"Living" with Alice Williams ...

and her Art!  Alice's colors and images are warm and inviting and appealed to me the first time I saw one of her pieces.  I am so intrigued by artists ... just like anything else, they come in all shapes and sizes and march to their own beat. I have been fortunate enough to be given a "peek" into her life.  As I have learned more about Alice, I believe she speaks to me even more because of her love of Europe, color, and her almost "impressionistic" flavor (although I would never trap her in that term ... she can paint anything!).  As I continue to go on and on about original art, I have found that getting to know the artist makes the work even more special. Now, I have had the good fortune to meet several of the artists whose work I love.  But this also means studying up a little and getting to know more about those that I may never meet.

I have this desire to know what goes on in the artists' head when they paint.  I want to feel the piece.  Maybe I don't feel it quite the way they intended.  That is what makes it even more fun!

First ... enjoy a little taste of Alice's current work.

for more by Alice, go here.

Alice and her husband make their home in Atlanta ... but they continue to make travel and living abroad a huge part of their life.  They bought a "penthouse" Condo in an older building in Atlanta several years ago.  I tell you this, because while Atlanta has many high rises ... this building was most likely built in the 60's or 70's and is only 5 stories high.  Very unpretentious when you pull up.  Then you gasp as you step off the elevator and enter the re-creation of this mid-century condo into this home.

Alice's studio ... Notice the doors that she found in France.

Their "main" room ... so  many little sitting areas ... Alice and Don have lived all over Europe and you can see it in their home.  The beams, the wood work on the walls, the doors, the furnishings ...

The furniture has been collected over time ... and they have been allowed to keep that look.   Not meant to match, not necessarily meant to go together.  The different styles and fabrics reside in the same space quite comfortably.

then you start to notice the art ... and remember that you are in the home of an artist.  One who paints with a passion.

The entry hall ... all her art!  You all know I love a good Gallery Wall ... this Gallery HALL is more than I could hope for!

Step with me out onto large patio ... because they are only 5 stories high, they truly "sit" among the trees here.  And look at the views.  This was taken on a dreary winter day ... imagine how this space will come alive in the spring and summer.

I never understood those who studied "Art History" in college ... now I do ... I think it is time to head back to school. Until then, I absorb all I can from those who are willing to share!

Happy Monday, get to know the artist and enjoy the art!



p.s. A big shout out and thank you to Emily Clark for featuring our "One Room Challenge" on her blog last week ... We had a lot of fun with the challenge and she loved our work!!  Thank you Emily!

The Language of Art

My love for art has changed over the years ... like my design interest.  Like everything else in life it comes from experience and learning.  The only art I was really aware of growing up was what my mother loved.  And while I still truly love her style, I have grown to appreciate more modern and abstract art.  For me, it is the colors and the movement. They evoke a feeling that I really can't describe.  And I happen to believe that is how and why art should be purchased.  Not because you need to match something or find a print that fits your space.  You should buy art because it moves you.  I don't mean to be weird about this or existential ... but just let it speak to you.

Brad Robertson speaks to me ... 

Brad Robertson

It doesn't hurt at all that Brad is a fellowAuburn grad! ... In fact, I didn't know this until I began working on this post about him.  I feel a kindred spirit ... just wish I was as talented as he is.  In the meantime, I will just save my money to bring his art into my home.

The next time you are looking to hang something on your wall ... be moved!



BJ ... and Interior Art

In my quest to bring original art into everyone's home ... I am so excited to bring to you this opportunity to own something beautiful, unique and .... Original!  

Four generations of beautiful women ... Here is BJ (top left) with her mother Catherine (bottom right), daughter Catherine (bottom left) and grandchildren Catie Beth and Mary Margaret ...

Born and raised in Mississippi, BJ still lives in her small town of Louisville, surrounded by art and antiques in her family’s antebellum plantation home called “The Smyth House” built in 1841.  Though influenced by her 92 year old mother, an award-winning watercolorist of botanical flowers, it is through her 50 years of experience as an interior designer of traditional and classic taste that she has cultivated her love for beautiful interiors.  Drawing and sketching rooms for clients is one of the ways BJ gives them an idea of the finished space, and you will often find them framed and hung in the finished room.  Although she is known to fly off to China or Europe to shop with clients, she is pretty much retired and works in her gardens and takes care of her 92 year old mother. 

Several months ago, Catherine (who owns an art gallery in Atlanta) asked her mom to do a few little pieces for several young collectors who wanted original works of art on a small budget.  BJ’s little paintings of bedrooms and dressing rooms from her antebellum home have been an instant success in the gallery, and she is now working on a series of paintings of more bedrooms and maybe even a few wine cellars!  An avid gardener and dog lover, you will often find one or more dogs in her paintings and when asked what makes her interiors unique…she replied in a Scarlet O’Hara Drawl, “Look for a pair of heels tossed about somewhere on the floor, or possibly in the jaws of one of my Labrador Retrievers!”

If you are interested in more of BJ's works or in buying any of these vignette paintings, go here to CatherineKelleghanGallery.