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10 Movies Every Art Enthusiast Will Adore

October 12th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Art News, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Movie lovers, Movies 0 comments on “10 Movies Every Art Enthusiast Will Adore”

In celebration of Loving Vincent movie being released, we have put together a list of our favorite movies inspired by famous artists! Read on to see our top 10 list!

The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes

September 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “The Original ‘Self-Portrait’ King – 10 Paintings To See Van Gogh Through His Own Eyes”

Reddish hair, bandaged ear and intense gaze, Vincent van Gogh has always been one of the most recognizable artists around the world. Art lovers are undoubtedly quick to note his iconic features from his famous self-portraits. Throughout his life, Van Gogh has painted 36 self-portraits, each with a slightly different style, representing the painter’s evolutionary path in his art career. Like for many artists,  self-portraits are an exploration of Van Gogh’s change in personality, mind-set, and style of painting.

In, chronological order, here are 10 of the most significant self-portraits from different time periods in Van Gogh’s life. The paintings are also housed by various museums around the world, perfect to add to your Van Gogh travel checklist!

1. Self-Portrait with Pipe | Spring 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam, very close to the Van Gogh Museum! The Rijksmuseum is a national museum dedicated to history and arts in Amsterdam.

2. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1886, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

The Gemeentemuseum is best known as a modern palace of the arts in The Hague. You can find the world’s largest Piet Mondrian collection here, as well as art by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many others!

3. Self-Portrait in a Grey Felt Hat | Winter 1886/87, Paris

Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Source: Web Gallery of Art

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Stedlijk Museum is a museum mainly for contemporary art in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The collection includes art from early 20th century to the 21st century, and features famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh!

5. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat | March-April 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Michigan, has one of the greatest and most important art collections in the United States. When Van Gogh moved to Paris between 1886 and 1888, he started to use lighter colors under the influence of the bright colors of the impressionists. His experience in Paris was a joyful one, and this light-hearted self-portrait created during the summer of 1887, is the best representation of this!

5. Self-Portrait | Spring 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

This self-portrait is collected by the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. The Van Gogh Gallery exhibits selections of about 40 artworks by Vincent van Gogh. In addition, you will find masterpieces by modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, and Piet Mondrian.

6. Self-Portrait | Autumn 1887, Paris

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Musée d'Orsay museum is located in Paris, France, houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet,  Degas,  Cézanne,  Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

With over 36 self-portraits, Vincent van Gogh often used himself as a model in his short-lived artist career. In one of his letters to his sister, Van Gogh says,  "I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer." To his brother, Van Gogh wrote, "People say, and I am willing to believe it, that it is hard to know yourself. But it is not easy to paint yourself, either. The portraits painted by Rembrandt are more than a view of nature, they are more like a revelation".

7. Self-Portrait | September 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge

Fogg Art Museum is Harvard's oldest museum, featuring American & European art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

“Van Gogh inscribed this painting ‘To my friend Paul Gauguin,’ and sent it to him. He described the process of creating his arresting likeness in several letters to his brother Theo, an art dealer in Paris, explaining how he manipulated his features in response to Japanese prints, changed the contours of his jacket for coloristic effect, and painted the background “pale veronese green” without any shadows. Shortly after he sent the work to Gauguin, however, their friendship deteriorated, and Gauguin sold it for three hundred francs.”

— Fogg Art Museum

8. Self Portrait | November-December 1888, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is the largest art museum in the United States. It was the second most visited art museum in the world in 2016.

In this self-portrait, you can see Van Gogh’s use of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory! It is one of several paintings that are created on the reverse of an earlier peasant study.

9. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear | January 1889, Arles

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Courtauld Gallery, London

The Courtauld Gallery is an art museum in central London. It houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, a self-governing college of the University of London specializing in the study of the history of art.

“This self-portrait was painted shortly after Van Gogh returned home from hospital having mutilated his own ear. The prominent bandage shows that the context of this event is important. On the left, a blank canvas suggests that there is more work to come from this artist, as indeed there was, and a Japanese print on the right relates to an area of great artistic interest for him.”

— Courtauld Gallery

10. Self-Portrait | September 1889, Saint-Rémy

Source: Web Gallery of Art
Source: Web Gallery of Art

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Last but not least, one of the world’s most loved Van Gogh self-portraits.

“In this head-and-shoulders view, the artist is wearing a suit and not the pea jacket he usually worked in. Attention is focused on the face. His features are hard and emaciated, his green-rimmed eyes seem intransigent and anxious. The dominant color, a mix of absinth green and pale turquoise finds a counterpoint in its complementary color, the fiery orange of the beard and hair. The model's immobility contrasts with the undulating hair and beard, echoed and amplified in the hallucinatory arabesques of the background.”

— Musée d'Orsay Museum

Delpozo Spring 2015

Art Meets Fashion – The Everlasting Inspiration of Claude Monet

August 18th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Art Meets Fashion – The Everlasting Inspiration of Claude Monet”

From canvas to couture, Claude Monet's inspiration is timeless. In the past decade, iconic fashion brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen have mixed elements of Monet’s paintings into their runway collections. Combining historical art and modern fashion, the great master’s impressionist style of painting has never faded over time. In honor of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that occurred earlier this month, we’ve picked out our favorite Monet-meets-fashion masterpieces!

1. Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 | "A Pathway in Monet’s Garden, Giverny" by Claude Monet 

Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 Monet
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Monet spent many years in the latter part of his life painting his impressive gardens at his home in Giverny, northern France. This Chanel runway dress brings Monet’s garden to life, demonstrating the beauty of impressionism art!

2. Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2009 | Claude Monet’s "Midnight Stroll"

Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2009
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Georges Hobeika is a Lebanese fashion designer of ready-to-wear clothing and Haute Couture. He decorated this breath-taking dress in layers of sprinkles and florals, imitating the French artist’s impressionist style. The many layers of color, changing from light to dark, seem to mesmerize and draw you inside Monet’s Midnight Stroll!

3. Rodarte Spring Summer 2015 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Rodarte Spring Summer 2015
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The Water Lilies series was the main focus of Monet’s later life. It occupied Monet for three decades, from the late 1890s until his death in 1926, at the age of 86. Water Lilies has inspired many haute couture collections, including the Rodarte sisters, who added historical art elements into their designs. Rodarte is an American luxury brand founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. Being an innovative brand, Rodarte as an artistic mixture of “high couture, modern femininity, and California influences”.

4. Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2008 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2008
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The Water Lilies series is also famous for representing Monet’s garden and his love for nature. Many of the Water Lilies paintings were created even when Monet suffered from cataracts! This edition of Water Lilies is one of Monet’s most famous masterpieces and it is re-created as D&G’s whimsical, spring/summer runway dress! Using fabric as canvas, this D&G dress depicts a perfect imitation of the French master’s most-loved paintings.

5. Alexander McQueen | "Water Lilies with Reflections" by Claude Monet

Alexander McQueen | Water Lilies with Reflections by Claude Monet
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Even though Water Lilies is possibly the most famous series of paintings by Monet, few people realize that he worked on more than 250 paintings within this series. This time a more colorful Water Lilies with Reflections inspired this collection by Alexander McQueen, combining modern fashion elements and Monet’s famous artwork together, bringing a youthful, and energetic feeling to the runway!

6. Sportmax SS2012 collection | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet

Sportmax SS2012 collection
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Sportmax is a brand by Max Mara, a famous Italian fashion company that owns 35 brands. This version of the Water Lilies becomes the inspiration of Sportmax’s summer ready-to-wear collection!  Every detail of the pieces reflects Monet’s style – the garment patterns seem to be made up of his tiny, thin yet visible brush strokes!

7. Delpozo Spring 2015 | "Water Lily Pond" by Claude Monet 

Delpozo Spring 2015
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The color combination of this Delpozo Spring dress is inspired by Claude Monet’s less typical, warm and golden Water Lily Pond. Delpozo is a brand that has a strong personality and style, founded by famous Spanish fashion designer Jesús del Pozo, in 1974.

As you can see, historical art has an eternal influence on modern fashion! Claude Monet once said, "Water Lilies is an extension of my life. Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art". Today, Monet's Water Lilies still has an everlasting impact on iconic brands such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Dolce & Gabbana!

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Be Print Savvy – From Gicleés to Elevated Prints

July 24th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “Be Print Savvy – From Gicleés to Elevated Prints”

For most art-lovers, the possibility of owning a masterpiece by our favorite artist is out of reach, perhaps impossible.

However, thanks to the power of photography and printing that dates back several decades, we are lucky enough to surround ourselves with all sorts of printed trinkets and merchandise that allow us to live our favorite art every day.

Amongst our shopping carts, we might find posters or prints that we can hang on our walls at home, in the boardroom or maybe in classrooms. Although we get to enjoy the thrill of seeing our favorite masterpiece every day, the quality – and now, texture – that feeling can be heightened the more a piece replicates the details of an original.

So, how do you decide what to buy and what is the difference between a poster, a giclée and an elevated print?

Fine Art Prints

Fine Art Prints are typically serigraphs (screen prints) or lithographs, which both provide vivid and sharp appearances and uses high-quality paper stock. The most valued part of the fine art print process is that they are deemed as “multiple original” prints instead of reproductions. This means each print is made by hand, one impression at a time, and allows for a manual proofing process to make sure each print turns out as intended. In many cases, the artist will work directly with the print maker to check and sign each print, ready to be sold.

These high-quality multiples are often coated with a silken finish that protects the inks and creates an elegant look, striking a balance between quality and affordability.

Proofing and Signing Fine Art Prints. Photo Credit: Mike Lyon and Lyon Arts Ltd

Elevated Prints

The newest in art-printing mediums, elevated prints typically use high end technology to map the color, geometry and brushstrokes of an original painting. Verus Art’s 3D digitization system uses lasers to scan a painting, capturing detail ten times finer than a human hair. Data is then processed and color matched, ready for the printing process, which uses polymer, pigment based inks that are durable and offer the greatest limit in printing colors that are true to the original.

Each print is formed from layer upon layer of fine ink, as opposed to some textured methods of placing a film of ink over a mold. This provides an accurate finish and durable prints that can even be touched and gently wiped clean when needed.

Giclée Prints

Giclée prints are deemed to be one of the best print reproduction options because they created using a sophisticated and patented printing process known as "giclée". Using the highest levels of precision available, the process delivers a fine stream of 12 pigment-based inks (compared to four on a standard digital printer) to saturate the fibers of high-quality watercolor paper. Combined, this results in pure, rich color and remarkable detail that doesn’t degrade or yellow over time.

With such a premium finish that lasts for generations, museums, and galleries around the world favor giclée prints over digital prints. Compared to Fine Art Prints, multiples are printed in a batch and there isn’t usually an involvement from the artist unless they sign a limited edition of prints. However, compared to digital prints, a high-quality scan is used and prints will be color matched to the original piece.

Photo Credit: Soho Frames

Textural Prints

The raised texture of some prints can either create an illusion of canvas or even create the look of 3-D brushwork like that of an original painting. Some techniques use molds that are produced with the texture, before having the colorful film printed and placed on top to match the original brushstrokes. It is common to see marginal errors where the colored surface doesn’t perfectly line up with the texture below.
Most textured prints are created by painting a transparent gel on top of a giclée print. This is typically done by hand, painting the gel in the same motion as the original brushstrokes were painted.

Using loose, brushstrokes or focusing on small areas of the painting still makes for an efficient way to reproduce a painting while keeping texture, as demonstrated in the video below. Even if the paper and inks are high quality, the overall finish allows giclée prints to be represented in a more authentic way than normal 2D brushstrokes.

Offset Printing/Lithography

Although most fine art prints use lithographs, offset lithography is an industrialized version of the same printing technique. Offset lithographs originally became a popular printing technique because thousands of exact replicas could be made that were like drawings on paper, without degradation of the image. Although offset lithographs can be a cost-effective way to print reproductions, the initial outlay to set up a print is the costliest part of the process, making it an unpopular for small print runs. Over 1000 copies are commonly printed from each lithograph plate.

Photo Credit: Creative Review

Digital Printing / Posters

Digital printing is typically the most affordable method of printing as they are often produced on mass scale, with no interaction from artists, and the quality can vary widely. Although digital printing typically uses a four color process, printing technology is always improving and it is common to find watercolor paper, comic paper or high gloss photo paper being used. However, the process and type of inks also mean colors might not last as well as a giclée and, even for prints from a quality print shop, it is expected that color could be as much as 10% off from the original piece.

Large printer format inkjet working detail fresh color

Choosing the Right Print

So, when you are next faced with a dilemma of what prints to spend your hard-earned cash on, our advice is to consider these three main points:

Is texture important?

If an artist’s work is composed of thick, energetic brushstrokes, you’ll not want to miss out on this in a printed form. For the most authentic reproduction of brushstrokes, look for elevated prints that have been digitized, color matched and printed to replicate every original brushstroke.

A great alternative is to consider textured giclée prints as they will give that depth and illusion of real brushstrokes, which would otherwise be lost in a normal 2D print.

Are you investing in art with sentimental value, that you’ll want to keep forever?

If you are investing in work by your favorite artist and have the opportunity to buy a fine art print, in which they have been very involved, this is highly satisfying and worth spending a little extra. Artists will typically work with high-quality printmakers so the paper and inks will look and feel amazing, and will last a long time. In some cases, fine art prints might even increase in value over time.

A more budget friendly option, that still guarantees high-quality ink and paper, is to buy a giclée. However, it’s likely the artist will have little involvement, and prints shouldn’t be considered as an investment opportunity.

Are you looking for an affordable piece to complement your current home décor?

If you find yourself drawn to a piece that would perfectly finish your newly decorated kitchen/bedroom/living room, you might be happy to order a cost-effective digital print. Sure, look for high-quality paper and select from matte/gloss/photo finishes.

Van Gogh Hotel Room

Living inside your Favorite Paintings – 7 Art Hotels Around the World

July 13th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Living inside your Favorite Paintings – 7 Art Hotels Around the World”

Vincent van Gogh once said, “I dream my painting and I paint my dreams.” The Starry Night, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Iris, The Goldfinch, The Sunflowers – Have you ever dreamed about your favorite paintings? Now, you have a chance to live inside these paintings, while painting your own dreams in these magical art themed hotels!

1.  Hotel Van Gogh – The Netherlands

Hotel Van Gogh
Source: http://www.hotelvangogh.nl/

Hotel Van Gogh is located at the heart of museum district in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Just few steps away from the Van Gogh Museum, you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of this historic city. These hotel rooms have a modern design, decorated with Van Gogh paintings scaled up and printed into the most stylish  wallpaper!  A must-visit for Vincent van Gogh fanatics!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
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2.  ArtBeat – Portugal

Sunflowers Hotel Room
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ArtBeat
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Artbeat is located in the centre of Lisbon, Portugual. This bold hotel has 7 differently themed rooms – each inspired by a world famous artist, including Picasso, Van Gogh, Hirst, Warhol, and Basquiat! Spending a night here, you will receive the most artistic experience, feeling the personality and style of each artist.

Lisbon, Portugual

Libson
Source: http://www.pamgolding.co.za/real-estate/portugal/lisbon

3.  Hotel Johannes Vermeer – The Netherlands

Hotel Johannes Vermeer
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Hotel Johannes Vermeer was named after famous Dutch artist – Johannes Vermeer. This hotel is located in Delft, Netherlands – the city where Vermeer was born in. He lived in Delft from 1632 to 1675, while painted iconic masterpieces featuring this beautiful city.

Hotel Johannes Vermeer
Source: http://www.hotel-r.net/nl/hotel-johannes-vermeer-delft

The Girl with a Pearl Earring , was one of the most famous paintings by Vermeer. It is so iconic that people call it “The Dutch Mona Lisa”. The hotel interior is decorated with a stunning mural painting of the Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Vermeer Centre
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4.  Hotel Grifon – Russia

Hotel Grifon
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Hotel Grifon is located in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia. The hotel hall is decorated with reproductions of a number of famous paintings, from artist such as Vincent van Gogh.

Hotel Grifon even has a beautiful Van Gogh themed room, inspired by his painting Almond Blossoms.

Van Gogh Themed Room

Almond Blossom Hotel
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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg
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5.  Hilton Hotel – The Netherlands

Van Gogh Hotel Room
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Hilton, Amsterdam
Source: Hilton Hotel Website

The Van Gogh Themed hotel room in Hilton, Amsterdam was designed by the Graphic Designer Irma Boom. This special room design was inspired by Van Gogh’s two masterpieces – The Starry Night and The Bedroom. One of the walls was turned into a mural painting of the Starry Night. Amazingly, the furniture and every other detail of the room bring “The Bedroom” to live!

6.  Van Gogh Penthouse Apartment – The Netherlands

Van Gogh Penthouse
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Van Gogh Penthouse
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This Van Gogh Penthouse Apartment is great for families and group of friends’ gatherings! The location is just minutes away from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The rooms have a modern interior design with a stunning re-creation of Van Gogh’s self-portrait as wallpaper. This penthouse apartment also features the breath-taking Amsterdam city-view!

7.  Le Vincent Urban Hotel – Canada

Le Vincent Hotel
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Le Vincent Hotel
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Located in the center of downtown Quebec City, Hotel Le Vincent is a must-visit for Van Gogh fans! The entire first floor of the hotel is covered in murals and copies of the Starry Night. As well as experiencing what it is like to walk in your favorite Van Gogh painting, this four-star hotel will provide you the best experience of travelling in Quebec City.

Quebec City,  Canada

Quebec City
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10 Crafty Boredom Busters for Artists in the Making

July 4th, 2017 Posted by Art Education, Art for Children, For Art Lovers 0 comments on “10 Crafty Boredom Busters for Artists in the Making”

For many of parents, the eternally long summer holidays can be daunting! Will it take weeks or just days before our little ones are twiddling their thumbs and grumbling about being bored?

Sure, most days will be fun packed, sunny, and more exciting than going to school, but you can probably remember how time moves more slowly when you’re a kid, and it’s impossible for parents to have epic adventures planned day in, day out.

To help you get through the holidays, we have some inspiration for arty activities that won’t break the bank, will be a savior on a rainy day and will encourage your children to take a break from their beloved iPads, TVs, and computer screens!

1. Download & Print Colouring Pages

For a quick and easy activity, which will teach your mini-artists about the great masters, download and print our special coloring pages! Developed for our Art Connection program, we hand out during school visits (like in the picture above, at Lord Selkirk Elementary School) and now you can print your own, simply click and open the sheets below:

Van Gogh - Iris
Vermeer - Girl with a Peal Earring
Fabritius - The Goldfinch
Van Gogh - Bowl with Zinnias
Monet - Banks of the Epte
Thomson - Yellow Sunset

2. Weave Newspaper Baskets

Don’t throw away those old newspapers just yet –  your kids can weave newspaper baskets to keep their toys in, thanks to Deceptively Educational. (You never know, they might even want to help tidy up with their new creation!)

Photo Credit: Deceptively Educational

3. Make Rainbow Fruit Platters or Cups

Although we’re taught not to play with our food, making rainbow fruit cups is a great way to encourage kids to eat healthily AND will save you a job when it comes to making lunch. Simply take inspiration from My Frugal Adventure's post and prep some piles of fruit and veg, then leave them to it!

Photo Credit: My Frugal Adventures

4. Learn How to Make Cool Origami Animals

Origami is another fun and easy activity that used to keep me and my sister quiet for hours! Although thicker paper holds the folds better, odd ends of gift wrap, old envelopes or scrap printer paper will do the trick. Craft TV has an awesome playlist with over 40 'Origami for Kids' tutorials!

Photo Credit: Craft TV (Jessica)

5. Fashionista Friendly Pasta Jewellery

This takes a little prep from grown ups but will cost a fraction of what a bead set might cost from a toy store – you could opt for a rainbow of colors or pick a theme for a special event! Find out more with this post by Happy Hooligans, in collaboration CBC.

Photo Credit: CBC

6. Make Paperweights with Painted Pebbles

On a sunny day; collecting, washing, drying and painting pebbles is a great activity for an afternoon! You could even make a day of it by looking for pebbles at the beach or park first. Get some top tips and inspiration from the Happy Hooligans blog!

Photo Credit: Happy Hooligans

7. Use Food Stamps to Decorate T-Shirts

Another foodie activity, that I remember loving as a child, is to grab some paint and make stamps from food. Whether it’s half an apple, a halved pepper, or a carved potato (grown ups should help here!) this is a quick and easy activity to set up. They could even print designs onto old t-shirts, like in this Good Housekeeping post!

Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping

8. Set Up a Homemade Photobooth

If your little ones aren’t shy in front of the camera, they’ll have a blast creating their own photobooth. Get them to look for fun props around the house and try printing a few extra props, like silly mustaches and novelty glasses from Personal Creation's printable downloads!

Photo Credit: Personal Creations

9. Construct Grape and Toothpick Sculptures

Our final foodie idea for older children is to encourage budding engineers and scientists with some toothpicks and grapes! Thanks to this Artful Parent post, who knows, maybe they’ll design the next Eiffel Tower?!

Photo Credit: Artful Parent

10. Make a Family Photo Scrapbook

Our final activity is not only fun but might help you tick off one of those ‘I’ll get round to it one day’ jobs. Order a printed set of those holiday photos from last summer, buy a scrap book and some glue sticks and let the kids have fun putting the album together. (This All You post has some useful tips too). We bet you’ll have even more fun looking through their final creation!

Photo Credit: All You

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

June 27th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!”

Celebrate with the National Gallery of Canada

This weekend, cities, towns, and villages across the country will be celebrating Canada’s special 150th Birthday, and there’s no exception at the Verus Art and Arius Technology office. We’ll be celebrating here in Vancouver, and in spirit with the National Gallery of Canada, over in Ottawa, as the nation’s capital kicks off the biggest birthday bash in the country!

Earlier this month our debut museum partner, the National Gallery of Canada, started to mark the big event with the opening of their new Canadian and Indigenous Art galleries.

Featuring their biggest collection of first nations works yet, this milestone exhibition includes 'Time Immemorial' art from 2000 years ago, all the way through to abstract art from the 1960’s. Visitors can immerse themselves in thematic displays that explore the magnetic north, inhabited landscapes, Canadians abroad, and the emergence of Inuit art.

Another highlight of this rich Canadian experience is to marvel at renowned – and never-before-seen – works by Canadian Heroes such as Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau, as well as the Gallery’s latest acquisitions, like works by James Wilson Morrice and the incredible Ceremonial Coat, by an unknown Naskapi artist.

Our Canadian Hero - Tom Thomson

We’re especially excited to see the original sketches of our Tom Thomson textured reproductions being placed on display, celebrating the lasting impression that Thomson and the Group of Seven have made on Canadian Art over the past 100 years.

Verus Art Tom Thomson Collection

These four sketches remind us of the impact that time can have on nature - whether it's the time of day, time of year or a time in history. A time before cameras were accessible, when Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven went exploring the great outdoors and painting beautiful landscapes for the world to see and enjoy what they might never get the chance to see themselves.

Yellow Sunset
Opening of Rivers
Ice In Spring
Sunset Sky

If you are planning to get to Ottawa soon, the Canadian and Indigenous Art Exhibition will run until Monday, September 4th, 2017, with FREE admission to the gallery on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1st.

Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!

June 26th, 2017 Posted by Art News, Behind the Scenes, For Art Lovers, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Living with Art 0 comments on “Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring could be yours to take home!”

Verus Art® collaborates with The Mauritshuis to reveal their most famous re-creation yet.

What would you do if you could live with the Girl with a Pearl Earring for a day?

Would she be a dinner party conversation piece? Someone to share your morning coffee with? Or would she provide a few minutes of escapism as you dream up a story about her?

In 2014, two lucky fans got to enjoy that very opportunity with a Mauritshuis competition to have their living room recreated inside the museum exhibit. Now, another form of re-creation is turning dreams into reality, except this time anyone can take home the Girl with a Pearl Earring thanks to Verus Art’s world leading 3D re-creations of fine art.

Working in collaboration with The Mauritshuis, the original masterpiece was scanned and digitized before being turned into an elevated print. With the master proof being compared to the original and signed off by museum conservators, Verus Art is offering the most authentic reproductions in the world, detailing every brushstroke and sign of aging, just as you’d it see on the original painting.

“This new technology lets us do things that we weren't able to do before.” says Dr. Emily E.S. Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis, who’s signature is also on each Mauritshuis Certificate of Authenticity.

“It uses original dimensions and it was a real revelation to see this reproduction. It lets you get a sense of what the texture of the painting is and how it's been built up in layers. It's a great joy to be able to touch the reproductions. To really feel what that texture is like, when we never do that, of course, with the real paintings. So that is really something new!” explains Gordenker.

Verus Art has also paired the power of touch with their commitment to accessibility, launching Art Connection, their Community Outreach Program. Starting with local elementary schools, they are taking The Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creation into classrooms, alongside pieces by Van Gogh, to help teach children about the world’s greatest artists and how styles have changed in the past 400 years.

Special Museum Edition Girl with a Pearl Earring re-creations are now available to order at shop.verusart.com

3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro

June 20th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Living with Art 0 comments on “3 Steps to Hanging Artwork Like a Pro”

The elation of finding the perfect artwork can suddenly disappear once you get it home and begin to fret over where and/or how to hang the piece – above the sofa? In the study? Or, in that little nook by the stairs?

Wait, hanging art shouldn’t be stressful - so we’ve pulled together our top tips to help you decide on the perfect place for your new acquisition, as well as how to hang it like a pro!

1. Composition and Placement

Sometimes we’ll think ahead and shop for art to go in a particular spot, but like with a pair of beautiful shoes, we’ve all had moments when we’re so taken by something that we just have to have it – and will worry about the rest of the outfit later!

When deciding where to hang your new piece of art, it helps to step back and survey the room/s – take note of the amount of available wall space, your color themes and the layout of furniture and windows (remembering that direct sunlight can damage artwork). By doing a quick, logical audit, you should be able to narrow down your options.

Statement Pieces

If you have a large statement piece, to maximize the impact, you may want to dedicate an entire wall or central areas such as above the sofa or bed. A general rule of thumb is that these pieces should be between 1/2 - 2/3 the width of the furniture you’re hanging it above.

Art Hanging Over a Sofa
Photo Credit: Unsplash

Small Pieces and Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are another way great way to fill wall space when you have a number of smaller pieces. Experts recommend hanging larger or bold pieces and artwork with heavy frames closer to the center surrounded by smaller pieces to create a dynamic but balanced composition. It can be challenging to visualize how the pieces will look on the wall before you hang them but doing lots of research can really help. We love this template that we found via a quick Google!

To help save time (and extra nail holes in the wall) it’s worth trying different layouts on the floor and to even use craft paper to cut out templates for each piece that you can stick to the wall with painters tape to decide on the final arrangement, and to figure out your hook height calculations (we’ll get to this shortly).

Gallery Wall in a Home
Photo Credit: Pexels

Layering and Propping Up

From mantle pieces and built in shelving, to bay windows and sideboards, you might have the perfect home for your artwork without even hanging it up! Depending on your décor, you might be able to play with layering several, different sized pieces. Alternatively, one piece layered with smaller trinkets, vases, candles, and lamps might be all you need.

Propping Up Art Instead of Hanging
Photo Credit: Sylwia Pietruszka via Unsplash

2. Hanging Art at the Right Height

For maximum impact, art should be viewed at eye level. Because people’s heights vary significantly, many experts recommend hanging art so that the center of the piece is between 57-60 inches above the ground. The most common go-to measurement is 57”, but whatever you decide, just make sure you go with that for all pieces.

If you’re hanging a cluster of pieces on a gallery wall, the center point of the entire group should hang at a height of 57-60".

Hanging Art at Home
Photo Credit: Unsplash

As usual, there are exceptions to this rule. If you are hanging artwork above a piece of furniture, you will want to allow some breathing room in between the top of the furniture and bottom of the frame. If the piece is very tall (over 120”), it is best to leave six to eight inches above the floor.

Once you’ve decided on your center point, you’ll need to do a little bit of math to figure out where to put the hook on the wall. We love this handy painting height calculator, or you can work through the following:

How to Measure and Hang Art
Photo Credit: Verus Art®

The height of your center point  + ½ of the height of your painting the distance between the top of your artwork and the top of the wire, or hanger = your hook height.

Then, you just need to measure your final calculation up from the floor and to the horizontal position that you’ve decided on.

3. Essential Tools For Hanging Art

Finally, having the right tools on hand will make hanging your new piece much quicker and easier.

We recommend having a hammer, tape measure, spirit level and a pencil. If you’re working on a gallery wall, craft paper and painters tape are also worth buying.

Instead of nails, we recommend using picture hangers such as Floreat or TYE™ Hangers. Keep in mind the weight of your piece when purchasing the picture hangers as each type of picture hanger is designed to hold a maximum weight. For larger items, you could use two hangers that are still installed at the same height, but a couple inches either side of your horizontal center point.

Measuring Tape
Photo Credit: Unsplash

Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas

June 15th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Vows under the Starry Night – Van Gogh Themed Wedding Ideas”

Wedding season is upon us and we’re excited for all the brides, grooms and guests who’ll be having the times of their lives!

With the internet providing endless inspiration for spectacular themes, we wondered, what would it be like to have a Van Gogh Themed wedding?

Imagine what a fairytale it could be, surrounded by your favourite Van Gogh Paintings – Starry Night or Almond Blossoms or maybe Sunflowers? It’d be memorable for sure.

To give you some ideas we’ve pulled together our favorite wedding-meets-Van Gogh re-creations!

1. A Starry Night Spectacle

Starry Night by Van Gogh
Starry Night by Van Gogh

“I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

Possibly the prettiest ring box, ever!

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest

We love this floral Starry Night invitation style.

Starry Night Wedding Invitation
Source: Pinterest

Beautiful Starry Night seating cards that guests will want to keep forever.

Starry Night Name cards
Source: Hitched Weddings and Parties

This Wedding Cake is a real showstopper, simply used as the canvas for an icing re-creation.

Starry Night Wedding Cake
Source: Pinterest

Even the tables count, with bold blue and yellow decorations.

Starry Night Table Sets
Source: Save the Dates Events

Don’t forget, candies and desserts can be on theme too!

Starry Night Candies
Source: Pinterest

Finally,  dance the  ‘Starry Night’ away in style. Can this wedding be more romantic?

Starry Night Dance Floor
Source: Bridal Guide

2.  A Midsummer, Sunflowers Dream

The Sunflowers

"You may know that the peony is Jeannin's, the hollyhock belongs to Quost, but the sunflower is mine in a way."

Vincent van Gogh (to Theo)
Letter 573
22 or 23 January 1889

We love how this couple decided to use their favorite painting – The Sunflowers as their wedding theme. From a giant Sunflowers mural to the intimate, outdoor table setting; it really looks like they’re in a dream.

Sunflowers Wedding
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

The sunflowers on the table are just like the ones in Van Gogh’s paintings.

Sunflowers Wedding Table Set
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall
Sunflowers Wedding Table
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

From the desserts to the table setting, every detail subtly echoes the Sunflowers’ warm and rustic color theme. Perfection!

Sunflowers Dessert
Photo Credit: Danielle Woodall

Head over to the Wedding Chicks blog for the full run down!

3.  Beautiful Almond Blossom Charm

Van Gogh Almond Blossom

Almond Blossoms was painted in 1890 by Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Saint-Rémy, southern France. A celebration for the birth of his nephew, the serene and beautiful Almond Blossoms represent hope and awakening, and were so special to Van Gogh.

This montage perfectly captures the look, with 7 must have items for an Almond Blossom theme!

Almond Blossom Wedding
Source: Laure@FD

Plus, we love this amazing cake design! Perfect for a special wedding cake centrepiece.

Almond Blossom Cake
Source: Van Gogh Museum Twitter

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