So happy to share with you that I sold one of my all-time favorite paintings recently. See below. The collector is thrilled with it, and I am thrilled that she feels such happiness. This sale has made me think about my own art collection, and the joy that I have derived from the art that I have collected over the years.
Several years ago, I read an article written by an artist who wanted to know if fellow artists purchased original artwork.
After I got that particular question stuck in my bonnet, I had to go through my house to check the original art that I had in my home. This was to ensure that I was indeed supporting the arts in the best way that I knew how. By looking at what I had under my own roof, I realized that not only did I buy original art, but I had work that I had purchased decades before.
I have been buying original art since I was in my early 20s. The work that I have collected over the years has been varied, but all of it holds a special place in my heart. I have collected glass, ceramics, painting in all kinds of media, and woodblock prints. These are treasures that I have moved from place-to-place and have helped to make happy spaces throughout my home. We all need a little joy now and then.
Since I usually show you my own work, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites by others. These pieces brighten my life every day. I stop to look at them often. I like to put them in groupings that may give you some ideas for your own happy spaces.
Hope that you enjoy them too. Please let me know about some of the art that uplifts you in your home. I would love to know in the comments below.
This gorgeous linen tea towel was created by my friend Trudy Rice. She is Australian, and started a fund-raiser last year to help the endangered koala bear. This tea towel was part of that fundraiser. She makes beautiful original art and home wares.
Here is a Japanese print that is so simple in its design. I have loved this piece for decades. It is by Kozo Inoue.
My newest art purchase! This is a glass wall piece that was made by Karen Abbott.
Here is a grouping of 3 Japanese woodblock print by the artist Paul Jacoulet. Jacoulet was a Frenchman who attained master status as a Japanese woodblock print artist.
This is a pastel painting by Richard McKinley. I was able to watch him make this painting when I attended a workshop that he led many years ago.
The glass art that is hanging on the wall is shown with a small piece that I painted. The glass art was made by Peter Vanderlaan. To read more about this piece and to see images of it close up, check out my blog post about it here.
This table is a stunning piece of woodworking art made by Brian Bortz.
I am embarrassed that I don't know the name of the ceramic artist who made the platter, but I LOVE it. I do know the ceramic artist who made the "elephant" piece. He is a terrific ceramicist from West Virginia that went to high school with me. My mother bought his creation for me as an anniversary gift many years ago. The artist is Jeff Diehl. The painting shown with these pieces is one of mine that I made while spending a month in Dinan, France for my artist residency there.
To see more work by the artists shown, you can check out their websites here:
Furniture maker, Brian Bortz:
Pastel and oil painter, Richard McKinley:
Solar plate print artist, Trudy Rice:
Ceramic artist, Jeff Diehl:
6/9/2020 11:12:21 am
Seeing the art in your home is like seeing all the homes where TV personalities are filming shows from their homes. Seeing what they have on their walls and in their libraries is so interesting. This was a great idea--showing your collection in your own home. Your home sure looked neat and clean! and beautiful.
6/9/2020 12:01:20 pm
Oh! Thank you. I love seeing what everyone treasures. When I visit people, I am fascinated by the books that they collect too. Of course, I look at the art as well. Needless to say, I wasn't going to show everyone the basement with all of our son's boxes, boxes, and boxes!! Wait. Maybe that's another blog post for another day?
8/4/2021 12:32:14 am
I like that this post highlighted that when looking for art for our home, it is important to ensure it complements our interior decor. I appreciate that this post shared that artwork can be uplifting for our home. I will definitely be mindful when choosing the right art for my home.
8/4/2021 08:35:42 am
Thanks for taking the time to comment on this post. Glad that you enjoyed it. Although I do think that you benefit when the art that you select complements your interior decor, I think that the most important thing is that you love what you select. Generally when you love what you select, you will find a place that works beautifully with what is around it. I always buy what I love because I know that I will find a place for it and it will work. I actually tend to make the interior design work with the art. 😉
4/13/2022 07:46:57 am
What an exquisite article! Your post is very helpful right now. Thank you for sharing this informative one.
12/1/2022 10:24:01 am
You made a good point when you discussed that your art collections hold a special place in your heart. My sister recently found her fondness for print art. She's even looking for limited edition print art to add to her collections.
12/1/2022 11:50:24 am
Thank you for reading my blog and taking time to respond. If you sister wants original art, she may want to look at screen prints, lithographs, or other forms of original prints. My Japanese prints are original woodblock prints, for example. Some limited edition reproductions are made using digital printers, and they are a different animal. They can be beautiful, but they will not be worth as much in the long run as original prints are. Of course, if she loves the image, and it brings her joy, that is worth something as well. 😉 Hope this is helpful.
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