Artwork in Residence

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While art may not be essential to fulfill our basic needs, it does make our life more colorful. When we look at a perfect painting or poster we have chosen to hang on the living room wall. It is a great feeling. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill we carefully select, put a smile on our face every time. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in, which is personable to us. From the guests perspective, art is one of the best ways to express who you are, and reveal your fine taste, so be sure to showcase your favorite pieces.

However, choosing an artwork for home is not easy, and to display them in the right way is critical. Here are a few tips that can help for your next purchase or installation of the next piece of artwork:


1 – Select the most important and visible walls in your home.

2 – Mirror the size of the wall: If you have a long horizontal wall hang a long horizontal piece (or collection of pieces) on that wall.

3 – Fill the wall. Don’t be afraid to use the entire wall

4 – Color is important: Think about the feel of a color before placing it in your room. 

5 – Don’t let the architectural style of your home dictate the art that you have on your walls.

6 – Vary the texture of the pieces in your room.

7 – A frame can serve as a bridge between the artwork and the room.
When selecting a frame, it is important that it complement the furniture and architectural features of a room.

8 – Play with the lighting in the room: After placing the artwork, move your existing lighting around or think about adding new spots to illuminate the piece.

9 – Watch out for glare: When hanging art behind glass, stay away from walls directly across from windows as the light will create glare


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Why Art Matters in the Office

The average hours worked for employees, each week at the office is 47 hours. That is 47 hours that are spent under fluorescent lighting and focusing only on the project in front of you and the people you work with. Introducing art into the work place sets a well established tone that not only reflects visually, but also leads to positive productivity for the employees, making their busy weeks more enjoyable.

Running a private art gallery, Aaron Gallery, has given us the chance to incorporate beautiful artwork around the office. Everyday people comment on how positive it is to be surrounded by art in a work environment. We have been told that, “having art in the work place is like having a window, it gives you something to look at when you need more inspiration to continue working.”


Javier Cabada’s “Abstract Shadows”, Acrylic on Canvas, 84 x 60 in

We have asked the opinions of the employees as well as people who have visited the gallery to see how they feel about the art and how it has effected the place in which they work:

“You walk into Aaron Gallery and are surrounded by beauty, expression, and the most wonderful bouquet of colors. Javier Cabada‘s work is energizing, in a class by itself. The only thing better than enjoying the art in the Gallery is enjoying the art in your own home!”
– Shelia G


Duane Cregger’s “Suncycle I”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 60 in

“Annette and her team are as wonderful as the art curated by Aaron Gallery. Not only are the pieces beautiful, timeless, and expertly crafted, but Annette continues to carry on her family’s legacy providing personalized service to each of her clients. A mainstay of the DC Art scene with 40 years of experience, it is a pleasure to work with Annette and her staff in Suite 800 at 2101 L Street NW. If you’re looking for brilliant pieces to add to your collection Aaron Gallery is the place to visit!”

– Jennifer


Javier Cabada’s “Changing Prisms” Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 60 in.

“Every day at work I’m greeted by the bold, bright paintings placed by Aaron Gallery in my office space. The high quality art is seen throughout the hallways, providing a burst of energy whenever I move through the public spaces. Visitors never spend time here without commenting on how much character and sophistication this art brings to the office.”

– Holly C


Duane Cregger’s “Borealis”, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72 in

The Personal Recipes of Pablo Picasso

Food, much like painting, is a form of art. There is time, dedication, and pride that go into the making of an exquisite meal that is not lost on famous artists. Pablo Picasso has released some of his personal recipes in an interview with Vouge. He is one of many artists that have a knack for cooking, among Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, etc. While Dali and Pollock have released their own cookbooks, Picasso’s recipes went into the Modern Art Cookbook which features recipes of the famous artists of the 2oth century.


The Modern Cookbook by Mary Ann Caws

Once, Picasso had lunch with Alice B. Toklas who decided to serve a dish that included her dressing up a bass with cream, herbs, and a red mayonnaise sauce. She decorated the serving platter with her boiled eggs, a tomato paste, and truffles in a way that she believed would impress Picasso. Upon seeing the platter, Picasso remarked in the beauty of the dish. This was not the only time that the look of the dish presented to him was complimented. Another time his wife, Jaqueline, made him an eel stew and impressed by its beauty Picasso decided to paint it rather than eat it.


Pichet et Coupe de Fruits, Pablo Picasso, 1931

Picasso sees beauty in everything, even the seemingly random. He manipulates what he is looking at so that he is proud of his work and it fits into his personal style. By believing that you should have a sense of pride in all that you do, Pablo Picasso mastered a few of his own recipes in that he enjoyed serving to others as well as eating himself. Feeling confident about his art was carried over into his work in the kitchen and to his palate when savoring a meal. He would never serve something that he wasn’t satisfied with.

Some of Picasso’s famous recipes include:

Picasso’s Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion
4 peppers, red and green
3 tomatoes
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
8 eggs
Salt and pepper


Polychrome Bird, Pablo Picasso,1947

Picasso’s Eel Stew

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons butter
12 small white onions
1 teaspoon sugar
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 mushrooms
⅓ pound salt pork, cubed
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eels of about 1 pound each, cut into four- to five-inch sections
1 bottle of good red wine
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Bouquet garni: thyme, bay leaf, parsley, fennel, and a small branch of celery


Poisson de Chine, Pablo Picasso, 1952

Picasso’s Herb Soup

2 bunches radishes
2 handfuls chervil
1 bunch sorrel
2 cloves garlic
2 soupspoons olive oil
1 egg yolk
6 slices toast (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper


Visage dans un carré, Pablo Picasso, 1956



12 Studios of Famous 20th Century Artists

A studio is meant to be not only to be a place of work, but a place of inspiration, a sacred space. These artists studios, their creative spaces, are almost like physical and spacial representations of their creativity.

Looking at these studios, you almost feel like you were there when some of the greatest works of the 20th century were being made! If you find this interesting, head over to Bored Panda  for an extensive list of artists and their studios.

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Jennifer Stoner Interiors/John Magor Photography. Post 108, No. 1, oil on canvas, 60x48, 2009.

Jennifer Stoner Interiors/John Magor Photography. Post 108, No. 1, oil on canvas, 60×48, 2009.

Collecting and displaying art for your home makes you the curator of your own exhibit, except this exhibit is an extension of yourself.

They say that you don’t buy a piece of art, you invest in it… and while this sounds like a cliché, in reality, it can’t be more true. Artwork of good quality will not only enhance your personal environment, it will also stay with you for generations to come.

Art isn’t just meant to be beautiful, it should speak to something deeper within you-evoking a cherished memory or feeling.

Art is meaningful and for that reason it should be treated with respect in your household. So how do you go about finding the perfect piece of art for your home?

First thing’s first- change your mindset! Many choose art in order to fit alongside or “match” their home. But remember you’re making an investment! The art you choose shouldn’t be based on any other factor than the piece speaks to you in some way and for that reason, you choose to display it in your home. It isn’t meant as simply “decor,” it creates atmosphere– while your furniture or wall color might change, if bought properly, your art display will not.

A beautiful Javier Cabada painting site perfectly in the center of a large living room, acting as a burst of color and a focal point!

A beautiful Javier Cabada painting sits perfectly in the center of a large living room, acting as a burst of color and a focal point!

Do your research! If you’re truly looking to buy a piece of art that will not only stay with you for years (if not generations) to come, you must know what you are getting yourself into before you purchase! Work with an art dealer or gallery, look into the background/predicted future of the artist who created the work, and discuss how to hang or present it! Not only do you want to make sure you get a return on your investment, you also want to know exactly how to handle your new acquisition. You can never get too much help, especially if you’re just getting started collecting. *Plus* When guests ask about that amazing piece hanging in your living room, you’ll know exactly what to say about it.

Viewers Look at a Hebert Sanchez Painting at the Aquamarine Exhibition

Viewers Look at a Hebert Sanchez Painting, Aquamarine Exhibition, Aaron Gallery

Don’t let anyone else influence your decision- while it is important to be informed about the pieces you buy and receiving help can’t hurt, always remember to trust yourself in the end. Art is a completely subjective experience, both to the artist and the viewer. It is important that you always go with your gut about purchasing a piece because in the end, it’s you and your family who will be looking at it most. If you find that a piece is a good investment but you can’t find it in your heart to say you love the work, don’t do it! You’ll know the right piece of art when you see it.



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