Benefits of One-Color Decorating

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
Are you unsure of what colors work well together?
Take the guess work out and use one color!
Instantly you'll create harmony and simplicity that is restful for your eyes and relaxing for your peace of mind. Artist, Lisa Lancaster creates an intriguing composition using the contrast of lights and darks ... all with one color!
A key factor to remember when decorating with one color is to jazz things up with texture mixing shapes and surfaces.
A monochromatic color scheme eliminates the struggle of color juggling.Instead of worrying about too many choices, stay focused on your favorite color.

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3 Benefits of Repetition in Your Home and Art

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Repetition can create a restful feel. In the wall decor below serenity is captured by duplicating the simple 15 x 22" birch panels.

This peaceful feel can be capture with accessories also. Neutrals along with the use of one color (green below) creates harmony.


For more punch, add variety to your repetition with more color like below:

Sometimes a little color adds a big punch like the red bird in one of the birch panels you saw above! You'll discover your personality will guide you on how much discord you like with your harmony!


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The Fun of Painting in Circles

Posted on October 02, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Painting in circles! Commission work is the best way to start my day.
Instantly I was a kid again remembering how spinning and twirling were so much fun. Why don't you try it? Release your inner child. 

Below are custom paintings I was fortunate to be commissioned for someone's home. It's the best way to start my day, even if it was matching the Moir's shower curtain. I love how customers push my inspiration.

The Moir's shower curtain below:

 Unsure how to measure for the size of art you may need? Click here.

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2 Tips to Enjoy Small Details

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
1. Extend the color.
To add interest in your favorite accessory pull out one color and elaborate. Smaller additions of that color family will emphasis that favorite bowl, plate or what-not. This fun use of similar or color values will enrich the centerpiece and make it glow. Notice above how the assorted candle jars surround the focal point.
2. Add texture
Also enhance decor by pushing the texture. Add smooth and shiny, or course and craggy to maximize the effect.

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3 ways to Jazz Up Your January

Posted on January 16, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
1. Art
Looking for a touch of color during the cool shades of winter? As you know from my birch paintings, I love color, too, so I painted a few brighter hues in different motifs!
2. DYI, Do It Yourself to Jazz up January - Add a splash of color to something mundane. I spray painted gray, mundane cement garden birds and bare winter branches.
 Even a dot of color can make a difference. Pines cones received a new twist simply by adding a few pom-poms with a glue gun.

3. Decor - Look how fun the color radiates with brightly colored pottery!

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About the Artsy Shopkeeper

Hi, I'm Kate Moynihan. Yes, I am a baby boomer, and my professional life has taken a few interesting twists and turns. The journey began as a registered nurse. After thirteen years of caring for others, however, I got the creative itch. At the time, I was a single mom living in North Dakota; that’s when I caught this bug to paint pictures. Now, twenty-seven years later, I have some stories to tell about my artistic journey. Read more...

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