As my children were growing up, one of the things I tried to instill in their minds, was the pleasure of hanging original artwork on the walls. It doesn’t have to be expensive, or by a famous artist, or even signed, but the difference between having a ‘real’ work of art as opposed to a print is undeniable.
Today, whenever I visit a house for the first time, I notice the art on the walls and the books …. they both say so much about who lives within the walls.
When my husband and I were young and moved into our first apartment, we didn’t have much in the way of furniture , friends invited for an evening would joke about having to bring their own seating . One weekend there was a brocante fair in our town, and we went down determined at least to find a table and a couple of chairs, we wandered around the fair, umming and aahing until finally we came back with ….. this painting, a striking portrait of two women, but still no furniture!
What can I say? It’s just a question of priorities. Incidentally those two ladies have followed us around from home to home over the years, and have sort of become part of the family.
My daughters are both at the outset of their professional lives and share an apartment. They are at that stage where they are still living on a student budget but aspire to greater things. To my delight, one of the first things they purchased for their flat was an old painting. It came from a consignment store and only cost a few euros, but it is still an original painting, a 1920’s portrait of a handsome young man, who has been named ‘George’ … happy days.
Apart from the photo of my sitting room, all these pictures are taken from my book, and show how some of my friends have used original artwork in their own homes. I love the way they mix paintings with sketches, framed and unframed. Each picture treasured for its beauty and also for the particular link or memory of an artist friend, or a painting bought while travelling.
And how about you? Maybe you have your own paintings on the walls, or maybe you prefer to frame exceptional photos. I’d love to hear your thoughts on artwork. Do you think it is influenced by interior design fashion? Could you love a piece one year but find it outdated the next, or do you just prefer plain walls? Do tell us, we’d love to know.