The Art of Art Collecting

The Art of Art Collecting

Hi sweet people. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. There has been some nasty weather in parts of the US this week, so if you happen to be in one of them, hopefully you are inside, warm and toasty. Watching the snow fall. Sipping a hot mug of something. With a fire going. Reading the Sunday paper. In b…  Anywayyyy, this coming week is all about work, so I'm enjoying a nice quiet weekend to gear up.

One of the most difficult decisions for my client's is selecting artwork. It should be the easiest! There is only one thing you need to know or to consider when picking a piece of art for your home: Do you love it? That's it. It doesn't need to match the rug, it doesn't have to be the same style as other art you already have, it doesn't have to be expensive or considered great by anyone else but you. When you have a connection with a piece of art you will feel it right away. If you are unsure, walk away for a minute or two and come back to it and see if it still resonates.


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Isn't this room by Alexa Hampton gorgeous? Man, there's a lot of inspiration there. Even if traditional is not your style, soak up the colors, textures and patterns.



Buying art has changed dramatically in the past few years. There are new online resources popping almost daily. I wouldn't recommend going the online route all the time, but for a piece here and there or in a pinch, it can be a great option. Here are some that I have found recently:

Option 1 – is an online-only art gallery offering curated, original art for sale from mid-career and emerging artists. 

Option 2 –  is a dynamic and multichannel platform dedicated to bringing international artists and their work to a global audience. 

Option 3 - provides high quality art, in beautiful hand-made frames, including photographs, prints, textiles and antiques.

Option 4 – Lease, buy or commission. Many of the artists they work with have been featured in prominent publications including The New York Times, Artforum and Art in America.

My most recent art purchase is this photograph by Gray Malin. Sorry about the reflection!


It's hard to tell, but there are only a few people out at the beach which makes me wonder why since it appears to be a summer day… Another thing that makes art compelling – does it make you wonder what story it's telling, what the artist was thinking, are there different perspectives…

If I had a bazillion dollars, I would buy this…



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Happy Monday!

Staycations and Jean Paul Gaultier

Staycations and Jean Paul Gaultier

It was Spring Break this week for the kids.  We stayed home for a variety of reasons, so in between work obligations I spent a rainy afternoon with my daughter attending the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum.  This is a must see if you're in the Bay Area and have even the most remote interest in fashion and/or you raged in the 80's.

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The exhibit featured mannequins with flat faces, except for a nose.  Videos of models making facial expressions, eye movements (sometimes they even spoke) were projected onto each one. It was incredibly realistic and at first we actually thought the entire exhibit featured live models.

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As you enter, you hear the unmistakable voice of Jean Paul Gaultier speaking to the crowd in his signature sailor stripes.

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And my favorite dress from the entire exhibit…

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Perhaps Monsieur Gaultier will consider partnering with Target again…

From Madonna's Blond Ambition tour.

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For info on the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum click here.

Art follow-up

Art follow-up

First off, I want to thank the artists who emailed me. I was in heaven seeing your work and wish I could post examples of all! There are two, however that I would like to share today.

Maybe because the Spring Equinox is Tuesday and garden dreams have been filling my head lately…


These powder coated metal trellises, made in California by Terra Trellis really appeal to me.  The one above is perfect for small gardens or patios, but they also offer a full range of styles and sizes.  If you are in need of something to brighten or camouflage a bland garden wall, look no further. There are 7 color options to choose from!  I love the clean modern style.

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For info on Terra Trellis click here.

I also received an email from artist Bo Bartlett's people (for lack of a better word) with this video of him walking through his childhood home in Georgia, which he still occupies part-time.  I find it fascinating to see where artists create, especially one of his calibar. 

When I put the previous post together, I wanted to include American Artists from three different time periods, but with so many options listed on this blog – in no chronological order – I had to go with ones I knew and liked. After I received the email, I found out that Bo was a protege of Andrew Wyeth who happened to be one of the three I chose…  Coincidence? Maybe, but lately that sort of thing has happened quite a bit. Have to wonder if what we like, things we gravitate towards, no matter how disparate they might appear, aren't all connected?

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 Since the video also shows Bo's wife – Betsy Eby – an accomplished artist in her own right, I thought you might enjoy seeing her work as well (there is a painting of hers in the background when she's speaking in the video too).  I'm still kicking myself for not buying one of her paintings when she was an emerging artist in Seattle many moons ago when they were (somewhat) affordable! 

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For info on Bo Bartlett click here.

For info on Betsy Eby click here.

Art breaks

Art breaks

It's been a crazy week with several projects in the hopper all requiring creative attention at the same time. I get overloaded when I have to switch gears too much in a short period of time. Getting lost in a mini art break really helps me reboot.

I recently discovered an incredible blog of American art. It is so well curated with paintings from present day to over a century old, you could spend hours falling into it.  Grab a cup of tea and take a look –

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Who-will-he-ask - Amos Sewell
 Amos Sewell

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Another favorite art escape is Etsy.  Most of you are probably familiar with this website that sells only handmade items individually listed by the artist, but if you've never visited, you're in for a real treat. My favorite way to explore Etsy is to keep the search as narrow as possible.  These came up when I searched for "original watercolors".

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Juri Romanov 

Watercolor - Louise van Terheljden
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Recently, I met with a new client and stopped in my tracks at a painting in his living room by one of my all time favorite artists – Tony Scherman.  The painting was a black still life that looked similar to this one.

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Sometimes great art (as in art you love) can be found in completely unexpected places. Today my son and his jazz trio had a 'gig'  at an art show/reception for the winners of a high school art competition.  

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Redwood High School jazz trio – my son Luke on bass guitar 🙂

The art on display was very impressive especially considering the artists are all in high school. 

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This one won best overall.  Digital illustration with ink. I encourage you to click on it to enlarge. I adore it, and fortunately it was for sale! 

I've been on the lookout for local artists for the store lately and have a few great ones targeted. If you know of one (or are one!) please contact me.

In the meantime, I have only one painting left in the store!  It happens to be my favorite – 'Silver Lining' by Seattle artist Bryan McGuffey.  It was slightly hidden in a corner, so I'm posting it for anyone who might be interested. Price is $2,800 and measures 36" x 36".  We ship anywhere.


Happy start to a new week and hope it includes an art break or two!

Black Turtleneck and Art

Black Turtleneck and Art

Dear Steve Jobs,

As I write my blog today on my MacBook, go for a run fueled with music from my ipod, text and call friends and clients on my iphone I will think of you and how you were not just an inventor but a revolutionary. You changed the way the world listens to music. I'm wearing a black turtleneck in your honor and will really try to stop calling my ipod a walkman from now on. iSad.



Every Labor Day weekend Sausalito is home to the biggest (in $ spent on art) art festivals in the country.  The artists that attend have been juried against hundreds of artists who enter each year.  Serious art collectors as well as gallery owners who are looking for up and coming artists do not miss this show.  

Buying art can be intimidating.  My rule of thumb is that there is only one thing to consider – what is my very first reaction when I see a piece?  Art is all about feeling and what makes you happy, so just go with your gut!

Last year when we went to the Art Festival we didn't buy anything (not because we didn't like anything, but other stuff in the budget), but there were some artists whose work we really liked. To read that post and see the artists we really liked, click here. One of those artists, painter Clare Malloy, was at the festival again this year and we just were just as captivated. We bought this…


Painted on hand pressed paper, the edges of the paint lines are blurry and soft.  It's a tranquil, calming piece.

We discovered some new favorites this year…

Sondra Wampler Photographer

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Black and white still life photo – wasn't at the show, I saw it on her website. Outrageous.

Diane Komater Wireist

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Wire sculpture or as her website says "Drawing in the air".  We're thinking a nook for sculpture would be cool to work into the design of the house…

Justin Dobbs Robinson – mixed media painter

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The website doesn't seem to be up yet, so contact info for Justin is  Took this photo at the festival.  Love the chickens and the collage – very happy piece.

Last but by all means not least, my favorite discovery from the first time we attended the festival is the work of Brian McGuffey.  Brian, a Seattle based artist, and I have stayed in touch over the years and he has graciously allowed my store/studio to be the Bay Area gallery for his work!  I am thrilled to look at his paintings everyday! 



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