" If you start with something that's false, you're always covering your tracks." By Paul Simon
Uncle Bill by Debra Snyder Heard
I went into Hobby Lobby (which is always packed with people) today for art supplies (not a lot of choices in town) and got depressed. I saw many people buying huge framed prints and posters. Others had baskets full of stuff to decorate their house with (not Christmas stuff). They were buying cheap art prints that will be thrown or given away later just to get rid of, when they redecorate.
When I walk onto a person’s house for the first time and see original artwork (even if its kids work or an amateur’s original), it makes all the difference in the world. Poster prints are ok, but they are in the same group as plastic plants. Why spend so much money on tons of prints and stuff to decorate when there are so many artists on websites, and galleries in town that do wonderful work? Why not spend the same amount of money on one good artwork instead of a bunch of cheap crap to fill up space?
I realize that people buy art to match their living room. The work has no personal meaning to them besides matching colors. Many professional interior decorators do just the opposite when they decorate. They will buy a painting or artwork first and then match colors and style.
I took piano lessons for a long time (eight years) as an adult when my boys were younger. The gentleman I hired to tune my piano told me he looked forward coming into my house, because he loved looking at my drawing (of a man on a horse) that I had over my piano. This guy had been in a lot of houses, and he knew what good art was!
My suggestion to people who want to buy original art but are not sure how:
- Look at lots of art, go to art fairs (not craft fairs), art galleries, and look at artist websites (there are tons of them).
- When you see one that captures you in your heart and mind that you enjoy looking at and want to own, then that’s the one to buy even if you have to make monthly payments.
- Buy art work that you will keep , hand down to your children and grandchildren (be sure to tell them the story of why you bought it).
This type of art will not get dumped into the trash when you change furniture. It will be one you will enjoy and cherish.
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Debra Snyder Heard