JO RIDGE KELLEY fine art
photo courtesy of Andy & Roberta Dyakona, Waynesville, NC
“I must have FLOWERS always and always” - Monet
The Dyakona’s recently added “Flowers for Roberta” - an original 40x40 oil on canvas, to their collection in their blue themed dining room. This painting was created mostly with painting knives in a heavy impasto technique.
It’s something different, fun and expressive for me, after focusing intently on my cloudscapes over the winter. Flowers bring so much joy and this time of year I begin to really need the color and excitement in my studio. Every home needs a little floral art!
Beginning a collection of original paintings can be a little overwhelming. There are many styles, themes, colors and techniques to consider. Curating a grouping within a room or office that feels connected in some way, will really add to the music of the art.
Here are a few thoughts on color to get you dreaming and planning!
Color plays an essential part in a painting. It has the ability to awaken our emotions, impart meaning, and direct the eye around the painting. Color can bring on a sense of calm and peace or make us feel energized and joyful.
When designing a space, color harmony plays a major role. Often we gravitate toward a favorite color and are drawn to paintings that feature “our color” and build our decor around that work of art, as shown above.
Paintings are conversation starters, always offering up a story and a glimpse into the artist’s life, adding so much more than just a color statement. You actually “feel” the energy and the love that goes into the creation. Original Paintings are a wonderful way to begin your room design project!
Jo Ridge Kelley