Mr. Chadwick and I have long wanted a gallery wall in the house. We had a small one in the first apartment we rented, and now that we own our own home, we have selected a couple of walls to "gallery." One is the large wall opposite the windows in the Great Room. We had professional photos made in November, and when those prints come in most of them will be framed and placed on that wall. The other gallery we would like to create is in our bedroom on either side of the double windows. When we "redid" the master I put this drawing up that Mr. Chadwick did of me several years ago. It has sat long and lonely on that wall waiting patiently for friends.
Please remember that new curtains and hardware are both on my list of things to accomplish this year.
I knew I wanted all of the frames to be black, so when I made Mr. Chadwick's Christmas gift, I selected a black frame for the poem. I had one other picture in a black frame that needed a permanent home, so I thought three would be a good start to a gallery. Rather than cut out paper and move it around on the wall to determine placement, I used the self timer on my camera and tried to stay out of the way as I held up different formations.
Little Man didn't really care for those, so I took the portrait off and put the e e cummings up in it's place. The frame is larger, so I find that it anchors the formation better.
I finally decided on something similar to this last photo. When our prints come in from the photo session, I can frame one to go on the right side to balance it out. I also want to include some 5x7s and perhaps even a 4x6 or two. The goal is to have several photos on both sides of the windows. We have a brass "headboard" for the bed that I'm going to paint so we can put the bed in front of the windows (with the solid headboard we have now, too much light would be blocked from getting into the room). With that done and real curtains installed I think the room will finally feel complete.
Little Man had to mull it over for a while, but I think I finally got his approval. I like it, too, but I'd rather it be fully finished already.