After we painted, our eyes could finally focus on what we actually wanted to do with the space. Staircases are prime locations for gallery walls, so it is no surprise that that’s what we decided on. Lots of different frames and art all fitting together.
I started by laying things out on the ground and then I even traced it all on butcher paper (like I did here). But once Chris got home and Greta went to bed and we started hanging things–the arrangement wasn’t working 100%. So we changed it.
Our goal was for our art to follow the natural angle of the stairs, turns out my floor mock up–didn’t. So, we improvised and decided to wing it, or position-art-as-we-go. We started with the birds I painted a few months back right in the center and hung that and then branched out from there. For each piece one of us would stand back and put on our bossy hat on and tell the other to, “move left”, “right”, “up”, “down”, “a smidge down” until it looked just right. As you can see from the picture below, there were a few changes in arrangement and which frames were included once we got things on the wall and that’s what we expected with our fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants approach. The good news is, we got it to work–and we love it.
Speaking of art appreciation, on the other side of the birds is a duo of frames that are both dear to me. On the left is a caricature that my good friend, Lance Fry painted of me as a gift back in college. He is an awesome artist and all-around great guy. I can’t say enough good things about Lance. On the right is the back of our wedding announcement. My PapPap is an expert at his art: framing. He presented this to Chris and I for our wedding. He matted and framed our announcement so you could see both sides (so cool!). So, we can always flip over the frame and check out the front of our announcement if we wanted to.