Artfully done

If the list isn’t down on paper yet, it’s probably forming in your head. Names being matched with vague recollections of last year’s offerings.

And then you stop on one name. Usually a guy. We all have that person who we may love dearly but that’s not the emotion connected with buying their Christmas present. An increasingly troublesome task.

Could this year be any different? Not only different in approach but also gift choice? (Chances are he probably has enough knits and gadgets).

Take  a look at our newly curated Christmas Collection: For Him and this could be a very happy Christmas for him, and also you!

Here is a small selection of the collection…

 

Left – right/Top-Bottom

NDI, Rushing Reeds

NDI, The Dark & Stormy City (Blue)

Sophie Layton, Red View

Luke Woodford, Rebirth 1

NDI, Bolts 2

NDI, Bolts 1

 

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Hours to Take

So, at 2am on Sunday the clocks go back and we gain an hour. It’s obviously rare that we are given extra time (although it could be said it was taken from us in March), so this is a good thing.

However, couldn’t you do so much more with an extra hour of day time rather than night time?

What would you do with that extra 60 minutes?

Take some inspiration from our artists for that thought. Why not…

– Enjoy a trip across the Solent and take in the beauty of the Isle of Wight (Marie Reville, Abstract Acrylic (Blue II), top left)

– Take a step away from everything and enjoy ‘me time’ (Paul Wright, A world without people, top right)

– Appreciate the view from where you live and capture its individuality (NDI, The Dark and Stormy City (Blue), bottom)

No time like the present

October. A month associated with leaves changing colours, searching for kindling and matches, pumpkin paraphernalia  and seemingly, as the high-street would like us to believe, the start of the countdown to Christmas (79 days at time of writing!). We may still have almost a third of the year left till the present giving season, but the pressure finding the right present for the person who (you think) has everything has already begun.

Maybe 2012 is the year which we can crack this, working together with others sharing the same dilemma and choose something a bit different, something original, something gorgeous..?

Here are some helpful suggestions to get you started. Prices range from £125-£350 (for smallest sizes) including delivery. Gift vouchers also available from November.

Top Left to Right

Perfect for: Sister, Sister-in-law, best friend, a lover of colours: Emma Lawrenson’s Camellia Bud III

Perfect for: The bachelor pad, cool older brother, owner of the loft apartment or just bare walls: Luke Woodford’s Rebirth III 

Perfect for: Contemporary Mother, owner of a bright kitchen or conservatory:  Emma Lawrenson’s Yellow Form II

Bottom from Left to Right

Perfect: A modern couple with a contemporary abode, sister or friend who needs calmness in their life: NDI’s Rushing Reeds

Perfect for: A brother or another who loves the blue hues, a print to modernise a bathroom: Emma Lawrenson’s Blue Curve

Perfect for: Updating your sister’s bedroom with an injection of colour,  a bride who had Gerbera’s in her bouquet: NDI’s Pop Art Gerbera 1

www.likelovewant.com.

 

 

 

With or without milk?

On a wet cold day the thirst for a cup of tea seems stronger, but not quite as strong as when you realise you’ve run out of milk! Without being able to rectify this situation in the very short-term, perhaps looking at some tea-related art will make the mind think it has had its quota of tea!Oriental Teapot Series

 

The Oriental Teapot series by photographer NDI connects a beautiful splash of turquoise, an air of subject mystery achieved by the narrow depth-of-field approach and circular symmetry through the teapot spout. The four individual image really complement each other when framed and grouped as shown and add colour, creativity and a sense of calmness to any room through the softness of the images. Guaranteed to be a talking point, the individual images are 254mm (w) x 381mm (h) and £145 each. All NDI’s work can be viewed and enjoyed here.

Teresa Green, usually.

Whilst on my travels today, it suddenly became apparent how green my surroundings were, accentuated with a tinge of seasonal change. This moment took me back to an individual telling me of someone they knew called Teresa Green, and how exciting a name I thought it was. Fact or fiction of the story told is irrelevant, but the concept is still the same.

The colour green dominates our day-to-day lives on differing levels depending on where we are seasonally, and geographically. Emma’s Lawrenson’s Forest series highlights this well, from full dominance to a more muted bark colour as we pass through time.

Emma’s Forest IV, III, II and Forest are available through Like Love Want. Click here to view all Emma’s limited edition prints.

Golden Dreams

As the day draws to an end so does our love affair with the most magical summer of sport. The Paralympic closing ceremony bids farewell to London 2012.

The stadium flame is extinguished but not the newly ignited ‘fire in the belly’ of the next generation.

Inspired through so many sporting super stars who showcased incredible strength, integrity and determination to become leaders in their field this summer, we look forward to supporting the next generation of Tom Daley’s, Mo Farah’s, Laura Trott’s, Ellie Simmond’s, Sarah Storey’s…..

NDI’s The Dark and Stormy City (Blue) which highlights the stunning London skyline is available exclusively through Like Love Want

Spotting the next Damien Hirst: Inspiring a generation

‘Inspire a generation’ was the theme of London 2012 and, through such an incredible Olympics and with new sporting role models, it’s obvious how successful this has been.

Continuing this theme, we did our little bit to inspire a generation (on a slightly smaller scale!) yesterday but this time stepping into the arts and culture.

Marie Reville, one of the artist’s exhibiting on Like Love Want, kindly agreed to relocate her easel for a couple of hours into a local  pre-school and explain to four year olds what it was like to be an artist. Captivating their enthusiasm for creativity, the pre-schoolers with Marie’s guidance developed their interpretation of this generation’s most recognised pieces of art, Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.

Marie herself knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age so who knows if Spiderman or the Princess (see final picture!) will become the next Turner Prize winner because of this opportunity.

1:Paints ready!

2: Enjoying the sight and smell of an artist’s tool box whilst their painted circles dried.

3: The finished result, Lazer’s interpretation of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings – already hung in the hall and receiving rave reviews!

Season changes: Red, amber…which to go for!

After a summer that never was, we have to start thinking about Autumn and the beautiful spectrum of colours which we associate with this season. Brilliant reds and burnt oranges can give such warmth to a home and Sophie Layton’s latest monoprints are on trend to achieve this. In case you haven’t tried it yet, the in-situ tool on Like Love Want is a really easy way to go beyond imagining new art in your home and actually seeing it in place. And once you’ve easily loaded a photo of where you want new art, the photo is available to be used till you finish your session so trying multiple pieces is fast and easy. Which of these Sophie Layton’s do you think we should go for??

1: Screen II

2: Silver Screen Part II

3: Red View

Tough decision!

Stunning sculptures & pretty petals

RHS Wisley in Surrey is always worth visiting for its world-class garden but even more so at the moment as it is hosting the Surrey Sculpture Trail. One of the largest exhibitions of sculpture in the country and showcasing a diverse range of pieces from talented amateurs to top professional sculptors, the Surrey Sculpture Trail is at Wisley from 25 August – 30 September.

The sculptures are all subtly positioned within the existing beauty of the Wisley landscape and include modern contemporary and abstract sculptures as well as traditional sculptures, in a broad range of materials and sizes, at affordable prices. Really worth a visit.

After an afternoon of admiring the sculptures as well as the impressive grounds, it only seemed fitting to admire some of the flora-inspired pieces that grace our gallery. 

Camellia Bud III by Emma Lawrenson is a print inspired by the shape of the camellia. The simplicity of the lines adds to its beauty and the colours used encourage calmness.
When shown horizontally in a set of four prints, NDI’s Shamrock Chrysanthemum’s give the impression that there’s life in the petals with subtle and delicate movements.
And finally, Paul Wright’s original oil painting, Flower Collage 2, is proof that a bunch of flowers can be contemporary – Paul always takes his subjects to another level!

Inspiring ethereal images by Luke Woodford

 

Luke Woodford is an internationally recognised photographer whose work has appeared editorially in luxury and specialist publications, and for prolific clients within the fashion Industry. His photography was recently selected to be part of Vogue Italia’s “A Glimpse at Photo Vogue – 101 Photographers/101 Pictures”, which took place in July/August 2012 in Milan.

Luke’s latest work, the ‘Abandoned Fashion Series’ was born out of his artistic appreciation for both abandoned buildings and inspiring haute couture, resulting in beautiful images surrounded with an ethereal and empowering aura. Limited edition prints from this series are now available.