Three Pieces of Art, Two Walls

Finding the Right Piece of Art

It’s often a challenge picking out art for your home. You head out to local galleries or attend art festivals in search of the perfect piece–the one that speaks to you, the one that is the right size, the one that will be just perfect for your space.  When you see it, you know. You just know. But then you wonder. Will it really be perfect? Is that size too small? Or maybe it’s too large. Now all of a sudden the joy of finding the right piece becomes a little painful.

Not to worry! I have a solution for you. Why not see what that piece of art will look like in your room before you commit to buying?

Here are a couple of examples of my art placed into two rooms. In the first one, I have taken two pieces of art on paper that have been matted and then added a fake black frame to see how it would look. These are 24×18″ pieces of art matted to fit a standard 28×22″ frame. I think they look awesome!

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After:betty's tv room with 2 pieces of art

In this second example, I have added a 30×40″ piece of art on canvas to this dining room. It’s presence really fills the space nicely!                       

If you’d like to see how these–or any of my artwork–would look in your space, just send me a photo of the room (preferably straight view) and let me know which of my pieces of art interest you. I’ll add the art to the room and then you can decide (without guessing!) if it’s the right piece for you and your space.

Special

As a member of my mailing list, I am offering a special discount on the three pieces of art featured here.

The two on paper with the fake frame are 24×18″ with matting to fit a standard 28×22″ frame. Regularly $265, now $240 each. The frame is not included. The one on the left is titled “Fanning the Flames” and the one on the right is titled “Remember to Call Me”.

The one pictured in the dining room is 30x40x1.5″ on canvas. The colors wrap around the sides. Regularly $925, now $725.

I offer free shipping in the US and discounted shipping internationally.

Collecting art is an adventure. Go out and enjoy soaking up the beauty of art while finding that perfect piece for you and your home!

 

Email:  bettykrauseart@gmail.com

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Three Pieces of Art, Two Walls

Getting Outside My Head

The Process

When creating art there are several steps that I enter, go through and exit. One quickly merges into the next and into the next and before I know it I’m in the home stretch of completing a painting.

In the Beginning

I love all the steps involved. When I begin a painting, I start with mark making. This allows me to put down lines and circles and squiggly lines. It loosens me up. And, I am no longer staring at a vast area of white (which can be intimidating). Most of those marks are covered up, so it’s a great time to let loose and just go for it.

My next step is paint. I pick out a couple of colors to start with and then add more as I go. I work on a large plastic-covered area on my table so that I can mix my colors.  At this point I’m still working on the under-painting, not the final layer.  This means I can continue to put down paint without thinking too much about the final result. Actually, thinking usually makes it harder to paint, so I try to stay out of my head and in my heart.

betty - first layers

To see my beginning process for the painting above, click on this link for a short video.

After I initially posted that video, a lot of folks wanted to know how the painting was finished. I didn’t continue taping the next day mainly because I find that I’m too aware of the camera and, therefore, I don’t relax and just paint. Here is the completed piece:

living in a dream world - 30x40 on canvas - may 24, 2017“living in a dream world” 30×40 on canvas {sold}

Creativity over Logic

I believe that the most important part of my process is using my right brain (creativity) versus my left brain (logic). There is this constant war that goes on during the painting process and I have to remind myself to not think! (However, the left brain is very handy when I’m putting together newsletters like this one.)

Do you find yourself battling between the right and left side of the brain? How does that show up in your line of work? What do you do to keep them separated and keep the creativity flowing?

Wishing you a creative week,

Betty

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Getting Outside My Head

How to Choose Abstract Art

It can be very intimidating selecting art and maybe even more so when it comes to abstract art. When we see representational art, such as a tree in a meadow or a house on a hill, we often connect to it because we have seen something similar in our lives. It is familiar to us and can even bring us comfort.

Abstract art is non-representational and requires a little more understanding of what we are seeing with our eyes. It offers shapes and lines we don’t immediately recognize or colors that don’t convey the way we see everyday objects. It’s a mystery to us as we look closer to figure out exactly what it is in a way that our brains can understand it.

I believe the beauty of abstract art is not in the seeing or thinking, but in the FEELING. How does it make you feel when you view it? Happy, surprised, moved, inspired, disturbed, angry? If you take a moment to consider how it makes you feel, you will now “see” the abstract art in a whole new light.

Although we often think we need art in our home that matches the sofa or rug, I promise that you will find a special place for the piece of abstract art that makes your heart happy every time you see it. It may not match perfectly, but it will stand out and have an impact on you. I find that to be even more important than doing the matchy-match thing.

So, when you’re shopping for new art or just experiencing art, try to remove the thoughts in your head and focus on the feelings in your heart. When you see a piece of art that delights you, you are on the right path to choosing abstract art that is right for you. In the end, you may find that the art chose you.

6 - accidentally on purpose - 24x24x1.5 on canvas - June 2, 2017 (1)

I have several more art festivals in the SF Bay Area this summer:

August 5 & 6:            Fremont Festival of the Arts
August 12 & 13:         Los Gatos Fiesta De Artes
September 9 & 10:   Mt. View Art & Wine Festival
September 17:            Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

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Wishing you a beautiful week,

Betty

Website:  www.bettykrauseart.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/betty.franks.krause.art
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/betty.krause.art/
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/BettyKrauseArt

 

 

 

 

How to Choose Abstract Art