Years ago, a friend asked, "So, you can paint a good landscape, now what"? I have given that question a lot of thought. Since that interchange, I have made two installation pieces, and worked on a sculptural form. Now, I am beginning a series that has my head reeling with excitement.
The series that I have begun explores amazing and interesting trees. These are some of the largest, oldest, trees of historical significance, or are just plan interesting trees.
"Norway Spruce," is the first of these paintings to be completed. Although not native to the United States, Norway Spruce grows well here. It is not invasive, and is a beautiful tree. In fact, Norway Spruce trees are often used as Christmas tree specimens. This particular tree is located in Great Falls, Virginia, and was saved because it was on a parcel of land that was too small for a gigantic home. Sometimes survival is just the luck of the draw.
Here's a play-by-play so that you will see the work as it progressed.
So, you have a spot on the wall that is crying out for artwork, but you are not sure where to start in deciding what to buy. There are so many options today, in all price ranges. Here are a few to consider:
— You may buy a reproduction. This is a cost effective alternative to original art, and with newer technologies, you do not have to resort to buying posters from your local big box store. You may support a living artist. Artwork can be printed on canvas, on paper, or even on metal. When purchasing from an artist, you know, you are more likely to get something that has been individually created to your taste. To see my print shop, check it out here.
— You may buy a piece of glass art designed to hang on the wall. This will add dimension that can be beautiful and interesting.
— If you enjoy the idea of dimensional treatments for your walls, another option is a fine art quilt. These can be absolutely beautiful to display.
— Maybe you prefer ceramics. Well, there are ceramic pieces that hang on the wall as well. Here is a great example of a whimsical ceramics piece that is intended to hang.
— Finally, you may purchase an original painting. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor or collage are tried and true objects to grace your walls.
... But... how do you decide? Here is my advice. Buy what you LOVE. The wall colors, the light fixtures, and the flooring will stay in your home when you move out, but the artwork can move with you. So, if you have an emotional response to a work, and you love it, that's the piece to buy. If money is an issue, see if you can arrange time payments. Most artists that I know are happy to accommodate you.
What are the reasons that you buy (or haven't bought) art? I'd love to know. Leave a comment below.
Every once in awhile, it's fun to try something a little different. For example, I love historical fiction, but sometimes I like to read a great biography. It's also so much fun to do an abstract painting after working on representational art for a long period of time. In the case of this painting, I stayed put with regard to my love of trees, but I kept the colors very muted, which is unusual for me. I also rarely paint from someone else's photograph, but this is a portion of a collaboration that I am doing with another artist. She took the photograph, and this is my interpretation. Just for grins, I thought that I would share the process. So, here goes:
Do you remember Paint-by-Numbers? Along with coloring books, this childhood activity has made a comeback.
I should have known that I would be an artist when I was growing up because I HATED Paint-by-Numbers. I didn't want someone else telling me where to put the color. I also didn't like the idea of being told what color to use in the first place. In fact, I hated someone telling me that I had to paint a boat in a particular color, or in a particular position. To tell the truth, I didn't want to paint a boat at all. How about a tree? I guess I wanted to experiment and do things differently even when I was young. Worked out okay for me.
Did you like Paint-by-Numbers, or hate it like I did? Let me know in the comments below.
If you want to paint your own thing, you may join me in classes. I will be teaching Pastel Painting at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia again starting Wednesday, September 21. For more information and to register, click here: http://www.lynngoldstein.com/classes--workshops.html