In May of 2018 we finally made the big decision and built a large 28 x 16 art studio on our property. It was the best decision we ever made, but I think it's always going to be a work in progress as I begin to discover the best way to organize the studio to work for me while I'm doing the greatest pieces of art that I've ever planned (because those ideas are still sitting - waiting to be in progress)
It's a much needed space as we moved from our 2000 square foot home to the self-contained apartment above my husband's parents. While we sacrificed a ton of space I have to say it's still the best decision I ever made...we downsized quite a bit and spent quite a bit of time and money fixing up the much neglected space. It has demanded of me a level of creative thinking that I've never done before and much to my surprise, the more creative your problem solving in your home, the more charming the little space has become. I'm very comfy and the best part is to look out our back window and see the studio.
For now, however - it's January and without any electricity (which translates as heat and lighting) the studio had to be closed up for the winter and I'm relegated to making small pieces of art that I can accommodate on my dining room table. It's not a sacrifice at this point, but yet another opportunity to think creatively.
So the space is nearly complete and I'm looking forward to the great pictures I'm going to post in the days and years to come. It's been a pretty awesome journey so far.
Here's to new adventures.
It really doesn't take tons of money or a vast knowledge of art history to start an art collection for yourself, and there's no reason to believe that you can't build a wonderful collection by simply making a few smart buys from artists you like to follow. In the end, building a small but smart collection is a worthwhile venture into small scale art collecting...and here's a few things to keep in mind:
#1: Never let anyone tell you that you don't know art.
Artists and high end collectors LOVE to pal about in fancy clique groups where they can keep the unwashed masses at arms' length. One of thee ways they exclude people is to simply tell them that they don't know anything about art. These same people buy works that are steeped in the ugliness of the present Post Modern movement that absolutely abhors anything that is beautiful. Rest assured you are being a rebel if you buy beautiful work to display in our home and you'll sleep better knowing that these clique groups of twats are out there looking quite ridiculous.
#2: Don't buy with the idea that it will increase in value.
Art is a hard way to invest, very hard and really expensive...and since what everyone likes is often so different, going into art collecting for enjoyment is a far better investment then trying to do it for the purpose of making money at some later date. Basically, you have to really know what you're doing to use art for investment purposes (and then, maybe you need to do some money laundering, which explains a lot of things in the art world) and let's face it: most of us don't have that kind of time, or for that matter are looking to wash some cash.
Start your art collection for the purpose of enhancing your lifestyle and you will do yourself a huge favor in both spending far less money and enjoying it more without the worry and that's what it should really do for you...give you another level of enjoyment and enhance your home or business.
#3: Start with smaller, original works.
It's cheaper to start with small pieces before you begin buying bigger ones and it can be quite fashionable for the walls in your home to have a gallery wall where all of the pieces are on display at once. This was common in all the great homes of Europe and it's never gone out of style -- it looks so classy. Larger works of art will command quite a bit of attention and they typically like walls all to themselves (the selfish brutes) but small well defined collections play very well with each other and can really enhance a room. Never underestimate the power of small things working together.
#4 Follow artists whose work moves you.
You might not be able to afford to buy from some of these artists, but you will often see their influence in works that you see from emerging artists. This will expand your knowledge of what you like and when you are really ready to buy that first piece, you can do it with a greater level of confidence.
#5: Buying from lesser known, emerging artists.
There's a lot of great art out there - a lot. Staying away from the bigger names and delving into the emerging art world is a great way to start collecting. You are also helping those artists establish their careers and they will always remember you for it.
In the end, the real reason for small scale collecting is your personal enjoyment, and there's nothing like original works of art adorning your home. It is all about what you like and there should be no apologies on your part for what moves you personally.
Turning the tide back to an age of quality and beauty in art.
Taken from the article “A Resurgence in Art” from the Epoch Times. Read that article HERE
Quiet revolutions are ones that always seem to take hold and are stronger in the long run because they spend a lot of time building roots. So it seems for “A Resurgence of Art” an article published by the Epoch Times which describes the pendulum swinging back towards more traditional forms of art.
The Article states:
“This resurgence is happening now after more than one hundred years of deskilling that led to the deterioration of visual art standards, which started when all of the “-isms” arose, such as modernism, postmodernism, and so forth.”
I was so happy to read this article.
I’ve been reading Camille Paglia’s Book “Glittering Images” where her introduction of the book talks about the downward spiral of art in the last 50 years; and it’s been simply awful.
We moved from artists being a skilled group of people who are seeking to display beauty along with practice and skill to whatever piece of garbage you can set up in the middle of the museum and convince people that it has substance and importance. So say the self-important proveyers of such “modernism.”
But as I read the article, I realized that I could not place myself into the category that these new, quietly working artists are in; I am an abstract impressionist.
Yes, it has me a bit concerned. I don’t think the abstract and impressionist movements were a complete waste of time - it would be like saying that symphonies have less value than a choral passion and that would be a tragedy in and of itself, down grading such things as Tchaikovsky’s Fifth because it didn’t use a libretto.
I too like to see real skill in abstract art; a dedication to quality work, subject and composition within the piece and a desire to pull out the emotions of the viewer by the use of color and texture. I certainly hope there is room in this new movement for those who actually take time to think about and compose their abstract works and not to lump them in with the “pseudo-philosophers” who took five minutes to think up some gimmickry and then spent hours trying to explain why it should be considered artistic and significant. (NOTICE: You spent far more time in your explanation than you did in your “craft.” You are hereby looked upon with great suspicion.)
In the end, this is a wonderful and hopeful turn of events - it will catch fire and the tide will turn back to tradition and quality. I welcome it.
-©2017 Laura Swink