Every now and then I like to day dream of a day when I'm very wealthy and don't need to worry about where my next pay cheque is coming form, or how much dinner is going to cost. Also, from time to time, I like to wander into an expensive art gallery in Whistler or Vegas and imagine that I could actually afford to purchase one of the pieces without needing a second mortgage on my home. The problem though, is that I guess I'm not that imaginative as I can't even bring my imaginary future self to make such an outrageously priced purchase.
I realize art isn't exactly a practical purchase, but I don't think all our purchases need to be. There is some worth in having a piece in your home that lifts the heart and makes you proud of the home that you live in. I have a sculpture in my home that we purchased in Mexico that instantly reminds me of those beaches and the great times we had spending it with friends, as some great friends came together in marriage. I have another that my sister-in-law painted that always reminds me of her and her family that we don't get to see as often as we'd like. Other pieces we bought (probably at Sears or something) that just make me smile and I couldn't even tell you why. However, even though I don't think it is a wasteful purchase, and I've seen some beautiful art in those show rooms, I can't imagine myself ever spending tens of thousands of dollars on a single item.
That got me thinking, that I'm surrounded by a lot of talented people. I'm not truly an art connoisseur, and I couldn't even tell you the name of the artists galleries that I was in. However, it did occur to me that they must have started out as my artist friends and family are now. One day very much unknown, but sometime in the future they may very well be recognized for their brilliance.
Because I don't care about keeping up with the famous Jones, I don't need to tell people I have an original of Charles Burton Barber. In fact, I take pride in saying, "my cousin painted that", or I picked that up in a bazaar in Cancun. Besides art speaks to people differently, and I think it is more important to have a piece you find beautiful and speaks to you, than just to have a piece because it is expensive or made by someone famous.
So next time you're thinking of decorating a new room, why not ask your artist friends and family what they have available for you to purchase. You can help them out and get a beautiful work of art at the same time. If you're not as blessed as I am to have talented artists in your inner-circle, here are a couple of links for you to check out:
If anyone wants to send me some art just because you love me, this is one of my favorites.