This xmas, I received two gifts of art. The first was a print I saw in a catalog and requested. This art is mass-produced and very reasonably-priced. I don’t care. Even if I could afford to own only original art, I probably wouldn’t, because it would limit my options…and there’s so much amazing art that’s out there, both rare and common. Anyway, this piece is just me all over. The composition, the color palette. It’s just NEAT.
The second piece was an impromptu purchase down at The Market in Charleston. There’s an artist who currently works out of the area and pretty aggressively markets himself and has a ubiquitous presence, which, if he were without talent would seem tacky and Kinkadian. But he actually makes really, really beautiful stuff…so I don’t mind seeing it everywhere. I most especially don’t mind seeing it over my mantle. We got this signed by the artist, matted and framed for a song. The picture does not do it justice. In person, this piece looks much more modern, much less “we bought this at a tacky sofa art sale.” Trust me.
One of the reasons I wanted to write this entry was to point out that you don’t have to be wealthy to have beautiful art. A.) You can find beautiful prints for next-to-nothing in a million different places, and it’s even easier to find cool stuff to suit just about any taste out there now that the Intertrons is here. B.) Anything can be art.** Don’t believe me? Put something in a frame, like I did. It’s my son’s feeding/pooping chart from when he was very young. I put it in a neat frame/mat just for shits* and grins.
See? Art. BTW, I really am having that framed and, yes, I really will hang it on my wall.
Can’t afford an expensive frame job? Buy your own frames and mats at craft stores, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. ART FOR EVERYONE! How socialist. Seriously, I take a very egalitarian view of good and art and design: Everyone should be able to experience it. Everyone should have fun with it.
**Seriously, anything. Postcards, illustrations from kiddie books, illustrations from vintage books, your kid’s scribblings, a sheet of stamps, stamp art, a blueprint, cards, gift cards (I’ve framed gift cards–yup)…I could go on forever. The lesson here is: Everything looks good and “finished” in a frame.
UPDATE: The piece to the right of the piece above my mantle is by an old artist friend of my dad and ex-stepmother’s. She made this huge mural on paper and let people come up, lay claim to a portion of the mural and cut it out. My parental units chose that piece because her face is in it.