This is what the fireplace wall looked like last year. We bought a small Dennis Nechvatal watercolor that was mostly blues (not visible here) in September 2015 and thus used blue as the theme for the art work in the room. I added a long rope of brass discs and pomanders with gold ribbons along the top of the fireplace as holiday decor.
Last week we decided it was time for a change before the holidays were upon us. As artists with lots of artist friends and a collecting habit, our basement looks like the storeroom of a commercial gallery. No matter how much we downsize it's never obvious that anything has left the premises. On the upside that means there is alway a lot to pick from when we want to replace and rehang works.
We brought a couple of pieces upstairs and one thing led to another. The top painting is by Chuck Bauer, a Madison artist, while the lower work is by a Chicago artist. We got Chuck's painting at one of his country open studio events and the other one from David Ward at Stony Hill Antiques on Regent St. where we've found many kinds of treasures over the years.
The two landscapes on the left were found in antique shops while the other three are works by Mark. The central drawing of UW Arboretum is from 1981, the woodcut of the Arb is from 1984 and the charcoal snowfall drawing is from 2011. The tea bowls are Japanese.
The only concession to the holiday is the pair of glass tea light holders and the tiny Robert Indiana "LOVE" sculpture. A photo of that sculpture is part of the display out of view at the right end of the room that I wrote about on Monday. The wall at the left end of the room has a goldleaf Japanese screen and lots of candles for a Christmas glow.