Artists Corner: Michael Stanford – Pointillism Master

“Snow Maid”

The definition of Pointillism in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is:  In painting, the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting colour to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. The term (and its synonym, divisionism) was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat. See also Camille Pissarro; Paul Signac.  Marin County Artist, Michael Stanford uses this technique to create surreal images of mythical characters, landscapes, animals and other worldly creatures that enter his imagination.  Self-taught, he is an artist whose attention to detail and high standards result in extraordinary works of art to be appreciated by young and old alike.  Both haunting and sensual, Michael makes Fairytale heroines come to life, one dot at a time.  For more information about Michael and about how to purchase his artwork (both Original Works and Fine Art Prints) visit his page on ArtSlant Worldwide.


“Fort Baker”

Need Interior Design Help? – Candice Olson to the Rescue

In search of decorating ideas?  Distressed homeowners have no fear.  Candice Olson, Canada’s Top Interior Designer and Star of HGTV’s Divine Design can turn any room into a showplace!

When Candice answers a call for help, she listens with an intuitive ear to what kind of space her clients wish to create.  Then, like a magician, she whips out her pens, paints, fabric swatches and samples to draw a detailed guide for her band of merry helpers to follow.  Next, “The Team” (Chico, The Electrician, Sewing Specialist, Edmond, Paul, The Carpenter and Andrew, The Painter) lead by Candice proceed to have a rollicking good time bringing that vision to life.

Her drawings are legendary and an Art Form onto themselves.  They are usually presented to the client at the end of the show.  As an interior design “Weekend Warrior” myself, it is a delight to watch her transform “Drab and Dreary” into “Inviting & Fabulous”, plus it is always entertaining to see the big “Reveal” at the end of the show.  Wouldn’t you feel at home in one of these rooms?  I know I would.  Catch an episode of Divine Design for yourself and let us know what you think.  Sweet Dreams!

Click Here for more information about Candice Olson, her TV Show and her new Furniture Collection, Fabric Collection and Design Gallery.

Book of the Week

From The New York Times Best Sellers List

Week of December 12, 2010

Synopsis: MY PASSION FOR DESIGN, by Barbra Streisand. (Viking, $60.) A tour of the star’s recent homes includes her photographs of the rooms she has decorated and the art she has collected.

Release Date:  December 7, 2010


Barbara Streisand exposes yet another talent to the world.  She has mesmerized us all with her velvety vocals, made us laugh and cry in her cinematic triumphs and has been an involved and active citizen with her many special interests.  In her new book, My Passion For Design, Streisand invites us into her homes and shares her most personal treasures.  As a lover of art and design, I can’t wait to open a copy of this book and visit with Barbara.  I hope you will too.


Decorate For the Holidays With Martha Stewart

During the holidays, the Christmas tree becomes the center of home décor for many of us.  Martha Stewart, the Queen of Home Décor shares 35 different ways you can create a theme for your home during Christmas.  Martha Stewart’s Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas give us both traditional and non-traditional options for the tree.  Take a look at them all and tell Lifeaccessories which one is YOUR personal favorite.