With Spring around the corner, a good way to give your home a bit of a makeover is to put some new artwork up on the walls, and oil painting reproductions are a great way to go. Its surprisingly inexpensive as well, especially when compared to the price of the original. (Like I can shell out millions of dollars for an original - NOT!!)
For an authentic feel of the old west, I went for Frederic Remington. What I hadnt realized is that Remington was born and raised in the East, in New York State, but got his taste for the old west after going to Montana as a young man. I chose two of his works that I think really compliment each other - Buffalo Runners - Big Horn Basin, and Among the Led Horses.
They were both painted originally in 1909, and the colors go great together on the same wall. I wanted a more European look in my dining room and so went for a Cezanne, Still Life with Onions. I figured that an oil painting with food as part of the subject matter made sense! The original would be worth millions of dollars but I’m happy with my reproduction for a few hundred. I had thought about getting a Renoir instead, the Luncheon of the Boating Party, but I stayed with the Cezanne. Maybe I’ll get the Renoir as well, and switch them over sometime. The thing about these is that the copy artists are all trained to paint in the same style as the original artists, so the reproduction oil that you buy is made in very much the same way as the original painting, and all by hand. On mine,the canvas is a good quality linen fabric, and the oil paints used are the best around.
I hear there’s a lot of cheap oil painting reproductions coming out of China these days where a machine does a lot of the work and then an artist finishes it off with a few brush strokes. Sure they are cheap, but you get what you pay for.
I put plain varnished wooden frames on the 2 Remingtons, but went with what they call a gallery wrap on the Cezanne. That means that the canvas is stretched, as usual, on a wooden stretcher, but you dont have an ornamental outside frame put on after that. I really like the effect, and its a cheaper way of doing it as well.
Now I need to think about bedrooms. I really enjoy browsing the website, its interesting, its educational because they tell you a little bit about the artists, and its a lot of fun too.