There is a painting – a large one that has been hanging in the same spot since we moved into our house (over 7 years ago). Before that it was in our previous apartment. I liked it because of the colours, mainly, and it was bought for my husband as a special present early on in our relationship because he had no original art, and I wanted to give him something special.
Turns out he never really like it, and while we have both gotten used to it, and our ‘decorating’ – unimpressive as it is has been led by it for a good many years. Funny how you get so used to things that you don’t even see them any more.
No wonder I’ve been bored.
Finally, this weekend I took the plunge and removed it, and then noticed how BIG the wall actually is. I tried some finished art I had sitting around to see how it might fit in the space, trying my best to ignore the hideous (oh they are awful) light fittings that are still there because we havn’t gotten around to changing much at our place.
And made the beginning of a ‘salon hang’ that will grow and evolve over the next few weeks and probably longer. I’ve been meaning to do one of these somewhere in our house forever but felt a bit intimidated by how and where to do it. In this case I had a hook, and a painting I’ve decided to hang on to, so up it went, with a few other treasures – one a commissioned piece by John McNelly (I love his work), one a wedding present from a much loved friend who was living in Darwin at the time. Another piece has been waiting for a home for a while. It’s by Lucy Mora (William Mora’s wife – and Mirka Mora’s daughter-in law). It was surprisingly easy and very free-form. Balancing colour in a rough way on each side of the centre painting. It will grow and evolve and has brought some life to that wall again. I feel happier already.
It was an interesting exercise also in analysing what makes me happy on a wall in an ordinary domestic setting, which will certainly inform my work a bit more.
Quite nice to think realistically and get back down to the roots of it. After all, most of us artists paint for people’s homes don’t we…