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    Recently hung at Rancho La Zaca, a mish mash of paintings from my travels. All by me except far left, 2d row, by my talented friend the English painter Frances Knight.

    For the Love of Art Walls, and a Hack for Unframed Art

    Don’t you love an art wall? Me too. The more mixed up the better. And yet the mix must be harmonious and balanced. You know it when you see it. The stately and ordered are beautiful, of course, but the higgeldy-piggeldy and personal are such fun–like giant bulletin boards of mementos and private amusements. This is not one of those, alas, but somewhere in-between.

    These pictured below were mostly cluttering up bookcases, and I was glad to get them out of there. So I could clutter up a wall. A buncha of unframed pieces, however, stumped me. You flea-market aficionadas out there know them well, yes? I cannot resist them, and they usually cost $35, so what’s not to love. Often with art walls, the total is greater than the sum of its parts. Unless the parts are, like, Picassos or something.

    Art Wall illustration
    Recently hung at Rancho La Zaca, a mish mash of paintings from my travels. Are they ALL crooked or is it me. Or both… I swear they were not that crooked when I started… All are by me except 2d row left, by my talented friend the English painter Frances Knight.

     That said I wouldn’t hesitate to mix a Picasso with a Joeblowso.

    Frances Schultz Art Wall
    In an earlier NYC apartment, I arranged a collection of prints et cetera around a secretary. Clockwise from top left, Theresa Pollak, Picasso, Unknown, Dora Carrington, and Natasha Law. Figurines on brackets and a couple of blank frames I just didn’t want to toss, round out the scene. The silver frame eventually propped a dear friend’s photo.

    So what to do with those little unframed numbers? Plate hangers! Yes! Look:

    Use pliers to bend the hanger out slightly for easier hanging, and to bend the prongs out slightly to avoid scratching the painting.

    French Country Road, 6x8, oil on panel, by Frances Schultz
    French Country Road, 6×8, oil on panel, by moi

    They work for verticals and horizontals.

    Poppies in Provence, about 4×6, by moi

    Cool, right? And just for fun, here are a few more art walls

    Frances Schultz Art Wall
    From another NYC apartment past. Fragment of NY Skyline at left by Paul Balmer, top and left of 2nd row by Kevin Beers, and the other city scenes are flea market finds. That’s my hero Nelson Mandela at the bottom, with the world on his shoulders.

    They don’t all have to be paintings of course. I am slightly with botanicals.

    Art Wall Rancho La Zaca Frances Schultz
    Here on a back wall at Rancho La Zaca, where I live now in California. I collected and pressed these plants myself (and it looks like it), gathered from hither and yon. The charming bird paintings are by the equally charming Ginny Spiers, a Santa Barbara artist by way of Alabama.

    And just to go out with a bang, have you seen the fabulous At Home with John Richardson, from Rizzoli, by John Richardson with introduction by James Reginato? Richardson was Picasso’s (speaking of) biographer among other things. It’s great. Here, a big-boy art wall from Richardson’s Manhattan residence.

    From At Home withJohn Richardson, photo by Francois Halard.

    If you’d like  more tips on how to approach an art wall, or hang unframed art, here are a few good posts, including some clever ideas on what to do with children’s art: 

    From Architectural Digest

    From Apartment Therapy

    From The Every Girl

    Okay bye! xo Frances