I have collected a lot of art over the years. Some I’ve made myself, some I’ve traded for and some I’ve bought. It’s been about 12 years of active collecting and trading now so you can image that I have a lot! I have so much art that some is even stored in boxes. That makes me sad. It’s crazy to have beautiful art in boxes. So it’s been my mission lately to change up all of the art walls in my house and add in a bunch of the new stuff. The wall above is my Lebowski wall for Lebowski art, dude. I have a lot more to go up there but this is easily one of my fave art walls. It makes me happy looking at Walter’s sour face and the Dude’s weed infused grin. If any of you ever want to trade me art, I’m always up for a Lebowski trade.
I’ve traded a lot of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and they’re one of my fave things to display in a small frame. I usually put 2 – 8 ATCs in various size frames and display them throughout the house. I back them with scrapbooking paper and it looks cool and colourful. At left are some of my faves. My friend, Ann D’Angelo, makes very witty collage ATCs and I’ve been the lucky recipient of many of her beauties. I was also lucky enough to trade a lot with Renee Nault a few years back. She’s an amazing artist and is now doing the art for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel. I’m not sure when that’s coming out but it’s on my must buy list for sure.
The pics below are some of the other art covered walls in the house. The art at the bottom is my much loved Sandman corner. I really enjoy the Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman and the art in this corner (except the dinosaur) is all about The Endless. I have some gorgeous dolls by Sarah Trumpp and the coolest ever book Delirium. Love her! Sarah sent me a super amazing Delirium doll last Christmas and I need to build a little shelf for her in the Sandman corner.
I just rearranged the big art wall in my upstairs hall. It’s actually a huge piece of wood that I painted with blackboard paint. Tons of fun to decorate and draw on this one. We change it up all of the time and add different quotes and pics. That amazing art doll sticking up is a Jean Michel Basquiat style doll made for me by the incredibly talented Rhonda Anderson. I’m a huge fan and collect art in his style so this was a most wonderful gift from an art friend.
My studio is covered in art but it’s all a mess so I can’t take photos. My daughter’s super annoying but ridiculously cute cat has been jumping on my shelves and attacking my art dolls and sculptures so I’ve had to cover up the shelves for now. Grrrrrrrrr. Cats are cute, but so irritating.
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And finally, a bit of art from me for this week. Some book loving book hugger bookmarks. Say that quickly six times! And a couple of fashion ATCs for a trade.