To get a recent listing ready for market, I knew I needed art. This is a high-end condo: I wanted to use original works. I usually bring my own art in for staging. But my supply was pretty limited, as I have another staged property on the market right now as well. So I thought of Franciscus (Frank) Van Boxtel, one of our artist donors for Homes with Woofs. I love his stuff, and I wondered if we could rent some of his paintings.
Frank was happy to help. He sent me photographs of several of his available pieces, together with measurements, and I chose three of the larger ones, since I had 10′ ceilings to work with. Here are two: Pax and Jester, and Lotus Blossom.
(A third painting, Lotus for Marion, won’t save into WordPress because of its dimensions: it’s 16″ by 48″ so the program keeps saving it sideways but I can’t figure out how to rotate it.)
Anyway, here’s how they turned out in the actual space. I used the two lotus paintings in the master bedroom and chose my bedding around those colours to give the space a serene feel:
And I used Pax and Jester in a bedroom I staged as an office. Doesn’t it look great?
I should mention that when I contacted Frank about payment, he told me he’d been thinking about it, and preferred that I donate the money to Nelson House Shelter for Women. So we have not just a talented artist, but a very kind and generous one.
Frank will be donating a custom pet portrait to our Homes with Woofs event on June 12 at City Hall. You can also check out his work on his website, and there are always a few of his paintings hanging up in Critter Jungle at Hampton Park Plaza, where he works. You’ll be able to recognize him from this self-portrait, again with Pax and Jester.