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Greenery – Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

Our Third & Wall Gallery and offices are located in Seattle, which earns its nickname The Emerald City with its mantle of evergreen conifers, beautiful rainforests, and mossy EVERYTHING. So of course we have extra love for Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, “Greenery”. A color of peace, serenity, shelter, earth connection, growth, and rejuvenation.

 

From the Studio of Jeff Iorillo

Jeff Iorillo is a Los Angeles-based painter working in acrylic and enamel on canvas, masonite, and metal.

Jeff’s ongoing process exploration leads to distinct bodies of work with a bold abstract approach that investigates materials, mass and momentum, color and gesture. He is interested in seizing the viewer’s attention with immediate impact, then holding it with a dynamic technique and details that invite speculation.

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“Burnt Orange Momentum”

Jeff has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Otis College & Art Center in Los Angeles. His work is acquired by individuals and corporate collections from L.A. to Hong Kong to Mexico City, and is commissioned for commercial installations worldwide. He has been represented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art Rental & Sales Gallery, and his work is regularly selected by Hollywood set designers for television and cinema.

What do you first do when you get to the studio in the morning?



I turn on the lights and check whatever I left to dry the night before. Sometimes I turn on NPR or my own music, but usually I like it quiet.

How many paintings do you work on at a time?



Usually 3 or 4.

Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?



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Something big, maybe over 8 x 8 feet. I do a lot of commissions for public spaces based on my own originals, up to sizes of around 6 x 9 feet, so going a lot larger than that would be both a logistical and artistic challenge.

If you could paint with anyone, who would it be?



Some of the Action Painters of the 20th Century–like Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning. Both the techniques and the personalities would probably get pretty wild!

What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration?

I’m what’s known as a “process painter”, meaning it’s the actual process of moving the paint around that inspires my ideas. I’m always asking, “what happens if I do this” so each piece is a different answer. Much of my work is motivated by physical movements, with titles containing words like “Velocity” and “Momentum”. I am very aware of what my body and my breath are doing when I paint. The movement really motivates everything.

How has your art evolved over time?

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I’d say my work has become more subtle in terms of composition and color as I’ve developed my techniques and learned more about mixing colors and creating more nuanced palettes for each piece.

What do you like most about your work?

My favorite pieces have a strong presence that feels confident and authentic.

What is one word that best describes your style?

“impact”

Is there an idea you would like to explore?



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I am constantly developing new ideas, like every day…I like working out a new direction by doing multiples, starting simple and getting progressively more complex and larger in size.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?



First thing in the morning. I’m an early riser, usually in the studio by 7 or 8 a.m.

Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece? If so, what do you do?



This sounds terrible, but I destroy things that aren’t working. At some point I can tell when a piece isn’t coming together and the result will be awkward and forced–so it’s better to get rid of it and start over. Kind of cathartic, actually!

What is up next on your easel?



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Copper Gyre

A recent experiment involved building up multiple thick layers of transparent colors on top of each other, very wet and runny-feeling; I have some larger stretched canvases leaning against a wall, calling my name…

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Recap of 2016 West Coast Art and Framing Expo

Even a month after the WCAF Expo, we’re still catching up with all the orders, licensing contracts and requests for samples generated by Third and Wall’s new imagery and products.

Emerging artist Corrie LaVelle’s work received amazing response across the industry from wholesale framers to designers.  As neutrals continue to dominate design, you’re likely to see her images soon in hospitality, residential and retail stores.  View more of Corrie’s work here.

Instead of displaying our catalogue of new imagery on iPads, for the last two years we’ve opted to use Lookbooks, which bring the colors of the pieces to life in a way that a screen can’t.

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An application we introduced this year was gold and silver leafing on display with new photographer KaCee Erle, Pablo Rojero and Sarah Stockstill.

The increasing popularity of flushmount resin boxes was apparent as two pieces by Kelsey Hochstatter sold right off our booth wall.  The image below is a 12×12  “Recollections in Red” by Jill Martin.

A flushmount resin box of "Recollections of Red" by Jill Martin

A flushmount resin box of “Recollections of Red” by Jill Martin

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Detail of flushmount resin box

 

 

 

 

 

 

These gorgeous florals under acrylic by Jill Martin were also on display.

"Climbers" by Jill Martin under plexi

“Climbers” by Jill Martin under acrylic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall we noticed a solid attendance with more new customers than ever, which led to great meetings and negotiations.   We especially love the opportunity the WCAF Expo provides to be able to introduce new artists to the art and design world.

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s WCAF Expo but you’re still interested in how Third and Wall’s artwork can help grow your framing, consulting or design business, we’d love the opportunity to speak with you about the wide variety of services we offer.  You can contact us toll-free at 877-326-3925 or email us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com.

 

 

Happy New Year!

As December draws to a close, we’d like to remember all the imagery, artists and projects that made 2015 such a fun and dynamic year.  We look forward to 2016 and are excited to bring you even more images, new artists and the opportunities to provide your clients with the very best artwork in the industry.

All of us here at Third and Wall Art Group wish you a happy, healthy New Year!

Here’s a glimpse of some of the new images coming your way in 2016:

Pantone Color(s) of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone just announced the 2016 Color of the Year and for the first time it’s  two colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Each December, Pantone chooses a color that’s meant to capture the spirit of the times.  For 2016, the two pastel tones are intended to represent gender equality.  Side by side, they are warm and cool, and according to Pantone they “demonstrate… connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

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We’re looking forward to watching how the design and art worlds incorporate these colors into their work next year.

Take a look at how Third and Wall Artists use Rose Quartz and Serenity together:

 

 

Design Trend – Polygons

From graphic design to jewelry to home décor and even clothing and food, polygons are having a moment right now. By definition, a polygon is a two-dimensional figure with at least three sides, but when incorporated into design, polygons become something more. Whether they’re found in a wallpaper pattern or an end table taking the geometric shape of one, polygons have an undeniable minimalist beauty.

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The trend may owe its roots to the seemingly unrelated digital world of 3D animation which uses triangles in order to render images faster. In the hands of graphic artists, polygons found their way into the mainstream and then picked up steam with the rise in popularity of modern design and décor.

Like other popular patterns from the past – toile, paisley and damask, polygons can be found across different industries like fashion and home décor. However, unlike its predecessors, they can jump off the fabric or the wall and become three dimensional objects as well.

Take these geometric lighting examples for instance.

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Polygon Jewelry

Pink Hexagon Studs

Polygon pendant

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Polygon popsicle

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Polygon art and geometric patterns from Third and Wall Art Group:

How to Arrange a Vignette

Photo: Zach Desart for Lonny, designed by Jonathan Adler

Photo: Zach Desart for Lonny, designed by Jonathan Adler

With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, many of you will be welcoming guests into your home. You may have even spent this past weekend preparing the house for friends, family and overnight guests. You’ve cleared out the extra room, organized paperwork, and dusted off decorations. But after the basics are taken care of, how do you add a touch of elegance and warmth to your home?

When artfully arranged, a vignette can bring out the character of your home and welcome guests in style. Simply speaking, a vignette is a small group of objects arranged on a horizontal surface. Think: coffee tables, end tables bookshelves and mantles. A vignette isn’t the place for an entire collection of one type of item, but rather items of different sizes, shapes, textures and purposes. You’re essentially creating a still life, and as in art, the beauty of a still life lies in the differences of the objects.

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To create a basic vignette, follow these rules: choose a focal point or anchor of the scene, arrange objects in differing heights and add depth by layering your items.

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There’s no need to run out and by anything new in order to create your vignette – you probably have everything you need right there at home. That piece of art that you still haven’t gotten around to hanging up? It would be a perfect “anchor” simply leaning against the wall.

If art is in short supply, a mirror makes instant impact, and is perfect for an entryway. Placing a statue or figurine on top of hardbound books and adding a potted plant, a vase of fresh flowers or branches will create different heights, drawing the eye around your vignette.

Whether you’ve chosen art, a mirror (or both!) don’t be afraid to obstruct the view a little by layering a lamp or flowers in front of it. While you won’t want to hide the entire image, the layers will add depth and interest.

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To include a holiday theme while staying true to your home’s usual aesthetic, simply replace an object or two with seasonal items.  Pinecones, a decorative gourd or a nutcracker figurine would fit nicely on a stack of books.  And instead of fresh flowers, fill a vase with some cedar cuttings.

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It doesn’t take long to transform an otherwise cluttered surface into one that makes your entire home feel more polished and pulled together.  Both you and your guests will appreciate the extra touch.

Everyone here at Third and Wall hopes that you and your loved ones have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Camera Lens of Aaron Matheson

aaron matheson photography seattle photographerAaron Matheson fills a dual role at Third & Wall Art Group. He’s a versatile fine art photographer who recently signed on as a Third & Wall artist and has been very well-received by our customers; AND he is also a Third & Wall Production Specialist who applies his keen eye for color and amazing technical skills to creating final product for our Print-On-Demand, Photography and Poster programs. Aaron’s work shows his deep affinity for nature, travel and the outdoors, although he has proven himself to be a city-lover as well with his bold urban photography.

What do you first do when you get to the studio in the morning? First thing in the morning I usually peruse social media with a heavy emphasis on Instagram. I love looking at other imagery, generally doing my own critique, creatively feeding off great images and getting new ideas. I then check my email and strap in for hours of Photoshop.

How many images do you work on at a time? When I get back to my studio from a shoot I download all images taken during the shoot, then narrow them down to either the best images or the images specified by the client. The amount of images to edit can range from my top 10 to my top 1,000 depending on the how many were shot. I batch process as many as I can, then edit the best one by one.

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Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on? There are multiple locations I would love to visit, but I am a rock climber at heart, so my dream project would be traveling, climbing and shooting images for an extended 6 month trip starting in Western Europe, traveling through China and ending in Australia.

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If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? I have always admired the work of Richard Avedon and his ability to capture raw emotion and tell a person’s story with a single portrait. I’d be crazy not to mention Ansel Adams as well. He probably did more for photography than any other single person in history. His ability to see light and understand the limitations of the camera, film and printing was incredible. Without Ansel Adam’s knowledge and talent I truly believe that photography wouldn’t be where it is today.

What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration? I am always looking at social media. There are so many incredible photographers out there constantly putting out new works, it’s really hard to not be inspired to get off the couch and do something. A lot of times I will see a photo or piece of art and I will push myself to try to do something similar only better.

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How has your photography evolved over time? I started shooting black and white film and really shot to learn, not so much for art. Eventually I started shooting more people and some fashion. I went down the road of shooting everything in HDR digitally then moved away from that method, but  am now re-approaching it using different processes and editing styles. My preference was always to capture the entire scene before me, but recently I’ve started shooting more close-ups and doing more macro photography to explore small details that are often overlooked.

What do you like most about your work? I love that I can go anywhere with my camera and shoot photos. I also love that I can constantly learn and develop new styles and techniques to make me a better and more well-rounded photographer.

What is one word that best describes your style?  Colorful.

Is there an idea you would like to explore?  I’m always open to new ideas, but currently I have an idea for a floral series that I hope to start working on later this summer or early fall.

What is your favorite time of day to shoot?  I love getting out and being set up an hour before sunrise and sunset. The light in the mornings and evenings is always great.

Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece? If so, what do you do? I definitely get stuck from time to time. I generally get stuck when I have a very particular idea and I can’t make it happen for any number of reasons – location, atmosphere, lighting, equipment, etc.

What is up next on your photo shoot roster? I don’t really know. I have a few trips planned for this year and I plan on going into the mountains as much as possible in between. Only time will tell what comes up next…

Aaron Matheson’s image collection can be viewed in the Photography section of our website. Some areas of our website are password-protected. If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website, www.thirdandwall.com, please contact us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com.

 

The Beauty of Summer

Here in Seattle, where boats rule and gardening is a big deal after a long cold Pacific Northwest winter, summertime is probably the most highly anticipated season. Seattleites crawl out of their buildings, turn their faces to the sun, and begin dreaming of beaches, boating, vacations, and sipping iced tea in abundant flower gardens.

Coastal imagery tends toward the dreamy tones of blues, aquas and warm golds and creams, encouraging relaxation and serenity. The joyous bright palettes of summer florals promise life and vitality. We think that both Coastals and Florals perfectly encapsulate the essence of Summer. Leave a reply below and let us know what you think about Summer!

Third & Wall offers exclusive contemporary and transitional imagery for wall decor and licensing, with a wide selection of Posters, Originals and Print-on-Demand/Licensing imagery.  Some areas of our website are password-protected. If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website, www.thirdandwall.com, please contact us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com. [contact-form subject='[Third %26amp; Wall news | inspiration’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Introducing new artist Brooke Borcherding!

Me Painting en plein airWe are thrilled to announce the addition of unique Seattle talent Brooke Borcherding to our exceptional family of artists. Brooke is an up-and-coming young artist who creates fascinating deconstructed scapes that are both familiar and mystifying. Her mesmerizing contemporary works are conversation-starters and wonderful focal points for all kinds of interiors.

What do you first do when you get to the studio in the morning? I organize my work area to give myself mental space to get me into work mode. Sometimes this is half a day’s work, other times I get ready the night before work so I can get right in there.

 

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“Madison to Pike”

How many paintings do you work on at a time? I currently have 13 unfinished paintings in the studio! I’ve learned to have a bunch of canvases to choose from to match my mood. I think paintings and life have a lot of overlap, so in those moments when I’m energized I may start 3 new pieces. If I feel grounded and calm, I may focus more on detailing and finishing so I can check one off my list.

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Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on? My dream project sounds exhausting so it’s kept as a dream, but it would be really cool to collaborate with an installation artist and a computer programmer to make one of my paintings into a 3-D walkable place. I envision slabs of colored paper hung on strings across a sidewalk that would emulate the blocks of colors I have in my pieces, going down the street so that at the end of the street you look down and see a cohesive scene.  I play with idea of perception and space in my paintings and would love to see it come to life.

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“Morning Boats”

If you could paint with anyone, who would it be? I’ve never considered this possibility because I find studio painting to be such an introverted activity – everyone has their own way of doing things. But I suppose I would watch some of the masters who come out of San Francisco’s Academy of Fine Arts.

 What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration? There’s too much inspiration so I make lists to limit myself.  I travel to natural and urban places, paint on site, and take photos.  Once I start writing stuff down I can see that there’s obviously too much to chomp on.  But sometimes I abandon the list and just throw some paint up on a canvas anyhow and add it to the pile of works in progress; that way I can’t abandon that idea.

Me Painting Abbot Kinney and Andalucia, CaliforniaHow has your art evolved over time? I’m a cyclical person and see that sort of cyclical pattern in my work. I originally started painting with blocks of color as an experiment in college.  Then I went the other direction and took the traditional approach to painting by studying from nature with my easel outdoors.  Last year I got back into the studio and started to play with the blocks again.  This year I’ve been tweaking this new style.

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“Remember the Eve”

As a young artist I’m super curious to know how what I’m doing now will affect my future work, or what it will look like.

What do you like most about your work? I like that I’m doing something unique – the people who walk into the gallery are drawn to my work because it’s something they haven’t seen before. I think by not taking any workshops and being fully self-driven, my independence has enabled me to have work that is truly my own, something that is unteachable.

 

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“Morning Red on Madison”

What is one word that best describes your style?  Deconstructive.

Is there an idea you would like to explore?  I’m already doing it.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?  Late at night (or early in the morning depending on how you look at it).  I love when the city is asleep because I finally feel the freedom to do whatever I want and truly focus with no distractions.

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Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece? If so, what do you do?  Just walk away and let it sit.  If you don’t have a definitive idea of where to take it, just put the brush down.  Come back to it later with fresh eyes.

What is up next on your easel? A Canyon scene of Eastern Washington– it’s a challenge and experiment after working on so many recent urban scenes.

Brooke’s image collection can be viewed in the Print-On-Demand section of our website. Some areas of our website are password-protected. If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website, www.thirdandwall.com, please contact us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to the Amazing Liz Jardine!

wLizJardine2-2011_02bv“There really is no one else like her”, “She’s a keeper”, “It’s amazing how prolific she is”, “That CAN’T be her too?”, “WOW, does she ever stop painting?”…. just a few of the phrases used by our clients to describe the insane talent that is Liz Jardine. In celebration of her birthday month, (YES, she deserves an ENTIRE month to celebrate!) I wanted to try and convey what an extreme honor and pleasure it is to work with such a talented artist, and genuinely beautiful human being.

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“Simple Gifts”

In our industry, ‘freshness’ and being ‘on trend’ is key. Liz brings that to Third & Wall like none other. To say that her style is constantly evolving is an absurd understatement. She doesn’t have ‘a look’…she has, for lack of one single word to describe it…she has pools of endless ideas that she is forever exploring. Sitting with her during creative meetings is one of the highlights of my position. Seeing her in action, ripping pages out of magazines for colors or subjects, watching her face light up when she finds something that strikes her, her looking to us for our thoughts and excitement, her quickly crumbling a page if she thinks we aren’t as excited about something as she might be because she knows by the time we are done, she will have a stack of ‘inspiration’ to pull from and we know that is when the magic will happen.

Jardine4Liz’s studio has a thrilling vibe that hits you the minute you step through the doors. Canvases are on the easels, several at one time that she is working on. Stacks of magazines and books on the table, cut outs of ideas on the fridge, paint and tools at every turn. This is a working studio. I think one of the reasons why Liz is so prolific is because painting and creating is just who she IS. She is in the studio daily. I don’t mean just a few hours here and there…I mean all day….every day. I have a hard time even saying that it’s her “dedication” to her craft which makes her work ethic so profound. It’s so much more than that. If anyone has ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you will know what I mean when I say ‘It is just her’. She oozes creativity and is always striving for the next ‘winner’. That keeps everything so exciting when it comes to her work. You are constantly surprised.

wLizJardine2-2011_04bvAside from being an insanely talented individual Liz is such a beautiful and generous spirit. When you call her she answers the phone ‘It’s a beautiful day in the studio’ or something equally cheerful. You can’t help but smile the minute you hear her voice. She wants to know how YOU are doing, always. That’s her first question. Then how the family is doing or anything else she knows that has been going on. That always comes before anything to do with work. When we are often so consumed with what’s next on our ‘to do’ lists it is so nice to stop for a moment and connect on that personal level with her. Don’t get me wrong, the questions to follow are about what projects we have going on, what she can be working on, what we are hearing from our clients. She always wants to know what she can be working on for us. Give her an idea or concept and next thing you know we are reviewing jpegs of the works in progress for our feedback. It’s amazing really how she can quickly turn a conversation into a tangible piece of art.

lizgoldimageGenerous. That word really doesn’t even come close to describing how giving Liz is as an artist or as a human being. She gives back to her community by donating artwork for various events, she conducts workshops for aspiring artists at her studio, she supports fellow artists by purchasing their artwork, or in my case, by giving me an original of hers that I completely fell in love with one day I visited her in the studio. When it came time for me to leave, she started taking it off the wall and I said ‘what are you doing’ to which she quickly replied ‘art needs to be loved, and I can tell you love this piece, so it is going home with you’. Just like that, there was no discussion about it. It now hangs on the wall in my living room and I think of her every time I pass it.

 

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“Tide Pool”

Liz always thanks those she works with for allowing her the opportunity to do what she loves for a living. That has always struck me for some reason. I know I speak for all of us at Third and Wall when I say that we couldn’t do what we do as a company if it wasn’t for Liz, and we thank her every day for everything she does for us. We all wish her a very, VERY Happy Birthday!

 

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– Melissa Hesse, Third & Wall Account Manager

 

Liz Jardine’s original works, posters, and print-on-demand imagery are available from Third & Wall Art Group.

If you are a member of the trade and would like information on becoming a Third & Wall member and accessing our online collections, please contact us or call us at 1-206-443-8425 or toll-free at 1-877-326-3925. Our fax number is 1-206-441-4299.

If you are not a member of the trade, please email us to find a retailer near you, or visit our showroom at 312 Ninth Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109. Our showroom is open to the public.

All images © Liz Jardine and published/distributed by Third & Wall Art Group.

 

Ringing in 2015 – New Transitional Art from Liz Jardine

What a marvelous way for art lovers to transition into 2015 – with a collection of glorious new transitional abstracts, landscapes and florals from artist Liz Jardine.

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“Powderpuff Floral”

Jardine’s neutral, earthy palettes evoke a sense of groundedness, while her luminous aquas and blues drift the viewer into a place of possibility and dreams.

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“Between Bridges”

Jardine’s new works are every designer’s dream, with a level of sophistication, intrigue and accessibility that make them perfect choices for hospitality, corporate and residential interiors.

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“Liquid Amber”

Liz Jardine’s original works, posters, and print-on-demand imagery are available from Third & Wall Art Group.

If you are a member of the trade and would like information on becoming a Third & Wall member and accessing our online collections, please contact us or call us at 1-206-443-8425 or toll-free at 1-877-326-3925. Our fax number is 1-206-441-4299.

If you are not a member of the trade, please email us to find a retailer near you, or visit our showroom at 312 Ninth Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109. Our showroom is open to the public.

All images © Liz Jardine and published/distributed by Third & Wall Art Group.

 

 

 

Q & A with a California Art Consultant

We recently had the chance to pose a few questions to one our busiest clients, a dynamic Art Consultant doing a booming business in Southern California.

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“Grace”,by Sarah Stockstill

What project are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a commercial project with multiple locations on the West Coast.  Each location is looking for artists from each specific state.  This has been a fun project for placing great art from Randy Hibberd, KC Haxton and Sarah Stockstill.

What is your favorite location for which to specify art?

Any location that doesn’t request generic art.  The right art can breathe life into a room and make any generic setting stand out.

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“Flowering” by Randy Hibberd

Favorite type of imagery to place for a project? 

Abstract art,  and really cool and thought-provoking representational paintings.

How do you go about selecting art for your individual client needs? 

From past experience I usually know the exact styles that each of my clients prefer, so I tend to stay on that same path, but always try to update new looks to stay fresh and relevant.

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“Sunset on the Coast” by Kyle

Best piece of advice you would give an artist? 

I would advise a new artist that wants to make a living as an artist to heed the advice of an art consultant, an established interior designer or a gallery owner.  Their advice can help to create a painting that people will want to purchase.  No matter what anybody says, when it comes down to it most paintings are purchased based on the color palette, and the effective use of the colors within the painting.  I would also suggest to always strive for an edge, and to stay a step ahead of other artists.

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“Champagne” by KC Haxton

Do you have a “dream” project you would like to work on? 

I feel like I am already working on my “dream project”.  I love my career and wouldn’t change it for any other.  Every day is different and every project is different so things are always new, fresh and exciting!

 

 

 

If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website, www.thirdandwall.com, please contact us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com.

Announcing Updates to www.thirdandwall.com!

We’ve been working hard to make our website easier for our customers to use, and we’re excited to share our latest improvements with you:

New POD-Photography Section: Based on your feedback and suggestions for streamlining our Print-On-Demand (POD) website section and making your image searches easier, we’ve given our photography collection a special section of its own, POD-Photography. We’ve made it a lot easier to browse our landscape, seascape, botanical/floral, nature, urban and even abstract photography collection from photographers Keith Morgan, Aaron Matheson, Lori Prenner and Jorge Llovet. We’re also constantly adding new works to our POD photography offerings, so keep checking back, and keep giving us your feedback!

Changes in Finished Art: In addition to our “Canvas – Stretched” option, we’re now offering a new product in the Finished Art area of our site – “Canvas – Floater Frame”. Choose from a hand-picked collection of our newest contemporary art and get it finished in style! Your stretched canvas is placed inside a 2.5″ deep floater frame with a width of 3/8″; frames are available in a black, silver or gold finish. We think it’s a really convenient and elegant way to easily select and purchase ready-to-hang contemporary art for your design projects.

We also want to make it more affordable for you, so we’ve reduced the pricing on all of our Finished Art because we know those design budgets can be mighty tight!

If you don’t currently enjoy full access to our website, please contact us to learn how to qualify for access to our Originals and Print-On-Demand Collections.

New Contemporary Art For Fall

We’re getting ready to release our latest preview collection and thought we’d share a sneak-peek at our upcoming imagery.

Lately, clients have been asking us for Beach House art. Since Fall has officially arrived here in Seattle – the rain, earlier sunsets and crisp air even when the sun is shining – we thought we’d warm things up with reminders of the great Summer we just enjoyed.

These contemporary beach scenes from Liz Jardine ought to do the trick!

Lodge Art is another theme that we hear a lot about. Think lots of wood, warm cozy fires and deep rich colors, especially as Winter approaches. These captivating animals by Lisa Ridgers gallop into the Lodge theme beautifully!

Floral Art is always on-trend. Look at these timelessly gorgeous pieces by KC Haxton & Lisa Ridgers.

Stay tuned, we have many exclusive new images coming your way, from Abstracts to Cityscapes and Landscapes.

If you are a member of the trade but don’t have full access to our website, www.thirdandwall.com, please contact us at customerservice@thirdandwall.com.

Beach Retreat

We just finished working on a great project for a hotel lobby in California, and wanted to share some of the pictures from our client who was delighted with the finished product. We love when that happens!

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These are photographs taken by our newest photographer Kyle and enhanced by our production team. You can check out more of Kyle’s work on our website.

 

 

Work In Progress

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Countless artists work alone in their studios. Many have carved out room in their homes, others have converted garages or sheds or have taken the leap to rent a studio space. Some work in art lofts where they have lots of artists as neighbors. But for most, it is a solo work environment. While this provides the space to paint without interruption, creative solitude can sometimes leave the artist feeling uninspired. Some artists prefer to pursue to their visions in solitary, while others flourish and grow creatively with the feedback and inspiration of fellow creatives.

Despite the need for artists and creatives to share ideas, trends or techniques, in the art world it has been considered taboo for an outsider to “tweak” an artist’s creation. Yet in all other art fields – dance, music, writing – collaborating and editing are standard practice and serve to help the artist meet their full potential within their art form.

When selecting artists for representation we look for those who welcome outside collaboration and idea exchange during the creative process. Our years of working with clients in the décor market have given us valuable insights on color palettes and image trends that can elevate an artwork into a more universal and desirable place in the art market.

Here are a few recent examples of artworks that resulted from our creative collaboration directly with the artist:

For our artists, creative feedback and suggestions informed by our décor market trend knowledge is invaluable and often contributes a great deal to the sales success of their imagery.

~ Aimee Clarke, Creative Director

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Digital Image Customization at Third & Wall

At Third & Wall Art Group we work with some of the most exceptional artists in the industry. They are market-savvy, prolific, and total pros at creating upscale contemporary artworks that reflect color and decor trends.

However, those trends tend to morph and shift as they cycle throughout the industry. The result is that sometimes a customer may love an image for their project, but its colors may not reflect the unique needs of their design project. As a member of the Production Department at 3&W, I and my fellow digital color specialists spend a lot of time immersed in Photoshop, digitally changing colors and customizing art to meet precise specifications.OMAR-147_ForBlog

Our customers are like snowflakes – each one is unique, with diverse ways of communicating their digital alteration needs. One customer may simply provide a general vision, like “I’d like the greens to be more sage green, not so Kermit the Frog green”; others may send us a JPEG they want us to match; some will specify Pantone numbers or commercial paint swatches; and others will send fabric swatches and ask us to change elements of the image to precisely match their décor schemes.

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Sometimes a project requires a suite of three images, but only two images exist – so rather than wait several weeks for the busy artist to paint a third image, like pulling a rabbit out of a hat we digitally create a third image out of thin air (ta da!).

Other client requests have included altering nude figures to be more modest (I’ll leave that to your imagination); making figures less “frumpy”; removing road signs or telephone wires from landscape photographs; removing birds from tree branches; restoring damaged vintage photography; moving elements of paintings around to create different compositions; changing the height of horizon lines – the list goes on. And just when we think we’ve done it all, our customers are always coming up with intriguing new customizations to challenge our skills and Photoshop know-how!

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In most cases, there’s almost nothing our fabulous Production Department can’t match or alter. However, there are a couple of things to remember when requesting image customization:

1) Customization Isn’t Free: Digital image customization is a highly-skilled and specialized service, so there is a nominal fee for digital work. For more information check with your 3&W Account Manager.

2) Avoid Extreme Light to Dark/Dark to Light Changes: It is very difficult to digitally change a very light or white image area to very dark or black; and vice versa.

3) Be Conscious of Original Size When Enlarging: Enlarging a small image (or a small piece of crop from an image) can result in fuzziness, unintentional gigantic brushstrokes or canvas texture, and even the dreaded pixelation – so be sure to check the original size of your image before asking for an enlargement. If the original is 12×12” and you want it to be 60×60”, odds are it’s not going to have the clarity you want, no matter how carefully it is enlarged. And always request a test strip if you are requesting a big enlargement.

4) All Monitors Show Color Differently: Remember that every computer monitor shows color differently – so if you are requesting us to match colors in a JPEG you sent us, we will match what OUR monitors show us, which is not necessarily what your monitors are showing you. If color is extremely important, please specify a pantone or commercial paint chip color, or send us a physical color reference.

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And now…bring on the challenges! Let’s customize!

– Patti Mann, Digital Color Artist, Third & Wall Production Team

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Getting Started

EmployeeMatrixIt is hard to believe that Third & Wall was founded 9 years ago by a small handful of dedicated art lovers. Most of the core group that envisioned the original concept for the company are still here and working hard at our initial dream. While some aspects of our company continue to change and evolve, our core values remain the same.

We rely strongly on our founding philosophy and values. We believe that friendly and ethical relationships with our artists, customers and employees will result in positive personal and business experiences for all of us, everyday; and that this positive outlook will influence not only the art world but our own lives, our families and our work and home communities.

Over the years we have built some wonderful relationships with artists, clients, vendors and one another. These connections are the heart of our business. Our goal is to have happy and inspired artists, customers and employees. We hope to share a little of that inspiration and creativity here.

Summer Selections

Recently, we released our new Summer Preview Poster Collection. Selecting imagery for these releases is always challenging, because our artists send us so many fabulous image options! We usually start pulling new imagery by reviewing recent submissions from each artist. From there we narrow the choices down by subject, with the goal of creating a dynamic mix of abstracts, landscapes, figurative, etc. We aim for a nice balance from each artist that encompasses diverse color palettes while staying sensitive to current and upcoming trends. Lately we’ve had a lot of requests for Coastal imagery, so we’re really excited about our latest collection of serene sailboats.

OSTO-416, "Sparks In The Tide" by Sarah Stockstill

OSTO-416, “Sparks In The Tide” by Sarah Stockstill

ORID-490, "Sailor's Day II", by Lisa Ridgers

ORID-490, “Sailor’s Day II”, by Lisa Ridgers

OCAT-116, "Full Sail" by Joseph Cates

OCAT-116, “Full Sail” by Joseph Cates

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romance is another popular image category. It is always interesting to see the various artists’ perspectives, from Kelsey Hochstatter’s lovely collages…

OHOC-257, "That Afternoon", by Kelsey Hochstatter

OHOC-257, “That Afternoon”, by Kelsey Hochstatter

 

to Lisa Ridger’s contemporary ladies…

ORID-494, "Fond Reflections", by Lisa Ridgers

ORID-494, “Fond Reflections”, by Lisa Ridgers

to the almost-abstract figurative by Sarah Stockstill.

OSTO-417-ALT, "Evelyn", by Sarah Stockstill

OSTO-417-ALT, “Evelyn”, by Sarah Stockstill

 

Selecting Abstracts for the collection can often be the toughest part. Many of our artists specialize in creating transitional pieces, so narrowing down the selection is challenging.

 

Now for the the fun of waiting to see which images inspire our clients!