Travel the World

Art aficionado? World traveler? These two things go hand in hand famously. If you are traveling around the world, you would do yourself a favor to visit some of the best art galleries in the world. The world of art has been a part of history since it was first made in cave paintings, where a select few have been allowed to visit outside of France. As such, the worlds greatest art pieces are scattered in museums all across the globes. Many times, galleries will tour a show and you can see it at your closest gallery, but other pieces stay in their museums like tombs, forever. So if your goal is to see them all, you will have to leave your home turf. My uncle Tony who is now the owner of  Roofing Service The Woodlands  and is mentioned below, has given me the insight and motivation to get out and travel.

If you are interested in a the worlds largest, then of course the answer is in the U.S.A. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian is actually nineteen museums and galleries and research stations all mashed together in a giant complex. There are many famous attractions in there, such as Dorothy’s ruby shoes from the Wizard of Oz, the dresses of the First Ladies, and the original Star-Spangled Banner. The Wright brothers’ flying machine is also there, along with the Apollo 11 command module. On the other end of the pond, again in France, you will find the world famous Louvre, in Paris. The Louvre is over two centuries years old, and used to be a fortress before being turned into a museum. I.M. Pei’s piece, the pyramid, was considered an affront to the classic style by many, but has now become a main photo op, located in the front of the museum. The pieces found in the Louvre are considered to be some of the most important artistic contributions in the history of the world, and include the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and of course da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  After the Louvre, it has to be the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis itself is a work of art, and a piece of history, built thousands of years ago. The museum famously has a glass floor that allows its guests to walk over the archaeological findings. The flagship attractions is the frieze of the Parthenon. On the other side of the globe, we find ourselves at State Hermitage, in St Petersburg, Russia. Although distant from the other cultural hubs of the world, the Hermitage still boasts an impressive collection of art, housing more than three million items. If you are at the Hermitage, you can see masterpieces from Eurasia, the Black Sea Littoral in antiquity as well as seeing piecse from Nicholas II’s private collection. Coming in as our fifth museum, would have to be the British Museum in London, England. This museum, has historical items from all around the world, with its main attractions being the Egyptian gallery, with ancient artifacts from Egypt, as well as the Rosetta Stone itself. So if you are traveling the world, make sure to note some of these museums to visit and culture yourself with!

Art Marketing at it’s finest…

Having your first gallery exhibit can be an intimidating process, but do not let this stop you, since it can also be one of your most fulfilling experiences you have as an artist. So you have been working on your pieces for a while now, and have amounted a good enough amount to have even discarded some older pieces, and now you have a collection of only your favorites and what you consider to be your best. After all this work you feel like you are ready to take it to a gallery, but how do you go about getting your first art show? Many times this is not as simple as it sounds, as when you approach a gallery, you are also entering a business arrangement, and artists tend to forget that aspect of the whole thing in their approach.

First of all, you need to find the right market for your art. The gallery owner must like the particular style or art, so going around and doing some research is a good idea. Some simple web searches can give you an idea of what kind of work the gallery is looking for. Once you have done some of the initial research, perhaps a visit down to the gallery to make a formal introduction may be a good idea. Going and paying a visit to whoever runs the gallery can help foster a future relationship and put you ahead of your competition. After you have done your initial legwork, it is time for you to submit your portfolio.

A good portfolio should not be too extensive. Yes, you want to show the range of your art, but concise is usually better. Ten to fifteen of your best pieces is a good range to shoot from. You should be able to show your artistic prowess in these pieces. Many times, artists make an art series. If that is the case, pick your series and again, only the ten to fifteen pieces to submit. This is often the trickiest part of an artists process in getting their pieces into a gallery. Remember, this is a business arrangement at this point, and you have to check some of your pride. Sometimes having a peer artist or trusted friend help you select the best ones can make it a bit easier.

Submitting your portfolio can also be a bit scary, after all, you have put your heart and soul into this work and you are asking for it to be judged. Do not let this make you shy away. Find out if they want a physical submission or will accept a digital portfolio first. Once you have submitted it, now you have to wait, which can be the hardest part, but let us move past that and say that you have been accepted. Now you have your work in a gallery, what next? Well, having an opening first show is the answer. Invite your friends and colleagues, social media is also a great option to use in the modern world to get your event out there, and do not forget to enjoy it.

Emilie The Artist

With the amount of people on this planet, it is extremely difficult to see any new, original design.  With that, you mostly see an elaborate angle or a branch of another idea appear; an idea of an idea or an idea from an idea.  It is very easy to see inspirations of mentors and idols and it’s extremely easy to find straight up plagiarizers of other’s work.  With that said, we admire when we see an artist (of any kind of design) take their own machete and create a path that has yet to be seen.  When you see someone that has been inspired by others but making their own traits and making their own trends; people that become the new inspirations for the next generation of designers.  We have found one living amongst us and she’s still very young.  We want you all to meet Emilie.


Emilie was born in France in 1980 in a very small town with her mother and father.  In 1986, at the age of six, she followed art classes like drawing, vectoring, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic, sculpture until 1997 when she went to college.  During the time learning, she exhibited her work in France at the age of ten.  This is where she was able to get some amazing advice from a fan of her work.  This person, Charles Winn, later become her mentor and helped her hone her skills in on design and simplicity.  During her time with Charles, she developed an accurate eye on shapes, lines, volumes and people, pulling her to become a designer.

In 2004, at the age of twenty four, Emilie became an architect as awarded by the French Government and documented (very well, she adds) on video by her parents.  Her strong abilities to foresee tendencies and materials while being attracted by cultural mixtures, have allowed her the opportunity of a lifetime.  Emilie, this January, will be joining the Chinese Master Bing Thom in Vancouver Canada working on the Arena Stage Theatre in Washington DC and also at the TTC University in Fort Worth Texas.

Previously, Emilie was hired by the French AS Shanghai (Strasbourg Parliament, Paris Oriental World Institute IMA) and with Philip Johnson.  Under this supervision she won multiple urban competitions all over Asia.  From there.  She quickly went to work closer on interior design and other projects that required a creative attention to detail and simplicity.  She was doing the normal job of creating graphics, producing, and developing powerful artistic concepts through sustainable approaches while also changing the way we all see design.

Now she full focuses her time on illustrations along with her paintings and graphic design work.  Coming from her feelings and soul, what she draws and paints is exhaling the strongest emotions and the most beautiful poses humans are able to create.  This is more than obvious when you see her work.  It absolutely radiates a unique angle and color palette that will grab your attention and send you into some sort of mental thought.  She makes you feel like a kid again as she gives you enough to see what she wants and enough to create what you want.  Her ideas and designs are crazy amazing.

During our time with Emilie, we had a great amount of laughs and “Wow” moments where she showed us her work.  We couldn’t believe how well she did EVERYTHING from drawing and painting to designing and sculpting.  She revealed to us, at the end of everything, that the unique chairs and table we were doing this all at were actually designed by her and made by a carpenter friend.  What a unique soul!

If you wish to hire Emilie, drop a line on our contact page and put her name and a link to this page.  We will send her the information and let her do with it what she pleases.  Per her requests (solely to prevent an overload of requests and emails), we have left her last name off of this page and we will be handling her emails.

Here’s her list of work experience:

Founder, Creative Director, Alalaaa Group (Alalaaa, Magmaaa(D), designli3), Shanghai, CN

Designer, PJAR Asia, Shanghai, CN
Project manager, AS Shanghai, CN

Intermediate Architect, Bing Thom Architects, Vancouver, CA


School of Architecture of Toulouse, FR

Beaux Arts Villa Briguiboul, Castres, FR
/Drawing painting and sculpture modules

Painting and drawing private tutoring




Simple Art

Simplicity is something that seems, well, simple but it isn’t and the art of capturing something beautiful yet simplistic has proven rarer than a sighting of a giant squid.  With all of the places out there to seek creativity and outlets to obtain talent to create it for you, you would think simpler ideas would rear their heads more often… but they don’t.  Especially in a world of lazy workers and lazily made products, you would think simple would be in more quantities than more advanced ones.  Simplicity is key.  If you want to clean your deck, you don’t scrub it with a toothbrush, you power wash it; keep it simple.

When it comes to a design, both graphically and for branding, it must provide answers to the questions and get it across in as little words as humanely possible.  They need to use both imagery and text to portray the perfect message, in the perfect way, and in the perfect manner.  It basically has to be flawless to achieve all green lights from approach to effectiveness of the ad (aka did it do what it was set out to accomplish?).

Design aside, simplicity makes everything in life a lot easier.  Something as simple as saying what you’re thinking or not beating around a bush and saying the exact words you mean without empathy getting in the way.  Those simple actions make communication much easier and better to understand by both you and the other party (your audience).  In this new age of technology and just overall saturation of the population, overcomplicating everything seems to be the trend.  From communication and design to things like relationships and business. Now-a-days you have to worry about lawsuits and offending the wrong person when before, when it was more simple, you could just be offended and move on and with new knowledge.  Now, it can quickly turn into a business crippling lawsuit because someone’s feelings were hurt.

Keeping it simple is a testament that our company has stood behind for years.  Let us approach any furniture design, logo design, website design, architectural design, deck or house design, ANY DESIGN and approach with with simplicity and purpose.  What does this need to do and in what different ways may we accomplish this?  Then, from that brainstorming session, we proceed to another level of seeing liability, costs involved, and overall lifetime of the design.  Don’t get us wrong, simplicity doesn’t mean easy nor the least amount of work.  It means that it was the most effective method and, in our experiences, usually means that the most amount of work and knowledge went into it.  Sometimes it is very obvious to tell when someone that has 30 years under their belt has created your design as opposed to when someone fresh out of college hands you your design.  The years of dedication to the craft and skill set make themselves very apparent.

If you’re wanting your design, of whatever type, to garnish the attention it deserves and to accomplish the mission it has been set to create, always remember the simple term KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

Innovative Design

Innovation is the mother of invention. It is the art of thinking big and different. Innovative design has the aim of not only beautification of existing item, but also producing a better form of it with an even better functionality. Innovative design portrays the creativity of the designer with which he makes the design simpler, graceful and easy to use. Design can be used for all types of crafts. I learned this at very young age, from my uncle Tony who is a skilled roofer with Roof Repair Sugar Land.

The 5 characteristics of Innovative Design

  • Relative advantage– computes the degree of improvement in the innovative design over the previously existing or competing design. The improvements can be measured in the form of interface, service, functions, lesser need of raw material and equipment, productivity, longevity, customizability and how it saves time, effort, money and space.
  • Compatibility– defines the level of compatibility of the design when people incorporate it in their lives. The innovation is said to be perfect when people are able to adopt it easily into their lives without much change in their lifestyles or obtaining of additional products to support it.
  • Complexity Vs Simplicity-it defines the ease or difficulty with which the people adapt and learn to use the innovative design. The more intricate the design the more difficult it is for people to learn and use it in their lives. People usually do not keep aside time to learn on how to use a new design. So, complexity de-accelerates the growth and importance of the innovative design, unless it is benefiting the human race in a huge way.
  • Trial ability– it is the degree of ease with which the people explore the innovative design. The design should be easy for people to have a grip at it and investigate it in and out. People should get comfortable handling it and should be able to figure out by themselves what that design is capable of doing and how it is affecting their lives.
  • Observability– defines the degree to which the benefits of the innovative design are visible to the people planning to use it. The clearer the results and advantages of the design, the better it is.

The best innovative designs from CES 2015

Here is a list of 10 best eye catching innovative designs displayed at CES 2015:

  • Kinematics Dress by Nervous system- a dress free from effects of gravity
  • Samsung Flex Duo Dual Door Oven- solving the problem of cooking two dishes at the same time and at different temperature/times.
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 Headphones – noise cancelation incorporated with bluetooth wireless technology.
  • PetCube- to caress and sooth our pets from afar.
  • Netatmo June- UV level monitoring device
  • Gogoro Smartscooter- battery powered emission- free smart scooter with easily replaceable batteries that can be swapped in and out whenever required.
  • New Matter 3D Printer- 3D printer with Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Audeze EL-8 Planar Magnetic Headphone- supporting high quality music files, vibrant soundstage and comfy ear cups.
  • Whirlpool Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0
  • Toshiba Virtual Fitting Room- for enabling you to try outfits virtually.


Furniture Design

Furniture is the most essential part of someone’s dream house and its presence makes a house a home. Furniture includes everything from couches, sofas, beds to the dining table and chairs, to wall units, book shelves, centre table, side tables and cupboards. Furniture can be made out of a number of materials including metal, wood and plastic.

Furniture has been a part of human civilization since the beginning of times. Archaeological research tells that Neolithic people used stone to assemble their furniture. Then gradually came in the use of wood and then later came the era of “modern furniture” made out of glass, plastic and metal as well.

The type and style of furniture in a house describes the people living in it. It can depict both the cultural as well religious preferences and values of the house owners.

Types of Furniture Designs

The most trendy furniture design styles in market are as below:

  • Antique – includes furniture from past era i.e. about 100 years old, which is usually made out of wood. The value of this furniture is determined by its condition, age, features and rarity. Purchasing of antique furniture should be done from authentic dealers.
  • Vintage – this is the furniture that depicts the best quality and features of a certain era. For example, a vintage wishbone piece made in 1950 will be different from the vintage wishbone piece made in 1980.
  • Traditional– this is the furniture belonging to Victorian times combining the features from Queen Anne times. These pieces are very decorative, elegant, artistically designed and graceful and look best with soft and comfy fabrics and sofas.
  • Rustic– this style is a combination of many styles to create an innate, relaxed and affectionate feel. The furniture is usually made out of animal hide, warm timber, linen or cotton.
  • Art Deco– this is a diverse style of furniture that combines traditional crafts with machine imagery. Its characteristic features include angular and geometric shapes. The materials used are shiny like mirrors, glass, chrome, glossy cloth, etc. and the patterns made are buildings, cars, trains, aeroplanes etc.
  • Retro– this style depicts the imitation of fashion and trends of recent past.
  • French provincial-inspired from the styles in French provinces in 17th and 18th This furniture style has a traditional and countryside sense to it. Some pieces include large armoires, ladder back chairs with fibre seats, French sideboards with attractive patterns etc.
  • Shabby Chic– this style is similar to the French provincial but is more casual and distraught with a feminine and adoring feel.
  • Modern and contemporary-this style combines the usage of steel, plywood, leather, plastic and vinyl with single colour format for smooth and lustrous interiors.

While picking a furniture design, one should incorporate and add some personal style and preference to it. Like one traditional or shabby chic piece in a room full of contemporary items. This will not only give the room a different and unique look, but also give the feeling of one’s own space.

Exhibitions about Paintings

Art exhibition is the place where the art/paintings meet the spectators/ audience. An exhibition can be organized in any space like museums, art halls and clubs or art galleries. No exhibition can be successful without a limo rental. So riding in style to an art exhibition is the way to go. The art displayed may include pictures, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and performances created by individual artists or group of artists.

Types of art exhibitions

Principally, there are two types of exhibitions- commercial and non-commercial.

Commercial exhibition– often referred to as a trade fair or art fair. This exhibition usually displays the work of an individual artist or a group of artists. All the participants have to pay a certain fee for using the space of the gallery/museum to display their work. Exhibitions in commercial galleries usually have all their display items up for sale.

Non-commercial exhibition– these are the exhibitions that usually do not hold items for sale. These include the theme, topic or period based temporary exhibitions put up by museums that hold the items from the museum itself belonging to that particular theme, topic or period on display. In these types of exhibitions, usually the visitors have to pay to enter the museum.

The other type of art exhibitions are: individual expositions also called “solo shows” that display the work of a single artist, or group expositions also called “collective or group shows” that display the work of more than one artist. Then there are “survey shows” that display art based on specific theme or topic and the “Biennale” or large exhibition that takes place every two years with the intention of bringing together the best of international art at one place. One other kind of art exhibition is the travelling exhibition, where the exhibits travel domestically or around the world for display.

Entry of artwork in Exhibitions

The type of entry in exhibition of new and latest art is one of following three-

  • Juried– in this type of exhibition, selective artists are allowed to display their work. There is an individual or a group of people acting as judge of the artwork on display. The judges even pick out the winner if the exhibition is awarding prizes.
  • Invitational– in his type of exhibition, the organizer asks certain artists to offer their artwork for display.
  • Open- in this type of exhibition, all kind of artists are free to display their artwork.

Top 10 paintings in the world

  1. Mona Lisa – Leonardo da Vinci at Louvre museum, Paris.
  2. The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci at Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Milan, Italy
  3. The Creation Of Adam – Michelangelo in Vatican City, Rome.
  4. Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh at Museum of Modern Art in New York.
  5. The Scream – Edvard Munch at The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway
  6. The Persistence Of Memory – Salvador Dali
  7. Girl With A Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer at Mauritshuis Gallery in the Hague, the Netherlands
  8. The Night Watch – Rembrandt van Rijn at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
  9. Self-Portrait Without Beard – Vincent van Gogh
  10. Guernica – Pablo Picasso at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Top 10 art museums of the world

  1. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
  2. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
  4. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
  5. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
  6. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  7. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  8. Tate Modern, London, England
  9. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
  10. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.