TIPS FOR SELECTING ARTWORK
It's time to be honest. I am tired of seeing uninteresting generic artwork in homes across America. Hobby Lobby is not the end all be all store for home accessories and art. There I said it. I’m sure I’ll offend everyone, but just in case I didn't... There are other options out there besides signage with an inspirational quote and a metal fleur-de-lis.
Are you wondering why your space doesn’t look and feel like the rooms you see online and in magazines? One of the reasons is because you are buying your artwork (one of the few things in your home that directly reflects your personality and interests) from a big box store. I’m not saying that you can’t find one piece every now and then that could possibly fit into your home, but the majority of the time you are just filling space with purchases that have no meaning. It is such a waste of space and money.
I’m also not saying that I’m an art expert. Far from it. I usually don’t make social or political statements with my art, but I do require some kind of emotional attachment to the pieces that I bring home. If I’m going to look at it everyday and spend money on art, it better bring beauty, joy, and happiness to my life. And yes, I have found all of these things in paintings, prints, and photographs.
They also don’t have to cost a fortune. My latest watercolor was bought for less than $30, and it means more to me than a $400 piece I own. Of course you can spend far more than this on artwork, but these are bought mostly as an investment. I’m talking art for purely decorative sakes.
Does it take effort and time to locate these pieces? Yes! Is my life enriched because I have an emotional connection to the artwork that I choose to fill my home? Yes! Does this make me superficial and a little bit crazy? Sure, but I’m okay with that.
So how do you go about selecting artwork for yourself and your home? It’s really quite simple. You need to shop a lot, and really get a feel for what you like and don’t like. More importantly, why you prefer one piece to another. If you can discern the things in the painting or drawing that appeal to you, it will be easier in the future to select pieces.
Secondly, I usually form some kind of connection to the artwork. It will remind me of a place, memory, or feeling. I am also drawn to artists who use methods and skills that I find interesting or beyond my reach. Lastly, I have a practice of waiting to purchase my art pieces. After my initial discovery, I normally wait a few weeks before I take the plunge. If it continues to pop into my head or I find myself coveting the piece, then I know it’s a winner.
Do yourself and your home a favor and stay away from generic artwork. Surround yourself with things you love, and you will be rewarded everyday.