Bergdorf Goodman & Being a Good Man/Woman

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] One of my favorite things to do in New York City at Christmas time is to walk up 5th ave and look at all of the store windows decorated for Christmas. This year my favorite windows were by Bergdorf Goodman.   [/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://christineolmstead.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IMG_7087.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” animation=”top” sticky=”off” align=”left” …

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Conscious Creator

As I immerse myself in different art cultures I’m struck by different groups of artists. I’m amazed at how there are so many different artists with different techniques, subjects, and purposes for painting. As I forge my own artistic career, I’m trying to be mindful of the different groups. I see some artists who paint purely as a hobby, for …

Updates and Recaps

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] First let me entice you with an update. My pre-holiday sale is happening now through November 14. Shop your Christmas presents. 15% off all originals, prints, and commissions. Contact me before the holiday rush, I will not take any Christmas commissions after December 1 so get them in while …

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7 Tips for Styling a Mantel

[et_pb_section fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off” admin_label=”Section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] On today’s Wednesday Blog Day! I’ve enlisted the help of interior designer Joanna Carden’s professional interior design skill. Today she taught me 7 tips for styling a mantel! Read on for her expert styling tips below! – Christine ————————————- A fireplace tends to be the focal point …

Evolution of a Painting

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] The Evolution of a Painting [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font_size=”14″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] This is a custom commissioned piece that was made to order. This piece has cool blues and greys and is contrasted with warm gold and orange tones, which are complimentary colors. The painting process usually begins …

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Bread Machine Revelations

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] What baking my own bread has taught me about necessity. My husband and I make our own bread, not for any particular reason except it is a fun thing to do and right after we got married we were going grocery shopping and I mentioned that we needed bread. Joel …

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Appreciating Abstract Art

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] I have received overwhelming support, encouragement, and interest in my work since I launched my art career. Every now and then, I’ll come across someone who doesn’t want to flat out tell me they don’t like my work, but they’ll pose the question, “what do you think about people who …

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What’s Your Favorite Color?

How many times in your life have you been asked your favorite color? Probably an innumerable number of times. As a child you may have been asked that question more frequently than any other. It seems like such an insignificant question, doesn’t it? (I feel really stupid when I ask little kids what their favorite color is, as if the …

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5 Things I’ve Learned from my Husband

  My husband and I have been married for a tender three months. But in the years that I’ve known him, he has changed my life and my thought process. I have always been a believer in choosing your life, choosing whom you want to be and actively striving to be that person. Being a victim of your circumstance and …

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What is Romanticism? and why does it matter?

*Disclaimer* I paint with broad strokes in this post. Romanticism is a thought movement that emerged in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century. It is marked by an increased focus on the individual, tension and resolution, and optimism in literature, music, and the arts. In art, the focus on the individual perspective was drastic compared to the Dutch …