talents with is cloth. We've run across quite a few websites that offer fabric featuring art by GreenBox artists.

    Whether you are a DIYer, or you're just looking for the perfect fabric to have something made to accent your interior design, you'll find that some of these fabrics plus our artwork are a match made in décor heaven!

    Here are some of our recent finds with links to our artists' collections in our line + their fabric offerings.

    Annette Tatum and her fabric collection on her website

    Carter Carpin and her fabric collection in her Etsy shop 

    Creative Thursday by Marisa and her fabric collection The Red Thread

    Eleanor Grosch and her fabric collection Mixteca

    Linda Ketelhut and her fabric collection on her website

    Paula Prass and her fabric collection on Show & Tell

    Stephanie Corfee and her fabric collection with Spoonflower

    Steve Haskamp and his fabric collection Picked Sweet

    Valentina Ramos and her fabric collection on Spoonflower



  • Gift Guide from GreenBox

    Stretched canvas wall art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when shopping for friends and family this holiday season, but we want you to rethink how you think! GreenBox Art + Culture has customizable artwork that any family would love to receive this holiday season. Wall art décor can be most fitting holiday gifts for families.

    Nothing adds the personal touch to a present like adding the recipient’s name to the gift itself. We’ve been in the name-game for years with our Oopsy daisy line, and have now incorporated a few pieces into GreenBox. “Love for the Family” by Cory McBee is a beautiful, Art Nouveau-esque piece that will look stunning in any contemporary home. Personalize it with the family’s last name for an heirloom they’ll cherish for years.

    We’ve also just introduced the “Wherever We Are Together” collection by Rachel Mosley featuring different styles of houses and family name personalization. Choose the house that is most befitting to your recipient (it could even be their “dream home” for apartment dwellers!) for a very personal gift.

    Shelly Kennedy’s “Merry & Bright” canvas wall art in our Oopsy daisy line is a tasteful and classic holiday decoration. Your friends will want to leave this lovely wall art up year round!

    Even without personalization, GreenBox artwork for the home can be a fantastic and personal gift that is a guaranteed homerun. Cory McBee has some lovely new pieces sure to warm your heart. And lastly, our beloved “Sweet Sayings” collection by Shelly Kennedy goes well with almost any décor; and is perfect in the hallway, bathroom, kitchen, or any room. Each custom canvas art comes with its own saying that will bring a smile to your friend’s face, especially because it, along with any of our wall art pieces you choose, will always make them think of you.

  • Michelle Hinebrook

    Michelle Hinebrook’s art is abstract in an intriguing way. The colors, shapes and juxtapositions tend to make the viewer think she almost knows what she’s looking at. This tip-of-the-tongue-familiarity leaves the viewer with a sense of recognition, which makes the work resonate on a personal level. It turns out that at least a couple of the pieces offered at Green Box Art + Culture are personal, in that they are literally based on scans of the artist’s own body. We asked her to tell us more:


    Green Box: What are we looking at when we look at your work?

    Michelle Hinebrook: It’s abstract. It’s not representative of reality, although it references reality. I’m inspired by things found in nature, especially microscopic patterns. Most recently, I’ve been exploring crystallized forms and the way light reflects through them and across geometric planes.


    GB: What is your medium?

    MH: It changes and evolves with my work, which has different goals and applications. I use paintbrushes, air brush and digital technology to brainstorm ideas and create compositions. The pieces are built up from drawings using many layers of acrylic paint.


    GB: When you mention microscopic patterns, are you literally looking through a microscope as you compose certain pieces?

    MH: No, I may look at scientific images.


    GB: Do you have an interest in science in addition to art?

    MH: Yes, both science and architecture influence my work, in that I look at space as something that can be mapped through connecting structures. In two of these works [Enveloped and Sweet Spot] I was looking at CAD models [Computer-Aided Design] of scans done of my body, and I translated that information into work through triangulation and mesh patterns.


    GB: So those two pieces are based on your body?

    MH: Yes, I was looking for a way to represent the form of the human body in a non-representative way. I had laser scans done of my body as a model. The result was wire-frame mesh patterns that represent the body but aren’t literally the body.


    GB: It sounds like art is in your blood. Have you always been an artist?

    MH: I’ve been interested in art for my entire life. As a child I did family scenes, oceans, pictures of loved ones. Then I started to really develop my work as a preteen, when I started drawing things from animated movies. I started learning how to draw and translate pieces into art. I went to undergrad and graduate school to support that.


    GB: Are you a full-time artist?

    MH: I’ve been teaching for 12 years now. I’m a professor at Pratt Institute and Assistant Chair for the graduate Communications Design program.


    GB: And what’s it like knowing that your work hangs on people’s walls in their homes?

    MH: I really enjoy is sharing the work. It’s not really alive if it’s just in my studio. One of the reasons I do editions of the work [in addition to originals] is so it has a bigger life. People have every right to enjoy it and make it part of their life.


    GB: What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

    MH: It’s pure expression. I love to be able to make the work, realize my inner world and inner intentions, and be able to communicate that with the external world and the viewer. Art is true expression.

    View Michelle Hinebrook's GreenBox Art Collection here

  • Creative Knitting

    All knitting is creative knitting, right? That's true, but some knitting is more creative than others.

    We're loving a couple brilliant products that knit away, slowly but steadily, as you go on about your life.

    First there's the knitting chair, formally called “Rocking Knit” and created by Damien Ludi and Colin Peillex. It puts a whole new spin on the concept of an elderly grandma sitting and knitting. In fact, we're guessing that's why these two cheeky guys used an elderly, grandfatherly type to show it off: they're having a blast playing around with that time-honored notion. The way it works is this--have a seat and rock. That's it. The rocking movement of the apparatus causes the yarn to be knitted into a hat.

    Equally soothing, but more deeply moving on a soul-ful level (at least for us) is this knitting clock by designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen. (And if you have some time on your hands, check out this brilliant designer's site--her work will take your breath away!) This clock is formally known as the "365 Knitting Clock" for an absolutely perfect reason. The working clock knits one single stitch every half hour. That's a complete circle every day. In one year, this clock produces a 2-meter scarf.

    The symbolism is irresistible: Ring in the new year by putting on a scarf that contains every minute of the previous year, all knit together into a warm and useful whole. Beautiful.

    It's art in the every day, just the way we like it.

  • Tyson Anthony Roberts' Continual Movement

    Rojo Projects: Tyson Anthony Roberts' Body of Work

    Landscape artist Tyson Anthony Roberts does things his way, and with a purpose. Make that two purposes: to make nice pictures and create a “feedback loop”, according to his recent feature on And make no mistake - his superb, unique style hasn’t come without effort. He admits to really finding his painting methods through challenging himself to experiment with new styles, the study of art history, and failed paintings along with persistence to create something new that seems familiar.

    In this interesting article surrounding Tyson’s practices as an artist, you’ll find that he’s actually very methodical in creating his works of art. While his feedback loop most likely functions as a smooth mental motion, it is no less of a necessary stepping-stone in his process. He confides that his methods of landscape portrayal are in many ways unexplainable, despite the familiarity he’s able to still evoke in his works.

    Tyson Anthony Roberts’ use of modern methods and stark representation of landscapes is a breath of fresh air for those viewers looking for comfort in a familiar subject matter in their art, but with a direction of bold ingenuity. While familiar to the viewer, he hopes to present the scenes as if they’re in constant transition. “It is through this idea of continual movement by which my work suggests that the places we know are always changing, whether we are ready or not.”


    Shop GreenBox Art + Culture's bold collection of Tyson Anthony Roberts reproductions. See the full feature article on Tyson Anthony Roberts and his other original works of art to learn more.

  • How to Choose Art: Creating a Personal Time Capsule

    Here at Green Box Art + Culture, we love to help people navigate the question of how to choose art.

    That's why

    we have made it as easy as possible

    for you to get fine art canvases for your walls, with over 700 different pieces available. Our method is dividing things into categories, like artist, theme, and color.

    Not everyone uses this method, of course, and we are intrigued by a collector named Jason Rubell, who answered the question of how to choose art by picking contemporary pieces that spoke to him. Sounds pretty straightforward, until you learn that he chose these pieces between the ages of 13 and 21. Oh, and did we mention his collection, on display until January 6, 2013 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, includes works by Keith Haring, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman?

    What a terrific back-story. Rubell graduated from Duke in 1991, and this show is called Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21: The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell. The pieces are ones he collected until his graduation, when they were displayed as a group for the first time. 

    Now, before we get too carried away about prescient tastes and an uncanny eye, let's remember that there also has to be some money involved--we were fans of Keith Haring's early work too, for example, but had to wait until his collaboration with Swatch to "collect" a piece of his work, in this case, a red watch with a gray and black face. Even then, an original Haring would have been way out of our price range.

    But we certainly don't begrudge Rubell his success. It's a great story and an exciting collection. And he inspires us anew in our commitment to make fine art affordable for all. At Green Box Art + Culture, you'll find a carefully curated collection of canvas prints by artists who are well-known and by ones who are up-and-coming. That gives you the chance to create a personalized collection of the prints that grab you. Who knows? Maybe an emerging artist whose print you choose by will end up making Cindy-Sherman-sized waves in the art world.

  • Show & Tell with Paula Prass

    When one thinks of carrying out a career "doing something I love", it can sound like an unattainable dream. Meet Paula Prass - artist, decorator, designer extraordinaire. She openly expresses her excitement for landing the dream job she's always wanted - and we think it's perfect for her! Paula Prass has a knack for creating beautiful designs, patterns, and artwork. We've been fans for years, and are so pleased to have Paula's beautiful artwork as part of our line, and another collection of hers in our Oopsy daisy line.

    Our fellow San Diegan has this to say on her profile: I am an artist who decided on interior design as a career, but couldn't stop there, so now I license my designs for art, home decor and fabrics and having the time of my life. This is my open journal, sketchbook, inspiration board and an outlet for my overactive imagination. Remember Show and Tell? The excitement of sharing and hoping others like it too? I wish to inspire, to be inspired and make new friendships along the way. Enjoy!! 

    It turns out Paula is also a darn good photographer, recently posting images of her newest pieces in the GreenBox line on her blog. We're always keen to tune in to style guidance, especially when it's from artists we admire.

    Check out Paula Prass' blog "Show & Tell" for inspiration, tutorials, ideas, and a front row seat to her many artistic endeavors. We all could use more creativity in our lives, so stop by, show and tell, and let Paula be your cicerone in an art-filled lifestyle.

  • Red and Blue Canvas Wall Art

    Now that the election's nearly over, we can ask:

    Blue or Red?

    No, not your vote, or even which way your state votes. We're an art company, remember? We're talking about home decor:

    red and blue canvas wall art!

    Since we're all about making your walls look their best, we've made it extra easy to match what you've got or add to a theme. Just click "Shop" and then organize by "Color." You'll be able to click on the color you're after in order to see a whole variety of canvas fine art in that color family.

    If you're going for blue, your choices run from abstract to aquatic to representational. For instance, Evolving by Flora Bowley is an abstract of deep, contrasting blues with a collection of birds in the corner.

    Rising Sea Surf by Amy Eisenfeld Genser is a collage of swirling blue hues, while Palampore Tree by Andrew Daniel depicts a riotous tree with blue as its overall focus, thanks to the sky and birds.

    Blue Design Lotus by Andy Anh Ha is all about blue, with its simple white background and arresting blue lotus blossom.

    And if red's your thing, we've got you covered there, too. In fact, the Lotus is available in red--consider pairing the two versions to shake up the politics of color on your walls.

    Another red is Poppies on Red by Rachel Austin. It's bright and graphic and unabashedly red.

    Red Pears by Judith Jarcho is a scrumptious still-life and Fire by Michelle Hinebrook is a gorgeous, abstract kaleidoscope of red and purples.

    Mix them, match them, put your red and blue canvas wall art with yellow and green and peach and gray. We make it easy by offering a color-coded option on our site.

    Of course, you can always show your patriotism with one piece that says it all: Christopher Ross's gorgeous American Flag.

  • Bold Patterns Abound

    We all have different styles and different levels of comfort in design. GreenBox Art + Culture celebrates those differences and we want to encourage you to mix it up! We love bold patterns and courageous combos. Mainly, we just love seeing someone’s personality shine through décor choices, creating a warm, happy atmosphere and calling it “home”.

    While some of us like just one statement making patterned piece per room, others can’t get enough. If you like the look of mixed bold patterns, but need a little assistance in making it happen, we’ve got a few tips from some top design websites.

    HGTV suggests:

    • Choose three or more patterns, because odd numbers work best in terms of design.
    • Balance your patterns by evenly distributing throughout the room, not all on one side.

    Houzz suggests:

    • Vary the scale of prints with small, medium, and large – limiting yourself to one large-scale fabric design.
    • Take baby steps and assess samples together to edit color and pattern scale. Don’t be afraid to give a pattern the boot if it’s not working well with the others you’ve chosen.

    Real Simple suggests:

    • Limit busy wallpaper to just one wall, as the focus, rather than all four walls.
    • Include one big solid in the room – on the sofa, floor, or wall.

    Most importantly, no matter what patterns you may follow, we’ve got the wall art décor to complete your perfect scene. We always suggest finding the perfect piece at the start, letting it be your inspiration for finding unifying bold pattern combinations. Don’t be shy, listen to the pros and jump in there!

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