Art and Feng Shui or “I can’t believe my spouse made me hang up that hideous picture!”

You feel the picture your spouse received from an amateur artist friend is best displayed inside your closet—facing the wall.  But you have to hang it up somewhere, right?

According to Feng Shui, think again!

Your artwork—like all the objects in your home—speak to you at an unconscious level every time you pass the picture, wall hanging, or sculpture.

Even when you don’t have any conscious thought about it, the object affects you. Think of those last two miles on your drive home from work when you worked out your grocery list or the exact language you were going to use to explain to your spouse why he or she was so terribly mistaken.

Did you remember seeing anything?  Even driving?

Yet, did you actually see the cars in front of you? The speed limit sign? The sneaky cop behind the clump of trees?  Since you’re here to read this, my guess is yes.

A hundred times a day…

Same with the art work.  You notice it even if you don’t remember. So what message do you want your artwork to give you—let’s say about a hundred times a day? Probably not “I can’t believe my husband/wife/friend made me hang up that hideous picture!”

After just a few weeks (or days!), the constant irritation can quickly begin to unravel the fabric of even the most loving relationship.

More romance!

And if you are single and want to be in a relationship, you probably don’t want moody beach scenes of single men or women gazing wistfully into the distance—or your favorite Edward Hopper reprint of the Night Café hanging over your couch.

During my first introduction to Feng Shui years ago, the consultant took a long look at a watercolor I had proudly finished in my night class and promptly hung up.

I had copied (loosely but with much passion and emotion) a photo of an elderly, very melancholy looking Parisian woman climbing steep steps under sickly yellow street lights, while carrying a bag with a few baguettes, clearly meaning to eat yet another petit déjeuner alone (God, I loved that picture).

My consultant’s first Feng Shui suggestion? “Take that down immediately!”  Since I was hoping for a new love, I took it down.  (And yes, the energy did change!)

Where angels fear to tread

As for pictures of angels, religious scenes, and that two-foot Buddha you picked up on your last vacation, all need to find a new home if they are in your Relationship area or bedroom unless you are seeking a spiritual rather than an earthly union.

The Helpful People or Self Development areas or your office walls are just perfect for inspirational artwork.

But I love Muench’s “The Scream”!

Now, what about violent artwork or that reproduction of Muench’s “The Scream” your teenager (or you!) has plastered in the office or bedroom?

Well, according to Feng Shui principles, what you see in front of you as you sit at your desk all day can shape your feelings about your job, while violent posters in your teenager’s bedroom can determine how he or she views school work and even daily life.

Need I say more?

Death, doom, and digestion

And finally, what if that abstract picture hanging over the dining room kind of looks like a bloody animal?

O.k., a confession, a very inelegant slip of the tongue on my part during a consult with a client.  What I should have said is that abstract pictures composed of violent slashes of color or startling images and pictures full of death and doom—I’m thinking a bleached skull in the middle of the desert for example—are not meant for an area where serene family dining and comfortable digestion are to take place.

(Which reminds me, those baguettes were SO lifelike–where did that picture end up?)  Gabriele Amersbach, Lucky Path Feng Shui



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