Did you know a story doesn’t have to be written down in words? Things tell stories, pictures tell stories, styles tell stories, your house even tells a story to anyone who walks inside. I’m a random decorator, I’ll admit that with no question. I have every style from shabby chic, to farmhouse, to modern, to Victorian mixed all up in every room…but everything has one thing in common. It’s all telling a story…of past times, of classic tales, of good memories, of adventure, of history, of humor.
A reader noticed in my kitchen remodel post the pictures that hang under my cabinets, and asked about them. They are prints of water color paintings of fishing villages in England. They are nothing but cork placements I found at a thrift store, and stuck on the wall with sticky strips. Certainly nothing fancy. Certainly not art.
I don’t mind a bit really. I can chop my chicken, and all the while listen to water lapping in along the shoreline, smell salty air, and feel a cool breeze blowing off the water. I can wash my dishes, and feel the splash of an oar, watch the water ripple behind a drifting boat, and hear a sail snap in the wind. I can run my fingers over thick coils of rough rope, and tangle my foot in a drying fish net.
I can simmer soup while listening to old sea captains discuss the latest catch of fish, and smell the tobacco from their pipes. I can hear the hollow thud of moored boats lightly bumping each other, the creak of wood, the cry of a sea gull, and the distant voice of a mother calling her kids home from playing.
What use is art anyway if doesn’t speak to you? Give me something that tells me a story, that is art enough for me. So you don’t have a big budget, so you don’t have a lot of room, so you don’t have the house you want, so you can’t have what other people have…what does it matter? It doesn’t! A home is what you make it, just as art is in the eye of the beholder. Hang sticks on the wall if that’s what you think is beautiful, a priceless art collection is only your imagination away.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.