A recent “re-location” of a piece of Art in our own home highlighted the importance of proper lighting on one’s artwork.
The piece in question is a beautiful acrylic landscape by Connecticut artist Jim Grabowski. When we moved the piece from a hallway to our kitchen, we were at first concerned only about size, and whether it was in good proportion to the space. As we studied it we confirmed that it was a good fit, but something was missing. The piece seemed “lifeless” in its new home.
A simple flip of a switch changed all that. A pin light I had installed in the ceiling a few years ago brought the Art back to life, showcasing details and colors that were hiding “under the bushel-basket” of poor lighting.These photos speak volumes about the importance of good lighting. Before this light was installed, this particular wall was where good Art went to die.
The light, in this case, was a pretty simple home handyman project, requiring more patience than skill. Simply put, I’m no electrician but I was able to complete the task, and now reap the benefits daily with that flip of the switch.
Obviously, not everyone has the “Do-It-Yourself” gene, and some folks are more comfortable leaving things to the professionals. That said, this would still be a modest investment compared to the benefit received.
Advancements in lighting technology have also increased the effectiveness of “Picture Lights” that are attached directly to the Framed piece of Art. The unsightly cords that discouraged many from using these in the past, have been replaced by rechargeable batteries and LED bulbs that have greatly improved their lifespan. While they don’t give you the broad wash of light that the aforementioned ceiling lights do, they do present a cost-effective alternative that is still better than no light at all.