Les Beaux Arts

JL Schnabel’s “Darker My Love” series

I have always tried to make a point to surround myself with beautiful things.

If they are pieces of art created by passionate peers and visionary friends, all the better! My goal has been to fill an entire room with the various paintings and illustrations and mixed-media art I have collected over the years; so far I am at one wall and a half.  Though I do have a few more that need framing, I will hold off on that until I have relocated.  It hardly makes sense to rearrange everything to accommodate a few more prints when I am only going to be here for two months.

My personal aesthetic is forever in flux, but there are certain kinds of imagery that will always catch my eye and call to me: dark dreams, hidden things & secrets & esoteric knowledge, haunted places, shades & shadows, the supernatural & the surreal, magics macabre and melancholy,  and the grotesque transfigured into things of incomparable loveliness.

 

I currently have a few things that need framing, and honestly I find that whole process incredibly tedious.  I never know what size frame to get (and I usually have the chop the print up to fit – artists please don’t read that!  I am so ashamed).  But worse than that, I have a terrible time in general matching the pieces of art with a suitable, yet inexpensive frame!  Any tips?  These are the three I am working with now:

“Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte”, by Mon Petit Fantome

 

“Three Seekers Dreaming”, by swanbones

 

Family Portrait by Caryn Drexl

 

I have been collecting ideas for futures spaces on my walls, as well. Here is a small selection from my feverish wish-list.  With what wonderful arts do you adorn your abode?  Tell me all!
 

“some ghosts are women II” by Kristamas Klousch

 

“Pink Twin Rainbow”, Camilla d’Errico

 

“Runa” by Ellen Rogers photography

 

“The Bride” by Charmaine Olivia

 

“Duncan Takes a Break” by KipHolmPhotography

 

Where to find the artists mentioned within this post:

 

 

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