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Here’s to Green for St. Paddy’s Day

pantone-210-new-color-families-greensSt. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Everyone from schoolchildren to our coworkers will be wearing green on the 17th in order to avoid the dreaded pinch. If your wardrobe is short on green we can’t save you from a pinching incident, but we do have plenty of green for your walls to wear!

According to Pantone, the Mothership of color, “The human eye literally sees more green than any other color. The hue of foliage, grass, and growing plants; bountiful trees, lush meadows and clinging vines; the shade of forests and jungles; elves and leprechauns; the product of the Irish patriot and St. Patrick’s Day; with a multitude of greens so plentiful in the surrounding world, there are many moods the green family can convey.”

The color experts at Pantone go on to explain that green is a restful color, influencing our nervous system, slowing and deepening our breath, and relaxing our heart by slowing the production of stress hormones.

Whether in airy meadows, urban parks or macro-views of nature’s hidden areas, the use of green can promote a sense of balance, harmony and reassurance.

There, don’t you feel calmer already? Get some green!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

"Party" by KC Haxton

“Party” by KC Haxton

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.

 

From the Studio of Pablo Rojero

Artist Pablo Rojero’s work graces interiors all over the world, and it’s easy to see why. His captivating style is apparent whether he’s working on abstracts, cityscapes, landscapes or figuratives. Not only is Pablo an accomplished artist, he’s also a delightfully warm and open individual, an engaging conversationalist, and is dedicated to his family and his work. Versatile and energetic, he is always open to exploring new ideas and creative avenues.

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Pablo Rojero

What do you first do when you get to the studio in the morning?
The first thing I do in the morning is take my twin sons to school. After that i usually have breakfast with my daughter.

How many images do you work on at a time?
I usually work on two to three; I lose focus if I put too many on the wall.

 

 

Rustic City

Rustic City

Do you have a dream project that you would like to work on?
My dream project would be to start an art program geared to help children with autism, as both my sons have autism.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would have loved to paint with William Bouguereau, he was an amazing academic painter.

 

 

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What’s your favorite way of generating ideas and inspiration?
I was taught by a mentor to look at my surroundings everywhere I go, to look at every detail, from texture on the street to how light affects objects. I constantly do this as it builds my repertoire of ideas.

How has your artwork evolved over time?
My art has become more free and balanced. I’ve learned when to stop and say “it’s done” as I used to overcook  the art.

What do you like most about your work?
I really like the layers on my art, I feel that it is a crucial process in my paintings. You’ve got to let the art breathe.

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Del Mar, California

What is one word that best describes your style?
Spontaneous

Is there an idea you would like to explore?
I would like to explore figurative art a bit more.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?
I like 10:00 am. By then I’m fully recharged and ready to go.

Do you ever get “stuck” on a piece? If so, what do you do?
I get stuck on pieces all the time, and when it happens I’ll just go back to something that worked in the past.
I sometimes play some guitar or hit the drums which shifts my thinking, it helps a lot.The artist's studio

What is up next on your easel?
I’m currently working on Neutral tone abstracts. I’m using silver and gold leaf as a new element in my work. I’m incorporating elements of texture that I observe in the environment, for example cement, the patina on antique furniture etc.

Pablo’s works are available for Print-On-Demand and licensing, and a selection of his images are available in our Original and Poster collections. 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 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:

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

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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!

You’re Invited to our Friends & Family Fall Art Sale – 50-90% Discounts on Art!

Twice a year in the Spring and Fall we invite friends, family and all art lovers to visit our South Lake Union gallery and take advantage of phenomenal 50-90% discounts on contemporary art, from original artworks to rich giclée prints on canvas and paper. You’ll find abstracts, landscapes, florals, figuratives, whimsical, vintage – we have beautiful, affordable art for every taste and every wall.

Visit our Facebook Event Page to RSVP and stay up-to-date on Sale news!

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Our gallery is in South Lake Union, on 9th Ave. N and Harrison St.  If you haven’t visited our gallery before, we’re surrounded with great places to dine and shop. Whole Foods is just a few blocks away, as is West Elm, Cactus, Serious Pie and many other hot spots. So come out and make an adventure of it!

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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.

Trends from the 2015 Las Vegas West Coast Art & Frame Show

We are all just getting back to work and resettled from the exciting West Coast Art & Frame Show in Las Vegas. It was a fabulous show, with terrific turn out! We all had a great time seeing many of our customers from around the world and meeting new clients.

While we were there we heard several recurring “wishlist” themes from show attendees. Keep reading for the Top 5 most-requested image categories being specified by our clients.

COASTAL – Although sailing continues to be a strong theme, clients are looking for a fresh take on this timeless seascape category.

FLORAL – With the approach of Spring, many people are looking for fresh florals, particularly with a watercolor feel.

LODGE – Rugged and Rustic are the buzz words for this earthy category.

METALLICS – While gold is making a big comeback, silver and bronze are also strong.

NEUTRALS  – After years of heavily-trending vibrant colors, neutrals are very strong.

All in all, we had a great tradeshow, and are already busy channeling all the valuable market info and customer requests into exciting and trend-forward new imagery and color palettes, so stay tuned!

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.

A Summer Intern’s Perspective

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Francis Henn, Third & Wall Intern

This summer I worked as an intern at Seattle art company Third & Wall Art Group. My various duties were to bill orders, send invoices, deposit checks and so on. Aside from that, however, I was assigned to a project with two other colleagues. We were called the Growth Committee, and our task was to examine industry trends, competitor strategies, customer needs and the overall business model of Third & Wall with the goal of discovering opportunities for growth.

While working at Third & Wall, it is safe to say that  I learned a lot. As a college student with little professional experience, especially with art galleries, it was a great opportunity to see how a business works while contributing my own efforts. Looking back, it’s funny to picture myself with my long hair and earrings sitting at a desk with a cup of coffee entering checks on a computer, but I am incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do that. I am thankful for the numerous times I was taken out of my comfort zone when customers called my line needing questions answered. As weird as it may sound, I think that being made uncomfortable at times is one of the best ways to learn. I now have some business and customer service conversational skills that I would have never had before.

Beyond the business and learning aspects, my time with Third & Wall was full of laughs, wonderful people, Whole Foods cake and, of course, great imagery. I have a new-found appreciation for art and business, two things I hope to expand upon in the future. Thanks for a great summer at Third & Wall!

~ Francis Henn, Third & Wall Intern (now full-time college student)

 

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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Randy Hibberd

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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From The Studio of Jill Martin

jill martin studio_USEJill Martin’s ethereal imagery is bright and soft, glowing with clean hues and a dreamy appeal that few can resist.

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

Check my email, read some news, then spend some time cleaning up my painting table which I always leave messy from the day before.

 How many paintings do you work on at a time?

I’ll prep several canvases at once, but I tend to focus on just one or two paintings at a time.

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

To paint 5 or 6 large paintings of different types of couples.

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

Very hard to choose. I could learn so much from Alex Kanevsky, Julie Heffernan, and Kent Williams.

Is there an idea you would like to explore?

How to paint the figure not in an impressionistic or gestural way but like a blurry photograph. – early Gerhard Richter’s work.

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I’ll paint whenever, but the light in the studio is usually best midday and afternoon.

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

Yes, I do get stuck sometimes and keep redoing areas over and over. At that point I have to not look at the painting for a few hours or a few days. Then when I go back to it I have a fresh perspective which hopefully makes it easier to see what needs to be done.

 What is up next on your easel?

A large abstracted landscape.

Jill Martin’s original works, posters, and print-on-demand imagery are available from Third & Wall Art Group. All images © Jill Martin and published/distributed by Third & Wall Art Group.

 

 

The Amazing Sarah Stockstill

SarahStockstillRAWMy love for Sarah Stockstill’s work began very shortly after I started to work for Third and Wall Art Group. I was still in training and had the opportunity to visit her in her studio as she was just starting a new piece. I had seen her work before in print form, which I really liked, but it wasn’t until I sat there in complete awe of her and her talent that I really did just fall in love.

She greeted me with a hug and a huge smile that just lit up the room. There is something so sweet and genuine about her, I felt at ease immediately. I had years of experience on the retail end dealing with published pieces, but I was a complete newbie when it came to the original art market. This was my first exposure to how an artist takes a blank canvas and starts to create.

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“Lyric in Gesture”

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“Sonata II”

With fluid motions and various tools she combined colors in a way that to me seemed completely effortless. She layered and pulled paint over the canvas, then stepped back, tilted her head to both sides and continued. I was watching the colors she was using and thought “Mmmmm, that’s an interesting combination” – and just like that, the colors blended together, light variations of colors and the HUGE once-blank canvas evolved into a stunning abstract original.

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“Aquitaine II”

I couldn’t help but smile during the entire process that I was fortunate enough to witness first hand. I am not an artist by any means but I have been in the industry long enough to know when there is an artist who is truly remarkable and unique. To me, that is Sarah Stockstill.

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My very own Sarah Stockstill original!

Recently I fell in love with one of her pieces, an abstract figure, and am happy to say thanks to the gracious gesture of one of our other amazing artists, Liz Jardine, it is hanging in my living room and I get to smile now every day because of the piece, and Sarah’s incredible talent.

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Featured Artist: Lisa Ridgers

Artist Lisa Ridgers

Artist Lisa Ridgers

We see the paintings and we know the artist’s name, but we don’t know anything else about the person who created the art, how she works, or how she is inspired. We recently caught up with Lisa Ridgers in her studio to find out from the top-selling artist herself – how does she create all those gorgeous paintings?

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

Usually I crank some tunes and jiggle around a little bit to get warmed up, inspired and loosen my muscles

How many paintings do you work on at a time?

It varies but normally two or three.

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

Yes, I would LOOOOVE to work on a piece for P!NK. Sounds a bit weird, I know, but I really admire her talent and her authenticity, the lady rocks!

RidgersStudio2If you could paint with anyone, who would it be?

Well, if I had powers of resurrection, definitely JMW Turner. One more just to be greedy……I would also love to paint with Sarah Stockstill, her work has always inspired me.

Is there an idea you would like to explore?

Yes, I currently am intrigued by all the digital work that artists are now doing and would like to learn some new skills, incorporating something along those lines into my work.

What is your favorite time of day to paint?

Morning……my brain fritzes out in the afternoons.

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Yes, I sometimes used to fight pieces to the death but now I take a different approach. I turn them around and they face the wall until I am ready to work on that piece again…some sit for weeks at a time.

What is up next on your easel?

I am playing around with a new “urban” look but have to work out some kinks yet…should be a fun day 🙂

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

Summer Fun!

I’m so excited about these new images from Liz Jardine. Don’t they just scream summer!? I love the silhouetted rides against the woodgrain-inspired background. Dreaming of fun-filled days running from ride to ride, stopping for ice cream, elephant ears, and corn dogs along the way.

~ Aimee Clarke, Creative Director

Where does our artwork come from?

We introduce neJardine4w imagery all the time, and of course our team of artists provide us with a steady stream of exceptional artwork, but what is the inspiration behind each new painting? How is it developed? One of my favorite things to do is to open the shipping tubes containing new artwork that we receive from our artists. I find it exciting to unroll and reveal the new images, smell the paints, touch the canvas. I truly enjoy this.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit a couple of our artists in their studios, and to witness the creation of our artwork before it is rolled up and shipped out to us. I spent a wonderful afternoon visiting Liz Jardine in her studio and learning about her rich creative process. Jardine6

Her studio was filled with paints, brushes, paper, and canvases. There were a number of different paintings in various stages of development. There were magazines, color swatches, ideas and inspirations pinned to a bulletin board, and so much more.

Jardine3So where does our artwork come from? If you were to visit Liz and her studio, you would see her artwork comes from the inspiration that she finds all around her. During my visit, Liz was involved in the painting of a seascape, a city scene, a floral and an abstract. It was inspiring and so much more fun to be in on the creation than just opening the tubes of new artwork.

~ by Brian Henn, President, Third & Wall

 

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!