Yesterday, after 3 months of trying to set up an appointment, I had a studio/home visit from the directors of a local non-profit.

They selected 11 littlies & 21 other paintings, in other words, THEY BOUGHT 32 WORKS OF ART!!! WAHOOO!  I am very excited!

This painting, Flower Forest, is one of the 32 paintings selected.

This painting, Flower Forest, is one of the 32 paintings selected.

I got me thinking about the effect art has on the space it populates and the affect it has on the people who see it.  We know that pictures of a particular theme will have an effect on the room.

When you, your family or guests come into a room, the art will have an affect on them and the way they feel when they are in the space.  We know that the predominant color in a space has strong impact on one’s mood;  how people process colors is intricately connected to emotions.  While we may not all respond exactly the same way, research has found certain reactions to colors.  Red will warm the atmosphere and it can bring energy, as it has been shown to raise respiration and blood pressure.  Yellow’s sunshiny effect can be happy in small doses but have the opposite effect when it overwhelms you.  The calm, serenity of the ocean and sky are conveyed by blue but too much or too dark can result in a chilly feel.  The upshot of green can be sunny relaxation.

If you have pictures depicting pastoral landscapes in a room, your room will have a calm, natural feel to it.  Paintings that have a lot of movement and action in them, give your room will have an energized feel.  Bright colors and pattern will wake you up and make you feel good. Beach and ocean scenes can transport you to a mental vacation.  Line and form can emote sensation, leaving us feeling calm, happy, chaotic or stimulated.

So the next time you bring art into your home, think about the mood you want and the ambiance you will set in that specific space. Not every work of art works in every room; let it speak to you about where it should be.  Then think about how it will make you and the rest of your people feel when they see it.  You can set the tone.

Archway - Morroco, 20 x 16, acrylic on paper

Archway – Morroco, 20 x 16, acrylic on paper


About karenfriedland

I am a visual artist-- painter, sculptor, photographer-- coloring the world. My travels take me to many places around the world and I love connecting with others at home and on my trips. I am also a teacher (art), business person and creativity and business coach. My website is: I am so glad you have visited my blog!
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