New Combinations


Are you one of those silly people?  – A person who thinks your house can only hold a finite number of artworks?  There are a lot of you out there!

It turns out that art can expand and contract and change, just like other things in your house and yard. For example: walls, paint colors, plants, furniture, shoes, pets.  Artwork is likewise fluid, and rearranging what’s there can give a space a whole new look. 

 After a while we stop seeing the artwork that has occupied the same spot for years, so moving it is like being given a bunch of new art! Hurray! 


 This combination is new, and I love how the two pieces play together. Good Vibrations (top) is one of my abstract art quilts, and Exodus from Eden is one of my mother’s paintings.


The painting Swiss Chard now shares a wall with Air. They have colors and shapes in common. I have included a second photo of Air that shows the quilt lines that are so similar to the shapes of stems and leaves in Swiss Chard.  

I am enjoying this new combination. Even though there are many differences, they share blue greens, strength of color, and the size and quality of shapes. The painting on the left is by Bob Nicoteri, and the piece on the right is one of mine.

Above is another lovely duo to share with you today.  Cherry Tree (watercolor and ink painting by my mother) and Seasons Cycle (art quilt by me) now share a corner. Until very recently the painting was stored in a basement and the quilt also spent a long time waiting in the dark. These two are very similar in size and shape. They have pink, green, brown, and black in common.

It’s time to get over your phobia about nail holes in the wall!

Buy (or create or borrow) new artwork! If you like a piece of art, it is bound to go with something you already have! 

Storage is a challenge, but can also be reframed in our minds…. My house will have space for storage. It is worth having extra art to seasonally change things up.

Or give some of your art away to people or organizations that have no artwork. Every home and space should have artwork! Don’t you think?

At the end of each blog post I share a recipe. Some months I’m in a pickle as to what the recipe will be! Last night I tried this combination and liked it. Spicy Noodles borrow the flavor and color of Lentil Dahl. Cook 8 oz. of noodles (I use Banza), drain and set aside. Combine these spices in a small bowl: 1 t. each of ground coriander, turmeric, ground cumin, cumin seed, and salt… Also a pinch of ground cloves and cayenne…. And 1/4 t. pepper. Chop 1/2 large yellow onion and finely dice 2 T. of ginger. Melt 1-2 T. butter in a pan and saute the onion and ginger. Add the spices, 1/2 c. or more coconut milk and the cooked noodles. Heat until bubbling. Enjoy!


One Response to New Combinations


Thanks for that refreshing perspective, Joan. I love all the combinations you have here and especially appreciate that you’re displaying your Seasons Cycle quilt – it’s beautiful and belongs out of the dark 🙂


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