French Tapestries Add Romance To Your Home Decor

Tapestries have been around since mankind first learned how to weave. In fact, some of the earliest examples date back to the time of the ancient civilizations who created looms that could create amazing works of art that were also functional.

Of course, most experts will tell you that the very best tapestries came from France, when the very best weavers in the world – those toiling away in the manufacturings in Gobelins – created some of the most beautiful tapestries ever designed.

Many of these were influenced by the French artists of the time. Back then, it was common to take paintings, even those from relatively unknown artists of their time, and create tapestries from them.

Today, we can benefit from their passion for their work for they have preserved some of the greatest works in woven form. This is particularly true in the case of French painters, including the groundbreaking work of Francois Boucher.

Boucher was extremely versatile. While he could paint scenics and portraits, his first love was the world of enchantment. As a young artist of just 20, he won the Prix de Rome. At 31, he was a member of the Academie Royale and worked on his first commission for Versailles the following year.

A leading proponent of the Rococo style, he became the supervisor of the Gobelins manufacturer, which was to have a significant and lasting impact on the arts throughout Europe, from porcelain to tapestry.

His romantic themes can be found in all of his works done during this time. Though often copied, Boucher’s work has been rarely equaled, except by the likes of Rubens.

Adding his French tapestries to your home instills a romantic touch that is both distinctive and sophisticated. Few artists have mastered the delicate balance between fantasy and reality as Boucher’s paintings and resulting tapestries, whether it is a simple romantic scene or a pastoral landscape.

That may be one of the reasons his French tapestries are so popular today. They recall a simpler, more romantic time that many collectors and homeowners long to portray in their residences.

Since the original Boucher’s are priceless, these French tapestries are a great way to portray his brilliance without busting a budget. It also lets visitors know that you not only know art, but artistry as well. While it’s easy to buy a copy of his painted work, a tapestry shows that you have a love of Boucher and fine tapestries at the same time.

In the world of French tapestries, the work of Francois Boucher plays an important role. His body of work spans history, mythology, landscape, portraits and ordinary life so it’s relatively easy to find a work that fits your decor and personal tastes in art.

One thing is for sure. Boucher’s artistry will not only add beauty to your home, but a touch of romance and sensual intrigue that you’ll love for years to come.

There is a Decorative Bird Feeder For Everyone!

Whether the simplest of designs or the most elaborate of designs, decorative bird feeders make the perfect accent to any yard or garden. Bird feeders come in an array of sizes and styles, can be made from many different kinds of materials and their price tags vary greatly. Not only do they attract beautiful wild birds, by providing food for them, they also add an attractive decor to any landscaping.

With all the different styles of decorative bird feeders, there certainly must be a style to satisfy everyone. Some of the materials they can be made from include wood, metal, rod iron, glass, ceramic and plastic, and they come in many shapes and sizes. They come in a variety of endless shapes such as; castles, houses, stars, suns, animals and so much more. They also come in a variety of sizes and are made to hang from hooks, stands or to set on the ground. There are so many choices when it comes to decorative bird feeders.

Bird Feeders are highly decorative and truly do add a hint of beauty to all landscaped areas. It is easy and fun to pick out a bird feeder and there is one to match any decor, plus it really is both pleasant and relaxing to watch the various types of wild birds that a bird feeder may attract. Everyone should look into purchasing a decorative bird feeder to add to the decor of their landscaping, whether it be for their personal yard or for the property of their commercial business.

How to Get Started in Selling Fine Art and Landscape Photography

Photography is a buyer’s market. Digital photography has flooded the photography market with an endless sea of photographers who want to sell their work. This article seeks to teach you how to begin selling your photography.

We see photographs every day, and many of them in connection with advertising. Photos of beautiful landscapes which people cannot identify are not interesting to buyers at an art fair. For example, I live in Naples, Florida. I’ve been to dozens of art fairs and one thing rings true every time: Rarely do buyers purchase a beautiful photograph of a beach scene unless they know where the scene is. They want to buy local photographs of local places. They want to feel connected with the photograph. A “generic” landscape photo which the buyer doesn’t identify with might as well be a $2 poster at WalMart. The first lesson to learn is to take photos of local scenery. What are people in your town proud of? The beautiful mountains surrounding the city? The pier going out into the bay? The downtown lights at Christmas time? Every town has something beautiful. Remember, though, that you’ll have to photograph that scene in a way that they wouldn’t view as plain or ordinary. Dress the scene up in beautiful light and make it dramatic.

If you plan on showing your work off, you have to be ruthless. Be ruthless with yourself. Take all of your very best images and put them in one folder on your computer. Look through each image and ask yourself, “Would this image ‘wow’ someone who saw it for the first time and who was not there to see the scene first hand?” If the answer is no, then take it out of your art show. If the answer is yes, then choose 10 of your friends who have the least tact and ask them if they are “wowed.” Photography is subjective, so you’ll get conflicting answers, but remember…if it doesn’t wow them, there are 10,000 other images to choose from. Including “less-than-wow” images in your gallery will drag down the perceived value of your art.

You might be proud of the technical perfection of your images, and your photo club might be proud, but the average small-time art buyer just doesn’t care. The truth is that buyers purchase whatever strikes them as beautiful, and simply do not care if an image has technical imperfections. The buyer just doesn’t care if you use a 1D Mark IV or a Canon Rebel XT. The proof is in the pudding.

So where are you going to sell your local fine art photography? A few things you might try are art fairs (if you can’t find them, you aren’t looking, because they are EVERYWHERE), placing your work in coffee shops for free to decorate their shop and then have a sticker on each image for people to buy, or submitting articles to your local paper with a link to your website.

Good luck in selling your fine art photography. The truth is that the market is so saturated that it is extraordinarily difficult to sell. To beat the bunch, you have to go local. Make your town proud of your town.