We introduce new 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.
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.
So 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
It 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.
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
ORID-490, “Sailor’s Day II”, by Lisa Ridgers
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
to Lisa Ridger’s contemporary ladies…
ORID-494, “Fond Reflections”, by Lisa Ridgers
to the almost-abstract figurative 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.
OMAR-171, “Persimmon Jump”, by Jill Martin
OMAR-170, “Atmosphere II”, by Jill Martin
Now for the the fun of waiting to see which images inspire our clients!