Sometimes more IS better. How inviting and cozy is this space?! Groupings of vintage art were used in place of larger pieces for a more eclectic look, and the pillow accents help tie the whole look together., and it all works with the paneled walls. So try using smaller pieces in a large grouping to accentuate a cozy space!
Photo credit: Country Living
Got an awkward space or piece of furniture? Use art for scale and to balance it out! The chairs go with this etagere beautifully, but picture it without the art; the space needed something to move the eye upward and give the wall life, and the artwork did it perfectly. Understated abstract art would work as well and would make a nice contrast.
"Just do it!" ~ Nike
We've all used and heard the phrase "when I get around to it." Years ago, when I was a little girl, my Dad brought home a little round thingy similar to this:
Now, I don't ever recall my Mom using this phrase a lot; she was and is a good housekeeper and always got things done. It was probably just my Dad's being funny, which he frequently was. As I began another piece of art the other day, the phrase "when the spirit moves me," kept running through my head and, the more I thought about it, the more the "round tuit" phrase kept coming up; two different ways of saying the same thing. Below is a detail shot of this latest work in progress, "When the Spirit Moves Me," and you'll see some "round tuits" in it, my version of them anyway. Procrastination can be a crippling thing, and I've learned, just like the Nike people said, to "just do it!"
"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality." ~ George Hopkins
Commitments run the gamut--from a commitment to ourselves (perhaps in the form of a New Year's resolution) to a commitment to another person (perhaps in the form of a wedding ring). Commitments can be hard, and they often involve sacrifice on our part. But the only way to achieve anything significant is to commit ourselves to it. If we never make any commitments, we never do anything significant. Commitments are beautiful because they are proof of a full life. ~ from Positive Quotes for Every Day by Patricia Lorenz
What are you committed to? For me, for the last two years, I've been committed to finding my voice, my signature style. There are so many art styles that I love, that it's hard to choose one to focus on. I've always been fascinated by abstract art, but I've never been very good at it, so my focus for the last two years has been learning about abstract styles and trying them on for size to see which ones I love doing. My commitment to abstract painting has led me to more intuitive painting, to see where the colors, forms, and shape take me in a painting, and I've had a blast. Below is my first really intuitive painting, and one I'm keeping as a reminder of my commitment to my art. I encourage you to think about your commitments; your relationships, your passions, your commitment to yourself to grow. Please feel free to comment and tell me what you're committed to!