I've been inspired by the warm summer months to create some new beachy prints...one of my favorite subjects! I hope you enjoy the new photographs as much as I've enjoyed creating them. Introducing...
My husband and I moved into a new house a year and a half ago. I LOVE to decorate and knew exactly what my first project would be.... a gallery wall over the couch in our family room. I knew I wanted to feature some of my photography and knew it had to include my favorite color.....teal!
My first step in creating the wall was to buy a gorgeous art print I had been eyeing on Etsy for YEARS. The painting I'm referring to is in the bottom left...a woman sitting by the sea in her bathing suit. This print, "Dark Seas" is by the amazing artist, Clare Elsaesser. I am sooo in love with her ocean-themed art. If swimming in the ocean is meaningful to you like it is to me, you need to check out her work.
I have a few favorite prints from Clare but this one spoke to me the most. I have rusty-red hair and so does the girl in this print. I also loved the darker blue-teal tones of the sea. Between those two things, I knew it was the perfect piece of art to build the wall around. Every time I admire this art wall in my home, I like to think it's me sitting by the ocean. :)
Once I had Clare's print, my goal was to match the lighter teal tones in the sky of her picture to some of my work. I wanted to include the ocean theme a bit so I figured my seascape print, "I Go to the Sea" would be perfect. (middle of wall) My vision for the wall was a minimal, modern style so I thought this simple ocean photograph was a good fit. To spread the teal color around the wall more, I added my water print, "Wash Over Me" in a smaller frame (bottom) and my nature print, "Ageless Night." (top right)
Once the teal was taken care of, my next goal was to spread some of that gorgeous coppery color in the girl's hair of Claire's print to other areas of the wall. I LOVE a warm, copper color along with teal....that combination is sooo beautiful together and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :) I decided on my nature prints, "Golden Rays," "Copper" and "Warmth" to bring that warm contrast to the wall. The copper colors looked so great against my pretty teal wall, yay!
Before we ever moved into our house I bought the 'happy place' sign from a quaint home decor shop in NJ. As soon as I spotted that, I knew I could include it in a future gallery wall....especially since the words are teal! I found the chevron print online, a quick downloadable purchase.
I hope my wall inspires you! I'm so thrilled with it....it was definitely worth all the effort and planning. When I'm washing the dishes in the kitchen, I often look over to admire it and realize this new house really IS my happy place. :) I plan on showing you more of our home in the future so stay tuned! I have most of the downstairs done....unfortunately the basement and second floor have white walls, no art, very plain....drives my color-craving eyes crazy! lol. Step by step!
Oh and for those of you who want to know more about my decor....
My wall color is Underseas by Sherwin Williams. (LOVE it) The pretty orange pillow is a cover I bought recently from the Etsy shop OliviasSmileDecor. I'm SO happy with that purchase. I snagged the geometric pillows from Kohls. The orange throw blanket on our ottoman is from Amazon here....it's so soft and is the perfect orange accent color I wanted for our family room.
A few months ago I included this color palette in a coastal decor moodboard here on my blog. I really love this beachy color scheme inspired by my ocean print, "I Belong to the Sea," so I'm posting it on it's own so you can get a larger view. I also want to share it with my Pinterest followers so figured posting it here would be a way to do that! :) I love creating pretty color palette's inspired by my work. Click here for more color scheme's based on my photography!
One of my favorite things to do is create coordinated photography sets. It's a win-win for me and my fans. :) On my end, I really enjoy the challenge of creating new print groupings that have a specific theme and color. For my fans, my sets are an easy way to create pretty art walls in their home....no fuss with trying to coordinate prints, yay!
Meet my latest three photography sets below. I think the coming summer months is inspiring me.... I love being outside in the warm weather, walking in the grass, on the beach and feeling more connected to nature. I've included some notes below with each set so you can get a feel for my inspiration. Each grouping is available as Fine Art Prints or Canvases, simply click on a set below to view them in my shop.
The grass picture above inspired me to create this new coastal art set. I've always loved beach grass...I find it so calming just to sit and watch a warm summer breeze dance through grass on the dunes. Mmm...my version of paradise. I thought the light, almost perperiwinkle-blue color would contrast in such a pretty way with the glowing warmth of the grass.
Despite being known for my colorful beach photography, once in a while it's nice to tone things down a bit. I've been wanting to create a coastal grouping like this in neutral tones for a while now. Something that isn't totally black and white but not too colorful either. I love this new set in greyish tones...just what I was envisioning.
I love the color green and have a few groupings already in vibrant green tones. I've always felt though that my portfolio is missing a nature set with more subtle green hues. I'm so happy to finally offer this one. My favorite print in this set is the leaf image I'm displaying larger above the other two. I shot this picture in the indoor section of Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I'm not exactly sure what this plant is but I found it in their cactus/succulent room. The curving graceful shapes and lines of the leaves really caught my eye.
Hope you enjoy the new sets! Please help me spread the word about my work by pinning the images here on your Pinterest boards. If you do, please leave the credit back to my blog intact. Thank you! I love what I do and want to share it with a wider audience so thank you!! :)