Well to begin with, let’s define art: The nature of art has been described as, “One of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture”. Art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating formal elements for their own sake. Going back as far as cave drawings, art has been used as an indirect means to communicate from one person to another.
In terms of what you choose for your home, it is far less complicated. Art for your home should very simply be something that makes you feel good when you see it. There is nothing quite so frustrating to an art dealer, or even someone less versed in art per se, as someone who comes in asking for a piece based on dimensions alone. You shouldn’t be purchasing art by the foot. However for some people, the very thought of choosing artwork for the home is daunting. Here are some tips to simplify the process:
~ Keep looking until you find what resonates with you. Trust that if you love it, it will look great in your home.
~ Don’t choose art specifically to go with the color scheme in a room, as it doesn’t need to. Color trends change, and the pieces you choose shouldn’t have to.
~ If you want original, one-of-a-kind pieces, attend “starving artist” events and street fairs.
~ Photography is art. Whether you choose professional photos or pictures from a family vacation, when framed well it becomes art.
~ If you have a large space, consider doing groupings of smaller pieces. Lay them out on the floor and rearrange them until you find a configuration that works beautifully.
~ Don’t rule out a reproduction if there is a famous piece you love.
~ Consider framing something you find beautiful; for example a vintage Hermès scarf, or a family heirloom that fits the mood of the room.
And never rule out that you might have an artist living right under your nose.
This original piece was created for Grandma and Grandpa, by Hayden Hancock age 2
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