Contemporary American Folk Art – Perfect on a Red Wall

Contemporary American Folk ArtWhen you are decorating your home or your office, it isn’t always easy making all the design decisions. Even though I have a good eye for color and composition, I too often feel the need to consult others when it comes to making big decorating decisions. So, I always appreciate a client who reaches out to me for design help when purchasing pieces of my contemporary American folk art. Good art, whether my own or another artist, can make a big impact in any size space if it’s displayed in the right way.

Contemporary American Folk ArtThere’s one great tip that I often give to my clients – hang my paintings in a group on a red wall. One of my clients is a well-known real estate firm (you would know the name if I told you!). They purchased many of my paintings for their main office but were uncertain where to display them in the office. Should they group them together, hang them throughout, put them in pairs, etc. After a site visit with them, we determined that the most impact would be had if the paintings were hung in a group. But, not merely on a white wall. That was the kicker – we picked a beautiful shade of red for the destination wall. The result in one word? Amazing!

Contemporary American Folk ArtWhile you may not want to consult me about where to hang the contemporary American folk art that I create, I do want to encourage you to be creative when you decorate your home or office. It isn’t a huge risk to paint a wall red (or another color) because it can be easily repainted. Or, to group artwork in different ways on one wall. Remember, it can always be changed if you don’t like the result. Get creative because you have nothing to lose. That’s something I always remind myself of when I feel inspired to paint a new piece of art.

Moonjumping – Whimsical American Folk Art

It all started with a dream. One of those magical dreams of an alternate reality where I visited the county fair and the Ferris wheel was full of riders – cow riders, that is. I stood in my dream-state and watched them, those beautiful, fun-loving cows, one car at a time rising up, around, and down as the Ferris wheel turned. They were having a joyous time, but in my mind’s eye, there was something missing. A big, bright, beautiful moon was no where to be seen in the dream-night’s sky. That’s when I awoke with my creative mind bursting with inspiration.

Thus, Moonjumping was born and my fun, whimsical cows no longer had a ride into the sky but instead absorbed the fiddling cat’s music and propelled themselves through the air and over the moon! What a joyous night for cows from all over the county dressed in their summer best!

This is a fun, whimsical piece. It makes people laugh. Someone who saw the painting before I finished it was curious that the cows jumping over the moon were naked and he asked, “ is it mandatory for them to take their clothes off before they jump?” Of course, we all laughed and then I painted their clothes. Everyone is dressed in this painting!

Ideas for use:
Gift to parents
Place in a themed room – cows and cats
Birthday gift
And there are matching note cards available