"Art can reflect the soul of a home, or help create its spirit'. Janell Beals
It is a pleasure to have my friend Janell Beals from the blog House of Fifty, and former Founding Editor of the magazine of the same name, today to tell us what art she has in her beautiful Portland, Oregon home. In her words, these are her favorite pieces.
"I love artist Lulie Wallace and enjoyed interviewing her and running a story on her work in the first Anniversary Issue of House of Fifty Magazine. Afterwards I decided to treat myself to one of her paintings and was delighted when this one arrived at the house. There is very little reworking of her images, so there is a both a sweet and raw quality to the work that makes her images so successful."
"This is a large canvas I brought home for Isabella to have some fun with. She was around 5, and we had a great time spending a few hours on it, she painting, me her assistant: cleaning brushes and putting more paint on the palette for her to use. I didn't give her any direction and it was a joy to see what she came up with. It remains, several years later, one of my favorite pieces in the house. It is just so happy, fresh and honest. It is what it is. I've gotten criticism for treating it "as art," but again, each to their own I say!"
"Here are two paintings the kids did one day when they had a "budget cut" day off from school during which I set up an afternoon of "art school" at home. Isabella's is the top and Max's is the bottom. Throughout the home there are a lot of neutral colors and these pops of color add a playfulness. Set here on this wall, these are the first things you see when coming into the house from the back entrance and I like how it sets the tone for entering into the home."
"My husband has always been a fan of "Outsider Art" and in his office are two pieces he collected before I met him. The first is an animal table her found at a fair, and the second is the 'Red Devil' sculpture by well known outsider artist RA Miller, picked up during a trip to Athens, GA. I love the whimsical quality of these pieces... and how they remind me that my husband has really good and unique taste!"
What's on your walls?
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