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Thoughts on displaying art

Limited wall space should not quell a would-be collector’s appetite. Art can find a home in many untraditional venues, such as furniture with ratcheted adjustable tops, including music stands, book rests, lecterns, or architects’tables. Place art on top of a pile of books on a coffee table. Low pedestals provide options for displaying both sculpture or small canvases where wall space is at a premium. Art displayed in this manner encourages study, perhaps more so than art predictably stationed in a hallway. These methods of display will generally accommodate smaller works, which might be lost on an expansive wall…

“Art is essential for personal expression and definition in any environment. Lean art, display it on a small easel, attach it to a shelf of a bookcase, suspend it from a screen, or lay it on a coffee table. The possibilities are endless even with limited wall space.”

(taken from“The New Traditional”by Darryl Carter)

How to hang or space paintings on your walls

There are many thoughts and opinions on how to best position paintings and photographs on your walls. Simply search online and you’ll find a host of suggestions. Here is a link to a web page that talks about hanging placement of your pictures and/or mirrors. You can decide for yourself if their guidelines work for you. But nonetheless, it’s a good starting point. I like the fact the article deals with hanging groupings or series of paintings on a wall.

One of the article’s suggestions that I don’t agree with is the author’s recommendation to use smaller works on narrow walls and larger works on large walls. I strongly think that large paintings work well on narrow walls. Placing large works on a narrow wall is like adding a window to the wall. It opens the room. It’s a lot easier to hang a large painting than it is to knock out a wall and install a window. Here’s the link to the web page,“
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Abstract painting by Connecticut mixed media artist, Tom Hlas. The artwork is free from with irregular edges, composed of torn painted paper, acrylic paint and repurposed fabric.

PHOTO:“Rural Remembrance: Orange”by mixed media artist, Tom Hlas

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