Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Does it have to Match?"

So, I answer the phone, and a woman asks, "Is this the woman from Artful Living?" and I say,
"yes, this is CJ." After around five minutes of her story surrounding the rehanging of their
house and that she was readying for Family Christmas, etc....she gets to the point of her call.

"Do all the frames have to match if the artwork is hanging on the same wall? Is it okay, if they are in
different frames, in the same room, but on different walls?" An Artful Intervention was needed!

I was smiling to myself as she went on about her concern, and I realized she was truly fretting about
it. So, when I shot a pic of one of the gallery walls, and a glimpse of three pieces at home and sent
them to her, it assured her that when you are collecting original pieces of art, they are in frames that
are hopefully selected by the artist or a framing professional, and should be suited to that piece of art.

Let the artwork exist as its own entity and try to hang pieces near one another that visually complement
and don't overpower one another.......

Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's an Artful Holiday!!

It's a wonderful time of the year....the transition from the Harvest Season with all of its Blessings to the mad rush of the Holiday Season! Here comes baking and cooking and decking the halls! Why not make this year's shopping an Artful breeze! We are proud to say we are on our first re-order of the Artful Living With CJ "Have an Artful Day" mugs featuring the artwork of gallery represented artist, Thomas Kelly.  Just click on the Shop section and shop away! "Picnic at the Swing," and "Pushing the Elephant," are decorated in the USA on fabulous 15 oz ceramic mugs...

Soon to arrive are two more Thomas Kelly gems, "Flowers Again," and "Fight in the Museum."

We also have a limited supply of hand-painted and signed Artful Living T-shirts by Hanneke deNeve. This internationally acclaimed Expressionist has been a mainstay at the Artful Deposit Gallery since 1986, and her work is celebrated by many. Hanneke brings the color and joy to this wearable T, and they are machine washable and dryer safe. Available for $40. each! Call today at 609 298 6970!
Let us help you stay Merry, Artful and Bright, and to all our art lovers, Have an Artful Night!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Video Introduction.....

Good Morning! Please take a few minutes to watch this video snippet about Artful Living....I hope you're enjoying a cup of coffee in one of our fabulous mugs! Check out "Picnic at the Swing" and "Pushing the Elephant" by artist Thomas Kelly in the Shop and Area Retailers section of this site.....

                  Thanks for watching and Have an Artful Day!!! Best Always, CJ

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Have an Artful Day......

Good Morning and welcome to the all new Artful Living site. After being in the retail fine art world for many years, I've come to realize there is a whole group of people who are missing out on the beauty and wonder of having art in their lives. I guess there is a stigma attached, or maybe an apprehension about the cost of buying art, whatever. All I hope is that Artful Living will be a very user friendly site where we share some valuable and "artful tips," and you can shop on line for some very artful products. We hope to take the mystery out of the art world, and encourage people to explore the world of art around them.

Art is Everywhere!! Just the other day I was in line at my bank in Bordentown City. I happened to look up and noticed the lovely plaster and gold leaf detail all over the ceiling. It was just lovely, and I smiled thinking I was pleased that I had noticed it....that was the craftsmanship from an artisan from long ago. Art is in the schools, Senior centers, galleries, frame shops, book stores, in the beautiful sunset as you drive home.....

I hope you will bookmark Artful Living and we will chat soon! As always, be safe and well, and
Have an Artful Day!