Painted a panel in a hybrid french/Swedish style to go over a doorway. Before the recession I painted pictures and did decorative painting, then the recession sent the interior design world into a frantic something that required the poor designers to either reinvent themselves or wait it out. I was lucky that paintings from the gallery I was showing in kept on selling so I was extremely fortunate. Gradually people started building new homes again, the market has rebounded, but the sense of reinvention of oneself has stayed in the design world for many interior designers. At least that's what I see when I look around. The trend towards modern interiors, like all trends, seems to be a juggernaut that all but sweeps other things to the side.
Perhaps it was overdue. For a while, antiques were out of hand in terms of pricing...the prices got very high, overpriced actually. What got me, and still shocks me when I think of it, is that I was silly enough to think that people were buying antiques because they loved them. After all, that's why I went after antiques, I loved them. Antiques 'spoke to me' and all of that. I thought that's why anyone would go after antiques. When styles changed it really was like a dash of cold water to the face to see people that I knew selling their antiques and changing to modern....could it be? They hadn't even bought the things they wanted? When the style changed---they changed. It still shocks me to think that people would only buy something if it is in 'style'. What nonsense, it seems. But I think I am definitely the silly one or I would have seen that ages ago. I'll always be one of the ones out there hunting for antiques and being ecstatic when I find one!