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Buy Art Prints Online

You can now buy art prints online from my shop easier than ever. 
  • Order art prints in 3 different sizes, and pay right on my site.
  • FREE shipping within continental US.
  • Prices starting at just $30.

To kick things off I am releasing my newest painting “Washing Clean” as a print.

 

What is a print?
A print is a reproduction of an original painting. This is a economical way to purchase my art without the budget for an original painting. For example, the original of “Washing Clean” at the time of writing this is $1999, whereas a print ranges from $30-140 depending on the size you choose.

In partnership with a Michigan-based fine art printer, prints, also referred to as “giclees” are made on museum quality fine art paper ready for framing. My prints come in standard sizes whenever possible, eliminating the need for custom framing. If you would like to order a print already framed, please contact me for a custom quote.

 

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White Abstract Painting – “Washing Clean”

Yesterday I finished up this painting I’ve been working on for several weeks. It’s a mostly white abstract painting utilizing lots of repetitive marks – a concept I like to employ a lot in my work these days.

white abstract painting by john azoni titled "Washing Clean"
“Washing Clean”
36 x 41 in. acrylic and graphite on canvas

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” – Pablo Picasso

Earlier I posted this video below documenting the very beginnings of this painting. Since then it went in a different direction.

I wanted to base it off of this painting on paper I had done recently that I really liked.

For whatever reason it just wasn’t translating the same onto a larger canvas.

So after lots of twists and turns…

… I turned it into what it is today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to own this painting? As of today it is available. Please inquire for pricing. 

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[VIDEO] Black and White Abstract Painting In The Works

I created a video of the start of a new black and white abstract painting. I’m going for a minimalist look with a minimal monochromatic color palette which is quite a bit different from my usual bright colors. Check it out!

 

 

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Paintings of Strangers – The Thrifty Finds of Interior Designer, Kirsten Blazek

Portrait paintings add a unique sense of intrigue and history to a space. Often times when people hang a portrait in their home it’s because the subject of the painting is significant to them. It could be a commissioned painting of a child, or it could be the owner’s grandmother, or something along those lines. It’s not too often you find people displaying portraits of people whom they’ve never met or have no connection to.

When I came across the interior design work of Kirsten Blazek of A1000XBetter, I was struck by her use of portraits in her interiors. I wondered who these people were and what their significance was. Discerning from her eclectic style of staging, I had a hunch that these were “found” portraits, and as Kirsten and I eventually chatted for a bit over the phone, my hunch was correct.

Whereas many people head straight for the art galleries when looking for art to purchase, Kirsten heads in the opposite direction. She pokes around thrift stores and flea markets for unique items, including original paintings. These places are where you can find some of the most interesting and unpretentious pieces of art, and where she has sourced some intriguing portraits for the spaces she designs.

“I like it when they’re not making direct eye contact… It sort of adds a little mystery. It makes you want to know more about them.” Kirsten says about her portraits.

As a portrait painter in a previous life, I would often paint subjects that I knew; basically whomever I could get to agree to sit for me. As I pursued buyers for these pieces, I seemed to get a lot of appreciation for the paintings, but a sense that nobody wants to hang a portrait of a stranger in their home. However, Kirsten’s work reveals an opportunity to embrace someone whose life you have no connection to, and to make up what that person’s story could be.

“We have names for all of our [paintings]” Kirsten says. Her and her team have embraced these people in a tongue-in-cheek way as part of their own.

So the next time you’re at a flea market or thrift store, don’t skip the art section. There’s a lot of ugly stuff out there (creepy clown paintings and the like), but once in a while you might come across a gem that can add an interesting layer of mystery and story to your environment.

 

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Embrace Maximalism – Bohemian Inspiration from Judy Aldridge

When I first saw Judy’s work on Instagram, I was taken by how busy her spaces were, and yet how she seemed to make it all work and feel cohesive. She led me to discover a new term: “Maximalism”. It’s basically the opposite of everything you’d picture Minimalism to be. Judy does Maximalism very well, and we can learn a lot from her way of embracing the busyness.

Judy is the founder of Atlantis Home, and through her travels around the world, picking up decor items and inspiration from other cultures, she has evolved this really great eclectic bohemian style. See some of her work and her thought process below.

“When I approach a room or space, one of the first things I try to imagine is how to add layers of depth.  To me, depth is very visually pleasing.  Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty bold about what I will put together.  There isn’t much I say no to in terms of mixing.  The results are not always wondrous, but for me, playing it safe while designing a space just isn’t fun!”  – Judy

“The best way to achieve a layered look is studying, and trial and error.  Grab a few of your favorite shelter magazines, and study rooms!  Become of a student of mixing and matching by observing.  Play around with furniture. Try it in all different configurations .  If you are unhappy with your upholstery and on a budget, try throwing a rug over a sofa, or a beautiful african textile!  Find some gorgeous throw pillows for texture and a pop of color.” – Judy

Often times we tend to use art in a very pristine way. We encompass it in white walls, center it perfectly, and give it all this visual space to breathe. But the way that Judy incorporates art into the home is much different. Instead of the art being the absolute focal point, it is merely one voice among many in the room.

“I love adding lots of different types of art.  I use art from everywhere.  There is nothing too precious to hang on my walls.  I love collected art, thrifted art, and I love to support local artists in my community.  I love plates as art, horns, trinkets, african trading beads—you name it!  I will hang anything as art!  I once found an old tool box on the side of the road.  It was aged to perfection! It promptly went up on my wall where it hangs today.  I have never received so many compliments on a piece.”  – Judy

So this is a challenge to try something new. Put 2 paintings together that you wouldn’t have thought to put together. Acquire a bunch of little pieces of art, prints for instance, and cluster them on a wall. Mix patterns. Mix textures. Take one small step toward being less “matchy matchy”.
“Most of all, have fun!” – Judy
Follow Judy on Instagram (@atlantishome) for all of her latest work.


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4 Unique Ways to Transform Boring Walls

When it comes to activating the wall space in your home or office, you can get away with a fresh coat of paint and some simple framed pictures. But there’s so much more opportunity to take advantage of in order to create a space that truly inspires you and your guests, and is a place you long to dwell in. The following ideas come from San Francisco based interior designer, Gina Rachelle. Gina is a new friend of mine, and a someone whose design taste I really admire. Her style is, in her words, “clean, fresh, and always focuses on the details”.

 

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Photo by Jenessa Sturgis

 

Before we dive into the particulars, Gina’s encouragement overall as you’re thinking about your wall space is to think big, and think creatively. In addition, creating a good balance of masculine and feminine design traits is really important. For example, wood paired with green plant life. Or dark, rich colors with softer, calmer colors.

 

1. SHELVING
Personally, I love shelving. There is so much stuff that can live on a shelf that speaks to who you are and what gives you life. I am in love with this custom-designed shelving piece below in the shape of the US. Not only is it functional, but it’s like a giant piece of art in itself.

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Photo by Max Maloney

Shelves don’t have to be a major construction project. Take these little box shelves for example. Simple, yet clean, inspiring, and functional.
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Photos by Sonya Yu

Don’t hide your kitchen wares in a cupboard if you don’t have to. Let them breathe on an open shelf.
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Photo by Max Maloney


2. CLUSTERED GALLERY WALL

The great thing about a wall like the image below is there’s a lot of forgiveness. You don’t necessarily have to align everything perfectly with a level and tape measure. The point is to create a bit of chaos.. but don’t go too crazy. Think organized chaos.

Some direction from Gina on the situation:
-Start at eye level and work your way out. Keep items close together, about 2-5 inches apart to create the perfect clustered gallery wall. 
Mix frames with art and greens.

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Photo by Sonya Yu

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Photo by Max Maloney


3. HANGING THINGS

Hooks aren’t just for coats and keys. Hang things that add little bursts of personality to your space. The hooks themselves are part of the design, so don’t make them an afterthought. Check out Etsy for some handmade wall hooks, and think of little details you can hang that are non-traditional.

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Photos by Max Maloney

 

4. ACCENT WALL
All of us are familiar with the accent wall approach, but here are a couple ideas to take this idea to the next level.
A wood accent wall creates interest and texture, and lends that masculine feel that you can build upon with some feminine elements to balance it out. It also adds a nice rustic vibe, if that’s your style.

wood accent wall
Photo by Sonya Yu

The image below is actually a door (obviously) but the same approach applies. Instead of painting an entire wall a flat accent color, be bold and paint just part of the wall, giving it some geometry. A simple strip of masking tape, and you’ve just made a minimalist abstract painting all by yourself.
This image comes from one of Gina’s e-design clients who took her advice on creating a bit of unexpected interest in this child’s room.

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Do you have a room you’re just a bit stuck on how to proceed with? You don’t have to live in San Francisco to have Gina consult with you.
Her e-design service is a way for clients anywhere in the world to pick her brain and get heading in the right direction. More about that here.

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New Large Scale Painting – “Mother Whale”

I’ve been moving toward a more minimalist style lately. Not across the board, but just kinda dipping my toes into designing very simple compositions on a larger scale. I am really happy with this one. I don’t use navy blue in my work as much as other forms of blue, so I started with this large shape of navy, and built from there.

I was careful with the color scheme of this. I knew if I was masking off shapes, and trying to keep my shapes very crisp and clean, I would have to be very intentional with the color choices, as this way of working is much less forgiving. So with a little help from photoshop (used to test color choices before applying them with paint) I played around with colors and designed a palette that I think fits with this sort of surf vibe I’ve been liking a lot lately. Maybe I just subliminally want to live in California or something.. I don’t know.

“Mother Whale”
46 x 46 in. acrylic on canvas
Original: $1800

Prints available in the following options:

The title is courtesy of my wife. When asked what I should call it, she blurted out a stream of ridiculous names, until she randomly said “Mother Whale”.. and we both just kinda liked it and thought it sort of made sense given the vibe of the painting. A friend of mine suggested calling it “The Pompadour”. That makes sense too. Sticking with Mother Whale though.
This painting is available as an original or a print. For inquiries send me a note via the contact form.
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Ditch the Professional Framer – 3 DIY Ways to Display Art

I think people get a little intimidated by art on paper. The idea that it needs to be professionally framed following the purchase may seem cost prohibitive to some buyers. And rightfully so.. custom framing isn’t cheap! Sometimes it can cost more than the art itself. But getting a piece professionally framed is not the only option – in fact what I’ve seen in the interior design world is a movement toward a more down-to-earth approach to displaying work on paper that adds character while keeping costs down.

Here are 3 alternatives to professional framing to consider.

1. Float it
This was a really interesting approach I found from an artist named name Lori Mcnee. She took special nails that she tapped into the wall, then attached the artwork onto the nails with little magnets to float the art away from the wall. More details on this process including the exact hanging materials she used here.

2. Clip it
There are lots of ways to clip art on paper to the wall. You can use bulldog clips or even clothes pins for example if you want a more rustic feel. From a design perspective, the clipping method I think works better when you are displaying multiple smaller works on paper in a cluster or row.

Like this:

Source: apartment therapy

If you want to take that look a step further, a cool approach is to create boards that you can clip the art to. The method below involves some DIY follow through, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as sanding and staining and all that. You could go to a local salvage yard and buy some reclaimed wood (in Detroit check out the Architectural Salvage Warehouse), or search on craigslist for people getting rid of wood, or get creative with other found surfaces. All you have to do then is just cut it to the right size.

If a rustic look is not your home’s style, you could get small floating shelves from Ikea or Target and just hang them flat, and clip the art to that. The shelf below is from Ikea, and you can get them in various dimensions based on the size of the art you’re displaying. You can get floating shelves anywhere though.. Target, Home Depot, or my favorite: Amazon.

3. Custom Mats
One interesting solution to avoid custom framing is to just use frames that you find, maybe at a thrift store or on Ebay. There are tons of vintage frames out there that really add character any space or they can just be a mix of wood tones and styles. The problem that creates is that it might be tough to find art that fits those frames. The solution? Custom mats.


Source: @homepolish

Using a custom mat to make the artwork fit the frame is a really great solution and it really opens up a lot of options because you can use pretty much any size frame that is larger than the artwork, and just let the mat fill in the blank space. Plus incorporating a mat gives the artwork some space to breath away from the frame and prevents the frame from stealing the viewer’s attention away from the art.

A company I really love is Matboard & More. They make buying custom mats REALLY easy. All you have to know is the inner dimensions of your frame (the area where the art is placed inside.. not the outer dimensions of the frame itself) and the size of the art you are wanting to mat. They have a handy calculator that will tell you how big the opening of the mat should be to fit that artwork. That way, if you’re clumsy at math like me, you don’t have to worry about ordering the wrong size by mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Tip: If you don’t mind the additional cost of professional framing and you just want to buy art that is ready to hang, see if the artist will handle the framing. If you’re buying from me, I can work with you on framing and handle everything on my end so when you receive your artwork, it’s completely ready for its new home in your space. Check out my shop for originals and prints on paper for purchase, and ask me about framing.

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Exercising Simplicity

I’ve been doing a lot of painting sketches lately. One thing I’ve been working on is stopping short when I think I should keep putting paint on the surface. It’s easy for me to fall into the belief that I need to make a painting complicated for it to be considered done. So these 2 sketches are examples of just putting a few marks down and stepping away.

 

Laid Bare 1“Laid Bare 1”

 

Laid Bare 2“Laid Bare 2”