Birgit Schal Art
Acrylics are a versatile but a fairly new medium for art . As an artist I prefer these long-lasting, non-toxic, fast-drying, contemporary and environmentally friendly paints over the use of oil paints. Finishes created by acrylics are close to oil and watercolour paints. Acrylic paints are ideal for mixed media work and can easily be mixed with other mediums like watercolours, oil paints, inks or charcoal, wax, pencil and pastels.
"Birgit's use of colour, contrast and imagination is refreshing and inspiring. She is a talented artist and we proudly display her artwork in our office and receive numerous compliments from our clients and visitors." TD-Waterhouse
Birgit is active in her community, and has donated several pieces of art for the Kitchener Blues Festival charity auction.
From the Artist
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he [or she] did, he would cease to be an artist." -Oscar Wilde
In art lays the freedom to be yourself. To take clues from our planet and transform a blank surface "freely" into something beautiful, colourful and creative is a very rewarding task. In abstract art there is more than the eye can see. It is inspiration for the mind that influences individual interpretation. More rewarding than creating a piece of art is to see someone else loving and enjoying it. A great piece of art transforms, enhances and enriches any wall, space or home.
Artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is my inspiration . He was one of the earliest abstract artists. Still to today he is considered one of the most influential abstract artists. He expressed form and colour in a non-representational way; painting from memory, emotions and imagination.
Bio - Birgit Schal
Born in Germany, Birgit Schal developed a passion for visual art at an early age, which manifested itself in drawings done in charcoal, pencil and pastels. The geography and architecture of Germany provided visual stimulation to this young student. Birgit spent years traveling the globe until settling in Canada in 1981. While exploring other countries and cultures, little pieces of those experiences have served to enrich her art. Birgit has participated in silkscreening and printmaking workshops.
She believes that art is not only for the eye but, more importantly, for the soul. Combining her innate creativity and passion with an inspired talent, she produces many pieces in several media types by layering and intermixing acrylic paints, often mixed in with images drawn in charcoal and/or pastels. Birgit also uses spray-paints, reclaimed and/or organic materials and has recently started creating upcycled art pieces, to lessen the footprint on the environment.
Birgit worked with artist Jon Tobin, developing skills in traditional drawing and painting.
For traditional drawings and paintings please visit: www.birgitschalart.com
Art for your Home
Selecting art is exciting, but it can be confusing and overwhelming due to the vast variety of art pieces out there to choose from.
What is the perfect piece for you and your home? Here are some tips and guidelines to help you find the right piece of art that fits not only your home, but also your personality and style.
Albert Einstein: " Imagination is more important than Knowledge". With this in mind, ask yourself a few questions:
What do you consider the perfect piece?
What kind of art do you like?
What is your personality, style, taste?
Do you like colour?
Where is the art supposed to go to display it's best effects in your home?
How will it fit in with the rest of your decor?
Art should speak to you
Some art pieces attract us right away, we fall in love at first sight. Other pieces take time to acquire a taste for.
Art enhances your home
Art has energy and life and adds a presence to a home that reflects the spirit of the homeowners.
A beautiful house packed with furniture and possessions seems empty without art on the walls.
A room without furniture and only the art left still expresses life and energy.
Let art define your space
Let art shine and be the star. Define your space by creating a focal point. A focal point could be a single painting, a pairing or even a multitude of paintings hung on a wall!
The art is supposed to draw you in!
A big painting could be placed on a smaller scale wall. It will make a great statement and give the art piece an even stronger sense of presence. But remember if the art is too large it will overwhelm the room.
A few small pieces on a large wall will look underwhelming. Art that is too small will be lost and look out of proportion. The impact and beauty of an art piece can be weakened in the wrong surrounding.
Know where to place your art.
Hanging your art
Paintings should be hung with the center of it at eye level. If in doubt, hang your art lower than too high.
"Colour provokes a psychic vibration. Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body". Wassily Kandinsky
Where to place your art plays an important role on colour selection.
Bold and more dramatic colours are more suited, for example, in a dining or living room. The more colourful the art, the more room it needs to breathe.
Ask yourself what feeling you would like to create in your room?
For a zen-like, more calming and relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom, you might want to choose a more subdued colour scheme. Colours do not need to match exactly your decor, just keep your decor in mind.
To frame or not to frame, that is the question
Not every piece of art requires a frame. If choosing a frame, the frame should enhance the art, not take away from it. Please take your style at home into consideration (contemporary, traditional, etc). Whatever your style, the frame is supposed to keep the focus on the painting, not be in contrast to it.
Lighting and direct sunlight
To show your art at its best, the right lighting is very important. Use task lighting or a picture light above the art to bring out vibrancy of colours, texture and have your eyes drawn to it. Direct sunlight should be avoided. Over time colours might fade when art is placed in direct sunlight. Watercolours, pastels, pencils are more prone to fading than acrylics.
How to display your art
There are many different ways to display your art. Besides the traditional way of hanging the art, art can be displayed by leaning against a wall or by layering. Leaning a piece for a more contemporary display works well over a fireplace mantle. The same can be said for layering a smaller art piece in front of a bigger one.
Art is not to be taken too seriously, just have fun with it. Let your imagination and these tips guide you to express your personality, style and taste, through art in your home.
"Art is not to worry about…" Kahelu