When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.
Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Here is week 1...
Growing up in the Suburbs of Washington, DC, I lived in a classic Federal Brick Colonial house where all the walls were varying shades of white. In 1992, I bought a home in Brooklyn, NY that had been boarded up and vacant for over 10 years. Friends have called it the Adam's Family house, but for me, my home represents the opportunity to express my true love, color.
(and see more of how PD lives with art here)
Our space is a combination of the art we create on our travels, art gifted to us by talented friends, and the vast array of art that simply comes with having four generations of artists in one family. Some walls literally feel like a revolving gallery show with new work moving in and old work moving on.
I need to see art everyday...art on the walls, in a vase, on a plate, on a face... it doesn't matter where or how, I just need it to breathe... or I get very cranky indeed.
I am drawn to art with a sense of mystery or the unexpected. Art that captures the texture and layering of the paint, the relationship between color and drawing, and the story between painter and painting.
(photo by Teryn Wilkes)
In my studio, I surround myself with art I love, mine and other peoples that I have collected over the years. No rules, just what I love...a collected aesthetic.
My home is typically decorated in earth tones...rich green, brown and blue...so that the art I am attracted to (and create) tends to stand out quite vibrantly in orange, red, turquoise, and is filled with meaning. The art I am drawn to has been created by friends or artists I have met and I know the story behind it.
An artist friend once commented on a photo I posted on FB, "do you live in your paintings?" Upon reflection I realize that my inner world brims with a beauty that cannot be contained, but overflows into my surroundings bringing loveliness in many forms.