Even though we’ve been knee deep in exterior upgrades, our living room has been coming along, too! All of the trim is complete in this room (paint and everything!), interior door knobs are being installed, our ceiling fan has been getting a lot of use (worth every second of search agony; we promise!), and most recently – we’ve added art!
The blank wall between our nook and first floor guest room has been staring us down since the day it was painted, and although it’s a considerable blank gap, it’s never been a good candidate for furniture since it’s along the invisible ‘walk way’ that connects the living room to the kitchen. And because we’ve been brainstorming some very large art above our couch (plans are in the works for that!) and we already have a large framed print in the nook, we thought this space could use a minimalistic gallery wall. Nothing too cluttered, nothing too low. (Jack loves using the walk way as his race track every now and then!)
Some of you may notice a large majority of the art, as we’ve had most of it for years, and we already owned all the frames (a couple were given a facelift with a coat of white paint to keep things cohesive). We did need to order a few new mats (we’re still using the Frames by Mail Matte Designer for that!), but aside from that, we were able to pull everything together fairly quickly! Here’s what we’ve got:
ONE DIY screen print made at a local arts festival // TWO kitty print by Amy Amok from School of the Art Institute student sale // THREE DC #3 (taken during our trip a few years ago) // FOUR bench print from School of the Art Institute student sale* // FIVE Paris #4 (another one taken during a trip!) // SIX Artificial Growing, Ricardo Solis // SEVEN bear + bunny, Nate Duval
And the print that started it all? SIX! The hippo!
We were recently introduced to Ricardo Solis by someone who works closely with the artist (Hi, Aaron!), and being a lover of all things art, I found myself diving into his work and falling in love. Ricardo’s work is so playful and whimsical, yet it’s done with such skill and precision that – well, we think so! – it works just the same for adults as it would children. Really, take a look!
Clockwise from top left: Dressing the Zebra, Dripping Flamingo, Fragile Balance, Creating the Corocoro, Creation of the Giraffe, Leopard. Find all his art prints right here!
His imagination is so spirited, and we love that in Solis’ world, animals are created by the help of teensy, tiny workers. (Didn’t we all think that way at some point?) They carefully apply black ribbon to zebras, chisel elephants from stone and fill a hippo as you would a balloon. He toys with the ‘undeniable existence of a Creator,’ and while his art is beautiful in its own right, the subtle message behind each piece is heartwarming – truly!
Bonus! You can currently get free shipping on all Ricardo Solis orders of $50+ when you use the code ‘freeship50’.
And for all those reasons (and many more), we’re thrilled that we get to spread some of that love. Together with the Ricardo Solis team, we’ll be giving away a $100 shopping credit to one lucky reader! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. Giveaway runs through Friday, July 25th at 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. The best part? This giveaway is available to anyone in the world! Good luck and happy entering!
*Sadly, this student print is unmarked, and it was purchased at least 4 years ago. (Bummer!) On another note, we highly recommend making it to one of these sales at the School of the Art Institute; they’re held once every spring and winter!
Such lovely prints, all of them! I have always been a fan of this type of art. Your gallery wall is inspiring!
I love them all! The one really speaking to me right now is “dressing the zebra”.
Thank you for sharing one more awesome Artist with us. I have art from Anthony Burill thanks to you, and even if I do not believe in the existence of a Creator, I love animals and the style of Ricardo Solis really stimulates creative imagination. It reminds me of a book, Gulliver’s Travels.
Amazing love them all
Fun prints! Your living room is really looking good.
I love “Dressing the Zebra”. Such fun.
The space looks great! I would love the flamingo for my daughter’s room!
I feel like I hit the jackpot with your introduction of this artist. I want all the things!!
That flamingo is perfect.
I love how clean the gallery wall looks, and as always, I’m in love with your art choices. Artificial Growing is an amazing print (and I had already clicked through for the source before I saw the giveaway!), but I also love Ornithophobia. I’m definitely going to be paying attention to Solis’ work in the future.
Love them! Great way to start my Monday :)
Love the cheetah! And your gallery wall too, got to order that Paris print :)
I would definitely go for the zebra. Well, or the flamingo… Hmm… they are all so neat! Thanks for the giveaway.
Wow, those are really interesting pieces! I am having trouble deciding if I prefer the flamingo or the leopard. Thanks for the giveaway!
Such detail. Loving the flamingo.
The flamingo or giraffe. I love them both!!
Love the Zebra! Just a cool idea. Love all of his prints though, but I’d choose Zebra.
I would choose Fragile Balance. And I love your two prints in the mix on your wall. The DC office building is so awesome, and the pop of green from Paris is perfect. :)
All of the prints are amazing, but I really enjoy creating the corocoro and red hot chili bird!
Love “The Big Monument”!
These are wonderfully playful
Love this art wall! Too cool! As far as my favorite piece, I really like Color War and Proposition Absurd!
That dripping Flamingo piece is just so cool. Really beautiful work!
I love the flamingo! It would look perfect in my daughters room!
Love these! I’m a huge fan of Charley Harper, and I love Solis’ takes on animals as well. Thanks for the introduction!
I love the zebra piece! I really love them all actually
I love creating the corocoro, dripping flamingo, and dressing the zebra.
I love the “creation of the giraffe” – I just bought two tiny brass swans, an octopus paperweight, and two bull coat hooks, so I think the giraffe would fit right in!
Love them all! The hippo is fantastic.
my favorite print is Artificial Growing.
I just moved into a new home and the walls are embarrassingly empty. These are so whimsical and fun. I don’t know how I would choose.
Wow, hard to choose! I think the flamingo (or the zebra!).
I love the flamingo! Very reminiscent of Dali!
I love the Hippos, but from his website I really liked swimming upstream.
Wow, those art prints by Ricardo Solis! How whimsical!
That flamingo is amazing!
I love the bicycle art and color war!
Ahhh, I love the flamingo. i have the perfect spot for it.
Love his work! I think I’d choose the giraffe, but if he ever did a tiger, I would be all over that.
these are so clever!
i love this! those prints are amazing and so creative!
this is fantastic! His work is brilliant – and the wall looks great!
Im looking for new art for my living room, this would be great!
I really like Dripping Flamingo and Dressing the Zebra
I was introduced to Solis through another blog a few weeks ago and fell head-over-heels in love. His art is charming and fanciful and so wonderfully imaginative. I love them all, but my first choice is the zebra–I suppose because zebras just look like someone was busy at work creating their stripes with scissors and tape.
I love the giraffe print and I’m usually a fan of all things giraffe, but I just love the “Dressing the Zebra”. There’s just something about the way the stripes are being draped over it’s back just hovering slightly above the skin.
So in love with these prints (omg @ the giraffe and flamingo). Thank you for sharing this opportunity to enter… :-)
These prints are awesome! Love Dressing the Zebra!
Love the prints, orginal and colorful.
These prints are AMAZING!! I am particularly in love with “creation of the giraffe”, but they are all fantastic.
Can never go wrong with a hippo.
That giraffe print is AMAZEBALLS!
So hard to pick just one! It’s a tie between creation of the giraffe and dripping flamingo. Such great art!
My favorite is Color War – so cool!
I LOVE the flamingo print :)
great prints! love the hippo
I love print you have “Artificial Growing” and I also love the vivid colors on “Creating the Corocoro.” What a fun, fanciful concept!
Thanks for sharing!
love his work – especially the giraffe.
I love the Zebra print!
The Dripping Flamingo is so whimsical and pink! love it.
The zebra print. Hands down, the zebra print.
Okay. I love love love all of these.
I love these prints!
I think I’d choose the hippo or the giraffe.
I had previously been introduced to Ricardo’s work in another giveaway opportunity (I didn’t win, don’t worry I am not trying to hoard) I really love his work and how much whimsy it contains. Thanks for another chance at getting some of my own!
I’ve been in the beginning stages of gathering things for a gallery and really all of these would be perfect!! But I gotta say, the giraffe one is my favorite ;)
So fun! The Big Monument and Color War are my favorites.
These are great! Thanks for sharing, I love finding new artists to follow.
Wow, thank you for introducing me to this amazing artist! I am LOVING the corocoro print (well, all of them, but I guess if I HAD to choose…). How fun!
The living room is looking fantastic!
I like the Dripping Flamingo!
I’m over the moon for those prints! I’m normally a giraffe person, but I adore the “Fragile Balance” print!
The giraffe or the hippo, amazing.
ooh, i need to buy ‘creation of the hummingbird’
I love the flamingo print! (and the hippo, of course)
I just love Dressing the Zebra!
I love the Giraffe print! My brother and sister in law are doing a giraffe theme for their nursery and this would be a great addition!
I really love his flamingo prints, including the color war and the flying flamingo.
What a talented artist! Love the prints and I love that you feature artists here and the idea to get art from a student show – great idea!
I saw Solis’ prints not too long ago on another blog, can’t remember which now, but they didn’t feature the flamingo! I love it!!!
Love the idea of a gallery wall with just art and no photos – especially for a child’s room.
I love the flamingo print
Love the Artificial Growing one and the Wisdom one!
I love being introduced to new artists through blogs – it’s usually stuff I wouldn’t come across on my own but I love it.
I think the paint by numbers Giraffe is my favorite.
These prints are amazing. I love the zebra print, and also “quiet reading”.
They are all fabulous, but I have to say “Dressing the Zebra” is my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
I want one of these amazing prints!
Love the Red Bird print on Ricardo’s site.
I’m really liking both “dressing the zebra” and “poisonous color”, so I’d probably get one of those. Or maybe both :)
Love these, they are so quirky :)
Dressing the zebra is amazing, such an imagination he has!
I love that flamingo print – how fun! It would look great in my office.
I like “Quiet Reading”: http://www.ricardosolisart.com/shop/quiet-reading
Love the hippo art!! The rest is great too. :)
I love them all! As a cat lady, I would pick the leopard if I had to choose. :)
I would totally get the giraffe print.
This gallery wall is inspiring me to finally paint all my frames to match. And maybe upgrade our mattes too.
I love Fragile Balance. The expression on his (her?) face is great!
Your house is looking AMAZING! It’s beautiful! I love all the prints honestly and would be quite ecstatic with any of them in my home. But I think the zebra and leopard speak to my heart the most.
This is such a great giveaway!
I love them all, but might choose the zebra print…
Creation of a giraffe would be my pick!
Love his art. I want the flamingo!!
Either the zebra or the flamingo!! Really enjoying your blog – all the way from NZ….
love the ‘Dripping Flamingo’ print and all the other art. Thanks for the lead on this great artist.
love his art!!! so amazingly talented! too hard to choose! all of them are great!
By far my favorite piece is the Flamingo!
Love the zebra.
the flamingo is amazing!
I love them all! If I had to choose just one, I would love the giraffe one!
I would choose Dressing the Zebra. It would go perfectly in my black and white themed nursery for my baby girl due in October. Beautiful work! Thanks for the opportunity!
I love the flamingo one! :)
So creative, I love work like this too! Dressing the Zebra is sooo cool, but I also love the whimsy of the hippo print you guys chose. Love all the art, I’m definitely going to have to check out the custom mat designer! I’ve got a few prints from Europe that just don’t quite fit standard US frames. :)
I love the Big Monument with the elephant or the zebra….or the giraffe. Love the creativity in these!!
I like the zebra or the flamingo
I love the hippo! These are really cool. Thanks for the giveaway!
So hard to choose!
The Hippo! The Flamingo! No, wait, The Giraffe!
I love the Dripping Flamingo!
Looks great! What fun prints! My son would love them :)
All really cool prints, but my favorite has to be The Big Monument with Wisdom a very close second.
I love the hippo!
I think I’m favoring “Dressing the Zebra”, it’s adorable! Another artist putting out quirky animal-themed work that I thought you two might be interested in: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildLifePrints . Seemed these might be up your alley! I have a few of these prints myself, so fun/whimsical.
Oh, man, those are awesome! I love anything T Rex, so those really are right up my alley. Thank you!
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Question though. What color is your living room? I lurv it! Could you put together a list of the colors you’ve used in your new house? I poked around a bit but didn’t see anything. Y’all got style cher!
Thanks, Maggie! The color is called Pensive Sky by Behr. A gray that leans blue :) I’ve really been meaning to pull some resources together, and it’s on my to do list!
My husband and I just bought our first house, so I’m definitely on the lookout for new art!
oh, i love the giraffe!!
The Giraffe!!! I love the idea of tweaking how these animals came to be. love it! going to follow Ricardo for sure!
love the creation of the giraffe!! Would also love to buy the creation of the hummingbird for my Mother-in-Law
These are great!!! Such a cute themed print for the bedroom or bathroom. Thanks!
I’m torn…. love both the hoisted hippo and the giraffe! They’re both so creative and fun!
Aww those are all so cute! I’m kind of in love with the beribboned zebra though!
I took my two little boys (then 1 and 2) to the spring student sale and they loved the pink flamingoes. We found some great prints and I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t buy the “I survived Chiberia” print. We all deserve it.
My favorite is def the giraffe
I love them all! Anything with interesting animals is always a big hit in my house. If I had to choose just one I think I would go with the Flamingo
I love his prints! So delightful.
Color War by Ricardo Solis is my favorite. I love pink and the construction of the flamingo. It reminds me that We are all beautiful and always undergoing a redo/alteration/upgrade/improvements/evolution/shift.
Red Bird and Wisdom are my favs.
I love all of these prints!! It’s so hard to choose just one but I am definitely drawn to “creation of the hummingbird”.
Definitely Creation of the Giraffe. My oldest would adore it, as do I!
love the zebra and flamingo!
I love the “Artificial Growing” of the Hippo print. My boyfriend loves Hippo’s. It’s an odd appreciation that he has for these large, dangerous, and funny looking animals. Slowly, I have grown to enjoy hippo’s too.
These prints are great for studio or craft room!
These are beautiful!
I would choose the leopard – love it!
It would be a tough choice between the different hippo prints!!!
Hi Kim, What size is the Artificial Growing print that you have? I’m debating between the 8×8 and 10×10…or a rectangular-I just can’t decide!
Hi Bonnie! I landed on a 16×16, but keep in mind that it’s the paper size… so the image itself is actually more about 14×14. With that said, I’d suggest going a little bigger than what you think you’d like the actual image size to be, so, 10×10? You’ll love it no matter what!
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