Realitivly new to the art world, Generative art refers to art that has been generated, composed, or constructed in an algorithmic manner through the use of systems defined by computer software algorithms, or similar mathematical or mechanical or randomised autonomous processes. It is a system oriented art practice where the common denominator is the use of systems as a production method. To meet the definition of generative art, an artwork must be self-contained and operate with some degree of autonomy. The workings of systems in generative art might resemble, or rely on, various scientific theories such as Complexity science and Information theory. The systems of generative artworks have many similarities with systems found in various areas of science. Such systems may exhibit order and/or disorder, as well as a varying degree of complexity, making behavioral prediction difficult. However, such systems still contain a defined relationship between cause and effect. The result of creating art this way is close to abstract impressionism. These elements make Generative art an exciting genre and with new technologies being developed daily, this form of art will be limitless.
It’s Friday! And with Friday comes my Friday Favorites. This week you’ll see how Imagekind is making a difference in the interior design community by connecting designers with the independent member artists on Imagekind. Also, take a look at a fascinating artist I found who is selling a very unique style of nature and world art.
Check it out!
Imagekind Artwork on Ava Living
Ava Living, the “thriving global community of interior design enthusiasts” has teamed up with Imagekind to offer their interior design community members the opportunity to purchase framed artwork for their interior design projects and clients. Their mission is to “[help] connect those who are passionate about the various aspects of interior design with professionals in the field.” One way they do this is through their Designer Room Review service, where anyone can “get personalized attention in a written review of your room from a professional designer.” See the ad for this service below.
Day Seriani and Pangaea Art.
I am always on the lookout for inspiring art and when I came across Day Seriani’s work on Imagekind, I was quite blown away. What’s really compelling about Seriani’s work is how she overlays images of nature, the earth and places where people and animals inhabit, onto various portraits that may, or may not, represent that land. Check out her work and you’ll see what I mean. It is an inspiring and unique form of art that I have not seen done in such a way before. Fascinating.
“Done in the style of my “Earth series”….but as I was doing this piece images of life, death, change, time, sadness, pride, honor, and destruction all came to mind. being ONE with the Earth….we come and go…we become the past and also the future.” Read more…
“The Caspian Sea … About 250 million years ago, during the late Permian Era, a new ocean began forming in the southern end of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean. A rift formed along the northern continental shelf of Southern Pangaea (Gondwana).” Read More…
“This is East Africa. The geography of East Africa is often stunning and scenic. Shaped by global plate tectonic forces that have created the Great Rift Valley, East Africa is the site of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, the two tallest peaks in Africa.” Read More…
“*Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields) where the Khmer Rouge marched prisoners from Tuol Sleng to be murdered and buried in shallow pits. It is now a memorial to those who were killed by the regime. Phnom Phen, Cambodia, The Killing Fields.” Read More..
Have a Friday Favorite yourself? Drop a line and let me know! Leave a comment or send me a message on Imagekind.
Spring has officially arrived. And with spring comes the inspiration for change and newness. Now’s the time to freshen up your interior design. It’s not too hard to have a completely new look and feel with just a few framed art pieces. Artwork has the ability to liven up a space to make your home or office feel like a completely new place!
Below are 5 of the top decorating trends for this spring. Find framed artwork that features natural subjects, colorful and patterned prints, along with images that inspire you to refresh and renew, but most importantly, make you feel comfortable.
Nature and the outdoors are still very popular decorating trends for spring 2009. With the continued emphasis on being green and going organic, you’re sure to see an emphasis on trends surrounding nature. With artwork, this means bringing the outdoors in. Find artwork that focuses on nature: trees, flowers, rural and natural landscapes. All of these make nature and the outdoors the shining star.
Spring brings more daylight and brighter colors. This means color is back and one of the top trends for interior decorating. Designs are sure to feature high levels of color. Bold uses of the primary and other bright colors are sure to make your interior design really stand out. Shop artwork by color; reds, greens, yellows, blues. Look for colors to brighten up your home or office decor.
Patterns and symmetry can bring balance to distressful situations. That’s why patterns are making a huge impact on the 2009 interior design trends. With bad news seemingly all around, more and more people are looking for familiarity. And, though it will not cure everything, familiarity can help quell the feelings of anxiety. Find artwork on Imagekind that features pleasant patterns and comforting symmetry.
2009 is shaping up to truly be the year of RE; refresh, redesign, renew. A hot trend that caught fire throughout 2008, the ideas of RE are staying strong in 2009. Refresh your interior design by starting with the walls. Find framed artwork that opens a new world of possibilities and brings both the freshness and newness of Spring indoors. Rearrange the furniture and accent the room with art that’s sure to refresh your space.
With more and more people staying home in an effort to weather the econmic climate, they need an interior decor that’s comftorable. Look for ways to showcase your personality with your art. Framed pictures of family, friends, pets and past vacations are all fantastic ways to make your interior both comftorable and personal. Being surrounded by the things you care about most, really helps to remind us of what is most important in life. Frame your own favorite photos at Imagekind.com/create. Or, print them on canvas!
Deciding how to decorate with fine art prints can be a stressful process.
The constant second guessing of what will look good on the wall, where things should go, what art should be paired together, can often lead to an overwhelming sense of confusion. However, displaying and decorating with wall art doesn’t need to be that difficult. In fact, it can be quite fun and rewarding.
Natasha Wescoat, one of our member artists, has five tips for displaying artwork on her blog that I found particularly insightful.
Here’s what Natasha has to say about Rotating and Displaying Art:
- Create a group of art/photos on the wall to create an interesting focal point and eclectic feel. Plan the way you want to hang them by doing placement on the floor, and then map out where they will go. Having prints, originals, or sculpture together in a group looks beautiful and complex.
- Use an easel to display paintings. This adds interest and dimension as well as provides for ease of change. And no need for tools! (unless you intend to BUILD an easel.)
- Set art on the floor. With the right structure, sturdy paintings as well as framed prints can be displayed separately or in clusters under tables, against walls, or in corners. It adds depth and energy to the area. Be sure you don’t do this with LARGE pieces, or they may warp.
- Display art inside glass door cabinets or standing on shelves along with other artifacts, such as books or collectibles. It’s modern and exciting!
- Rotate your art collection! Another great refreshing splash to any room is to switch out artwork for other ones. Display a new set of works each week, month, season, or special occasion. It’s nice to have a huge art collection to be able to do this. Rotating your art collection freshens up a room and makes everything feel new. People will ask if you renovated your living room!
If you are looking for more design tips, make sure to check out Imagekind where you can find all kinds of great resources and ideas.
Looking for something more personal to give this holiday season? With Imagekind, you can easily upload your favorite pictures and shop for gifts that cost less, but mean more. You can choose to frame your photos in one of our custom frames, wall frames, desktop frames or the Imagekind exclusive Story Frame. Or choose to print your photos on canvas!
Now is the time to create the perfect gift.
This weekend only, Imagekind is offering Free Shipping on all create products! Frame your favorite pictures and digital images to give to your friends and family this holiday season. Imagekind create products truly are the ideal gift – both thoughtful and personal.
But hurry, free shipping* offer expires on Monday, November 24 at 10pm PST.
Free shipping promo applies to US ground shipping only.
We are extremely excited to introduce the new Corporate and Hospitality Art Sales program at Imagekind.
Now you can easily make your corporation or hospitality organization stand out from the rest. With the Imagekind Business and Hospitality Art Sales program you can decorate your office with stunning, framed artwork. Browse art from over 50,000 unique and independent artists on Imagekind and decorate your office suite with truly inspiring art.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to setup an art consultation and for more information.
We continue to see the demand interior decorators and designers have in finding high quality framed artwork, at an affordable price. That is why Imagekind launched this service. By creating a one stop shop for framed and canvas artwork, decorators and designers can easily find artwork for businesses, hotels, offices, hospitals, hospitality organizations and other corporate settings.
Shop artwork for your business, office and organization and discover these outstanding advantages:
- One stop shop for all your fine art and framing needs
- Print your art on high end stretched canvas
- Choose art from our online catalog, or upload your own images and custom create your masterpiece
- Experience the Classics or discover new and exclusive Member Art from our over 750,000 high-quality fine art images for sale
- We offer over 5.5 million custom frame and mat combinations
- Choose to print on one of 8 different paper types or 2 canvas options
- All of our custom framing is done onsite by our expert framers with over 30 years of experience in the framing business
- Our art prints are meticulously monitored for quality control ensuring you receive only the best
- We pride ourselves on our extraordinary customer satisfaction record that features thousands of happy clients
- Enjoy attractive discounts on corporate and bulk orders over $1,000
- We work with your deadlines and offer quick production and speedy shipping options
- Our art consultants are happy to assist you find artwork based on your decorating needs
Visit Imagekind.com for more information on the Corporate and Hospitality Art Sales program.
You might not know this, but there is a ton of helpful resources and information on Imagekind for artists. We continue to try and build one of the top services for artists to help sell their art prints online. That’s why we have developed several articles and posts directed at all things art related. Whether you are confused about how to make your original artwork into print ready digital files, or just want to know some helpful decorating tips and ideas for your framed art, we hope that you find the below topic useful!
1. Preparing Prints – Making your Originals Print Ready
2. Selling art successfully online
3. Tools to showcase your art online
4. Decorating Ideas to Help you Prepare
Today is the official first day of fall. Though summer 2008 has come and gone, it’s now time to stop thinking about the past, and start thinking about change. And fall is the season of change.
To help us kick off the fall season, we thought we’d invite Imagekind artist Scott Neste, professional interior designer and owner of Minor Details Design, to share some ideas on how to prepare your home for the inevitable changes that fall brings.
Read on to see 5 Tips for Preparing your Home for Autumn. And remember to visit Imagekind’s Top Decorating Trends for Fall 2008.
Life is all about change – acknowledging it, embracing it and moving through it with as much grace and openness as possible. Autumn is certainly one of the most dramatic seasonal changes we experience. Days start getting shorter, the light is different and there is a sense of slowing down. There is a sense of nesting, of retreating indoors while still relishing every moment we have to enjoy the “dog days” of summer. I can’t say I’ve always been completely cognizant of, or intentional about, making the shift but, as I think about some of my routines, I’ve gleaned a few tips that may help you embrace the change this season.
1. Bring the Outdoors In
This is a great practice any time of the year. Organic things help us feel human, grounded and part of our natural surroundings. Start by watching farmer’s markets for fall flowers, pods, branches and botanicals that may dry well. I like to arrange them in organic looking vases. Try vases made of ceramic, wood or other natural fibers. Rusted or verdigris metals can also add a great patina to a fall arrangement.
2. Move Some Furniture
Now is a great time to rethink your room arrangements. Think about the focal points in the room. If you have a fireplace, consider creating cozy and conversational seating arrangements nearby. Keep entertaining in mind. Will you need to make space for extra holiday guests? Work with your rooms and remember that sometimes the best solution can be editing rather than adding to a room.
For some reason, I’m always drawn to handmade things in the fall and winter months. I look for the perfect throw for the sofa, comfy pillows for the bedroom and lush textiles for the sitting room. Take a look at your current possessions. Do you have a wonderful vase that a child made in elementary school? A handmade quilt that could be inspiration for the guest room? A quirky original painting that you purchased at an estate sale? Now is the time to let these treasures have their season of fame and inspire your surroundings.
4. Make ART!
This time of year is ripe with photo opportunities. There are turning leaves, branches heavy with pods and berries and awesome sunsets. Get in the flow and make some art of your own. Imagekind is a fantastic resource for artists of all ages and experience levels. Take yourself on a photo journey in your own back yard, upload your favorites and order some framed prints to transform your home.
5. Celebrate Change
Sometimes change is just what we need. A new perspective, a fresh look or a second opinion can help us remember that good things could be just around the bend. Fall is a great time to celebrate change so have a ball! Create some time to have a few close friends over to enjoy a sunset, a leisurely brunch or a great classic movie. The hectic months of summer are drawing to a close and it’s time to pause and reflect.
Remember, change is inevitable. Some simple seasonal changes can help you set the stage to embrace it, move through it and allow your home to reflect it.
Read more decorating tips and ideas from Scott Neste by visiting Imagekind.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed when decorating with art?
Whether it’s the sheer number of choices available, the fear of expressing yourself creatively, or just being unsure where to begin, there are many reasons why you might feel less than confident in your decorating abilities.
Below are five of the most popular decorating trends for fall 2008 that are sure to provide inspiration and tips for your interior design ideas.
Among this season’s most trendy design elements are contrasting colors and textures, reviving the classics, a twist on the country theme, world influence and nature.
Contrasting colors and textures are sure to be a huge hit this fall season. Look for variations of bright colors and mixing textures. Think outside the confines of themes and strive for vivid color combinations. Add simple, sleek frames to textured canvas and accessorize your artwork with colorful frames and mats.
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Think beyond distressed and faded hipster style t-shirts. This isn’t your worn out vintage look, but instead a contemporary appeal with a nod to the classics. Expect to see artwork reminiscent of days gone by. Whether it’s John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Frank Sinatra or Johnny Cash, past icons will take center stage once again.
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Look for artwork that infuses traditional styles with bold colors in fall 2008. Think French country meets pop. Comforting pastoral scenes will take on a new look with stark color combinations. This isn’t your grandma’s country kitchen look.
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Art inspired from around the world will still be a major decorating theme in the fall of 2008. With the Olympics ending recently and the continually growing global community, expect to see art influenced by cultures spanning far and wide. Though Asian styles will still remain prominent, African styles will begin to dominate this theme with animal inspired prints, natural colors and jungle patterns. Couple artwork with exotic looking frames to really set your interior décor.
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Interior design trends for fall 2008 are sure to feature nature highly. With the environment being a particularly hot topic in the current presidential race, expect to see a continued emphasis on the planet. Decorating trends have adopted this theme in their own unique way. Look for artwork that brings nature indoors and inspires a peaceful existence with the outdoors.
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For fall 2008 decorating trends, bright colors are everywhere. The dull colors of fall are out of date. Bright and contrasting colors that feature familiar faces, different cultural styles and art influenced from as close as your backyard are the new trends. Shop for artwork on Imagekind that compliments these styles to really enhance your interior décor.
Scott Neste has one of the most captivating artistic styles. His mixed media collages contain a perfect balance of emotional and decorative appeal. Neste’s ability to combine contrasting colors, shapes, styles, shades and mediums into complimentary artistic expressions sets his work apart.
Some works contain upwards of 40 different layers in order to capture the desired effect.
Artwork: Privacy 11
Neste was featured recently on the front page of his local newspaper for his art exhibition, My Little Adventure, displayed in conjunction with the opening of his friends’ coffee shop.
All of the framed art prints displayed for this exhibit were produced by Imagekind, printed straight from his gallery. He also created brochures and flyers to hand out to visitors of the exhibit directing people back to his art prints for sale on Imagekind.
Artwork: Memory Book 5
One of his most stunning collections, Vintage Memories, is a compilation of old and forgotten memories recreated into a contemporary work of art. Using a combination of journal entries dating back to 1909, vintage photographs, corroded paint, fall leaves and other such discarded items, Neste created a powerful statement on the value of remembrance. Exhibit visitors would approach Neste with tears in their eyes as they share how his artwork reminds them of their often forgotten family members of the past.
Read the full story on Scott Neste’s recent feature in his local newspaper, and find out more about his unique artistic style here.