Surround Yourself

Have you ever looked around your house and thought, wow, this is so BLAH!

That has been my feeling of late.  Granted, I need to change things up and do some wall painting… but with what?

Of course, if you ask, then you shall receive… and this quote as in my inbox when I woke this morning, posted by newbloggycat :

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Works of art to see my soul.  Well, I make art.  Does that count?  My heart gave me a resounding NO!  After all, I didn’t have ONE piece of something I created hanging on my own walls.  I always thought it felt pretentious.  My husband says I am just silly.  And do you know what?  Even my personal photographs of my children are shamefully absent.  ACK!  Bad mommy, bad mommy.  Moving on…

So now onto the tough questions.  Have you recently purchased a piece of art that inspires your soul?  Is your home or personal space reflective of who you are?

Do you admire the work of an artist or photographer, crafter or creator, yet shy away from buying something from them?  What is stopping you?  Think of it as buying local for your soul.  It’s a win/win!   I FINALLY bought a print from an artist that inspires me… and its really what got me to thinking about this whole idea.  It felt ridiculously indulgent.

Seurat 2

I had only ever done it once before when I  bought a print of George Seurat from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The idea of pointillism simply amazes me.  Unfortunately, the print has a really pink border and even a pink metal frame so it ended up relegated to a dark recess of the basement.  Perhaps I need to change the frame and bring it out once again.

So, you saw what I did to my dining room chairs.  I think there is going to be more of that color splashing going on in this house.  I am going to hang my new Instacanvas print and make over some blah frames needing a pretty display inside them.  Watch out beige, ecru, dustysand walls!  I am not sure you are going to know what hit you!

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Surround Yourself

  1. You go girl!! I hang my own paintings and other original works from family members on my walls. I have framed photos of my girls everywhere! I make stuff to colour coordinate too when I feel a little something is required. I have pieces hung, leaning and lurking while I ponder what to do next ….. Once I had a visitor who stood in my lounge with her mouth open, turning about in a circle she said ‘It looks like a beautiful shop in here’ That made me de-art and put quite a lot away out of sight! So, in short, I think it is important to surround yourself with beauty – just not too much 🙂

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