Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sneak Preview: 2015-16 Winter Designs

We love snowflakes this year, as long as we don't have to shovel them any time soon. Here's we're up to for the holiday and winter season:

We've also got dozens of customizable Christmas and holiday designs at our Heavenly Peace Zazzle store.

- Lynne Sabean

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Like Janusian Gallery on Facebook

Our new Facebook page just went live at

We'll be using it to share product updates, news random musings, and selected updates to this blog. Please visit and like us at .

- Lynne Sabean

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We're More than "Janusian Art" (Whatever That Is...)

We don't know of anyone who stops at a Shell gas station to buy (sea)shells, so we have to smile when we're asked about the "Janusian art" people think we sell. We've read a lot about art images that make the Janusian process more readily understandable (such as Picasso's cubist works, which show subjects from multiple angles simultaneously.). But we want to offer broader selections than just artworks resulting from Janusian thought.

We selected "Janusian" for our gallery name because we're fascinated with the concept of mutually co-existing incompatible ideas. We also know what it feels like to want to do two opposite things at the same time, like wanting to be a successful business professional but also craving to be a stay at home patent. The Steampunk movement intrigues us. We're also struck by the similarities between Janusian thinking and Buddhism (especially the process of struggling with koans). We believe that life as a whole is about learning to live with and rise above apparent paradoxes.

While Janusian Gallery may offer from time to time artwork resulting from the Janusian process, we understand that the artistic process is intensely personal and exists in infinite permutations. We're dedicated to offering good art at fair and affordable prices, with no limits on what inspires it or how it comes into being. We're about democratizing the art buying process and making art a part of everyday life.

- Lynne Sabean

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Janusian Thinking and Steampunk

Last month, we had the pleasure to meet Bruce Rosenbaum, "the Steampunk Guru", at the first annual Vermont Steampunk Festival.

Bruce's company ModVic helps clients incorporate Steampunk design into their homes and workplaces. Bruce recognizes how the Steampunk movement enthuiastically embraces the tenets of Janusian thought. While Steampunk has one foot firmly entrenched in the past (typically the gas-powered Victorian era), it has its other foot in a fantastic reimagined future of limitless possibility. Through his work, Bruce recognized how this combination of opposites facilitates creative problem solving. He recently gave a TED Talk on the subject and we Festival attendees had the privilege of hearing a "test run" of the talk.

While "Steampunk art" is gaining traction as an art genre, does that mean that It is all by its very nature "Janusian art"? We think not. We think of "art" as both the creative process and the resultant artifact (assemblage, painting, drawing, photograph, etc.). We took hundreds of photographs while there, for the purpose of culling them down into a handful of images that might qualify to be "fine art photography." However, we don't consider the cast majority of the images we shot to be "Janusian art." The purpose of the photo shoot was to observe our fellow Steampunk afficiatos and document their wonderful personas, impressively detaililed costumes, and remarkable creative works. (Almost like exotic travel photography, but without leaving New England.)

While shooting, we were not facing any dilemma of two co-existing incompatible ideas, much less rising above them to arrive at a creative solution. Because the select few images that survived a rigorous curating process -- even after lovingly being Photoshopped into something that looked like they may have come from a vintage camera then hand-tinted -- didn't arise through the Janusian process, we don't feel comfortable calling them "Janusian art." Instead, we were merely responding to the outward manifestations of the Janusian process that we recognized and appreciated in the attendees. By and large, It would be more appropriate that weekend to call us reporters than Janusian problem solvers.

In future postings, we'll further analyze the myriad of creative processes and the 2-d and 3-d artworks resulting from them.

- Lynne Sabean

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Introducing Our Be There Invitations Zazzle Store

We recently launched our second Zazzle storefront, Be There Invitations. It offers custom wedding and special event invitations and party supplies. This launch is in keeping with our mission to put as much good art out there -- at affordable prices -- as possible, to as many people as possible, using the power of the Internet and social media. Because we create our own artwork, you won't find these exact images from any other designer.

Here's a sneak peak at our latest collection, "Sea Glass". It was inspired by my inability to walk down a beach with out picking up some pretty "treasures":

Please let us know if there are any designs or invitation types you'd like to see.

- Lynne Sabean

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Janusian Thinking and the Art of Photographing Fall Foliage

Janusian thinking is about the attempt to resolve apparent paradoxes. For example, how can something "be" and "not be" at the same time? How can something be in two places at the same time? How can something be two different colors at the same time?

The following images by Janusian Gallery artist Lynne Guimond Sabean are visual examples of Janusian philosophy. They are artworks of fall foliage, as shot through the window of a moving automobile. While the trees and leaves themselves obviously have not physically changed position during the 1/25-second or so exposure time, they nevertheless appear on the photographs as streaks of color:

Other examples of Artwork where the artist may have employed Janusian-style thinking are:
  • cubist painting (it's our blog and we can put ourselves before Picasso if we want to)
  • Escher's drawings (is the water going uphill or downhill?; hands drawing themselves)
  • figure-ground perception images(like the Rubin vase)

In future posts, we'll be exploring the parameters, if any, of "Janusian Art" (if such a thing even exists.)

- Lynne Sabean

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Arts Education Knows No Age Limits (Janusian Manifesto 6)

We don't believe in saying "If only I'd gone back to school." And it's often at retirement time that people have the time, energy, and resources to take up hobbies and follow their passions. We think there's nothing more wonderful than a toddler scribbling enthusiastically with crayons on a sheet of white paper, unless it's that child's grandma (or great-grandma) taking an art class at a community center.

- Lynne Sabean

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