There's been some good news on the art front for me too: I sold a print earlier this month, and while away, got news that this painting had been purchased:
It's always encouraging to sell work, and I'm very appreciative of the people who buy it. When people come to our home, they often go around looking at the artwork, by ourselves and others; at this point in our lives our problem is not a lack of art (or textiles, or ceramic plates), but rather not enough walls. On the other hand, in 2013 I gave some small original prints to friends inside Christmas cards. It made me very happy to hear that some of them had framed the prints and put them up, but I was surprised to hear many of them say that it was the first piece of original art they'd ever owned.
Surprised, yes -- but I do understand. Buying a first piece of original art is a real leap; it's often a significant amount of money for something that feels impractical -- as compared to furniture, for instance -- and rather scary. Nobody teaches us how to buy art, and it's not a kind of shopping that's shared among peers like buying music or books. Many people are unsure of their own taste, and hesitant to make a mistake. We don't have these hang-ups when it comes to clothes -- where we all do make some mistakes and accept that fact -- and frankly, a lot of clothes cost way more than a piece of original art. I think it's important not to worry about what anyone else thinks but to listen to your own heart, and buy what you really love. If you see a piece of art that sticks in your mind, that you think about again and again, or that has meaningful connotations, that's a good indication it may be for you. You can start with a print, or a small drawing, rather than a more expensive painting: for $50-$100 you can often buy something original and of good quality, and you can get an affordable frame at IKEA or Pier 1. That's basically one dinner out at a good restaurant, a few bottles of wine, or a pair of not-very-expensive shoes -- and instead you'll have made an investment that will give you enjoyment your whole life.
How about you? Have you ever bought original art? If not, why not? Do you have posters or other reproductions of artwork? What would you like to have on your walls, if price were no object?