Every time I pick up a show from a gallery, I have to haul all the unsold framed pieces back to the basement and decide what to do with them. Fortunately, for the show just finished, sales were good. At least seven framed pieces sold off the wall, but I still had 21 pieces to bring back home. What to do with them all?
As an artist who attempts to sell her work, I often hear people say that they just don’t have room on their walls. And especially in my house, that’s very true. I have tried to find other ways of including art pieces in my home, such as functional pottery, coasters with photos, photo calendars, etc. But yes, my walls are full.
Recently I bought two original paintings. They are meaningful to me because they are painted scenes of Frederick, and I watched the artists create them during the Easels in Frederick plein air competition in June. I bought them because I loved them, not because I had wall space in mind for them. But today, faced with all of the framed prints I brought home with me from the gallery, I knew I had to make some decisions.
First, I decided that some of the framed maps on my wall, honestly framed 30 years ago to help fill the walls of a new house, could be retired. The paintings went in their places. Then I took a look at some of the other things I had on the walls, like framed botanicals I bought at an antique shop because they looked good with the lamps. They are old-fashioned and dated. New stuff went there. The little pictures I had in a group on my dining room wall were replaced by something larger and more imposing.
Next, I took a look at the stairwells. I had some “early years” of my photography hung there, and the work was faded and the prints were bubbled. Down it came. I replaced all of the work in the stairwell, and then realized I had two stairwells in my home, so more went there.
So, to summarize, here are my tips for artwork in your home.
- If you love it, buy it (as long as you can afford it.) You can find a place for it.
- Consider groupings. The one piece you have over the sofa may well be paired with a couple of other pieces, to create a “wall of art.” Just be careful that you don’t overdo it, or it will look cluttered and crammed.
- Take a good look at the artwork you have hanging right now. Is it old, dated, faded, damaged, or just plain tired? Seriously consider replacing it.
- Think about “seasonal” art. Bring out the black and whites for winter, the colorful prints for spring and summer, and the earth tones for fall. A friend of mine does this regularly, keeping her seasonal art under one of her beds.
Art in your home should make you happy. Shop local, and make some “starving” artists and photographers happy, too!
“Life Through My Lens” is a travel/photography blog written by Cam Miller, copyright 2014
Email: cam.miller@comcast. net