Art is an Investment - In Yourself

So much of what is written about the art world revolves around the idea that art is an investment. Almost all of those articles and posts talk about the work itself. How will we know if it will gain in value? How to determine if an art piece is "important"?

The real value of art is the place it has in your life. Your environment is an important part of what helps create your reality. Art is a powerful tool in helping mold your mindset and focus in key places in your life. Children and teenagers know this better than most!

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Maybe you haven't thought of it this way, but think back to a time when you put posters on your wall. You created an aesthetic that motivated you. Maybe it was escape to a sci-fi world. Maybe those posters reflected a passion for music. Maybe it was all about rebellion! Art brings out your imagination and your passion.

But you are an adult now... maybe it is time to upgrade your tastes from that U2 poster and Union Jack flag that used to hang in your room. Hopefully we can give our kids the kind of expressive freedom that we got during those times.

Art is a catalyst for the kind of energy that you will bring to the rest of your life.

Instead, invest in art that creates the mental space you need for each part of your day. Spending some time thinking about how to optimize your space can have a huge impact. Art is a catalyst for the kind of energy that you will bring to the rest of your life. Original art work has the potential for an even greater impact in your life. When you can physically see the craftsmanship that goes into a spectacular work of art, it is naturally uplifting. It makes you want to reach for your own stars...

Art by Renee Mendler Arts

Art by Renee Mendler Arts

Why Original Art?

Sometimes art just takes you to a special place…

Sometimes art just takes you to a special place…

The answer to the question of why to purchase original art doesn’t often seem straightforward. It’s a lot of money and commitment to hang something original on the wall. There is an indelible energy to original art that can’t be readily transferred in a re-creation or a print. But in the end, the answer of why to purchase a piece of art is very clear: it speaks to you.

I know that this has happened to you before. It may not have been an original piece of art. It may have been a piece of music that made you want to dance. It might have been a novel that completely changed your mind. You may have been simply touched by a photograph in the newspaper. You cut it out and hung it to your office bulletin board or added it to your playlist.

Original art is an amplified experience. It will take that connection and make it part of your habitat. It has been imbued with the artist’s expression of nuance and feeling that is not available in a facsimile or print. In the best cases, photos or prints will completely understate a piece. In the worst cases, they will change them completely.

I have experienced this effect hundreds of times by now. Artists endeavor to show me an iPad rendition of their portfolio as they look for gallery representation. Occasionally you can tease out a detail or two to see some skill. Mostly the art looks flat and blended. The colors are muted and inconsequential. The photography of original artwork is a game of attrition. As a print buyer, you are getting a far lesser version of the original, in the best of cases. For some incredible works, it is still worth it.

Find that piece that speaks to you. It will make your whole life richer.

Renovations Update

The boutique space is almost ready.  New track lighting is installed.  The walls are painted. The flooring is down.  The picture hanging systems are up, although I need to order A LOT more lines and hooks.  I can't wait for the art to fill these walls.  It has felt like an unbelievable amount of work to do the demolition, design the space, and to rebuild it.  But it has only been three weeks!  Good thing I also run a handyman business.