Featured Artist – Claudia Rodriguez

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Claudia Rodriguez explores her painting techniques by using different mediums to find out how they will work together. She says; “Let’s see if they can all play nice”. She uses conventional mediums like acrylic paint and water, as well as paper, canvas charcoal and chalk. She pushes the envelope with anything from iridescent powders and alcohol to wood varnish and wax.

Her art composition shows a mixture as it happens, movement at a standstill which creates the mood and then she adds layer after layer of different mediums to give her art volume and richness. Claudia would describe her art as uncontrolled elements that create feelings and emotions.
Originally from Mexicali Baja California Mexico; Claudia currently resides and works at her art studio in Mesa, Arizona.

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What is a Giclée Print?

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Giclée Printing is a fine art reproduction printed on paper or canvas. The term Giclée (g-clay) is derived from the French verb gicleur, meaning to squirt or spray. The Giclée Prints produced at Think Art Gallery are an archival high resolution 12 color printing process. We use UV stable fade resistant pigment based inks printed on archival canvas. The Giclée Prints are varnished by hand with a clear coat to protect them. They are treated the same as original paintings on canvas and can be stretched and/or custom framed.

Our Giclée Prints are exclusive to Think Art Gallery and cannot be found anywhere else. We offer a wide selection of Giclée Prints in a variety of sizes and print them in house. Normal turn-around time is two weeks.

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Tips for Choosing Art for Your Space

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The easiest way to select art is to choose pieces that speak to you. Remember you may be seeing this art on a daily basis, so you want to have art that you love.

You could start your focus on the style of art that you like. If you are not sure what style you like, it is a good idea to come to the gallery and just look around at the wide variety of styles we carry. The style of your décor can also dictate the style of art you choose.

Color can be another determining factor. Do you want a soft calming palette, or a bright and bold statement in your artwork? Colors can have an emotional impact. You can use a color palette that will complement the space that your art hangs in.

When trying to determine size, you can map out a space on your wall using blue painters tape. Knowing an approximation of the size will make it that much simpler when shopping for art.

Framing can also change the way a painting looks. A traditional work of art can look more contemporary with sleek modern framing choices, and vice versa. Framing can greatly enhance the look of a painting.

Think Art Gallery encourages you to take our art out on approval to see it in your space and lighting. You will also be able to see if the scale is right for your wall.

Featured Artist – Leland Beaman

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Life, according to artist Leland Beaman is a process, not a series of events. He practices in the joyful strokes of color progressing toward a subject, moving and changing. Accurate detail is acknowledged, appreciated and blurred to enhance the radiance of moving life. Beaman’s artwork includes, Tuscan, Florals, Desert Landscape, Southwest and Western paintings.

Early in his career, Beaman painted with a safe and realistic technique. As he matured he felt constricted by the conformity. Beaman said, “My life evolved from needing a precise structure to desiring my own personal expression. Abstraction sets reality to music by orchestrating colors on canvas like a musician arranged notes for a symphony.” Leland Beaman hopes to compose a harmonious blend, pleasing to the eye, but also exciting and stimulating to the soul.

We currently have a large selection of Beaman’s original oil paintings available at the Gallery. We also have a series of Beaman’s open edition Giclee prints hand-signed by the artist and exclusive to Think Art Gallery.

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Caring for your Art 5 Tips

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1. Avoid hanging art in direct or reflected sunlight or under fluorescent lighting.  Heat and light accelerate fading and discoloration.

2. Occasionally dust your paintings with a soft sable art brush. Don’t use a cloth as it could chip the paint.

3. Never spray the glass directly with a cleaner that could run down and get inside the frame, damaging the mats or the art. Spray a soft cloth with the cleaner first, then wipe the glass.

4. When handling art, use both hands on top and bottom or both sides. Do not lift from the top of the frame or from the wire on the back of the art.

5. Try to maintain consistent temperatures and humidity in your home. Bathrooms and kitchens are an unhealthy environment for your valuable art.

Featured Artist – Nancy Ngo

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Born in Chicago, Ill., and then transplanted to Arizona as a young child, Nancy Ngo grew up learning an appreciation for contrasting landscapes. She developed an eye for the difference in the way light reflects on different terrains in the country. She was fascinated with light and color and started to experiment with painting and photography in high school. Ngo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Painting and Art History from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been cultivating a personal body of work since graduating in 2001, drawing inspiration from a rich variety of intellectual and aesthetic sources. Nancy returned to Arizona where she resides with her culinary artist husband and their two daughters.

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Featured Artist Russell Marohnic

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Russell Marohnic is a well-respected and recognized artist in the Southwest who creates contemporary metal artwork in his design studio in Phoenix. Think Art Gallery will be featuring his work at the upcoming Phoenix Home and Garden event, “Masters of the Southwest” which will be held on March 9, 2017, at the Scottsdale Design Center. Click for Event Details

Marohnic is motivated by his passion, creative vision and a profound dedication to create sculptures that draw the viewers into interpretation. The proprietary process for his contemporary, hi-tech wall sculptures include mixed media metals which are primarily stainless steel and copper. Colors are created by a custom automotive process. Elements are strategically layered for a three-dimensional effect, transforming each piece into a natural contemporary elegance that is both dynamic, timeless and striking.

Russell Marohnic is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design at the University of Toronto and has been featured in many publications in Arizona and his art has been selected for exhibitions at many galleries in the US and Canada. He is also a previous “Masters of the Southwest” award winner.

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8 Reasons to buy an Original Painting

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There is a lot to be said about purchasing a piece of one-of-a-kind art.  If you have been buying framed prints, let us give you 8 reasons to consider stopping by Think Art Gallery to pursue an original painting instead.

  1. Buying an original painting supports the artist directly.  Artists pour their hearts and souls into their work, and it can be difficult sometimes to make ends meet in such a competitive field.  You should feel good knowing that when you a purchase an original painting at Think Art Gallery that supporting many local artists from Arizona.
  2. Original Paintings have the sense of touch. A print’s surface will never match the textural variations of a painting.  Whether it’s painting on canvas, paper or other mediums, original paintings have a touchable quality that set them apart.
  3. Original Paintings are One-of-a-Kind.  It is rewarding to know your painting is the only one.
  4. Original Paintings are handmade. This quality brings richness and personality to a home, rather than choosing a factory made print and poster just to fill space.
  5. An Original Painting can “make the room”. A painting makes an excellent focal point in your room. Whether you chose bold, graphic or vintage, the painting you choose is bound to have a bold impact in your space.
  6. An Original Painting can make a house feel like a home. Most often when you purchase an original painting you pick it because it has some meaning to you.  Placing it and seeing it in your space gives you a feeling of comfort.
  7. Original Paintings refresh your spirit. Looking at an original painting can be a gift of daily inspiration.  Why not save up for a painting you adore?
  8. Collecting Original Paintings. Once you have found a certain type of art or artist that you enjoy you can start your own collection.  We have quite an outstanding group of local artist’s work available at Think Art Gallery as well as many pieces that work together to create a cohesive living space.