Love it or leave it…

I love art. I’m a painter and I’ve been fortunate enough to know the absolute joy that comes from rolling a brush in paint and putting it to canvas. Artwork that you love helps define you and your home…whether you create it or buy it.

Maybe it’s my spring cleaning mode, but I’ve been looking around my home and realizing that I need a change. The paintings that I created two years ago, are starting to get on my nerves. It sounds trivial, but they don’t really work with the vision I have for my home decor (I think it’s perfectly okay to want artwork that “matches” your decor as long as you LOVE it). Life’s definitely too short to put up with the poster that I bought at the Tate Gallery in London–good excuse to go back and get something else.

Have you thought about what you display in your home? Is it really what you love, or is it just something to fill space? Is your home full of artwork that was bought on a whim (you just had to have that framed poster from the cruise ship shop), or is there stuff that has real meaning? Maybe it’s time to take a good look around you and ask yourself, “Is this something that I really love? Or is it still on the wall because I don’t “see” it anymore and I never think to just take it down?”

These are a few of the paintings that call to me…

As a mother of a 13-year-old boy, there’s just something so appealing to me about this painting by one of my favorite artists, Kenton Nelson. It’s titled “Rehearsal for a date with Mary Parker”. I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be in person. His use of light is amazing.

Rehearsal for a date with Mary Parker, by Kenton Nelson

Mike Svob is another one of my all-time favorite artists. He can take a mundane back alley (in my home town) and turn it into something magical in his paintings. I’ve been known to stand transfixed in front of his paintings at local galleries. Again, it’s all about capturing light in paintings, and he’s a master.

Winter's Warmth by Mike Svob

Snowy Lane by Mike Svob

"Nairn Falls" in Whistler, BC by Mike Svob

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