Now that it is officially the first day of winter and Christmas is just days away, we are in full holiday mode! With cooler temperatures and shorter days, ’tis the season for winter whites & blues, evergreen accents, and warm fabrics. We’ve rounded up some great wintry images for your walls that pair perfectly with pops of red, shimmery metallic accents, and soft textures for a cozy space!
“Winter Forest 2” by Julie Devine
photograph by Keith Morgan
“Keep Cool II” by Liz Jardine
photograph by Nancy Crowell
“Winter” by Laura Van Horne
“Winter Range” by Julie Devine
photograph by Aaron Matheson
And from all of us at Third & Wall, we wish you a very happy holiday!
Last week Pantone announced their highly anticipated Color of the Year, and their pick for 2019 is Living Coral. In their description and explanation of the “vibrant, yet mellow” color, they acknowledge that this pick comes as a response to the influence of technology and social media in our daily lives. They explain, “Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.” This vibrant color also recalls the “energizing aspects of color found in nature” and life under the sea.
There are lots of ways to include Living Coral in your space, whether you lead with this cheerful color or use it in accent pieces. If you are not ready make a big coral splash on a large scale, like painting your wall(s) or front door, try using this warm and playful color in your upholstery,tableware, and other home accessories. Balance out this happy coral color with neutrals and white for a light and fresh space, or complement it with deep blues and greens for a vibrant room. And finding the perfect wall art and decor can help tie in Living Coral with the rest of your design, keeping your room bright and cohesive!
Even after 150 years, we continue to be inspired by Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Renoir, and other founding Impressionist artists! When the Impressionist movement emerged in late 19th-century France, some artists began breaking away from fine finish and detail of the traditional paintings of the time, and instead, capturing momentary glimpses of an everyday scene with thick paint and quick brushstrokes. This major shift moved artists outside of the studio to depict their impressions of the world around them, focusing on the effects of different light and colors on landscapes, buildings, and common subject matters.
19th-century Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro said of Impressionism, “Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis… Don’t be afraid of putting on color… Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.”
This movement has had a profound impact on the art world since it began in the late 1800s and is often regarded as a catalyst of modern art. Its style and technique continues to influence many artists, including some of our artists at Third & Wall. Julie Devine’s work “communicates a spirited appreciation for the outdoors and for the tradition of painting, in particular the impressionist, post-impressionist, and abstract expressionist styles.”
Today’s artists are interpreting and showcasing Impressionism in new ways, painting in the thick, bold strokes and capturing the moment, light, and color around them as they see it. Third and wall artist Brooke Borcherding “took her easel outdoors for the first time in 2009, observing and learning from both nature and her plein air painting peers.” This direction was fueled by her need “to express what is real and everyday, and embrace the often overlooked beauty that is right in front of us.”
The Impressionist movement represented a groundbreaking shift in art history, allowing artists the freedom to explore new ideas, technology, and painting techniques. Born in Barcelona, Third and Wall artist Adolf Llovera visited many Barcelona art galleries that formed his earliest art influences, leaving him particularly enamored of the works of the French Impressionist painters. Llovera said,
“To me, observation is inspiration. Details of everyday life, everything that surrounds us provides a motive for inspiration.”
The subjectivity of artwork shaped by Impressionism evokes a visceral reaction from the viewer and depicts the beauty of everyday moments. As each artist in the late 1800s began to hone their own style with more artistic freedom, the Impressionist movement itself dissipated but paved the way for future art movements. It continues to inspire artists today and their own contemporary interpretations of Impressionism.