Friday, January 23, 2015

My Art History


I have always thought there was a difference between being artistic and being creative.  My mom was a fashion and art history major in college and yes, is artistic.  My brother was always able to draw amazing pencil sketches of things like fighter jets and comic book characters, amongst other things.  I on the other had used to trace my Looney Tunes coloring books into my sketch book and then show my parents as if I drew Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil freehand all by myself. Turns out, while I don't have a natural talent for art (fine arts), I do have a knack for crafting and being creative.  I'll own that, and usually correct people when they call me artistic, I suppose as a reflex as knowing I'm not compared to my family members.

Anyway, fine art has always been a bit of mystery to me.  Not that I don't appreciate it, but yes, I'm that person who doesn't get how a painting of a black dot could be worth so much.  In high school I became drawn to Van Gogh and early impressionist work (I did a three day report on Art History for a class final), I liked the technique and how the pictures looked.  Other than that though, going to the art museum staring at different paintings wasn't really something I 'got'.

When it comes to decorating a house with art, I'm overwhelmed.  In our first house we bought some cheesy cookie cutter contemporary art to decorate (mostly from Target).  After a few years (and pinterest), I realized it was not my style and that we only bought it because that's what we thought grown up homes were supposed to have, not what we wanted to have.  Since then, I pretty much just frame family photos and the occasional printable from a blog.

Art can be really expensive (obviously), so while we still haven't purchased any because we prioritize places to sit like sofas and other furniture over one thing to hang on the wall, I've finally narrowed down some of my favorite pieces and artists.

For a long time, I wasn't sure if I liked some pieces I was seeing because they were pinterest or instagram popular, so I took the approach of "don't buy (or be interested in) anything unless you love it"/"the art makes you feel something".  That's a line from a movie right? But it's true.  Not only do these works fit my decorating style, but I could just stare at and not get sick of them.

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6 | 7 | 8 | 9
10 | 11 | 12


Thankfully, almost all these options are for sale on One Kings Lane which makes them more tempting, financially speaking.

Jennifer Latimer was the first artist I found a few years ago (GildedMint on Etsy) who I just loved right away.  I've actually featured her in a few design boards.  Since, I've been following Michelle Armas on instagram and Kellie Morley and Britt Bass, as well who all share similar abstract techniques, though you can clearly see the difference between their works.

And of course, I'm always drawn to beach art.  Probably because I grew up at the shore, in high school and college my walls were plastered in surf posters (usually taken from the local surf shops) and rip outs from surf mags.  My early apartments were a bit more mature with just beach photography prints, thanks IKEA!  And while I sometimes question how a beach print would fit in a house that isn't at the beach, seeing interior design work like this makes me see it does work.

Dream house, btw.

So how do you feel about art?  Target and Homegoods work for you or do you look for a few pieces to collect? Hopefully one day we'll get a piece for our mantle and another for our dining room and officially be 'grown up homeowners'.  Got to have goals, right??



16 comments:

  1. Love this post so much! I definitely consider myself created but not artistic in any sense, my sister (who is a graphic designer) is definitely artistic. I LOVE all of the art you chose, I am drawn to colour but soft colours that would pop against white so all of them appeal to me. Being from the ocean (PEI) I am VERY drawn to beach photos so I have to say the Phillip Barlow one is my favourite. I would love to decorate our home with beautiful paintings but the price tag is hard to swallow, so for now I decorate with (mostly) photo's of my family and the photo's I take as well as some etsy prints. I want to become more intentional with my decorating though and would like to start adding more artistic pieces. :)

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  2. I like your choices!! I absolutely see where you're coming from and the 'progression' of decorating, I think we've gone through those same phases too. Haha. My husbands grandmother is an artist, so we have her paintings in our home. Mostly abstract and we liked the colors or whatever, but we really love that it's her work and makes for good conversation pieces. We've also used our own travel pics (of doors or something that isn't obvious but has meaning to us and) turned them into canvases. But you're right, def gotta LOVE it and commit if you're going to purchase + frame some of those NICE pieces.

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  3. We have zero art work on the walls in our room. We have some mirrors and a large clock up in other places in the house but otherwise I'm in the same boat with the family pictures as "art". I just don't know what I like and can't commit to anything I see. Do you read Samma's blog Spice & Sass? She wrote recently about finding original art in her home. http://www.spiceandsass.com/2014/12/housekeeping-kitchen-lights-buying-art.html

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  4. Exactly, if I'm spending the money, I want it to be a piece I love because I love it, not because of some trend on blogs/instagram. I don't read that blog, but I just read the article. So funny that she wrote recently, some great tips! I'll have check out some more posts!

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  5. That's awesome. My nana loved painting watercolors, and was very talented for it being a hobby. I have one of hers that she had hanging in her home, it was one of my favorites as a little girl and is very sentimental (obviously). My mom always had art in my home growing up, she loved art deco and art nouveau. I would just love to have something that gives our home some personality and warmth (if that makes sense)

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  6. You should check out Thom Filicia's beach photos too, similar to Phillip Barlows. I'm sure you could actually shoot and edit that style yourself!! Intentional is exactly the word I was looking for, I'm striving for that in so many things like my clothes and our house. So sick of buying things because it's on sale, or cute but not great, or because it's a trend thats popular. I really think building a collection of decor and art of things we love will look better than just copying some magazine spread anyway!

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  7. Oh, where she talked about gifts. Ive talked about getting some as an anniversary present, but I think we ended up with "practical" stuff. This house just needs so much boring but important stuff. Maybe Mother's day ;) ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh, absolutely! Right now both our room and Scarlett's room are half finished because I'm trying to find the right pieces :) Have you read the nesting place? It's such a good book! I think you'd like it!

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  9. I have it on my amazon wishlist!! I actually a post half drafted about coffee table books (more decor!... can you tell where my head is these days?? - long winters at home!) I actually have seen her mentioned in IG a few times in the last two weeks too by other bloggers I follow, so now I'm really interested in both the blog and book!!

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  10. we need to "grow up" too. but seriously. art is SO expensive! and i'm terrified about buying it because i'm scared to make a mistake! i totally dont want to just hop on a trendy bandwagon. . PLUS my husband and i have totally different tastes. one day. . . maybe :)

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  11. gorgeous round-up! the majority of the "art" in our house are photos from trips we have taken...luckily my husband is a pretty good photographer :) xo

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  12. Most of the framed artwork in my house was done by my grandmother or my mom. I have a few prints and some other stuff I have just liked along the way. I agree you have to go with what you love or it won't look right. I also have some of my own photography framed (close ups of flowers) and I plan to frame some more.

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  13. My husband's family is all art! My mother in law worked for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for 30 years as a curator and upon her passing we wound up with more artwork than we could have imagined, and that was divided between 3 kids. It was the first time we had 'real' art since friends of hers would literally give or 'loan' paintings that they never came back for. We love the pieces but it makes it difficult to know what our true style would be were we to have chosen pieces. Right now I feel it's all over the place in our home but they mean something so that makes them special. This is why I take the kids to the same museum once a month for an art class, so they can sort of see if they got the 'art' gene! I on the other hand, am just creative and I accept that :) Love the pieces you picked out!

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  14. So fun, love the family history and that's why the girls take the classes. I definitely feel ya, my mom's taste and my own are totally different. I'm just trying hard to find my stye and what I truly like, and not what I like because of oversaturation on blogs and pinterest. I always loved the sea and and coastal style, I tried to get away from it thinking it would look silly to have a "beachy" house in the philly suburbs. However, i'm starting to feel like I should just embrace it.

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  15. Love that you have so much from family, I love when there are stories or history behind the pictures.

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  16. gah! these are gorg! i love the colorful one my yangyang pan

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