Girl With Roses
by VasilyTropinin, Russian, 1776-1857
Click on the painting for a larger view.
"Who likes to look in a life at angry, cloudy persons? What for to transfer to a cloth unpleasant which remains without changes, what for to make a painful impression, to raise heavy memoirs in loving this person? Let they see it and remember during a happy epoch of a life."
Art in the home should delight the homemaker. If she is the one to care for the dwelling and to be there most of the time, let her have the art she likes, and give her the freedom to have the variety of change. There are frames you can get in discount stores like Wal-Mart, which allow you to change the print any time you want, and store your other prints in the back of the frame.
I believe that good art should be an imitation of nature and should exhibit grace and beauty, giving a feeling of love and calm in the home. Happily, the great art of the realists and the pre-raphaelites and Victorians like Edmund B. Leighton are available for common folks like us, as reasonable prices in various online sites. If you will check through my blog, you can find many of these prints, do a search and find a source.
If for some reason you do not have access to beautiful art, I'd like to suggest you go through magazines and books and find some you can put in small frames (from the dollar store) to display around your house. It helps to great a wonderful atmosphere inside the house. If you can afford the ink, or if you have access to an office supply printing shop, you might try right-clicking on some of your favorite paintings and see if the print option is available. Print on photo paper and put in a frame for your home. I have in the past suggested that homeschoolers have their own art-reader by collecting these paintings on printer paper and putting them in a book, with the bio of the artist adding things to consider or observe about the paintings.
I like the quote by the artist, above. Art should record a "happy epoch of life." If you have children at home, it is important for them to have good things to look at in the house for the times that they spend staring or or thinking about life.
Whatsoever things are lovely...think on these things. Philippians 4:8