Monday, March 22, 2010

A cosy Girl's Bedroom in Pink and a Red Door

This is a bedroom for girls but why not adding a piece of fine art - just to fuel a bit the phantasies - not the worst purpose of fine art . "What is behind the door"? Isn't this a question we are all asking when we see a closed door? Well - ready to make up a story around this... At least the originators of these doors and walls the painting has been inspired by are also still kids - more or less - students from University of Munich and their village.

image source House Beautiful

Unfortunately I did not receive permission to show you how this lovely room looks like with the painting which I fully understand. In my own world I would have placed the painting below between the 2 sconces. But I think you have enough imagination for seeing this possibility.

"Red Door"
(from the Reminiscences series)
26" x 18", acrylic
©Petra Voegtle

If you would like to know more about this painting Red Door please see this link. If you would like to see more paintings of this series please see here.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A fresh Breeze from the Sea...

Normally I am not a fan of baby blue i.e. light blue especially not when - thank heaven - only middle aged underwear turned baby blue in the laundry because I forgot to take out a t-shirt that I had coloured myself in dark blue. Hmmm - the result was - disgusting. But this happens.
This sweet little bedroom made me somehow melt away and reminded me of clear summer days, with a fresh breeze from the sea. I just loved it. But of course I could not leave it as it was - I would add one of my paintings of course and thought of this one Contemplation on a Feather from the pigeon series. I just couldn't help about it...

Check out the pigeon series here if you like with lots of detail pics.

pending approval from My Home Ideas
please click here for the original image source

Contemplation on a Feather
(from the Pigeons series)

18" x 26" acrylic
©Petra Voegtle

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Art for Sophisticated Interior

In case you did not know yet I created another little blog as a resource and selling platform for my (currently) art work so that it can easily be found, with lots of detail photos and little text. The images should speak for themselves.
Lots of keywords have been entered, so that you can look for colours, various media, themes, titles. Additionally I added a search function which also should help to find things quickly. I thought that this is much easier to handle than a website or a blog where you have to scroll through lots of text.
Nevertheless I am offering links to the descriptions and "making of" the pieces - in case you want to know - and links to this blog here with examples of rooms where the art could look simply great.

The idea of the additional blog came into my mind because I often find websites and blogs where it is absolutely not evident at all whether you can buy the objects that are shown and where you can buy it. Even contacts are sometimes difficult to find. You have to look around and search, it takes too much time and in the end I believe potential customers are simply frustrated and give up. I don't want to repeat these mistakes.

The subject "prices" though is an entirely different thing. Although my prices are fixed in general I still want to have a chance for negotiation on certain works. Prices are also dependant on shipping and insurance costs. I can guarantee though that I will answer any question regarding my work within 24 hours.

I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know what you think about this idea or whether you recognize any mistakes here...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

No interior Design but a precious Accessory for your Bedroom

Interior Design has a lot to do with aesthetics. Even if a certain design may not represent your taste and preferences it still is about aesthetics.
Why do we collect all sorts of things? Because we find an object simply beautiful or because it is reminiscent of wonderful memories or because it spreads humour or because we affiliate a certain attitude with it. Quilts on the bed are an attitude. And it can be a wonderful aesthetic attitude for a room, especially when it is a heirloom or a precious piece such as this one - made of silk and handstitched with silk thread in many many hours.
(Don't forget to click on the image for enlargement)

91″ x 102″, Quilt,

Silk, handstitched
©Petra Voegtle

Below are some details of the working process. If you would like to know more about the "making of" this quilt read here


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Art and Interior - a "Market Niche"

When I started this blog I never thought of being unique with the theme "Art and Interior" - I only thought it to be quite a nice and entertaining idea. Of course this little blog is nothing spectacular and my intention was not presenting only top notch interior designs - this is the job of those who are exclusively working for a special clientele.

My intention rather was to present ideas of a working artist who goes a bit further than just finishing a piece of art, selling it and never caring for where it is going to or in which environment it would settle. I am sure there are quite a few artists out there who do care but either they are not talking about it or they do not want to make it public so that the examples could be seen by a broader audience. I think this is a big mistake.

Admittedly - I am talking about my own art work exclusively at the moment - not about other art that could be placed in certain rooms - but this is not the point. The point is that I think that most people feel intimidated by art and therefore feel inadequate to judge where a piece of art could look good and where it is just out of place not to talk about craftmanship and lack of professional execution. I am not talking about art you might have found in a flea market (I love flea markets and art that can be found there) - I am also not talking about art bought by collectors for millions of bucks and not meant to embellish the walls of a small family home - I am talking about art that has a reasonable price, that represents professional workmanship, originality and uniqueness and that creates an emotional relationship with the buyer.

I am sure that exactly emotion is the most common impetus for buying art without knowing at that point of time in which environment it would settle in. Second place takes probably the wish to find anything that fits in a certain room above the sofa or the mantle of the fireplace. That is perfectly acceptable. What sense would it make to buy a painting only because you like it and then you have absolutely no place where it would fit? And even worse - you buy a painting and the place you have found for it is an awful match. Very quickly you would regret having bought the whole thing and curse the impetus that has made you buy art. This does not help the art in general nor the next artist.

And here we have the dilemma. Most people who care for art - or visit a museum or an art opening from time to time - feel what they are drawn too but they don't trust their own judgement. So for proper room design they either consult an interior designer or an art dealer/gallerist. But why not the artist her/himself? Wouldn't it be more appropriate and right to go to the source, to consult that person who knows the most about a certain art piece? And why are artists so reluctant to consider their work a product that needs the same introduction, a certain "maintenance" and care as any other sophisticated product?

I very much hope that my little blog here contributes to seeing art as something available and approachable and not something mysterious and detached. I think the more examples you see where interior design and art are creating a unique entity the more confident people will become to make their own decisions. And maybe the more real art (not the cheap prints, posters and reproductions) will find its way into the homes of people who just have an affinity for aesthetics...

Btw - if you happen to know of any blogs which cover the same subject - art and interior - let me know. I would like to add links!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A cosy Room with a touch of Nostalgia

Currently it seems that I have a soft spot for cosy rooms. Maybe it is the cold outside that has returned where spring temperatures should be dominant.
What I love here are the stucco ceilings and the touch of ease - nothing appears "staged" in this room, it seems to be totally natural. I also like the old apothecary cabinet that has been used here as a practical shelf/closet. And the small crystal chandelier adds a touch of nostalgia.
And of course I would add a piece of art if this were my room: a silk carving (bas-relief made of silk) that depicts an apsara face as a reminiscence of Angkor Wat in Cambodia with its many apsara wall reliefs.

with courtesy of
click here for the original
image source

If you would like to know more about silk carvings in general and the series about Angkor's Faces please use this link.

( from the Angkor's Faces series)
silk carving, 14" x 14"
©Petra Voegtle


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An opulent Lady's Boudoir

This could be the lady's bedroom but it also could be a very generous guestroom for very special guests in a home where hospitality is considered an important virtue.

I love the colours and the aura of this boudoir and the original very decorative paravent that was placed in the same position of this room. But if this were my room I would add just a tiny bit more contrast and drama, a bit more material for your imagination. And what could be more appropriate than an interpretation of one of the most famous loving couple: Krishna and Radha from the Indian epic Mahabharata.

This precious paravent has been hand carved in many hours. It consists of 3 panels. It has been glazed with an ivory colour, patinated and waxed so that it looks like old ivory.

original image source from

"Krishna and Radha"
Indian style triptych, hand carved, massive wood, 85" x 93" x 7", 65 kg
©Petra Voegtle

Intrigued to see more details then please check this link
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