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.
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??