Florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking.
All Devil Wears Prada jokes aside, I love a good floral just about any time of year especially in painting form and from my favorite local artist (and Furman KD Grad!) Brooke Ring. Brooke and I had the chance to connect a few times on instagram (when we realized how small of a world it really was) before meeting in person. Furman Panhellenic hosted a painting class with Brooke’s Floral Bouquets and it was so fun to learn more about her painting style and technique through that experience. While I love the way my piece turned out it was certainly amateur compared to her painting. That class gave me so much appreciation for her abilities as an artist!
Until I began to prepare ideas and pinterest boards to prepare for moving into a new apartment in late April, I had neglected to think about how much a piece of art can really change a space. There was a reason I have always tried to hide ugly cinder blocks in dorm rooms and blank white walls in my current apartment. I am not one to turn down anything colorful and I tend to have the same mentality when it comes to art. That’s where Brooke and her paintings come in. Whether it is one of her beautiful bouquets, ballerinas, coastal scenes (now including sailboats), or antlers, the colors she uses in each piece make them perfect for nearly any wall space imaginable.
Brooke launched a new collection of paintings yesterday and I am so excited to already have one sitting in my room. Flowers that I can't kill and don't even have to water? Yes please. Speaking of water, I can not get over how much I love the Sailboat paintings she released with this most recent collection. That would be the perfect taste of home to add to a gallery wall once I start getting settled in my next space. You can see all of her new collection here and I am pretty positive y'all will be as smitten as I am with the combinations of colors and textures she incorporates into her art! The best part is, she is giving away a piece of her art to one of her instagram followers. As if following along to see the pieces she paints and where she gains inspiration isn't enough you definitely need to head on over and follow her @cbrookering to enter!
While I know it will take me a while to get my next apartment feeling like home (and don’t worry, I’ll keep y’all updated) it helps to have this piece of artwork to brighten it up a bit and help it to start feeling that way!