Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays. It’s just about having fun! It’s about saying farewell to the old year and looking forward to the next. Weather you make resolutions, or take a Polar Plunge, or just have a good time, New Year’s Eve is just great. And it wouldn’t be complete without fireworks!

An amazing photo of a breathtaking fireworks show in London

I have seen some great fireworks in my life, but I’ve never been to a huge show in a big city. So today, we’re going to take a quick look at some of the best fireworks shows around the world! First, shown above, we have London. The fireworks look amazing over the Thames. You might even be able to match some of the color to our mat colors!

A great bit of photography, capturing an amazing moment near the Sidney Opera House

Not to be outdone, Sydney Australia puts on a great show. The fireworks reflecting off the Opera House are a breathtaking sight. Though of course, a display like this would look amazing anywhere. Seeing fireworks over the water, there’s nothing like it.

A great photo of the fireworks over New York

And finally, New York City puts on an amazing display as well. Once again, the fireworks over the water look absolutely amazing. I know the crowds are awful, but seeing it all in person, and being there when the ball drops, must really be amazing. So, everyone, stay safe, and enjoy your New Year’s!

Van Gogh’s Lonesome Sale

Van Gogh’s Lonesome Sale

It is one of the sadder facts of Van Gogh’s life that he only sold one painting while he was alive. We will look into that in a little bit, but for now I want to concentrate on this painting. As often as I had heard that story, I realized I did not know what painting it was. It was the Red Vineyard in Arles, shown below.

A great painting by Van Gogh with great use of color

I don’t recall having seen this piece before. I certainly hadn’t paid it much mind. Looking at it now, though, it does strike me as a wonderful piece. The style and use of color are very much Van Gogh’s. He was attempting to capture the beauty of this autumn vineyard by the river as the sun sets, and the people who work it. It is a lovely piece, containing a lot of images Van Gogh liked to use in his work. If you want to display this piece in your own home, consider a custom mat and frame to really make it pop.

A melancholy portrait painted by Van Gogh

As I said, though, the above may not be the full story. The Red Vineyard is the only painting we know for sure that he sold, but it is likely he sold others. It was common for artists of the time to trade or sell the early works to pay rent, or even to barter for more painting supplies. I don’t believe we know how successful he was with this, but a number of sources indicate that Van Gogh sold a few paintings. The “Portrait of an Old Man with a Beard” above may have been a painting he tried to sell at one point.

An early outdoor nature painting by Van Gogh, which would look great framed in an autumn room

And finally, I thought I’d take a moment to look at one of Van Gogh’s early paintings. The above piece is simply called “Girl in White in the Woods.” Van Gogh hoped to capture the feeling of walking in the woods, to try and capture and sounds and smells and changes and put them on the canvas. Though he got better as this as he went along, I still like this piece. If you’d like your own collection of Van Gogh pieces to displayed, you could put all three of these into a Custom Matboard.

The Unpaintable City- Monet in Venice

The Unpaintable City- Monet in Venice

We’re in the holiday rush here at Matboard and More, just like some of you I’m sure! There’s still time to get in Christmas orders, so have a look at our new multi-opening frames. However, even when busy, it’s important to take some time to enjoy yourself. As a great philosopher once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look and around once in a while, you could miss it.” In that spirit, I decided to take a little more time to look and some of Monet’s work. I was familiar with the famous painting of the island monastery, but not the other. So, let’s have a look.

An epic Monet painting with excellent color

This first painting is simple called The Grand Canal, showing one of Venice’s main canals. The Salute Church makes an excellent background, and likely the reason Monet chose the spot. He painted the grand canal a number of times, but this was probably my favorite.

A colorful painting by Monet with very interesting techniques

This one is called “The Rio Del Stella Salute.” I was not able to find much information on the piece itself. However, I am a big fan of the use of color around the water. Something about the way they blend together while still reflecting the bridge and buildings around them.

More Monet artwork, an oil painting of Venice

And finally, one of the man pieces Monet did on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The building left an impression on him, because it seems as though he painted it more than any other building. Monet in fact did over 30 pieces while he was in Veince. Perhaps you’d like to put at mat on some of them. In any case, I hope you enjoyed this brief look at Venice as Monet saw it.