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Happiness and Art on Your Walls

by Ginger Whellock on 1/26/2012 8:25:52 AM

This post is by guest author, Ginger Whellock.  This article has been edited and published with the author's permission. You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here. We've promoted this post to feature status because it provides great value to the FineArtViews community.  If you want your blog posts listed in the FineArtViews newsletter with the possibility of being republished to our 17,000+ subscribers, consider blogging with FASO Artist Websites.  This author's views are entirely her own and may not always reflect the views of BoldBrush, Inc.


The other day, in a fit of energy, I moved furniture around the house kind of like a kid with a doll house. Unsatisfied, I moved it all back, then tried again with more subtle moves. Feeling better about my “space”, I looked up at the walls to get a full scope on the new “still life” I had created.


I move paintings around the house once a month or more as my home is also my personal gallery space. Usually there is a general flow of new pieces into the major living areas as older pieces move to more remote places in the house and others sell or are sent to shows and galleries. But, this time I concentrated on getting individual still life settings perfect …furniture arrangement and paintings on the wall together with corners of rooms, windows, halls, lamps, antique artifacts, distant view and comfort. That evening, after hanging a large painting over the fireplace, we toured the house to enjoy our newly designed rooms over a glass of wine, obviously.


The contentment and rapture we felt was overwhelming!


As collectors of art work, do you rearrange furniture, artwork and artifacts around to renew your appreciation of what you have purchased? May I suggest that you do so today! Forget what the interior designer said, just do your own thing and make still life settings all over your house. Add all the things that are important to you into the settings, make your house your own HOME, not a designer’s dream. You will be amazed at how happy it will make you and how much your guests will enjoy and comment on it, too.


I understand that some, maybe many, of you have never purchased original art. Some who have made purchases find it difficult to know just where to hang them. Should I group them? Should I just hang one large one on that wall or a grouping? Should I mix mediums or technique or genre on a wall or even in a room? Should the frames match? Should the colors match colors in the room? Should the art hanging together or in a particular room be themed?


But first, let’s buy art. I suggest you begin by understanding what kind of art you prefer. Purchase a couple of magazines specifically for art collectors (not for artists); visit your local galleries and art fairs. Most of us have budget constraints, so begin your search for a purchase from local galleries, art students’ leagues, artist co-op galleries, art guilds etc. and stay within the limits you set. As your eye for artistic quality matures, you may not be overly pleased with some of your initial purchases. That is why I recommend you start with purchases from emerging artist, students and local art fairs. If you are a seasoned buyer, you understand the dynamics of falling in love with a painting and the rising excitement as you declare your desire to purchase. Always purchase a painting you love – never purchase it because someone told you to or because it goes with the sofa!


The fun begins when you bring the painting into your home. Remember all those questions I asked about where and how to hang? Well, there are no rules and the answer is, “Do what you like”. If you purchase large paintings they are harder to move around and group, but they are dynamic. Please don’t match frames or subject or color. Do hang them gallery style instead. You can stack them, hang them individually, rest them on furniture, hang them beside the toilet and over the kitchen sink; put them in every room. Then sit back and admire your skill at choosing such a perfect piece and placing it superbly where you can see it every day. Don’t forget to move your art collection around often. Oh I know, what about those holes in the wall? Well that’s easy; fill with ready-made spackle and then touch up the paint. Half the time a new painting will hang well on the old hanger (no hole) or the hanger needs only to be moved up or over a bit (no one will see the hole). Just remember to move them around to renew your love of each one.


Let me warn you, purchasing art becomes addictive as you crave the happiness and joy each new painting, brought into your home, brings to you and your visitors.


Ready? Let’s all go buy art today and feel good tomorrow!




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Barbara Reich
Ginger- I have recently moved into a new home and I can't tell you the excitement I felt as I tenderly unwraped all of my favorite things and searched out the best posdsible spots to display them. I was looking at my art work with new eyes and renewed interest similar to the feelings I felt when creating or purchasing them. I'm still not done arranging (not that we are ever done) and in doing this it has given me fresh ideas. When adding to my collection I don't add simply to match, I purchase artwork that I love, items that speak to me. Things I want around for a very long time, things that make me feel good. Yes, fine art works (especially paintings and pottery) make me very happy.
Barb Reich

Debra Heard
I loved this article!

A friend of mine is married to a contractor that has built her a beautiful house with marble floors, granite counters, etc. She also has reproduction posters of artwork (no originals) up on her walls that ruin everything!

One the greatest compliments I got as an art teacher, was from a young high school girl saying that she wanted to fill up her home/house with her artwork!

Karen Boswell
My artwork is not only in my own space, but also in my daughter's home, studio, etc.... I am always moving my pieces around and I do find that I appreciate them more when I see them hung on the walls of some other space than my own. I recently had a grandson and my art pieces hang near his baby bed, changing table. He is always looking at my art on the walls. He is just now almost 2 months old and already appreciates grand moms work. He is my most favorite fan. If I can touch only one person in the world with my art, I'm happy.

Carolyn Henderson
Ginger: Love your verve, confidence, and appreciation of good, beautiful things!

We have a small living room, but despite that, I like to shake it up a couple times a year and move things around; however, the men in the house who do the major heavy lifting grumble. This last event started with my Norwegian Artist's beloved banana plant brushing its leaf too close to the wall, leaving a smutty smudge behind. Without my saying anything at all, the Norwegian Artist determined that the plant had to move, and the space it left behind needed to be filled, best with the sofa, and the location where the sofa was needed to be filled with the chair -- and before I knew it he and the reluctantly assisting Son and Heir had transformed the entire room, wall artwork included.

I am so grateful to that banana plant.

Brian Sherwin
I'm all for moving the collection around. I can't help myself -- I like to hold paintings out before me to get a closer look. I think some people are just nervous to handle art... so they leave it in the same place for years on end as if the painting will crumble like dust if touched. LOL

John G Olson
Boy I have to let my wife and the kids read this.
I am rather new at art but enjoy trying . We have a large living room and I have a 50" TV. Over the TV I have my art out there for all to see and study and give me their feel on different views and I some times bring people in to see,and they are very kind to me. I also move the room around 2or 3 times a year. I like to get a different feel and perspective from were I sit in the room and also look at my art and not watch commercials ,but the family thinks that I am nuts

mary lemmenes
This is a wonderful article, Ginger--filled with helpful information which is communicated with infectious enthusiasm. Thank you! I share many of your views and live in a home we truly enjoy and which guests find warm, welcoming, interesting, and serene. We wish the same for everyone.

Brian Sherwin
John -- There is nothing wrong with rearranging a room several times in a year. In fact, there have been studies that have shown that said change can ward off depression. People tend to like routine -- but people also need stimulation. Change can be good. Think of how your average person feels 'good' after putting on a new shirt or getting a haircut. I'd suggest the same goes for rearranging art. A little change in the environment -- in this context -- can be healthy. :)

Donna Robillard
This was a timely article. My husband and I just rearranged the furniture in one of our rooms, but didn't like the way it ended up; so we moved it back. Because we did this little exercise, we appreciate more what we had. We recently had hung one of my new painting in the room, and it certainly added a new 'look' to the room. There is still another place that I want to add one I haven't painted yet. Still thinking what I want to do! In time, the idea will come.

Ginger Whellock
Thanks everyone for marvelous comments! I am pleased that my blog gave vent to all of you.

I moved some work again last week plus a chair or two and feel better already. Friends come to visit and notice a "new" painting...funnily though, it was an older painting I just moved to a new location. Sometimes it is just location, location, location.

Ginger Whellock
Carolyn, Thanks....I have a couple of rubber you think I could use these messy plants as an excuse to get help from the hubby? Usually I teeter on a chair alone; when he hears a crash he comes to my rescue, but what if I knock down the rubber tree (crash), I yell and he comes to my rescue? Hummmmmm.....

Carolyn Henderson
Ginger: that could possibly work, but I think increased subtlety is the answer. I don't know the specifics of your situation, but here's a hypothetical example:

Let's say that one of the rubber plants is near your husband's chair. Let's say also that one of the kitties, for some odd reason, does not have access to the litterbox, and uses the facilities in the rubber plant, next to your husband's favorite chair.

Now without getting the kitty in trouble, it must in some way be gotten across to your husband that this would not have happened if the rubber plant had been someplace else, say in the family room across the house.

This is only a hypothetical example, but while you're sitting in your chair, staring at those rubber plants that are in the way and knitting a complicated lace shawl, I'm sure you will think of many others.

Good luck!

Ginger Whellock
Carolyn: So, after howling with laughter I think I shall try your method; subtle becomes my mantra for today.

By the way, I really love your blogs. What a marvelous writer you are. Well done, wife of famous artist!

jo allebach
I move my paintngs around like most of you do. I have moved to different homes over the years and the VERY first thing I do it start hammering nails to hang up the artwork. I cannot live with blank walls. At least I am not alone in the compulsion to get different views of painitings. Thanks.

I have a decorative easle that I purchased that I put anew painting on each month. I like to buy other artist art and I have a wall of my collection, I wish I had more. I trade when I can. A wonderful way to add to my collection. The wall is so much fun.

Ginger Whellock
Each one of you has added personal and important comments to my blog - thank you for "filling in the blanks". The joy we find in owning original artwork is worth sharing - each individual story is another example of falling in love with art.

Keeping that in mind, Happy Valentines Day to everyone. I'll keep falling in love with the art on my walls and share with you my excitement at buying or painting new work too. Ciao.

Carol Schmauder
Thanks for your article, Ginger. I like to move my art work around also. It gives a fresh feel to the spaces and makes it feel like a new place. The other day I framed some new art work I purchase at an art fair last summer and it perked up my bed room where I decided to hang the pieces.


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