Monday, July 24, 2017

Art Art

When I was growing up, Art was a big part of my environment.  I had no idea that other people did not have walls hung with paintings.  My grandfather's home was like a museum, with Tiffany lamps, antique china, Stickley furniture and the like.  Unfortunately, a few years after he passed away, his Malibu home burnt to the ground in one of their horrible fires.  It all went up in smoke.

He was also a painter, who dabbled in oils.  I have several of his paintings in my home, as I was given them before the fire.

My parents bought paintings.  My dad preferred desert landscapes.  My mom liked figures, often done in charcoal, pastels, or woodblock prints.

My home has paintings (I purchase primarily watercolors, though I inherited a number of oils).  Two of my sisters also have homes filled with paintings.  One has a bit of everything, the other loves abstracts.

This is my dad's house:
 This is my house (new sofas, from Costco!)
These are hanging on my sister's walls:
 huh. Each got turned on its ear.  I guess that means it's real art, because they still look good!  And balanced!
Are we odd?  I always thought this was normal, until my husband indicated that he prefers blank walls.  I would have the place hung like a gallery, if I had my druthers.  I have two closets filled with paintings, which never see the light of day.

Again, are we odd?  I guess I never thought about it, until I realized that each of my sisters have so much art in our homes, we will be hard-pressed to know what to do with my dad's collection once he is done with it.  Add to that my quilting, and one sister's knitting, and, well, I guess the creative gene runs deep, along with appreciation.

And on that note, all I've got to show you today is one polka dot:
 and one birthday card.
Thanks for hanging in with me, as I think about Art, and appreciation.  Happy Quilting!!


Barbara Sindlinger said...

Your husband likes blank walls? How horrible. My mother-in-law is an artist - mostly watercolors. I have a few of her oils. I used to oil paint and my pictures are in a closet. (I wasn't all that great at it.) Anyway, I hang quilts everywhere plus other art things my sisters make me. I hate blank walls.

Franki Kohler said...

Thoughtful post Suzanne. I truly feel that we are all better for the presence of art. Once cannot have too much. Consider bringing out the art you have in storage and hanging it above the current art, or rotating it. It will transform your surroundings into something new and dazzling!