Artist feature: Helen DeRamus/Does your artwork move you?

I’ve posted about dk Gallery before and you know it’s a place I hold near and dear to my heart.  If you live in the Atlanta area and especially if you think you must stay inside the perimeter to find amazing contemporary fine art, you must visit this gallery.  Recently, I was honored to attend an art talk given by Helen DeRamus, one of my favorite artists at dk.  Today, I’d like to share a few of Helen’s pieces with you.  The photos will do the artwork no justice what so ever, so you must try and see them in person.

Helen shared with us the inspiration behind her latest work.  “My passion for color and texture lives in my paintings.  I love the Southern landscape: rural and urban, architecture and organic.  My senses gravitate to lush vegetation, flowers, trees, and the red clay earth seen through the filter of white-hot light, heat and the humidity that you feel and see.  My current series explores the atmosphere of that landscape, its growth, generation, proliferation, and regeneration, through the use of hot wax, resin and pigments known as encaustic paint.  The atmosphere I seek to create is much like that created by poets and novelists from whom I am often inspired.”

In this piece you can see an example of Helen’s other talent which is photography.  She places the photos onto her artwork and works the wax, resin and color pigment onto and around them.  They appear as a one once the piece is complete.  I loved hearing her talk about stopping the car and grabbing her camera to take the perfect picture.  Helen’s artwork is so moving that it seems you can feel what she was feeling as she worked.



The last 2 pieces are from previous collections of Helen’s, but they I wanted to include them because they are so beautiful.


Do you have any original artwork in your home?  It doesn’t matter if it’s expensive or not.  Does it move you?  Does it make you feel something when you look at it?  That’s what artwork should do.  Art makes your home feel like you.  Anyone can fill their home with pretty things, but it’s more difficult to find pieces that move you, that speak to you.  That’s my challenge to you today.  Don’t just buy a piece of art to fill your walls.  Be patient and find the piece that moves you.  Search your local galleries, etsy or make your own.  I promise it will be worth it.

Have a great day!




What I found this week #3 (and what a difference window treatments can make!)

The response to last week’s Scott’s post was great, thanks to all of you!  If you ever in Atlanta the second weekend of the month, be sure to let me know and we’ll head out to Scott’s and see what we can find!  This week I was kind of all over the place, so here are the highlights. I spent quite a bit of time at Restoration Hardware and loved it!  The Perimeter store here in Atlanta was merchandised beautifully.  My iPhone pics really do it no justice, but here goes.

Love those column lamps and the hanging lanterns.




This would be a great addition to any home.


I know this one’s blurry, but I felt like the blurriness actually added to the moody feeling of the photo.


There were rolled books everywhere.  What do you think?  Would you use them?


I really liked these wrapped books.  A good look for dark bookcases.



Perfect man cave look, don’t you think?


This bookcase was huge and I would so love to have it in my office.


Aren’t these beautiful?


This last photo really epitomizes Restoration Hardware to me right now.  Great graphics, natural woods, leather and warm metals.


I gave my twitter friends a sneak peek of my window treatment install this week, so I thought I’d share it with you too.

Here’s the before shot.  This space already has a lot going for it, but I have big plans.  We started with the window treatments.

And the after.  It’s always amazing to me how window treatments warm up a space.

A closeup of the Barbara Barry fabric.  The dark gray has a slight shimmer to it.  So pretty…

There’s much more to come for this project.  Stay tuned!