The Paintings that Tie it all Together

Hunting for the perfect painting to fit in an empty spot on your wall is a frustrating challenge all homeowners and designers have faced.  The colors have to match, the textures have to work together, and the scale of the piece needs to be right in range. I can recall multiple situations where it has taken me a few months to find a particular piece of art for a client. That is, until I met…

Lisa Tureson.  A talented artist who not only posses the ability to create stunning pieces of her own but also has the capabilities to turn your problem into no problem at all.  She is what I like to call, “Art Smart.” Lisa has been working with home owners and designers for years to create stunning pieces like these 3 panels in a set of 6 panels that depict the client’s family.  The Mother is on the right and two of the kids are on the left.  It was placed in a two story foyer and when the clients moved they were able to remove the panels and take them to their new house!

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

She has an eye for transforming spaces.  Take a look at this before and after:

Fireplace Before

Fireplace Before

And the after:

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

Most designers (not all) start planning a room from the ground up.  They pick out the carpet, then the wall color, then the furniture, the textiles, and then the art.  Lisa has worked with lots of designers who bring her their space’s “game plan” including the – pillows, wall colors, textures in the room and give her an approximate size they need. Commissioned work gives the client the right size, scale, colors, values and imagery for the space.  The designers can suggest a style they wish the piece to look like – for example, one client wanted a painting that was reminiscent of Rothko.  The designer or homeowner then trusts Lisa’s natural artistic ability to do the rest.  Here is an example of a room where the art flows perfectly with the textiles and really ties the space together:

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

What more do you need from a piece of art?  We can’t think of anything.

Lisa has the ability to turn a space that isn’t so beautiful into one that is stunning.  One story she told us goes like this:

Right next to the fireplace which was a focal point of the room was an unsightly electrical panel that could not be moved.  Due to the size and shape of the door it made sense to the eye to turn that into a tromp l’oeil bookcase. It was a natural fit.  We had fun with the clients in coming up with names of the books that were personal to them, such as where they honeymooned.  We also incorporated their personal items of special significance on the shelves such as a scale of justice for the attorney in the home. I did a similar bookcase for a Podiatrist and named the books “Joan of Arch (his mother’s name), Sesamoid Street (a bone in the foot), The Agony of d’Feet, etc.  It’s a very fun and personal piece. This is also a great anniversary, holiday or birthday gift idea for the person who has everything because they definitely don’t have one of these.

Lisa had one customer ask her to paint his three Ferraris:

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

If this doesn’t make you smile, I am not sure what will.

Check out our website to see more of Lisa’s stunning work or come into Broadway Galleries in Alexandria and see this stunning piece of Lisa’s work we are showcasing:

121 - 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

121 – 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

Lisa is also showcasing work in the DC Design House and the Washington Design Center.  You can email us if you are interested in discussing a commissioned piece with Lisa: broadwaygallery@broadwaygalleries.com.

Have an Art Smart Day!

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I’m on a Mission to get my College Diploma Fixed

I received a beautiful diploma from James Madison University about three years ago.  Here is the diploma in my hand:

Proud to be a College Graduate

Proud to be a College Graduate

My parents bought me a gorgeous frame from the James Madison University bookstore to place my diploma in.  It looked perfect and I hung it in my room until one day it came crashing down.  The screws that held the wire onto the frame broke after only a few years of having it.  Here it is:

The wires on this frame broke

The wires on this frame broke

After the diploma’s descent I realized the frame had problems.  The front of it looked like this:

Does something look off in this picture?

Does something look off in this picture?

Yes, something has gone wrong with this frame

Yes, something has gone wrong with this frame

I have decided to take it into Broadway Galleries to get fixed.  Stay tuned for a blog on how they’re going to fix it and what the end result looks like.

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What’s Hidden Behind that Frame?

When you think about picture frames do you ever think that it could be hiding something?  Do you ever wonder what is behind that attractive piece of artwork?  There could be more than meets the eye.  Our generation’s contribution to frame history is a pretty good one.

Frames started showing up in the history books 3-4,000 years ago on tomb paintings and vases.  They functioned mostly as decorative boundaries.   As time continues Christian artists begin building and painting diptychs, alter pieces and much more.  All of a sudden frames start functioning as more than just an attractive boarder, but truly emphasizing the work the frame holds.  I digress, sorry.  The history of “the frame” is for another blog. Let me get back to the point:

As time continues and the flat screen is placed into mainstream society the frame finds itself with a whole new purpose:  hiding things.  Hiding things such as the television in your living room, just like this one:

Now you see the television

Now you see the television

Now you don't

Now you don't

Over here at Broadway Galleries we are happy to design and build you any type of frame to hide your television, your bathtub, whatever you need.

Inspired by the idea of hiding televisions I started to research where else I found frames hiding things.  I went into World Market the other day and to my surprised I found these two cute frames:

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What a great idea.  It creates something exciting and new about a picture frame.  If you were a visitor in someone’s home wouldn’t you want to know what pictures they were hiding behind those tiny little doors?  The ones I found were not hiding anything exciting:

Nothing exciting behind these doors

Nothing exciting behind these doors

I continued my research of this idea and found an interesting company called Entertainment Technology that designs a product where your artwork actually hides the television.  According to the company “At the touch of a hand-held transmitter, this product lets you conceal and reveal a recessed TV behind your favorite painting.”  Neat!  Here it is in action:

Check out this nice piece of artwork

Check out this nice piece of artwork

There's a T.V. behind it!

There's a T.V. behind it!

The painting can split also.  Very neat!

The painting can split also.

Tada!  I can’t wait to see what the next generation comes up with.  We would love to hear your frame hiding thoughts and ideas.

Happy Friday!

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