.....capture a space in time, speaking of the people, the events and the culture that shaped a generation. These pieces reflect just that.
There was a line in the movie, The Monuments Men, that went something like - Hitler tried to take from every nation, the sense of culture of relationship and of beauty so that we would be left lifeless and hopeless- .
We do not realize how landmark buildings that have stood for centuries create the community we live in. We tend to forget that the Rembrandts, Michelangelo's, Picasso's and Monet's are etched in our minds, on our postcards and heralded as the greatest of our time.
We take for granted the importance of creativity and art until we find ourselves in a sterile place devoid of inspiration, color, shading and light. In those places we find that our hearts and our very souls languish.
It amazes me that out of those very sterile places art emerges. Out of prisons, out of migrant camps, out of hospitals come creations that cause us to pause, breathless. Those artists paint with passion that comes from a soul held captive. They paint from a soul starving for color, light, shading and freedom. Their imaginations recreate for them a life they no longer have, a passion they can no longer realize and a peace they cannot grasp.
These artists remind us of the beauty, the suffering, the inspiring and the spiritual aspects of humanity. Without them we have cement, asphalt, steel and wires. A world we cannot survive in without the death of our soul.
Please consider adorning your home with original art. Support those whose passion is to create. We need them.
The pieces displayed above are available on ETSY
This week I went "free style" on a project which started with a beautiful maple cabinet door. When I cleaned up the door and saw the beauty of the wood I decided that it was a piece of art in itself and it just needed a few embellishments. I gathered a few odds and ends and some paint and texture items and began fitting them together. When I finished I LOVED it. My husband came into the craft room and grinned...staring at the project. I started laughing knowing that the question on his mind was "what is it" but being the good husband that he is he didn't say a word. All he said to me was "who knew you were so creative." What a good man!
I love putting together multi media pieces that adorn a wall. Yes I think this piece could have a function. You could hang your keys on the knob or maybe even your handbag or you could just love it.
I believe that a created piece of art contains a piece of the one who created it. It bothers me when I find art that has been tossed aside, especially when it never left the package it was purchased in. That is the story with this piece of watercolor (there is another piece that came with it) which I bought at auction. It needed to find it's way into a piece of decor that would grace the wall of a home.
In keeping with our devotion to recycling, reusing and repurposing, I looked through my rescued frames and doors and chose something that I thought would fit the piece. The cabinet door has been stripped, sanded and painted. I mounted the art and the words from Psalm 84 on canvas and then on the inset panel of the door, added some embellishments and wella! We have wall decor. When my Dad looked at it he said, "Just proves that there is no trash, just something that needs a new purpose." Thanks Dad!
One of my favorite places to dig through is a Habitat For Humanity's Restore. You never know what you will find piled on those shelves. I try to support community organizations like these when I am re-decorating or re-designing a home. There are incredible light fixtures, beautiful old doors, cabinets and of course bins of old hardware.
One day I was milling through the store and noticed racks and racks of old cabinet doors. My mind began turning as I pondered the various uses for old doors. Many of these old doors had inset panels and many didn't. Some were just pressed wood and some were beautiful pieces of oak, pine, mahogany and cherry. Of course they are the perfect frame for art, they can be used to create art and sometimes they are beautiful pieces all by themselves. The best part? They are cheap! Picture frames, on the other hand, are not! I purchased a large selection of old doors and I am gradually turning them all into decor. Each piece seems to have its own purpose and it is fun to find the individual designs.
On another trip I found large pieces of granite from a kitchen installation. The pieces of granite were 2x3 ft or 3x4ft and in great shape. I purchased some of these and use them in my table restoration projects. A local stone company grinds them to the right shape and puts the finished edge on them for a great price and Whalla a beautiful table!
My favorite bins are the ones full of old hardware and metal work out of homes. These little treasures can be cleaned up, painted or just left alone to add character to any piece.
Need something to do? Go treasure hunting! Here are a couple of pieces created from cabinet doors and a picture of reclaimed hardware on cabinet doors is above.