*Artful Life In Action*

In a home, a blank wall symbolizes possibility. It is an opportunity to make something happen.

My Color Palette

My Color Palette

My passion for color runs deep and how the use of it relates to art. I think that people underestimate the effect of art and color. … and what art & color do for them; for society. People want art around, but I don’t think they always know why… The answer lies in the fact that Art equals amazing-in-action. Art can be passion; energy; the love of life; pure joy; raw sadness and all of the emotional spectrum. Art makes statements and gets political-religious. Art celebrates and commemorates. Art says, visually, what words cannot. Art symbolizes. Art is active and evolving, just like the people who appreciate it and the people who make it.

So what can art do for you hanging on that newly thought-of wall? Art gives your life a shot of action with a chaser of personality. (As an artist, I have to say is Thank You if you have a wall with something other than Blankness happening!)  It can express a piece of who you are or what you like. It can remind you of who you can be… or it can simply be the peaceful background to a bustling life. As your life evolves, so should your expressions on your walls.

This piece of art illustrates what I’m saying (see below). My favorite piece on my wall is a graffiti-style print of a woman belting out a tune. It’s got what looks to be like lyrics in the background. I love it because it’s in bright orange, yellow, red, with accents of purple… It’s by a graffiti-influenced artist, Steve Lopez (see a photo on flickr by aileenmachine.) (Link to an article about him here.)

Favorite art print by Steve Lopez on Rachel Heu's Wall

What is your favorite poster or piece of art on your wall? What makes you love it?


About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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2 Responses to *Artful Life In Action*

  1. cinda says:

    I was on my upstairs to see the title of the Monet print I have there (Garden at Vetheuil) — thinking that was my favorite art on the wall — when I saw some other things I love too! I like the Monet (even though it is faded from 13 years of sun exposure) because it’s so evocative of a summer flower garden; it’s the first impressionistic painting I fell in love with. Another piece I love is a Dutch cross stitch that I inherited from my mother-in-law. She bought the kit in Holland, not realizing 1) the directions were in Dutch!, and 2) the pattern was not printed on the material, but worked on even-weave fabric. She put it away and never looked at it again. After she gave it to me, I cross stitched the pattern and gave it back to her for Christmas. It came back home when she passed away in 2001. I also have a tapistry I bought in Germany that depicts the wildflowers I saw daily in the borders of the wheat fields as I biked to work. Finally, a picture by Mary Cassett called “Young Mother Sewing.” I love this painting because it is beautiful, and it symbolizes a more sane era when people were concerned with home and family more than they are now. Besides, I’m a sucker for paintings of children! I like bolder pieces of art, too, but not in my home. At home I want a calmer influence around me. I wonder why that is??

    • Rachel Heu says:

      Hi Cinda,
      When I saw your comment about all of your wonderful art, I was just so happy! The Monet sounds lovely and that it has stood the test of time even with fading… I love his work too. Your Dutch cross stitch sounds like it has a lot of meaning for you and your family. I think that makes it powerful and comforting to have it displayed on your wall (That reminds me that I wanna learn Dutch someday cause my ancestors were Dutch!) What a great sentiment that is attached to that cross stitch… and the German tapestry sounds beautiful… and “Young Mother Sewing”… what beautiful symbolism about home and family….and about wanting your art to be calmer, I think maybe art is a way that we can add a feeling of balance to lives and ourselves… maybe that’s true in your case? It is in mine. Art is powerful.
      Thank you for the great comment, Cinda! You made my day 🙂

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