Monday, October 31, 2016

Art for the walls

Once we got back from our travels, Michael and I both hit the ground running.   We each had lists of tasks that needed to be done and amazingly they all were accomplished fairly quickly.  So, we decided to hit a few of the “long-term” tasks as well!!!

One of the things that we have wanted to do was to purchase some art for our home.   When we moved in 4 years ago, there were large expanses of blank walls and we knew that we wanted to find special things and not just fill it in with framed prints. 

The year after our move, we made a trip to New Mexico and purchased two paintings that got our collection off to a good start…..

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But then we got busy and money got tight and we forgot about adding to our collection, but we have added quite a few things in the past 18 months.

Last year, when we were in Colombia, we purchased a couple of pieces….

  -  this wooden carving that Michael fell in love with…..

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….and this Mola that I fell in love with…..

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A friend of ours (Scott Pope) from Church had a solo show and we bought one of his smaller pieces…..

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…although we both really wanted one of his BIG canvases!!!

When we were in India last year, I also bought two small pieces for $6 each.  When I checked into having them simply framed, the cost rose to over $75 EACH!!!   So, they laid around the laundry room for a year but then amazingly I had an idea that only cost $8 for BOTH.  I  bought a piece of foam core mat board, had it cut to the proper size and used a spray adhesive to attach the artwork.   Perfect!!!…..

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For my birthday this past year, Michael bought a painting that I liked….DSC08944

When we were in Spain back in May, we added this wonderful tile….DSC08951

….and I insisted that we buy these wine drinking Chickens in Vienna…..

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When we were in India in 2015, we were introduced to tribal art from the Gond people.  In particular, we saw a piece by  a woman named Durga Bai, an illiterate but talented artist…..DSC05778

This style of art struck a chord with both of us and this past trip we searched in vain for a gallery where we could buy some of her pieces.   We never found a “brick and mortar” store but we did find a website!!   So, when we got home, we logged on and picked out three pieces that we liked….two painted by Durga Bai….DSC08936

DSC08937…..and one by Shiv Prasad Malviya (sorry for the window reflections)…..

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All three of these pieces were either ink or acrylic on paper and arrived safely (and quickly) and were soon framed and ready to reside in our home!!

But we weren’t quite thru yet!!!

We spent one Saturday at the Oconee County Fall Festival and came across two things that we liked.   The first was a three-dimensional painting by Eugene Swain…..DSC08933

The bridge is actually made from small slats of wood and the water image could not be better!!

Finally, being a life-long Sunflower lover, I found this stained glass piece in another  booth and bought it to cover a laundry room window…..

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I typically don’t leave decorations in the same place year after year and basically re-do the house every few months.   This gives us a chance to enjoy more pieces each year.  The problem of doing this is that you have to have places to store things and over the years I have added several storage cabinets and LOTS of Rubbermade bins.  But those don’t work well for paintings and I was finding that it was really hard to keep them stored where  they were safe and I could get to them easily.  Then when we added all of these other pieces, I was truly in trouble.

A series of events meant that we had to clean out the closet under the stairs and Michael had the idea that it would be the perfect place to store our pictures.  I started looking for a shelf to purchase but couldn’t find one with the right dimensions….unless I wanted to pay BIG bucks.  I finally came up with the idea of building one ourselves (I designed and Michael provided the labor) and ended up with this……

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A perfect solution!!!

I also have a few other oil paintings that were done by my Great Aunt and were hanging in my Mother’s house.  Mom was into big, ornate frames (which I am NOT) so I need to do some re-framing before I can enjoy them to their fullest.

All of this to say that we are glad that we have taken our time in buying art and that we are looking forward to continuing to add to our collection over the years to come!!!

3 comments:

Sylvia said...

1) That carved wood piece Michael picket out is UHH-MAY-ZING! Don't put it out next time I'm over or it may disappear. :)
2) A mat cutter pays for itself in one picture frame.

Karen S said...

What a wonderful collection you have built up. I do like the idea of changing pieces on display and like the storage solution you developed.
I have noticed that getting custom framing done in your country is quite expensive. I am really not sure why. We have found it is nearly three times what we would pay here.

Nupur said...

Wow- I absolutely love Durga bai's art. And that cool wooden carving from Colombia. It is great that your home decor will remind you of your travels every time you look at it.

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