Now that blog title isn't meant to insult anyone, and I'm probably not talking about you :) however there are some folks
out there that just don't get it, and I'd like to try and explain what I think "it" is.
1. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be special to you.
It's about satisfaction and just plain enjoyment, having things that give you a special feeling when you look at them. Not just an "oh yes, that matches the couch perfectly" feeling, but an "oh that takes my breath away" or "makes me smile every time I look at it" feeling. And it doesn't have to cost a dime!
I can't say it any better than this comment from a client I was conversing with recently about her art collection:
"I just gather things that I like, are visually striking (like your cows) or that mean something to me. I framed a drawing of an Easter bunny I did when I was little. People love that one! And a felt purse my mom made years ago. I started buying art when I was at Iowa State in the 70s and still have and display them."
I love what she said and thought it deserved sharing, as well as the Easter bunny drawing she mentioned seen below!
(Thank you for sending this to me Diane, it's wonderful, I especially love the flower hat.)
She collects art she likes, is visually striking, or that means something to her, having already gotten over thirty years of enjoyment
out of work collected in college, and still more out of one of her favorite childhood drawings. It really is that simple.
2. It might be expensive, but what does "expensive" really mean?
There is a Starbucks to the right of my studio, and the courthouse to the left. Every day I see the same people walk past my window and come back with a $5 coffee. It has occured to me that "expensive" is just a matter of priorities for some, how many of the people who spend at least $100 a month on fancy coffee would say they can't afford to collect original art? For a years worth of
Starbucks coffee anyone would be able to have a great collection going. That's $1200, which would give you a lot to choose from in terms of original art.
Now I'm not saying anyone should give up their Starbucks, them's fighting words, I only suggest that if you do love art, it might actually be worth as much as that caffeine indulgence, and the enjoyment factor with art keeps on giving, in fact will last much longer than you will.
Add the fact that many artists, myself included, will work out payments, and there is no reason
to deprive yourself of either one, certainly no reason to say you can't afford fine art.
It's just a matter of priorities.