Thursday, February 12, 2015

Living With Art: 1


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.

29 comments:

Darlene Campbell said...

I was so excited about your "Living With Art" project that I knew I'd check your Blog at midnight to see if it was up. YEP! Fabulous concept Seth...such a joy to view this. Want more!!
Cheers-Darlene

Jo Murray said...

What glorious interiors...and art

Patti Sokol said...

Once again Seth a great idea. Now I have Thursdays to look forward to seeing exciting posts from you.

amy of four corners design said...

looking at these peeks into other artist's lives...love it...thanks...

Gigi Harlan said...

I love this idea of yours! The features are beautiful with fabulous art! I am doing mine soon. I was waiting until I super-cleaned the house. I am happy I don't necessarily have to zoom out too far. My house is old, little and packed with too much stuff after 20 years of living here!

Lin Collette said...

such great photos and comments on the art they live with. Art is essential to our lives, whether we're artists ourselves or not, and I can't imagine living without it.
great post!

Karenliz Henderson said...

WOW! Love this. I think this may be my favorite project of yours. Again, Seth you give us all so much visual joy that reaches down to our artists soul.

Caterina Giglio said...

Gorgeous... wonderful idea...

Barbara Smith said...

Oh Seth, this is such an awesome project. I love every detail. Thank you so much!
Peace & Love,
Barb

Rita Vindedzis said...

Thank you for creating this great series of posts Seth. I always love to see how others live with art.

Veronica Funk said...

I love this...thanks Seth!

Marie Danti said...

Wonderful to see these Seth, the love shines through. Looks like you've got another winning book idea!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Great to see the art collections of other artists in situ....!

lynne h said...

jeez, *that* was a visual treat! thanks seth!

xoxo

BLockHEad said...

All fabulous! I always have expectations that an artists d├ęcor will reflect their art and this has not disappointed!

indira said...

Fabulous! What a treat!

Kirsten Reed said...

Such an interesting post and peek into the world of other artists! Thanks! :)

oneartistjournal.com said...

Such lush images of owners of houses through the art they choose to surround themselves with. Rich and inspiring and a brilliant concept for a project. Your projects Seth, always uplifting, inclusive, generous, and illuminating us all.
Orly

Robyn Wood said...

Awesome idea Seth! It is fabulous to see these peeks into the lives of other artists.

Wen Redmond said...

Great Scot! What a terrific idea! These will prove to be fascinating!

JackieP Neal said...

Another super idea Seth!!
Such a visual treat for one's eyes and how exciting to peak into other artist's lives- every artist's "showcase" was so intriguing,makes me want to see more!
Now, I must get mine to you!
Thank you Seth! ")

Jane Wetzel said...

first Seth..you are brilliant :) this was so fun - thank you...omg one place is more awesome then the next..tyou for sharing! looking forward to more!

Connie said...

Simply Awesome! thanks for sharing!

elle said...

This is so great and combines two luvs, art and personal home improvement!!!!

Kay Wallace said...

I am humbled....

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Seth, these are such wonderful spaces! I am so glad I stopped by today to see this display. Thank you!
roxanne

Stephanie said...

love!

Hastypearl said...

I'm loving this series. First we saw each other's studios, and now our living spaces! What is it about humans, that we Love to see inside of each other's homes? ;) Laura

Terrie Purkey said...

A great idea and so fun to see how artist's live with art. We are a different breed..... Thanks to all the artists willing to let us peek into their homes/studios!