Here's yet another fun, creative way to live with art! I happen to love this idea, and the fact that this image shows overlapping art decor in a beach house makes it even more palatable. If you've got shelves with no books (I can assure, I do NOT have this problem at my house!), this is a great way, casual way to display multiple pieces of art. It forces the viewer to move the art to see what's underneath and, hopefully, to actually look at and study the pieces. Any art will work: framed or unframed paintings, photographs, vintage paintings, even mixed media on old book covers (of which I've done several; more on that at a later time.). So, if you don't have wall space, don't be afraid to overlap!
I'm a traditionalist, and maybe some of you are as well. After we bought our two-story Colonial almost 30 years ago, we decorated our formal rooms in a traditional style, which made sense to us because, well, it was a Colonial, and that's just what you did. My family room is more relaxed, and if I were to decorate a new home, I'd probably have a more contemporary decor. But, I love my home and furnishings, and buying new furniture just to accommodate a piece of art is not feasible. However, as you can see in the picture above, this homeowner paired a simple abstract piece with the more traditional look of the room itself. It works because the artwork is simple in design, with a limited color palette. The bold red in the painting works perfectly with the red carpet, and picks up the piping on the sofa and animal print on the chair. So, even if you've got a more formal room, don't hesitate to add an abstract piece of art that you love, by keeping it understated and elegant. Sometimes, less IS more!
For the last two years, I've been on a journey and had a love affair with abstract art. Let me just say, in the past, I was not much of a fan, I never really "got it," not to mention the fact that, despite how it may look, for me it's a very difficult style of painting to achieve with success, although I know some very talented artists who do it well. So, that's why I decided to explore abstract art two years ago in my artistic journey. Yes, it is subjective, for the most part; each viewer will interpret it in his or her own way, and for me, that's the beauty of it. Abstract art can evoke emotions and memories in a very personal way, just as it did for the artist who painted it. So, in this post and in some future posts, I'm going to explore decorating with abstract art and, hopefully inspire in you an appreciation for it.
I believe that abstract art can adapt itself to any decor, depending on the colors and style of the painting itself. In the above image, this seascape warms up the wall in this little corner; the colors used in the painting, with the calming sea foam green, shades of blue, and the touch of yellow at the skyline and in the clouds, blend perfectly with the yellow walls and the simple, almost rustic table, and the browns blend with the floors beautifully. And, even though this is what I would I call a semi-abstract piece, there is still a touch of realism. You can choose how to see it; I see a seascape, but others may see a landscape with a small body of water in a valley, still others may see brushstrokes and colors that work well together, without really seeing a subject at all. And that, my friends, is the beauty of abstract art.
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Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back - a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. ~ Anais Nin
The best part of life is that we do not have to have the same life day after day, month after month, year after year. If we are determined enough, we can improve our lives at any time. ~ from Positive Quotes for Every Day by Patricia Lorenz
I just watched a very powerful short video by one of those life coaches (yes, I do occasionally find what they have to say interesting and beneficial). His basic message was to stop playing the same message in your head day after day, the victim mentality. I'm very guilty of this at times. I tend to believe that other successful people simply have had better luck than I. I realize they work hard, but I've also thought that they are just more "worthy," and have been in the right place at the right time. This coach says STOP IT! Luck has nothing to do with it, and when you say this, you're playing the victim. Today I'm going to go forth and not give in to this habit; I'm not going to let these excuses take hold in my thoughts. There is power in your mindset. Are your dreams talking to you?
"Dream Whispers" - Terri Edwards, 2016 -https://www.terriedwardsart.com/abstracts-av…/dream-whispers
I'm currently reading one of those self-help books for entrepreneurs by Seth Godin, called "The Dip." The Dip is a stretch of time for creatives, business people, etc., that you go through in your career, but that sometimes makes you feel stuck, but that, even when it seems difficult to keep going, you do. You're experiencing The Dip, according to Godin, the time when you are learning and honing your skills and promoting yourself. Going through The Dip can take years of hard work. The opposite of being in The Dip is being in a cul-de-sac, or, if you prefer another analogy, a hamster wheel, where you keep running in circles, or find yourself in a dead-end cul-de-sac going round and round with nowhere to really go. So, the premise of the book is do you work through The Dip, or realize that your're in a hamster wheel/cul-de-sac and go on to something more suited to your skills? Once you get through The Dip, it's supposed to get easier, you just have to stick with it. I feel like I've been through a lot of dips in my art journey, but probably more hamster wheels, truth be told. It's probably why I sometimes go from style to style, trying to find the one that suits me and my personality best. So, think about your creative endeavors or business strategy, and ask yourself if you're Dipping, and working through The Dip, even though it might be tough at times, or ask yourself if you're in that wheel, spinning around and getting nowhere, and maybe it's time to change your focus. I'm sharing a small piece that I'm working on that has a "dip" in it, and I wonder if if I put in there subconsciously. Hmmmm... Comments always welcome! Tell me about your dips or cul-de-sacs.
Take a good look at the piece below, because I kept messing with and it will never be this good again, in my opinion, but we will see. Sometimes these "uh oh" moments work out for the best, but sometimes a big tube of white paint is an artist's best friend. That's what I love about being an artist, though: the constant challenge of working out color combinations and pleasing composition. But, I tend to do this after the fact, that's just how I work now and it suits me better. Rather than write down ideas and pencil in a composition, my paintings lately have been intuitive and organic in nature. Yes, I usually have a particular color palette in mind, but rarely will I have a design mapped out. Some professional artists might say that's not a good way to work, but everyone has their own way and I don't think there's any right or wrong way, as long as it works for you. So, I'm going to blog more about my process and works in progress, and post some progress pics along the way. This way, maybe you can connect with a piece more if you know the story behind it. For this one, I wanted to do circles, just because. Circles are complete and aesthetically pleasing, I think. The title will be "It's My Party," and you know how the rest of the line goes. I'm going for balloons here, and the suggestion of crying, but I want it to be a festive looking painting as well. Tune in later and see how I finished. But I'm still thinking "why oh why did I do that?"