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Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry, Fine art paintings and giclee prints by artist, Dee Van Houten. Animal art and intuitive art offered as originals and giclee prints.

The 5 Most Popular Art Trends You Need To Know About In 2021

Popular Art Trends That Have Returned In 2021

In this post I’ll talk about the popular art trends in 2021. There are so many contemporary, abstract and classic art trends to learn about in both home decor and the workplace. For example, these trends could be incorporated into your daily living spaces. Learn how black and white art can make bold statements intermingled in with other styles of art, such as, line art. And how metallic tones can be mixed together to create an original and diverse interior. Innovative ways of framing without frames with canvas prints is always a unique way to showcase art. A return to nature art is yet another popular art trend that can help bring serenity to your living spaces.

  • Popular art trends for 2021.
  • Contemporary, abstract and classic art trends.
  • Mix together art and be more creative in your interior design space.
  • Learn about art trends in home decor and at the workplace.
  • Innovative framing for canvas prints.
  • Bring peace and calm to your home with nature art.

Metallic Tones

Another popular art trend is mixing metals in a room using contrasting metal tones that look good to you. Art that has metallic accents, for instance, the silver metal heart image below, would go very well with other art that is carefully chosen to blend with the metallic piece. For example, dramatize the look by mixing together the different tones from the metals you are using. Also consider a sculpture purchase to transfer your ideas of metal mixing in several of the rooms within your home. Don’t be nervous about experimenting with this popular art trend as you may see that you really love it!

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Metalic Art

Canvas Prints

Canvas prints are excellent for hanging work without having to frame it with mats and glass, which can be very expensive. This art decor trend using canvas prints instead of art on paper is easy to do. An image is printed from an inkjet printer onto the textured canvas. After this step, the canvas is stretched onto a wooden frame, but is frameless, unless of course, you have it framed. A gallery-wrapped canvas (when the canvas is wrapped around the stretcher bars and fastened to the back of the frame) is often used when the canvas print is not framed.

Popular Art Trends: A Return To Nature

It’s easy to find peace and calmness when you surround yourself with nature. Whether you take a walk in a beautiful green forest or around your neighborhood filled with flowers, being encompassed by nature gives you that sense of relief from your every day worries, specifically in these uncertain times. New artwork by today’s artists may surround you with a feeling of serenity every time you walk by the artwork, even if you just glance at it several times a day. Contemporaty artists today are producing work from sensuous graphite and color pencil drawings, landscape paintings to organic pottery. You will continue to see this popular growing art trend in 2021.

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SerenityNature ArtAlcohol Ink Original Painting by Dee Van Houten

Popular Art Trends: Black and White Art

Black and white art has never really gone out of style. Like an old classic movie from the 1940’s, this type of time-honored art is still one of the most popular art trends in 2021. Because the artwork is created in monochrome (black and white or in varying tones of only one color), black and white art will endure throughout time. Again, using this type of art in your home (even if its only one or two rooms) will benefit the consideration you have given to all of your rooms no matter how they were decorated. Furthermore, implementing some fascinating monochromatic art in your home or workplace is a great way to diversify and add bold statements to your decor style.

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Lost In The Crowd – Black and White Watercolor Art by Dee Van Houten

Line Art

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Tulip Serenade by Dee Van Houten – Pen&Ink Line Art

Line art is becoming one of the more popular art trends in 2021. Whether the line art you bring into play is contemporary or abstract, it can certainly affect your decor in a very good way. Line art can be delicate or it can incorporate large, bold line images which will clearly impact your interior design as a result. Line art brings about a simpler way of blending with other, more intricate artwork within your home or workplace decor. Contemporary line art may present an uncomplicated look, but don’t underestimate the clean and uncluttered attention it will give your entire space.

  • Metallic tones
  • Canvas prints
  • A return to nature
  • Black and white art
  • Line Art

Although there are many more popular art trends in 2021, these specific five art trends are an excellent way to incorporate distinctive artworks into your home, home office or other workplace. For example, they are adaptable to any interior decor and will give your space an all-around artistic and original look and feel.

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Mardi Gras Art Prints-Absolutely Enchanting! 25% Off-Buy Today!

Commissioned to paint Noah’s Ark as a poster for the 2006 New Orleans Mardi Gras was an incredible opportunity. The client who hired me for this freelance job gave me free-reign (music to my artistic ears). This allowed me to paint the animals and ark any way I wanted. And I used my whimsical style, which the client loved. This was the most fun freelance job I’ve ever experienced. You will love the Mardi Gras art prints!

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Noah’s Ark Mardi Gras Poster
  • Mardi Gras art prints are available as giclee prints.
  • Uplifting and cheerful artwork.
  • 25% off giclee prints

Mardi Gras Art Prints

Noah’s Ark is now available as a high resolution giclee fine art print. You receive 25% off of this print when you sign-up for my mailing list. I only send out emails when I have a new original or giclee print to announce. You will never get bombarded with too many emails from me. Buy this charming fine art print from my gallery-store website at All purchases are secure.

This is what the final poster looked like:

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Noah’s Ark Mardi Gras

Noah’s Animals

Noah’s Ark is a fanciful giclee art print. To illustrate, it features playful animals in pairs afloat in the ‘sea’ of the Mardi Gras parade. And the playful pairs of animals all join in the Mardi Gras celebration. They throw the beads into the sea, play music and dance among the confetti floating through the air.

Dressed up penguins are standing on either end of the ark throwing beads into the sea. Likewise, one of the toucans wearing a party hat sits on top of the Bourbon Street lamp post. And the elephant holds the post up with his trunk.

Furthermore, mice, raccoons, ladybugs and puffins join in this upbeat Mardi Gras celebration. Tropical fish play and throw beads over to the starfish who are dancing on top of the water surrounding the ark. Also, two sea-horses wearing fancy beads sit atop the billowy waves.

The Ark

The ark resembles a Dutch-like design with beautiful flowers painted across its body. Two lovely butterflies flutter around the ark. Pieces of colorful confetti float through the sky around them. And Westie dogs poke their inquisitive heads out through portholes. This delightful painting would look great in a kids room. Anywhere you want to present a colorful, fun and uplifting feeling, this print would fit the bill.

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Art Creates Calm Environments: Discover How

Art creates calm environments in your home or workplace. How do you feel when you look at a piece of art, for example, a painting or sculpture? Viewing art can produce tranquility and peace of mind, as well as a sense of calmness. Who doesn’t want or need that?!

In times of uncertainty (like we are currently having) that creates a lot of anxiety for many people, art is especially needed. I connect deeply with many different paintings, for instance, the work titled, Flaming June. This artwork was created by Sir Frederic Leighton in 1895. A reproduction of this soothing painting hangs in my bedroom. It really does bring me a sense of peace every time I look at it.

I love visiting art galleries and museums. I’ll never forget when I viewed Luncheon of the Boating Party by
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It moved me to tears, I was so overwhelmed, but in a good way. This good feeling stayed with me as I was so engrossed in this painting. I looked at it for at least 30 minutes and could not get enough of this remarkable work of art.

You too can see this beautiful painting! It is displayed in the Phillips Collection at the Phillips Memorial Gallery in Washington, D.C. Seeing this painting positively uplifted me in more ways than I’ll ever know. It’s time for another trip to this gallery and to see one of my favorite works of art!

Connect To A Calming Artwork

Art creates calm environments in your home or workplace.

Silky Waters (above image) is a watercolor I painted which has a very calming aura about it. The silent moving fish and the soothing blue-green colors create a tranquil feeling. These lovely tropical fish swim gracefully in and out of the picture plane. The shapes of the fish are free flowing and colors are softly naturalistic. I own the original because I couldn’t part with it, but you can own this serene painting reproduced as giclee fine art prints. Available at

How Art Creates Calm Environments In Your Home or Workplace.

Creating art or crafts helps to focus your mind. To illustrate, I get in a meditative state when I paint my intuitive artworks. Therefore, it has calming effects and can help to lower stress and anxiety. You don’t have to be an artist to create!

Coloring books made for adults are a wonderful tool to help relieve stress. They are not the kind of coloring books made for children. The artwork produced in these coloring books are beautiful. You can buy them almost anywhere. Give it a try to calm down a tough day you may have had!

If you want to create a calming environment in your home or workplace, think about buying a piece of art! It can promote a sense of healing every time you look at it. Your connection with the artwork is also important. Art is very personal and you will know if you have a connection with the artwork.

Art creates calm environments in your home or workplace.

Serenity Brings Calmness

Serenity, the original alcohol ink painting seen above will be for sale after I mount it and ready to hang (no frame). This painting was created in greens, yellows, blues and oranges (the butterfly) in the medium alcohol ink which waterproof and permanent. Several UV varnish coatings are applied to protect from dust/dirt. The flowers, greenery, dragonfly and butterfly are very peaceful and serene images. Serenity is a little jewel of a painting may be just want you want to look at for a piece of calmness in your life. For instance, you could hang it in a cozy nook that you’ll pass by a lot. The image size is 5″ x 7″.

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Awesome Toucans! Distinctive, Beguiling Toucan Bird Art Prints

toucan bird art prints

Toucan bird art prints are very colorful paintings and available as giclee prints. They are so beautiful and have the brightest colors in nature. Puffin sea birds and lovebirds as well as flamingos and parrots are some types of birds I have painted. These fanciful birds are a joy to paint.

Toucan Talk was originally created in gouache which is an opaque watercolor. The lovely colors and bright and vibrant. This painting was created in a painterly illustrative style. The toucans in the background, which are lighter in color, look as if they overlap each other. This artwork is for sale as giclee art prints. Sizes vary and you can choose the size of the print. Only available at online art gallery-store.

Tropical birds make wonderful pets. I have a beautiful talking cockatiel and he is a joy to behold! He must say about 20 words and phrases. Parakeets, parrots and toucans are some of the smartest birds in nature. These stunning tropical birds have bright, beautiful colors and also long bills. They present a cheerful and joyful atmosphere whenever I’ve been around them. I’ve owned parakeets, cockatiels, parrolets, English budgies and a mynah bird!

Toucan Bird Art Prints

  • Toucan Talk originally created in gouache (opaque watercolor).
  • Realistic artwork portraying several colorful toucans sitting together.
  • Toucans seen in background in lighter contrast to birds in front.
  • Toucan Talk is available as giclee art prints.
  • Available at online gallery-store.
  • Original painting has sold.

Animal Art

Animal art is one of my specialties so there are also many different kinds offered as giclee art prints. Zebras, elephants, tropical birds, dolphins and more available as fine art prints. I offer a wide selection of animal art from my online gallery-store. Fast shipping and custom framing options offered for all prints.

Toucan bird art prints.

Twenty-Five Percent Off Prints!

You receive 25% off of this print when you sign-up for my mailing list. I only send out emails when I have something new to announce. You will never get bombarded with too many emails from me! There are several sizes to choose from and matting/framing is also offered.

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Enchanting Art::Charming Artisan Handmade Jewelry

Painting is a pigment of my imagination…
If I can create art, then everything will be good…

Dee studied fine art painting, illustration, web design, graphic design and communication design. Her collections: SoulWorks intuitive art, LifeExpressions custom order personal paintings and Animal Art. All art you see in her gallery-store at is available as giclee art prints. 


LifeExpessions are painting commissions for client’s who want a personal painting for a loved one, special friend or themselves. The painting features what they are passionate about in their life. The person’s essence is then captured in the artwork. For instance, World Traveler was for someone who loved to travel and adored elephants.

LifeExpressions Custom Order: The Traveler

LifeExpressions paintings are created on either a 10″x10″ or 12″x12″ cradled substrate called, Claybord. This substrate is archival and acid-free. These are the only sizes I offer for this type of work. The finished painting is protected with several coats of satin (low-sheen) UV acrylic polymer varnish which is resistant to chemicals, water, abrasion and ultraviolet radiation. Also, I paint the sides of the cradled panel with acrylic acid free, museum quality paint. Cradled panels allow you to hang your work with no additional framing.

To learn more about one of these meaningful, heart-felt and personal LifeExpressions paintings, please go to the custom order page.

Original Art

Original artworks and giclee prints can be seen and securely purchased from her online art gallery-store. In the Animal Art collection you can choose from flamingos, toucans, lovebirds, puffins, elephants, zebras and several others.

Puffins fine art gouache painting by Dee Van Houten.

You will be able to choose from various sizes and media to have the artwork printed on, such as, museum quality archival matte or glossy paper, canvas and many others. Custom framing is also available. (All purchases are secure; communications between your browser and the website are encrypted).

Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry

Purchase distinctive artisan handcrafted jewelry designed by fine artist, Dee Van Houten. Each piece of jewelry is created with sterling silver components, as well as, raw crystals, Swarovski crystals, genuine sea glass and/or vintage beads. All necklace chains are sterling silver. Some of my necklaces may be designed with raw copper components, Swarovski crystals and/or vintage beads.

Quality Materials

Because I produce my products on a very small scale, I use excellent quality materials for each piece I create.

Artisan Handmade Jewelry by Dee Van Houten
Joon – Artisan Handmade Sea Glass Necklace
  • Sterling silver
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Raw crystals
  • Vintage beads
  • Genuine sea glass
  • Stainless steel
  • Raw copper and/or pewter
  • Cuffs vary in widths
  • No nickel is used in any of my jewelry

I have all new silver metal cuff bracelets for sale! All cuffs are etched by hand and hand-hammered. This gives the cuffs a nice textural look to them.

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