Big Bubbles, No Troubles

Several months ago, I first spotted the work of talented artist Gian Garofalo, over on Desire To Inspire.  I was instantly captivated and needed to learn more about the artist.  This quickly led me to the Big Bubbles, No Troubles site, which contained all of the contact information for Gian.

I had been looking for ages for abstract, contemporary artwork that would give my very traditional dining room a bit of a modern edge, and yet still work with the overall design of the room. 

After contacting Gian, I soon became very excited about the idea of having a custom piece of artwork made to my exact size and color specifications.  I knew that this was exactly what my dining room needed… and I really fell hard for the three dimensional quality of Gian’s paintings.

Gian was amazing to work with, and he didn’t even laugh at me when I sent him an email of my colorful candle arrangement in the dining room, (with the hopes of somehow coordinating the color palettes). You may remember my candles from Tuesday’s post…

And, here is the fabulous piece Gian did for us, in all its’ high gloss drippy glory, now hanging in our dining room.

Art washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life.
~Pablo Picasso 

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  1. Krystal wrote:

    Ok, those paintings are incredible..

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  2. Signe wrote:

    Love it! So cool with the 'dripping' paint!
    Have a great Thursday 🙂

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  3. I love it!! It came out gorgeously, Sue, just perfect! XX!

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  4. Beautiful:)Have a great day

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  5. I love it when I get "nabbed by beauty." After all, it is what we talk about day and night–beautiful homes, furniture, antiques, art and the joy of combining it all in different ways.

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  6. Debby wrote:

    I love it, so cool! Your home is really amazing. xo

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  7. Love the dripping paint – sooooo cool!

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  8. How fabulous!! And it's the 3D "drips" on the bottom that make it for me! Looks great against the pale blue. Art is definitely a crucial aspect to any room.

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  9. Thanks for another peak! That's awesome 🙂 The wall color is beautiful!!

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  10. How fun. It must be cool to know that your piece is not like any others, that the artist made it specifically for you. Must be quite the conversation piece. I think what we hang on our walls speaks volumes about us and makes a home.

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  11. Samantha wrote:

    His work is beautiful!! I love the little drips of paint.


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  12. It is stunning; you must be thrilled!!

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  13. Stephanie wrote:

    Very cool! I love the drips! Congrats on your new piece of art – enjoy!

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  14. Cara wrote:

    eekkk! I love it!!
    <3 Cara
    PS. Did you get a chance to enter this Giveaway!?!

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  15. i like it!!!

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  16. It's one thing to admire your talent for searching out and sharing great ideas….but you've taken this to a whole new level. Your painting is a masterpiece and what a fun shot of color and modern to balance out the traditional.

    And speaking of that candle arrangement….did you notice the small round table yesterday? It reminded me of YOUR arrangement!

    xoxo E

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  17. I absolutely love it! You and I have the same taste in art, I featured my Amanda Talley this week, with a peek of yours in the post as well!

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  18. Sue,
    His work is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. I adore those dripping stripes! Fabulous piece and totally your style! And that Picasso quote is incredibly true. What an awesome experience with a fabulous artist.

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  20. Stunning!! I also love your mouldings and chair! How exciting to work directly with an artist and end up with such a beautiful piece- lucky girl!!

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  21. impressive, really pretty and unique

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  22. OMG…I love it and think that is the answer to my fireplace mantel! Thanks for sharing…this was super inspirational as I need a modern touch to my sitting room as well!

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  23. Sue, his work is amazing. and you new piece is perfect. How does he make those drips at the bottom…?

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  24. Oh my goodness, I am in love Sue!!! The drips are amazing!! And it it looks sooooooooo good on your wall! I am going to go check this artist out!!

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  25. Sue, I love it!! It looks fabulous!!

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  26. Ann wrote:

    I love it! The colors are beautiful! And what a nice touch for your dining room.

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  27. Nikki wrote:

    These are so unique. I really like them!


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  28. Josie wrote:

    I LOVE THIS. So graphic and colorful — genius!
    xo Josie

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  29. Tina wrote:

    Looks great! Love the antique chair underneath your new piece of modern art!
    And that glass desk showing itself off in that first pic, oh, I dream of having a workspace just like that:)!

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  30. Jenny wrote:

    That is just gorgeous! Wow!

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  31. Wow that's so different with the dripping paint. I love it!!!

    Melanie's Randomness

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  32. Perfection! I love the unexpected.

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  33. pve design wrote:

    Have you ever seen Kykuit….I think you are the next Grande Dame of opening a museum with Art collections –
    I knew those candles had some sort of significance. Wonderful painting.
    Hope you are well!

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  34. there are those candles again! I love them 🙂

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  35. The Buzz wrote:

    Love, love, love – simply perfect!

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  36. So cool with the dripping paint! Lovely inspiration! 🙂

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  37. Oh my gosh Sue it is outstanding. I just love it!! We have a blank wall in the livingroom and saw a much smaller version of your fantastic piece on Jeff Lewis. Would LOVE to own a piece like yours someday!! GORGE


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  38. Wow Sue! It's amazing. i love the molding and paint color of your dining room. Great find in this artist!

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  39. OMG, Sue, the high sheen is just brilliant & so is the totally unexpected dripping. This rocks, babycakes, big time. xx's

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  40. Katie wrote:

    The dripping paint just makes the whole thing POP!!! I love it, great addition to the room.

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  41. love that painting. its so slick and delicious! reminds me of candy 🙂

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  42. Spectacular. Really. xoxo

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  43. That painting is fabulous!! Absolutely incredible.

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  44. Deanna wrote:

    Oh, it looks incredible. I love the colors against the blue wall!

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  45. Holy wow. Nero luvs. God I'm jonesing to see your place.

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  46. This painting is just wonderful! I love how modern and bright it is with that fun 3-d element. It's so great you were able to collaborate with the artist!

    xo Mary Jo

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  47. LindsB wrote:

    Such pretty colors, love this work of art!

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  48. Stacey wrote:

    Love the colours and it's an awesome piece! I so envy you!:-)

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  49. Estelle wrote:

    Spectacular! Those drips are just amazing and so tactile. Love it. And I love that your candles were the inspiration. Looks like that piece will be a family heirloom.

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  50. I love it Sue! Congratulations on a great investment! Art definitely lifts the soul and I can see that this one will continue to do so for years to come!

    The 'dripping' at the bottom is fantastic. It really makes the piece for me.
    Wonderful choice!!

    Big hugs from Sydney
    xx C

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  51. My Facebook profile pic is me right in front of a piece of are that looks like this… I love it.

    The picture of the dripping paint insane.

    Homan Rajai

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