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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Color Can Be Inspirational

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

March in Michigan needs a bit of color. Squeezing out savory yellow, blue and red oil paints onto my wood palette, I dab my knife into green as luscious as a wedge of lime and then spread it onto a fresh canvas.

As usual when I paint, my mind starts whirling on random thoughts. Soon the spinning of ideas ends up in the art ... literally this time in circles! What inspires you? Color, friends, food... 


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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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Add Harmony to Your Christmas Decor

Posted on December 05, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments

Use ONE color.

Most of the time the goal of decorating is to add punch. Perhaps brighten a neutral room with a pop of bold color, or add texture to create more depth.Then Christmas comes along with its shimmering lights, the glitz of glitter, and more often than not, more decorations than you know where to put them.  

Try creating harmony by focusing on one color. A monochromatic color scheme for Christmas will bring symmetry and a sense of order to your home. One-color decorating allows adjacent spaces to flow visually harmoniously into each other.
Consider your focal point. One large statement piece will anchor the room. Of course this can be your tree, or something more sculptural and unusual.

If you own a collection of small delicate ornaments add a few dynamic, over-sized, one-color decorations to the tree. These can be as simple as large artificial poinsettia blooms or bows in your one-color scheme.

Image result for images christmas tree with red poinsettias

Use symmetry and your Christmas decor will no longer over-power your room, your senses and your spirit, like in the reindeer example below.

Balance will also decrease the Christmas clutter. Consider working from the middle out, going smaller as you reach the outer edges. Notice how the largest bell begins in the center.
In addition to one color, grouping similar shapes will decrease the feeling of too much Christmas chaos. (Three red birds, three red pinecones)
Try anchoring tiny ornaments with a solid one-color tray. You'll discover that it gives strength to the collection.
Pull out one color from a piece of Christmas art and it will put more emphasis on the art or focal point. Decorating with a one-color emphasis will set the mood of your room, making it more restful, soothing and peaceful. What a nice way to enjoy your holiday season!

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Color Psychology - Part 8 Brown and Neutrals

Posted on November 21, 2016 by Kate Moynihan | 0 comments
In this series of the psychology of colors, brown is a natural color that evokes a sense of strength and reliability. In my paper collage below, I love how the warm copper and sienna make the cooler blue almost simmer. The same thing can happen in your home decor.
Brown brings to mind feelings of warmth, comfort and security. 
As a neutral brown is restful and safe. My architectural friends always said: "Delight in brown, it brings no frowns." 
Adding color to brown makes the serenity of neutrals sing. Brown combines well with brighter colors like light blues, pinks, yellows and especially oranges. Below, paired with red the power of brown practically bursts!
You may enjoy a medium brown wall color with accents of bright accessories in the room.
You'll discover that the warm cozy hues in your wood furniture will also blend nicely with your favorite accent colors. Greens and browns are a bit unusual in home decor, but I love the colors mixed together just like you'd find in nature. So what combinations do you like, ... brown and ....? Surprise me!


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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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