DH Amateur Painting Getting Out of Hand
DH came into our 16 year marriage with lots of stuff and has accumulated more since. Need any extension cords?
In my former marriage and when I was subsequently single, I was a constant weeder outer and happy being that way. I've continued that with my clothes, etc. and he does OK with clothes, but kicking and screaming with books. We have lots of stuff we don't use, but he won't let go of it.
A couple of years ago, at age 78 or so, DH took up acrylic and pastel painting. He's had a couple of amateur showings, but has only sold a couple to a neighbor for cost of frames. There are a few good paintings hanging downstairs and he's given a couple away, but the rest are piling up. The AC Moore coupons are put to good use as he won't let any of them go to waste.
He took over a spare bedroom upstairs in our very small house and there is now barely room to move in that room. There are enough canvases, frames, and paint to last a lifetime. Last summer and soon now, he will work in the garage as it is much cooler. Now the overflow is oozing into the garage.
This has all added to what is already here and I'm beginning to feel like choking. Last summer I bought one of those country patchwork quilts for our king bed. I CAN'T FIND IT. I've looked everywhere. I know if I buy another it will turn up, but in the meantime, it's driving me crazy. Where could it go in this little house? I find that I look for something and because there is so much stuff, I can't find what I'm looking for.
We must have a couple dozen screwdrivers and a drawer full of screws and nuts and bolts. The only nails I can find are little ones for hanging small things, or ROOFING NAILS or some such thing we will never need. I finally bought a little container of a little stronger, longer nails and hid them for my own use.
OK, I'm rambling. My question is, do any of you have any idea of where there would be an outlet for these paintings, which are mostly landscapes and flowers (nothing depressing)? He IS willing to let go of a lot of them. It would be nice to cover a little of the cost of frames, but at this point I don't care, as it does keep him interested in something. He once said that he was concerned that if he dies before I do, what would happen to all of the supplies. I told him I have that all figured out; that I would donate to a childrens' art group or some such thing. But in the meantime, as we chug along, I'm going nuts. BTW, we don't itemize, so that's not in the solution.
I hope I've made some sense here. Thank you for listening.