Monday, October 11, 2010

Picture this

Most of this morning was spent hanging paintings and other decorative things on my walls.

paintings kitchen

It's almost exactly two months since I moved into my new apartment, and this task has been hanging over me all this time. I haven't really felt settled, or able to invite people around, as paintings and other works were propped precariously against walls or still stored in a carton in the living room as I decided what I wanted to do with them.

With nothing hanging on them, the walls of the apartment looked so pristine and the lines of the paint finishes beautifully neat and angular. There was such great attraction in the minimalist aesthetic of bare walls that I seriously considered leaving them that way. But my paintings and wall hangings of various kinds have been gathered over years and remind me of people and places. Most of the paintings, etchings and works on paper I have were done by artist friends or people I've known well - discarding them would have seemed like discarding part of those relationships.

As for most things with this move, when in doubt I consulted Heather. We spent a very pleasurable few hours a couple of weeks ago trying out all sorts of combinations and deciding what could go where. Then this morning the picture hanger came to do his thing. It seemed like a great indulgence, but the pictures have been hung just where I wanted them, the damage to the walls is minimal, and the picture hanger had a ladder that enabled him to do the high hanging safely.

I winced as the drill punctured the wall for the first hanging and doubted (yet again) whether I was doing the right thing in reintroducing so much potential clutter to my space.

painting landing

But the instant the hanging was done - seventeen things in all in my small space - I felt so much more at home. I am much more comfortable surrounded again by the patterns and images that have been part of my life for so long. An added benefit is that many of them have been reinvigorated by their new neighbours or new locations or the background of different colours, and I'm seeing them afresh.

Reluctantly, I have to admit that a neat, minimalist aesthetic is just not me.

8 comments:

Emily said...

Those two images show that as ever, you've made something beautiful and stylish.

We're going to put up our big Australian picture soon (don't know if picture hangers exist here - I suppose they must? ) but it is currently leaning precariously against a wall, as are many other pictures elsewhere. And lots still in boxes.

Your flat looks lovely, very you.

M-H said...

That made me cry, a little bit. Not sure why. Happy that you are making such beauty. Probably just over-emotional from being ill. :)

Rose Red said...

We have been in our home almost two years and we still have pictures leaning against walls, so you are way ahead of us (husby refuses to use a professional picture hanger). Artworks do make a difference! Yours are fab.

jp said...

Pictures and artwork are so much a part of making a space your own.

It is quite amazing how much of a difference they make once they are up.

drkknits said...

i couldnt imagine your home without your beautiful things on the wall, those patterns and colours are so much of who you are. so glad you have had it done properly. do have company soon!

1funkyknitwit said...

Oh I don't know Lyn I think neat, minimalist aesthetic is you looking at those pictures, either way love the paintings and your home looks lovely :D

I totally agree about keeping paintings that represent your friendships and past, this is all I kept when I moved too for the very reason you did and they are also proudly displayed in my minimalist home...lol.

Good to hear that your settling in nicely :)

Brenda said...

Your art pieces are lovely. Bright, cheerful and colourful.

Barbara said...

We have just had three solatubes put into what is quite a dark house giving us much more light. Where the new light hits the pictures on the wall, the pics are transformed, so I can quite imagine your art works taking on new lives of their own in different surrounds. What fun for you! Your place looks absolutely stunning!