Pumpkins are popular! Well, it is fall, or autumn. Grocery stores and pumpkin patches stock up with the latest and greatest varieties of pumpkin available. To be fair to the pumpkin, not all pumpkins are the traditional orange and green. Over the centuries, the breeding and cross breeding of varieties of this fall fruit has resulted in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.
Fruit? According to scientific rules, pumpkins are fruit. They share the same family tree as different types of squash like zucchini, yellow, acorn and butternut squashes. They are even related to the cucumber.
The real confusion begins when you consider that the pumpkin is a vegetable in the culinary world. Often, the cooking instructions read very similar to root vegetables. Pumpkins are boiled, steamed, mashed and roasted. Of course, classifying pumpkin is not extremely important outside of Botany or Culinary class. What matters is the processing of this versatile gourd/berry/vegetable/fruit of the vine into so many items, both decorative and edible, that let’s us celebrate the season of Fall.
Best of all, I can make works of beautiful photographic art and then make a pie. You can’t do that with cucumbers….
People continue to work, eat and play surrounded by drab industrialized cookie cutter styled walls. It’s amazing how so many people allow their walls to stay boring. The sad truth is plain walls are boring and depressing.
Bored and fighting depression is not what you want at home or in the work place. It will affect the way your thoughts, moods and even your health. It’s depressing working in a place where the only flash of style or inspiration is the dead remains of a malnourished houseplant. When people work and live in dull and non-inspiring conditions they produce dull and non-inspiring work. People are constantly searching for new ways to increase their productivity. How? Fine art is your answer.
If art is food for the senses then fine art is gourmet food. Whether it is sculpture, painting, or photographic in nature, art provides mental stimulation in places like meeting rooms or even classrooms. Fine art in your living room can show the type of tastes and styles that you love to be surrounded with and will inspire and emotionally recharge you. In fact, the art you display in your home or office communicates volumes to those who visit you. Fine art is the same for a room as wearing that power tie to a meeting or that black dress to the social event. What does your art say? Are you gourmet?
When I think of a collage, I think of those messy projects in school where you had to cut out pictures in magazines and paste them together. The real challenge was not getting the rubber cement on your clothes and not getting high off of the fumes. Of course, decorative collages are a different story all together. A collage of framed art or pictures can really draw the eye to that part of the room thus serving as a focal point or a wonderful highlight to an otherwise drab wall.
Some of the basic tips when putting together a collage are:
Make sure your pictures are the right size. A nice combination of large, medium and some small pictures will work wonders for your style. If you have too many pictures, or too many large pictures it will make the wall seem cluttered. The same principle applies for small pictures, 2 or 3 small pictures on a huge wall will make them seem like a wasted effort.
Identify what themes you want to display. Once you decide stick to that theme. If you want black and white seascapes, then you should make sure all of your seascape pictures are black and white. You can display black and white pictures with color pictures just make sure that your theme displays uniformly. 6 black and white pictures and a single color picture may look strange .
Make sure your frames are very similar to each other. While the sizes of your frames will vary, you want to have frames that are the same color or material. Also, work with the same color matting. You want your pictures to do the talking, not a plethora of different framing styles and colors. Those differences in frames and matting will rob the visual harmony of the collage and just make it look disorganized.
Have a plan for your collage before you start hanging the pictures. Avoid putting holes in your walls for the hanger and discovering you have to move the pictures because they don’t fit. If you don’t like the way your collage looks, change it.
Use a level, string, or chalk line to keep your pictures straight. Pictures in a collage that are not centered on each other way not be a visual issue but if the display is hanging at different angles, the results are disappointing.
Collages will add a wonderful visual impact to your wall. They can easily highlight fine furniture in the room or they can simply give a spatial impact to a blank and boring wall.