Return to the Home Decorating & Design Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Art that 'spoke' to you

Posted by oakleyok (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 31, 13 at 11:14

We've discussed many times about how we should buy art that speaks to us, instead of just buying art to go with a sofa.

I thought it would be fun if you showed us art in your home which spoke to you and you *really* had to buy it.

This morning I was surfing ebay while drinking coffee, looking for nothing in particular until I found these 8x10 prints. $7.99 w/free shipping. What sold me is not just the characters but the harlequin print at the bottom which I have a thing for.

Although these prints will match my rooms, I have NO clue where I'll hang these, but they spoke to me. :)

 photo playingcards4_zps39cc676a.jpg

 photo playingcards3_zpscff6ba7e.jpg

 photo playingcards2_zps13aab336.jpg

 photo playingcards1_zps8919b4e5.jpg


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is one of my favorites. I love the colors and the subject matter.
Vernazza by Sassone photo vernazza2_zpsdb26f6f4.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

There is a woman in my hometown who paints with pastels. I like her work, and my Mom wanted to give us one of her pieces for our 15th anniversary. We visited her house/studio in the fall, but she didn't have anything that we loved. We did, however, page through her portfolio, and she got a sense of what we liked.

A few months later, she called me to tell me she was working on a piece - a cross-country ski trail through oak trees. She asked if I thought she should include a skier - I told her no. Next time we were in town, it was finished - and DH and I both fell in love at first sight. It wasn't exactly commissioned by us, but the artist definitely had us in mind when she painted it.

 photo IMG_0728_zpse1ac0aac.jpg

A few years later, Mom wanted to get me something special for my 40th birthday. We went back to the artist, and she had another I loved. The colors are similar to "Winter Oaks", but even more important, this is a stretch of river near my Mom's house - I have have canoed the river, and recognized this spot.

 photo IMG_0729_zps085b0b85.jpg

Last but not least, Mom bought me a metal sculpture by a local artist for my 50th birthday.
 photo IMG_0730_zpsbdec8cc5.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Fun, I like it too. It makes me dream that I'm in southern France!

Ann, the picture has to be really special to you. I'm glad you chose no skiier. I LOVE snow scenes!

The picture reminds me of an area in my backyard that I call "The Queen's Walk" which is flanked by Oak trees. I love walking there in the snow. lol


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thanks, oakley. We bought the first one in March of 1997 - after suffering through the worse winter on record. We had 120" of snow (average for us is about 45"), including 8 blizzards, starting in October. I figured that if we liked the snow scene after all that, we would REALLY love it in August!

And we do.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

We painted recently and have not put things back on our walls yet, but this quilt spoke to me when we drove through Vermont many years ago. It lives in our bedroom, and we decorated our bedroom around it.

 photo quilt.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

HAD to have this big cow painting, which was in our "real" house before we fell in love with a different painting that we hung in its place, then moved the cows here to our summer cottage.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Several months ago, I was searching CL for something else and this popped up. An oil painting by an unknown dutch artist. It is an elderly man praying in India. This immediately spoke to me and I made my DH drive up to the city with me to get it. Everyday I look at this and remember my father who used to use a red prayer shawl as well everyday when he meditated and read the Bhagawat Gita.

 photo DEBF58AB-FD0C-4E01-AC18-B180306FEAFE-5113-000000E77CC8AE8B.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I think I've told this story....... saw this oil on Goodwill.com and just knew I had to have it. It was an auction item. I waited and bid towards the end of the auction period but had an MD app't and was terrified I'd lose it. Brought my laptop with me - fortunately someone in the building had an unsecured wifi and I ended up bidding from the exam room! My dermatologist is a doll and she was cheering for me while she did a skin cancer check!!! This photo doesn't do it justice - I love the detail in his face. The frame it came in was cracked and beyond ugly so I bought a ready made and did a new/old finish on it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I won this at a silent auction at my annual professional conference. It is called "Memories of San Francisco." Originally I envisioned something more impressionistic vs. modern, so I like to joke it's "Psychedelic Memories of San Francisco" LOL. It is pretty small, maybe 10 x 12". I liked it, and there were no bids on it, so it was mine. Sports memorabilia are generally the hotter items. It was inexpensive to custom frame due to its size.

"Memories of San Francisco" photo San_francisco.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Fell in love and had to have this man who flies


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Oh my! Annie - The Man who flies is stunning! Is it an original? Would love to hear some more details.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

It is a sculpture by Andrew DeVries who at the time was artist in residence at Chesterwood in MA. He now has a studio in Lenox, MA. It is a limited edition piece.

(Not actually a picture of mine...but one I pulled off the web. I don't seem to have a good pic of mine....)

My not good pic of mine...


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This not only spoke to me, it reached for me.
Problem: Big empty wall, outlet in the middle, baseboard heaters so couldn't drape the odd window and most artwork just called attention to those problems. This is a guest room so nice to have a place to hang coats etc.
Plus the second 'hand' holds a cell phone perfectly to recharge in the oddly placed plug.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I collect art, not for a investment, but because I love it with a passion. Here are 3 pieces I wish that I owned . The first is a quite famous photograph by photographer, Mel Allen . It's called "Ullswater, Glenridding, Cumbria". It speaks to me on many different levels. I love the utter peacefulness of it. It also very much reminds me of the dock at our summerhouse we had growing up.
 photo UllswaterGlenriddingbyMelAllen_zps9286238e.jpg

Another favorite, which I do own a copy of (it hangs in our hallway) is John Singer Sargent's, "Corfu Light and Shadows". It also very much reminds me of our summerhouse on Lake St. Clair in Canada. To me, it looks like the back of our boathouse.
 photo CorfuLightandShadows_zpsf045c35f.png

The third is Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party".
 photo renoir_luncheon_of_the_boating_party2_zps7c1a13ee.jpg

I'm seeing a definite correlation between these three favorites of mine: I was born and raised on Lake St. Clair and I miss living on the water a lot. Anyhoo, this is the art that speaks to me and the reason why.
Lynn


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

In the early 70's I was at the Laguna Arts Festival and fell in love with this. At $65 it seemed like a small fortune for a college student to pay for something 'frivolous.' I passed it up. A dear friend who was with me went back, purchased it, and gave it to me for my birthday. I still love it all these years later. We recently had it reframed with plans to hang it in the newly redecorated DR but it was too small. It's hanging in the foyer. It always reminded me of a terrace of a NYC apartment in the 50's. I was a kid in the 50's and although I've been to NYC numerous times, absolutely no connection....go figure.

Here is a link that might be useful: Picture


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Do you remember Chickoryflower? She used to be a frequent poster maybe 5 or 6 years ago. She had a darling MCM house and lots of fun artwork. Her posts introduced me to Spaniard Juan Romero's work. This hangs in our dining room:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I'm more than a little embarrased to say that I don't have any art on the walls,which speaks to me. After a divorce 10 or so years ago and a renovation in the past 3 years, there's a lot which is not up which used to be, but I can't think of anything I miss particularly! Our home is on 3 acres, which abuts a 100 acre preservation area and I am always looking out the windows and finding colors/camera angles I like. Lynneinnewmexico, your first picture very much speaks to me. GWLolo, hope you don't mind (my kids would say I was creeping on you) but I clicked past your posted painting and really enjoyed seeing your pictures. Love, love, love the contrast in your window seating area. Immediately saved the picture and named it: 'Wonderful contrast window seating area GWLOLO'. Good thread, I love seeing what inspires others. Best, oldbat2be


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I always love these art threads - it's always interesting to see everyone's favorites.

Love your playing card prints, Oakley! They would have also spoken to me as I have a small collection of interesting playing cards.

Every piece of art I have spoke to me altho some whispered and some shouted! LOL This is one that shouted to me and I would have paid much more than the $2 asking price at a yard sale. This dog was apparently called Charley Brown and must have been someone's adored pet to have had an original oil done of him. I initially thought I'd get a better frame for it but this rustic homemade frame seems to suit Charley and fits with my "rustic and refined" decor. I've posted this before but don't have any pics of my newer art, must take some.

 photo ARTCharlieBrown2.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is fun! I have a lot of art and it all speaks to me but I thought I'd share this one. This painting was part of of series of studies the artist did of her hometown. My husband and I bought it in a gallery in Savannah because we just loved it. It had been hanging over our fireplace for years when my new brother-in-law came over for the first time. He took one look at it and said, "It must be dark in that house." We'd never ever noticed the house doesn't have windows. :)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thanks for sharing, all of these pictures are amazing. It's fun to see all the different tastes here.

The Red House speaks to me too! lol


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is interesting because I remember a thread recently where someone was asking why would you have a portrait of someone you don't know, and clearly the reason is because it's awesome. Love Charley Brown! We have considered a portrait of our late kitty.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I have this piece hanging in my foyer.

I love it for a lot of reasons...including that my cousin is the artist. The antique doll was in the attic and has a tear on her face as no one is playing with her any more. The way she painted the fabrics, it looks like you could just reach out and touch them. She did good!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Another piece I had to have is a warner bros cel of bugs and yosemite sam... hard to see here, but it's called "Draw Your Gun"...bugs is holding up a picture of a well done drawing of a gun, while yosemite sam is still on the floor sketching his. Makes me smile whenever I look at it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I couldn't leave the Waterford Fair without a visit to the art pavilion. And then I couldn't leave without this painting. I have a large art collection, all originals. My taste runs to portraiture, though I like industrial landscapes as well.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Double post.

This post was edited by gsciencechick on Thu, Aug 1, 13 at 9:14


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

i tend to tire of, well, everything pretty quickly. but i loved this painting the moment i saw it, and almost 7 years later i STILL love it. we're no longer in the house where this was taken, but i'll make sure it's got a spot in the new house! actually... about to post it on my home office thread - could be a good candidate for the peacock room!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

To TheRedHouse: I LOVE that house painting! Would you tell me who the artist is? Thanks.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is (one) of mine. It's a Sarah Ashley Longshore.

 photo null_zps21a64a5f.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Had this one commissioned, and when we have the money saved to redecorate the room, we'll decorate around the triptych:

 photo IMG_3343_zps7373a5a9.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

My absolute favorites are the oil portraits of my children, but that's not what you're asking about! ;) I fell in love with a marsh painting by Esther Deen at the beach a couple of weeks ago. I'm seriously considering calling to see it it's still available. Of course, I'm sure shipping will be outrageous!

I have two Steve Penley originals that I just love. The first picture was taken at Easter, so please forgive all of the egg decorations.

 photo IMG_2339_zpsb0f4d502.jpg

This is the fireplace on the master bedroom.

 photo IMG_2345_zpsc6680e5a.jpg

I actually move them seasonally. I like the water lilies in the family room in the warmer months, and then switch them so the vase is in the family room for the cooler months. It's like getting a new painting every time I make the switch!

I also love this landscape by Dixie Purvis:

 photo IMG_1655.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

So I was walking down a street in Chestertown, MD, last winter, when I saw this painting weeping in a store window.

"What's wrong?" I asked.

"No one will buy me," said the painting. "I'm just a mass-produced thing with a frame made in China. I even have a sticker on the back that says 'Timeless Treasures -- guaranteed hand painted' or some such nonsense."

"But I think you're pretty," I said. "I love your blues and greens, and you remind me of the Connecticut and Upstate New York countryside. I like your antique-ish look too."

"Really?! Even though I'm not real art?" said the painting.

"Yes, and I've got the perfect spot for you. I've been looking for something like you for a long time. I'll even buy you a nice lamp light some day!"

"Yay! It's my lucky day!" said the painting.

"Just do me a favor," I said. "You're overpriced, so if anybody asks, just tell them I got you for $30 at a garage sale."

"Don't worry about it," said the painting, "Afterall, I speak to so few people."


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I can see my girls might not have wide appeal. These hang in our family room on either side of the fireplace (they are both the same size, just bad photography on my part).
Is there a way to make photos smaller on the photobucket iPad app?

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I love your girls, Nan. These two are over my fireplace. The one on the left is a portrait of me, and the one on the right, by the same artist, is called "My Accountant." I saw it at one of his art shows, approached the owner, and begged to buy it from him. Sometimes a piece will strike me that way; I simply must have it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Our latest were by accident. I went to buy sunglasses and the whole shopping plaza was having sidewalk sale. I wandered into the gallery on the off chance they had a print for our powder room.

But then I saw these. And I knew DH would love them too. But I had no where to put them, and we were still writing checks for the kitchen. I sent a text to DH to ask what he thought, then just as I gave up and swiped the cc he said yes too! What a relief :-)

They are by David Hill, and I'm told I got a fantastic deal.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

We were at a street fair at the beach one weekend and I saw this print-it's enamel on metal sheeting. He is a Portland artist who specializes in really whimsical work and he makes 'portraits' of his dogs and neighborhood cats and chickens. I also bought a smaller piece of a chicken that hangs in my kitchen.

Every single time I look at this my heart sings.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I so love this thread. Thanks for all the eye candy.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Those kitties are fun!

And awm, I'm with you...not so special maybe, but just perfectly warm and gentle for the perfect spot...I have one that is very similar...

I'm so impressed with those of you who go for the bold art...it looks great, but I'd be afraid of where and how to use it as I always think it deserves a white wall and a modern room, of which I have neither.


 o
We have several

that have spoken to us for different reasons and for different rooms in our home.

 photo DSC02732.jpg

 photo DSC02734.jpg

 photo DSC02737.jpg

 photo DSC04806.jpg

 photo pic002.jpg

 photo DSC06422.jpg

 photo DSC03615.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I am reviving oakleyok's thread because I loved seeing all the artwork.

I have recently decided that I wanted to change up my family room. Somehow that set me off looking for artwork on Ebay. I *know* that I shouldn't worry about artwork matching a room, but I am having trouble figuring out if I am liking matchy things, which I know I tend to do, or I just found artwork I like and now I want it :) Anyway, some art that speaks to me....

I am hoping more people share pictures!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This painting sits across the room from where I normally sit and it offers hope during the long winters. I hated the original frame so I painted it.

This post was edited by CLBlakey on Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 19:29


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

My eight year old saw this old painting in a local antique/consignment shop and begged me to buy it for her bedroom. I told her we would go home and think about it and if she still wanted it in the morning we could purchase it. Little stinker was up at 6:30am the next day ready to get that painting. She talks about the expression in the dog's eyes and the colors of the background against the gold frame. Now we call her our little curator.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love to see everyone's Art! My grandparents on my Mom's side were both artists, so I am biased ... and have a house full of their original art. These are 2 of my grandfather's pastels.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Boop, buy the one with the houses with the red roofs, NOW. Oh my gosh, I'm in love with it! It sure would look nice in my LR!

Can you post the link to it, and maybe I can find it on art.com if it's not an original.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Sigh oakleyok. That is my favorite too. I keep coming back to it. I thought maybe I was nuts. It is an original. How much would you pay. That is the question. I made one offer, and it was declined automatically. :( not sure my husband would understand my need. I am debating asking him about it now. :)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

OK well, I showed DH and he liked it too. Not sure if he was humoring me or was just happy it had no flowers, but I made another offer and am waiting to hear back. Of course it is not framed, so then I will have to figure out how the heck to frame it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I first saw this oil painting in early 1991 at the Seniors' Center gift shop in Dover, DE. I was stationed there with the USAF. I loved this painting and stopped by often to "look" at it. It was out of my price range.

I got orders and was then stationed in England. I spent every free minute roaming the countryside and seeing the sights. I've walked down many sidewalks in old parts of towns where you can still see buildings and iron fences of this era. I kept thinking about "my" painting back in Dover.

In late 1992 I separated from the Air Force, went back to Dover, and married my now-DH. He was still active duty and spent our first Thanksgiving and Christmas in the desert. When my February birthday came along he was still overseas, but wanted me to pick out something "special."

I went back to the Seniors' Center; "my" painting was still there and the price was reduced by 50%! I bought it, had it gift wrapped (I did!) and "opened" it on my birthday.

It's now hanging in my sewing room. I still love it, although I do want to have it reframed.

I think it's interesting that she painted the people so correctly, but the buildings have a folk-art, out-of-proportion look. I love it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is a watercolor done by grandfather/uncle (?) of my husband ...many generations ago. Nothing special, just something from the family.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Hey newhomebuilder, I may have the gaggle your goose escaped.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This picture made me cry at first sight. It looks like the front porch of my childhood.....my mom...sewing as usual
in my memories and always surrounded by nature.
I have it over my sofa in the living room.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Not hung yet. Found it in a dusty corner at the UNC salvage warehouse.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I saw this print and another in my Dr's waiting room and
fell in love with the artist's work. Tadashi Asoma has done a great deal of his painting in this style using primary colors.
I have many of his prints and they are located throughout our home. Looking at them never fails to bring joy and wonder to me. I only wish I could find more!
I think the idea for this thread is great! I am enjoying seeing
what inspires and pleases everybody and appreciate the
wide range of styles and ideas represented. So interesting. I hope this thread continues. special PS Annie D, your sculpture took my breath away!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love this thread and looking at everyones art.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from my home:

Gift from my brother - artist Fujita Fumio

From Brother #1 photo 003.jpg

Gift from 2nd Brother- a pastel that I love
From Brother #2 photo 005.jpg

4 Seasons from Quebec City
Quebec City-4 Seasons photo 007.jpg

A winter Study
Winter study photo 008.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

 photo image-28.jpg
This is a painting we bought in Florence, I love it, makes me smile every time i see it.
 photo image-27.jpg
This we bought on Ebay many ears ago. The artist is german Tino Bauer.
 photo image-26.jpg
This one I love, the artist was icelandic a fabulous woman that died young, she was my best friends sister inlaw.
That one is of my DH grandmothers house in the westfjords in Iceland.  photo image-23.jpg
and last but not least. My grandfather had this
these are all from places in Iceland.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I dont know why this one did not show up. That is my DH grandmothers house in The west fjords in Iceland. She raised 10 children in that house. The one on the left.
 photo image-25.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

maddielee - lol Are your geese Buckley Moss? We had a house fire several years ago and lost several BM paintings. Instead of replacing them all, we saw the Sentry in a store and decided to buy it. We like to think that he protects us, now.

ice1- When we were recently in Florence, we bought this small oil painting from a vendor near the bridge. It's from the Tuscan region. Isn't it nice that we can have these memories through our paintings.


 o
My trip photo of your painting setting. :)

Your art work has prettier colors.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Newhomebuilder, you are so right about the memories. We bought ours next to the Davids statue at the square.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Would you believe that we saw the real David at Academia, but completely missed the replica in the square.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

We were there in 2004 and the Academia ( where the orginal statue is ?) was closed do to repairs so we did not see it. My dad lives in Switserland so we travel often to that area. We are going to Sardinia in maí next.
We always try and buy some art when we go around the world.
And to all of you thanks so much for your posts. I so love all the art.

This post was edited by ice1 on Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 5:46


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I'm bumping this topic because I have a new art piece! Boy did it ever speak to me. lol. Sheer happenstance.

I saw a picture of it online from an antique store close by, so I drove over there immediately and voila! It was mine. It's a lithograph. I love the frame too.

Anyone find more art?

 photo IMG_4998_zpsa5cb3c80.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love it! It suits your beautiful stone fireplace...one of the prettiest things I have seen on your mantel.

You did good!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thank you, Tuesday! I've been working on that blasted thing for years now, and this picture just kind of fell into my lap when I wasn't even looking!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Oakley, I love it! What a great find. I saw this when I was at work but waited to comment til I could also post my favorite piece of art.

My DM painted this during her days that she spent at St Joseph's Academy. She always told me that as she painted it she imagined that someday she would have a curly haired daughter. Well she got her wish when I was born.

Many years ago DH and I were antiquing and we found an old calendar that was dated from when she would have been at St Joe's and to my surprise there was the young lady that me DM painted. She obviously used the calendar as her model. I must say I love my mom's version better.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

See if I can take a clearer pic.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

It still looks blurry but you get the idea.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

My now deceased brother was very involved in the art world in Phoenix, AZ. About 20 years ago, he came to my house for a visit and brought a large cardboard tube with him. The painting below was one of several rolled up in that tube. The paintings were done by an up and coming artist from AZ. My brother said if one of pictures spoke to us he would give it to us as a housewarming gift. It is an acrylic but to me it looks like a water color. The artist titled the painting "Dancing Light"

My brother gave us strict instructions on how it needed to be framed with museum mounting, and seamless linen matting. The picture is 5 ft wide and almost 4ft. high. His housewarming gift ened up costing us $800 (which broke the bank for us back then).

I loved the painting from the moment I first saw it, but now that my brother is gone it is even more special to me.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Uh, Holly..I think the picture would look better in my house. lol. What a fantastic painting. Your mother is very talented.

Badgergirl, that is amazing! I love the colors of sunset in it. I bet it's gorgeous in person since it's so large. My rabbits is a large piece but it's hard to tell by the picture.

I kind of chuckled about the money you spent on framing. I remember a few mac n' cheese dinners after i had a particular piece of art framed. :)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

BG, your painting is lovely. How special to have a piece that your brother gave to you. I'll bet you see him every time you look at your lovely picture.

I have serious pic envy with your antique piece Oakley. I would love to see some more shots of it. I am so glad you revived this thread. I am enjoying looking at all of the eye candy!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thanks oakleyok and holly-kay, yes that picture is a special reminder of my brother and of my son who also passed away but loved to go to AZ to see his favorite uncle.

I have some other pieces in my house that speak to me and will try to post some more pictures soon.

I love seeing everyone's beautiful and widely different types of art. Keep the pictures coming.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Here's a close-up Holly. It's not an antique though. The lady at the store said she got it and other similar pictures from a "high end furniture gallery" that went out of business and they were selling the prints for a song.

I would classify this as a Pastoral. I can't find anything on the artist though because I sure want to see his/her other work. The name is P. Ronan.

Maybe if I did a search on Pastoral rabbit pictures I could find something. lol.

Notice the realism in the eyes.

 photo IMG_5009_zps403976a3.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

TY Oakley. I LOVE your pic. I can see why it spoke to you. I would have had to have it too! It looks so great on your mantle.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This isn't the best pic of the painting, but this is one that spoke to us when we went shopping for something to hang over the sofa. This is how DH and I get in trouble when we go to galleries...go in looking for one thing, walk out with two things. This is one we HAD to have, even though we didn't even know where we'd put it. It didn't fit the space over the sofa. So we relegated the piece that had been on this wall (the cow painting I posted at the beginning of this thread, actually) to our summer place, and hung this on the only wall we have that's big enough for it. I just love the colors in this piece. They're more vibrant IRL.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love the colors Sueb! It looks great with your lovely chair.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Here are a few of mine. I really like landscapes, animals (I'm weirdly drawn to birds, but have no desire to have one live with me!), and portraits of women. All are either gifts or thrift finds because my budget doesn't accommodate my loftier tastes ;)


This is my "expensive" one, HA! I'm transported to a different time, every time I look at it. Decorated for Christmas.

 photo 012.jpg

The start of my salon wall

 photo IMG_3222.jpg

Loved this! It reminds me of where my grandparents live. $14 at a local church thrift store.
 photo 002-4.jpg

A couple of canvas prints of Robert Wood seascapes. I'm a sunset person! Also, an amateur painting at the top that makes me smile. Really inexpensive thrift store finds at different times.
 photo 011-1.jpg

This is a photo I took of my niece at a river we always try to spend some time at when we visit my parents. She's going on my dining room wall, where I have a salon thing going on.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love this almost as much as slice of life. This original is my favorite piece because it makes me smile. We found this at an arts festival held every year in Huntsville, and eventually discovered this piece won a 2nd place ribbon.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This artist has been another favorite. Well, at least some his work. But we have only bought prints. This one is in our bedroom. Hard to see the details, but if you could see, there are various bugs, etc hidden among the flowers and foliage.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

These are a few of mine.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

We bought this small reclining nude at a local antique mall. We tend to like nudes, and we liked the frame as well. Right now it is in our hall.

Reclining nude photo 02ef70c0-d6db-4449-a890-e3dc5c4ffd7f.jpg


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Love all the new art posted!

KC, I love the art that you posted. May I ask who the artist is?


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

oooh, gsciencechick, that is right up my alley... beautiful!


 o
Inherited oils

The following did not speak to me, but I have grown quite fond of them. They were inherited from my husbands Aunt and Uncle. A niece of the Aunt told my husband that they [Aunt and Uncle] specified that the paintings go to my husband.

This first painting is oil on canvas in a 15 x 20 frame. The frame looks to not be original. The painting is signed H. Howard 1901. We have no idea who that is. Not a family name.

2 more coming up!


 o
Next one

This is quite unusual, I think. It is 15 x 31 and painting on a hard board. It is signed Gilbert. The frame appears old.


 o
Last one

Another on a hard board with a really old frame. It's 26 x 32 and has a hidden smudge of a signature consisting of 3 letters (at least I think it is a signature.) Appears to start with a M.

None of the colors in these paintings look as clear, crisp or as colorful in person as they do in these photos. They are more muted. How does that happen?

This post was edited by newhomebuilder on Tue, Oct 8, 13 at 16:16


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Wow NHB, what lovely art you have! They are beautiful. Thanks for posting them.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I love these latest posts, as well as so many of the earlier ones.

Alex, what a beautiful photo of your niece. I would love to see that one in black and white, because of all the interesting light plays.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Fall has arrived and some of my hydragena flowers were speaking to me and asking to come inside my house. Mother natures is a fabulous artist.

This post was edited by badgergal on Tue, Oct 8, 13 at 17:34


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

holly-kay - The artist is Cao Yong.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Ty so much! They are just lovely.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

KC, I have fallen in love Cao Yong's art. He has an amazing story. I feel that I just have to own Moonlight in Vernazza. It is such a lovely piece. His art seems so filled with joy and hope that my heart yearns to hang a piece of his art in my home.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thank you Holly-kay. We are fortunate to have inherited the paintings. Just wish we knew what they were.

badgergal - Love the hydrangeas. I didn't know that they bloom this late. Mine have never bloomed. :( Great foliage, though.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Pesky1, I love your cat art. I am a crazy cat lady. I wonder if you could share the name of the artist.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Found this artist years ago (her name is Irena Jablonski)

Purchased the top for my husband for our anniversary - and purchased the bottom for me for no reason at all. :)

(I wish my walls wouldn't always come out screaming such a bright blue in my photos... they are much deeper than this)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

enjoyed looking through this thread - lots of good stuff in here.

This is Stacy London's house with a painting by one of my all time favorite Bay Area artists - I like this eclectic art wall and am hoping to achieve this in our next house:

 photo Picture81_zpsae462bed.png

One of her paintings I am eyeing:
 photo Picture82_zps7e76b8ef.png

Thinking about this playful Japanese-inspired painting to decorate around in my kids' room :

 photo Picture76_zps8dcbf9de.png


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Newhomebuilder, the hydrangeas I posted above are from a PeeGee Hydrangea plant/tree. It starts blooming in spring with small green flowers, by late summer the flowers are huge and white, in the fall the flowers start turning a pinkish color and then change to brown. The dried brown flowers stay on the plant all winter. I bring some into the house for arrangements but leave the rest on the plant for winter interest. Here is how the plant looks outside right now.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Here's how it looked in early summer.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Here is some other art I have that is made from nature. This guy was hand carved from a wood plank by a local artist.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I have adored this for over 10 years. I think this thread might finally push me to purchase. Now just need to decide on what size?

This post was edited by zoey75 on Sat, Oct 19, 13 at 11:27


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Here is one of things I would grab if the house was on fire. I don't really know much about it. It's an old copy of a famous Van Dyck painting. It has a lovely gold leaf mat and I adore the baby's sweet face.

 photo photo11.jpg

This post was edited by deee on Sat, Oct 19, 13 at 13:42


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

zoey75 would you mind sharing the artist of that beautiful picture...I love it!! thank you


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Very sweet, Deee. Looks really old. Should you have it appraised? I need to have someone look at mine.

badgergal - The PeeGee Hydrangea is gorgeous! How fun to see it change colors.

A friend let me cut some flowers from her yard for a baby shower that I hosted last Sunday. Mostly roses, but I saved this hydrangea for my dining room. It is in the drying stages, now and should last as décor all winter. It's my favorite hydrangea color.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

melgrek - Tony Sweet is the photographer. I never get tired of looking at it, I really must make it a priority and finally purchase it. Enjoy :)

This post was edited by zoey75 on Sun, Oct 20, 13 at 9:58


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

thank you zoey75!! That picture so caught my eye/attention....I love it...thank you for sharing


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This ink sketch speaks to me.. Her eyes show such pain, like she's just been told someone she loves dearly is gravely ill and may not have long to live. She can't quite understand why someone so good, someone who has always thought of others before herself can be so deathly sick. How can her cousin have so little time left when she's still so young. She's on the brink of crying, but doesn't want anyone to know she's in so much pain because there's nothing she can do to help, but pray. And she is praying. Allot.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Hugs to you Just. Praying for your cousin too.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Aw thank you Holly Kay. She needs a whole lot of prayers. Her surgeon thinks he can get her into a study on an experimental treatment that at least will offer her a little hope. She's only 58.

When I came across this thread I thought what a neat idea. I went to my computer where I store art I found interesting and saw this drawing. I called it an ink, but I don't think it is ink. After I started to describe it I realized why I it jumped out at me from all the others I've saved. I don't think I saw it that way when I originally saved it.

Here's something from the artist I was looking for last night. I love trees, always have, so she's the first artist I thought of sharing. Jany Dahmen.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

We love Jane Dahmen! We have two of her pieces. One is at our beach house so I don't have a pic, but I'll post a pic later of the one we have hanging over our bed at home.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Here's the Jane Dahmen painting that's over our bed.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I haven't seen that Jane Dahmen Sue. It's even simpler than the work I've seen by her. I think everything I've seen was similar to the one I posted as in all trees often with water back grounds.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Just, I love the tree art work. We are surrounded by trees and I love them too. In my adult life I have always lived in wooded areas. Not always the most convenient to shopping etc but the beauty has always made the inconvenience worthwhile.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Holly-Kay, my hubby and I both love trees. I find them the most beautiful of nature that you can find almost anywhere you live. Even bare they fascinate me.
We live in a country neighborhood that was once a tree farm. Sadly we've lost more than two dozen trees in the back acre, but are working to replant new trees every year. Living here is very fitting for us. Our first daughter's ashes (still born at 24 weeks) are buried with a beautiful Auburn Maple just outside the choir loft of the church we were married in. One of my favorite things to draw anymore are trees.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Oh Just, hugs to you! How comforting to have your little one buried beneath a tree at your church.

The po planted a lot of pine trees in rows as they were considering a tree farm. When DH and I bought the property we would buy seedlings every year. We don't plant anymore as we have so many now. We especially love how beautiful they look bending under a burden of snow. I like to look out at the pines when I sit in the living room the cardinals make the pines look so Christmasy.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

This is my favorite piece. The photo below is from the gallery website. Mine is matted in black and framed in a simple, wide worn gold leaf frame. The artist is Richard Merkin. He taught at RISD.

When I bought it, just before DH and I married, his first comment was "can you take it back?" He has since come around.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Ha ha ha! You're hubby sounds just like mine. Not afraid to say what he thinks. You must really love him to have gone ahead with the wedding. ;^)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Oakleyok can you tell me any info about your lithograph of the two rabbits.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Holly-Kay, sorry I thought I replied to you earlier. I think I'm forgetting to do the second click after the preview. I know better.
You are so sweet, I think of our baby daughter as a gift to our family. Though I still have my moments, for the most part I've accepted her as our very own guardian angel.
The trees on our lot were mostly pines too. And you are right, they are absolutely gorgeous heave with snow. A virus swept through the Midwest and took most of the Scotch Pines which is what many of the trees on this land was.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

DH and I saw this series, by an artist named Patrick Bastardoz, at a gallery in Paris and fell in love. We bought one painting of the series. I grew up in an industrial city in the Midwest, he grew up in Glasgow, and this reminded us both of the rusting waterfront areas of our respective cities in the late 70s through mid-80s, before each city underwent a revival.

The second piece was a wedding gift from a friend. The artist, Peter Howson, did a disturbing series of ink drawings from his time in Bosnia during the war. I saw this one in a Glasgow gallery and couldn't stop thinking about it.

And on a much lighter note, we saw this installation at a gallery in New Orleans in February, and I'm still trying to convince DH that we need a few balloons, badly, in our living area (they're larger than they appear in this photo, each about 8-12" long):

This post was edited by zeebee on Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 14:18


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I checked out Tony Sweet Photography and WOW! I love his stuff, thanks Zoey! I love that you can have matted prints made of any of them. Hoping to buy a new (to me) house in the near future and would love to add one of them to the walls ... hmm ... maybe a housewarming present from me, to me!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Chadoe3 - So glad you are also enjoying his beautiful work :) Years ago I found one of his photographs in a Coldwater Creek catalog and it was love at first sight for me.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I went to another shop today looking for art that spoke to me. Nothing. Again. Yet I am in love with about half of the items posted to this thread! lol Keep them coming please. This thread is one of the few things that is keeping my spirits up about finding art for my walls within the next decade.

:)


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

My 11 year old daughter painted this in school when she was 10.
It hangs in my kitchen.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

I also LOVE this one. But sadly, I cannot find it. I don't know who painted it. It is called "Forgive and Embrace".


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Joanie, that's an awesome work of art by your darling daughter.
The painting below it is quite moving. Have you tried loading it to that site that tracks photos? It's called something Eye. I wish I could remember the whole name. Maybe someone else will.

I decided to search and I found it. Linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: TinEye

This post was edited by justgotabme on Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 13:25


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Thank you! I will pass it along to my daughter. I glanced at the link you provided. I hadn't heard of it before. It was a little too much for me to deal with today, too bad you have to register and everything, but maybe I can check it out another day. I would buy this print if I could find it, in a hearbeat!


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Registering must be new. I never had to do that before. It's been quite awhile since I used it.


 o
RE: Art that 'spoke' to you

Joanie, I love your DD's painting. That is definitely a keeper.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Home Decorating & Design Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here