Thursday, February 26, 2015

Living With Art: 3


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.

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and here is week 3...



The art I buy always reflects something that I care about. I always try to make contact with the artist, either in person or online, because I want to have a personal connection to the artist, what they create, and what I hang on my walls. Mostly I find that what I purchase I fall in love with immediately because it speaks to me.

A tie to the past and an appreciation of the present; everything I hang as "art" has a personal connection (an exhibit I attended, art by friends, a piece purchased or given in connection with some occasion and even some of my own art). It is not a stagnant arrangement but changes according to my mood and inclination but always reflecting color, texture, pattern and tone.

This photo features the crow and raven shrine over the fireplace. I am quite obsessed with these birds and collect their images. The "shrine" features themed works in various media. Some are my own works, others are gifts from family members or works that I have purchased from other artists. The blue glass holds a collection of gifts from the neighborhood crows, gathered during summer dog walks.

I strive for an understated elegance in my own work and surroundings. I want to live with art that reveals itself over time - which I never get tired of seeing.

Self indulgent! I surround myself with work I love and that sparks my imagination and eclectic creative longings. This may be folk art, contemporary art...my art, friend's art...lots of my daughter's art, the only thing I am really lacking is that hidden unknown space I stumble upon in my dreams. That place to put MORE art.

I am eclectic collector of art, tho' I lean toward Australian artists. The work of Aboriginal artists is unique and usually has a story that is a part of their culture. This always reminds me that art is part of who you are, and where you sit in context of the history of the world.

I like to surround myself with color and light - life is dark enough. The art in my home, whether mine, or artists I admire, fills me with inspiration and joy.

12 comments:

elle said...

I'm agreeing to the personal connection and definitely must be uplifting, as there is a lot dark to be pushed back. Thanks Seth I'm rethinking my own space and this series is illuminating!

amy of four corners design said...

thanks Seth for a great post - I'm loving this series...I love sneaking a peek into other's homes...and thanks for including my space...I linked to your post on my blog today... :)

Karin Bartimole said...

Great series Seth! Nothing better, and inviting to me, then a home filled with art. I feel like it helps me get to know a person, when seeing what art they love enough to live with every day, especially when I'm first meeting them!

Jo Murray said...

Thank you for including me in this series Seth. I must say, compared to the homes of other creative people, mine looks almost Spartan. Perhaps I should take monastic vows. LOVE the colour and organised 'clutter' of my co-participants.

Hastypearl said...

Fun! So Fun! :) Laura

Kay Wallace said...

What a joy for these artists and collectors of art to share their homes with us. Thanks, Seth!

JackieP Neal said...

Another great round of artful homes!!
Yay- I got a peek inside of Jo's home!!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I would feel welcomed and comfortable entering all these rooms...lovely.

Stephanie said...

and again..so fun! Thanks Seth...you have given me an afternoons worth of inspiration and delight

CATHY said...

I love the twist - on sharing art we collect - usually we get to see each others studios. Thanks for pulling this together for all to enjoy!

tamdoll said...

This is a great series, and I'm grateful for everyone sharing photos of their home/art displays. It's been fun to see the diversity in all of these.

Parabolic Muse said...

One of the best things I've done is put a big inspiration board up. These photos inspire me to take pictures of the changing displays all over my house. Aren't these collection awesome?