Artwork On A Budget (Cont'd) + Chicken Cucumber Sandwiches Bonus Recipe

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To me art and artwork represent the soul of a home
yet I've found that especially in the United States,
people tend to be nervous about art and collecting art.

I understand. Check this out.

Famed American fashion designer Marc Jacobs, the head designer for Marc
Jacobs, as well as Marc by Marc Jacobs, with over 200 retail stores in 80 countries has stated,

"I had it in my mind that only incredibly grand, extremely wealthy people lived with art of any sort." (W. Magazine )

Can you believe that! Please let me share it is possible to overcome this reticence and it can be accomplished with style and on budget. Let's look at some art and artworks, let me share some tips.

Giacometti Art and 'Giacometti-esque' Art

Swiss Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966) is noted for
his bronze objects that are thin and elongated, almost appearing as if they were without weight and inertia, their meager impression is increased by the contrast with the rather compact bases that Giacometti places them on.

Alberto Giacometti found his own unmistakable style, giving his figures a maximum in expression by reducing and densifying them.  The relation between figure and space became the central issue of his artistic work.

Giacometti's style is exquisitely displayed in this spectacular penthouse photo at left (and the whole article) by the Wiseman Group.  It is luxuriously- simple beauty. Architect Ugo Sap created a perfect background for a world class art collection (among which, the table display is a Giacometti sculpture). The Wiseman Group designed all the interior furnishings to coordinate with the contemporary aesthetic.

A Horse Sculpture By Another Giacometti

Left, this horse sculpture which sold at Christie's Auction for $39,175.00, is also by a Giacometti.  Diego Giacometti (1902 – 1985)  is the younger brother of Alberto Giacometti. This singular horse, standing 6-5/8" tall, circa 1978, is entitled "Cheval A La Tete Haute," French translation, "Horse With The Head High".

I would like to offer up some sculptures that have what I call a 'Giacometti-esque style'.  They are beautiful, but, moreover, they are affordable.

Right, Affordable Art Sculptures,
"Walking Horses," Available From
Something Beautiful Shoppe, The
Tallest Is  22.5" High And 23" Long

Left, "Reaching For the Star," More
Left, "Scooter," More Affordable Art,
Sculpture Available From Something
Beautiful Shoppe

Brian Kershisnik Contemporary Artist - Original Oil Paintings Sell for $50,000 Plus  

The oil painting at the beginning of this article, "Young Astronomers," is a Brian Kershisnik's piece. The original oil and all of the signed and numbered giclee prints are sold out.

But, the artwork at right, "Dancing On A Very Small Island," is available, as are many other Kershisnik prints, and you can see them by clicking here.

Brian Kershisnik is an contemporary American artist, born in 1962, who's original oil paintings are selling for $50,000 + +.  Yeah, Kershisnik has some talent.

Brian Kershisnik artwork is hot and will only becoming hotter.

"Angels," shown at left is available as an affordable giclee pigment print of an original oil painting by Brian Kershisnik. It is signed and numbered by the artist and available for sale at the Something Beautiful Shoppe.

Yes, decorating with a rich palette is highly appealing but so often unfortunately exorbitantly expensive. But you can have this beauty, you can have Brian Kershisnik's magical art that sells for $50,000 ++ in your living room -  in limited edition prints, signed and numbered by the Artist.  Again another approach to collecting art for our homes is purchasing high-style reproductions of original art pieces, like the Walking Horses Sculptures shown above, from the Something Beautiful Shoppe, that I call 'Giacometti-esque'.  

They are high on appeal, at a lesser cost.

Go embrace art and artwork for your home - create your home's soul - create art that embraces you and your family. 

If decorating like this isn't easy for you, if you are in need of design assistance with selecting art and artwork, our designers at the Something Beautiful Shoppe will be happy to work with you - working with a professional helps assure you get the look you deserve while helping eliminate costly mistakes.

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"America: We Own Western Art, It's Ours
"Decorating My Home Journal Entry:  My Studio Apartment (Small, Temporary, Pretty)"
"Art Objects Make Room Come Alive"
"Posters As Art"
"Robert Doisneau, Famous "The Kiss" Photo & His Frank & Humorous Depictions Of 1950's French Life"
"Decorating With Art And Objects D'Art"
"Decorating My Home Journal Entry:  Santa Fe Meets Chic Style - Update of Decorative Painting"
"Decorating My Home Journal Entry:  Master Bedroom Paint Color - Da Da Da Dahhhh!"
"Walls As Art"
"Decorating My Home Journal Entry:  My Loft Apartment - Rockford, IL"
"Design Art - Brad Pitt & Marc Jacobs ( & We) Can Enjoy The Style"
"Chalkboard Art"
Also see my Pinterest Board, "Alternate Art Forms (Chalkboards, Paste On Murals, Random Other Stuff) & Decor"

Chicken Cucumber Sandwiches Bonus Recipe

"I have made these many times for large gatherings.  Everyone loves them and there are never any left.  The sandwiches may be made up to 24 hours in advance, covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated.  It makes a huge amount of sandwiches (you can easily reduce the amounts in half easily also, if desired).

Yields:  75 Small Sandwiches


2  8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup mayonnaise (reduced fat is ok, do not use fat-free)
3 cups finely diced cooked chicken
3/4 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
3 celery ribs, finely diced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
6 green onions, chopped small
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste, I use seasoned salt)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
84 slices fresh white bread or 84 slices whole wheat bread


  1. In a medium size bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese and the mayonnaise until well blended (I use a whisk.)  
  2. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chicken and the next 7 ingredients.
  3. Cover and chill the filling for 4 to 24 hours.
  4. When ready to prepare the sandwiches after the 4 to 24 hour chilling time, cut the crusts off of the bread slices.
  5. Cut the bread slices into desired shapes - you can simply cut with a straight knife, or, use cookie cutters, assorted metal shaped cutters, medium-size round biscuit cutters work also.
  6. Spread half of the bread shapes with the chicken mixture and top with its matching shape.
  7. Roll the sandwich edges in chopped fresh parley if desired
  8. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap until ready to use.

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