Wall to Wall
What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
It’s an eclectic mix – or maybe a pig’s breakfast, depending on your point of view. And hard to describe since I’m not there looking at it, at the moment, and none of it’s classic artwork I can find on the net to show rather than tell. Although I do have this among the photos on my computer, which says a mouthful about one corner of my living room.
Other than that, I have a large and stunning tapestry worked by my sister, a double canvas painted for me by my daughter, and an impressionistic depiction of the four seasons (also my sister’s work). And next to my wall clock is a framed piece of Latin verse (calligraphy and illumination by the same sister).
And by lucky chance, here’s a photo of the plaque that hangs in the archway between my living room and the hall…
…around the corner from which you’ll find another piece of calligraphy that says:
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, a cheerful reminder that the school motto drummed into my subconscious for years (Quodcumque facitis ex animo operamini – the first half the quote) didn’t go on to say in the name of the Lord as we were taught (suitably po-faced), but rather, get on and live, kid, ‘cos one day you’ll be dead. Makes me chuckle every time!
In my bedroom, I have print from daughter’s silk-screening days, and a picture of my sisters as children, painted by a cartoonist who was on my father’s staff during WWII.
And I must say I’ll be very happy to clap eyes on it all again, hopefully at the end of this week.