Sunday, August 19, 2012

Looking for Art

Thanks so much for your input into the big rug decision! We have decided that we can't decide on a rug just yet. Instead, we've decided to see what we can find to inspire us.

Mom absolutely loved the artwork in Emily A. Clarke's living room. She said she felt it "made" the room--and tied it together. She's right on both counts. It is stunning.

It's also a terrific jumping off point.

The idea was to find a piece of abstract art that I could try to copy--on four canvases from Micheal's, arranged like a window.  That way we could get the size of the canvas without having to purchase such a large piece.

It would go on this wall:

So, I took Mom into Home Sense for the very first time! (Home Sense, I'm told, is something like Home Goods in the States.)

Everything we looked at was about three feet by three feet (about a meter by a meter) or a little larger.

We started out well:

But soon we were distracted by all the pretties:

This is enourmous, easily over a meter (40") in each direction.

I measured these in the store, but didn't write anything down! I believe this one is probably four feet wide, maybe?

We messed around with this one for a long time. It measures 40" by 40" (I meter x 1 meter).

This one is the same size as the one above.

Oddly enough, they are all streetscapes and skylines.

Her favourite one, though, was neither: We found it at Home Outfitters.

It's a gorgeous piece. I'm afraid it may not be big enough--we forgot to measure it, but I would guess it's about 2 1/2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Will it dominate the wall? the room? I can't duplicate this one. If she wants it, she'll have to buy it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Oh...and we found a close match to the colour in EAC's living room, Flatland by Dutchboy. It's Cotton Duck by Sico Paints (Rona's house brand) and once we had the paint chip in hand it was easy to see why it was chosen to coordinate with a pinky-taupe sofa. Mom loves it.


Anne At Large said...

That lasst pic is lovely, if you got it framed would that add enough size? I fear it would float on that wall and look too lonely without a frame. The inspiration photo is lovely, as is the unframed picture in it, but I would worry yours just wouldn't dominate the room the same way. What about a mirror that was the same size and matching frames? Too weird?

onshore said...

I think size matters on this one, especially if you plan to only have one painting there.

I like the second one because of the colours. But I don't really like the style of the painting. The edges of the colours are so strict. But that's just personal preference.

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks for your thoughts Anne and Lena. Framing is cost prohibitive, I'm afraid--though, theoretically I could paint a "frame" on the wall to give it more oomph. (And then put picture molding around it...but that's getting a bit too involved, maybe?

The Farmers Daughter said...

a. I love the Emily Clarke room. It's lovely.
b. How big is that wall? I can't really tell in the photo- 8 ft wide?
c. I liked the first and third picture.
d. This is great what you're doing to help out your Mom! It's been fun reading it even if I haven't been able to reply.....

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