Let’s talk about the art in our homes! Art is such a subjective subject, isn’t it? We all have a point of view about art! We all are enriched by it and it brings beauty to our homes and our lives. Art strikes chords deep in inside us and evokes so many emotions. The same piece of art can mean many things to many different people. If art is beautiful, emotional, enriching and essential, why is it so hard to choose for our homes? Here are 8 foolproof tips for choosing art for your own home.
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If you are like me, you swoon over art too! I have never met an art gallery I do not appreciate! I may not always understand art or love all of it but in general I am a huge fan of art!
I almost had to be carried out of the Met when I viewed the gorgeous Degas paintings and images there. They spoke volumes to me! I adore Degas and his story and the stories his painting and sculputes tell of the “opera rats”! My daughter was about 9 when we viewed (in real bronze life) the sculpture of Degas’ LITTLE DANCE OF FOURTEEN YEARS. It reminded me of the impishness of my own sweet ballerina! I also love how it was first presented to the public in 1881 and the “stir” it made!
Artist: Edgar Degas
However I don’t know very much about compiling and collecting art. I did do some research and also used my decades of choosing art for my home and came up with some tips that I hope will be very helpful and informative to you who want to find amazing art for your home!
ALWAYS COLLECT AND BUY ART YOU LOVE!
If all you remember from this post is ALWAYS COLLECT AND BUY ART YOU LOVE you have learned a huge truth! It will help you weed out the okay and help you choose what is fabulous to you!
Art speaks to all of us in different ways. You may like all kinds of art, but only buy and use art you love and can’t live without! Do you have art that brings back memories from a favorite place? Or do you fancy one particular artist? Whatever it is about a piece, MAKE SURE YOU LOVE IT!
I happen to love (seriously love) the the Americana art of Daniel Kessler and have gifted many of his whimsical art giclee’s by my children. I have a collection in my mud room of cats, dogs, baseballs, the american flag, verses from Genesis and Eastern Market. It’s not just the art or the artist but the memories of being with my kids in Eastern Market on Capital Hill. And yes, I’m crazy about these pictures!
This might not be other people’s cup of art tea, but “my home, my art” applies here! Be happy and proud and in love with your art!
(This is a little part of my home that I have not shown before because it has no natural like and is so hard to photograph.)
VISIT ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
beautiful book illustration and painting done by N.C. Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum.
The best way to develop a love and an eye for art is to visit museums and art galleries. Expand your mind for art that is not know to you. When our children were growing up we made a point to visit art museums in our area and beyond. Bobby and I still love to do that today.
Because we live near the Delaware Valley our family has been exposed to the painting of the Wyeth family and their mentor Howard Pyle. I have always loved Maxfield Parrish, also an student of Pyle, and the amazing sky colors he could coax out of a brush. The Wyeth’s use of egg tempra makes my heart beat a little faster!
If you ever get to New York the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and the Guggenheim are my favorites museums. I didn’t quite understand the paintings of Picasso at the Guggeheim (and my young son was horrified by the woman with “lots of boobies”) but I do understand his genius! And we have some pretty funny stories to tell!
And in Boston, the Gardner Museum is an absolute must… what an experience and what a story! Washington DC has wonderful free museums as part of the Smithsonian. Most major cities have art museums and children’s museums.
We have loved and enjoyed museums and art from New York to Texas! Can you guess that Paris and it’s museums are on my bucket list?
Don’t overlook local galleries to expand your love of art. They are a wealth of interest and beauty and great art! Many times local artists paint local scenes that tug on our heart strings! It’s also wonderful to support local art!
DEVELOP A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE ARTIST
If you love a piece of art connect with the artist by reading about him/her or if you are lucky enough, try to meet them. Know their story and know the story of the art you love. It will make art so more meaningful! The story is almost as spectacular as the art itself. One of my very favorite pieces of art in my home sits above the curlacue chest in my living room. And apparently many of you like it too. Inquiries of the work are one of the most asked questions at StoneGable. This is the first giclee I purchased from Daniel Kessler. We found him at Eastern Market on Capital Hill in Washing DC and it was love at first sight. This painting is responsible for the colors of most of my home. I connected with it immediately!
Meeting Daniel Kessler and speaking to him and listening to the story of how he came to paint these Paris homes was fascinating!
I also love Degas. Since I cannot talk to him (he has passed) I have read several books about his life and his works which are extensive! I particularly love his “ballet rats” as Jacqueline studied ballet for 13 years. I do love the colors of Impressionistic art and the amazing group of painters during that age of modern art at its infancy.
Degas, “the dancer”
EMBRACE THE VIEW THAT “ALL ART WORKS WITH ALL DECOR”
I know that I may get some push back on this. But I have been in many homes that have amazing art collections throughout them. Art can stand on it’s own not bowing to the style or color or mood of a room. This is a bold move and often let’s me know that I am in the home of a real art lover!
I have seen modern art in an Italian Renaissance inspired foyer, a funny cartoon figure in a formal traditional dining room, almost priceless Arthurian sketches on a basement stairway’s wall, children’s framed painting in a bathroom (my kiddos and in their bathroom) and a real Rembrandt in a hole-in-the-wall, but famous, restaurant in Baltimore. I’m in awe of people who are so comfortable with art!
I need to take my own advice! In recent years I have taken down much of my art. I get a little bored with it. I love change. So, much of it is in the basement waiting to be resurrected when the whim hit me. Right now I am in my “subway and architectural art” phase!
ART CAN BE MORE THAN PAINTINGS
Gorgeous velvet pumpkins from LOVE FEAST SHOP
Art has so many mediums. Most of us think of paintings when we think of art. But art can also be drawings, sketches, pottery, ceramics, wood carving, bronze, sculptures, jewelry, polymer clay, textiles, stained glass, blown glass, photography, collage, calligraphy, gold leafing, cartoons and so so much more!
Don’t overlook the beauty and wonder of different kinds and styles of art!
ART DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AN ORIGINAL
Let’s not be art snobs! Art can be loved in its original form or in a poster or on a coffee mug! I must concede, that there is something heady about owning a real deal original piece of art. I like to compare it to knowing that you are wearing real diamond earrings when most people could never tell anyway!
I love all kinds of art in its many forms.
I even have a card from a friend in a small gilded because there was a Degas ballerina on the front of it!
The vw “bug” art on the pillow is from my dear blogging friend Lucy at The Craftberry Bush.
CREATE YOUR OWN ART
This is a tips I live out and love! I’m creative and although I am not a fine artist, by any stretch of the imagination, I can create things to hang on my walls and put on pillows and even use on Christmas ornaments. I fell in love with a modern print I recently saw and almost bought it until I thought, “Oh, I could make that”! So my next project is a BIG piece of original YSPratt modern art!
Be bold! Give it a try.
Now, I hope you know a little more about choosing, living with and loving art in your own home!
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