Buy from your friendly local artists

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The countdown to ArtWalk is less than a week. In 6 days, I will share a booth with my super talented studio mate, Carol Faber-Peake at Livermore’s annual ArtWalk. I’ve been busy making new paintings, figuring out what items to bring, contemplating the booth experience and figuring out the fees for the various items.

All this got me thinking, “Why buy art?” Yes, there’s a personal motivation behind that question; I’d love to quit my day job and just focus on doing art. For this to be realized, I’d need to have others buy my art, plain and simple. I know that one day, I will reach my goal and luckily, I am enjoying my art journey. I love the time I spend in my studio and love noodling around. I could go on and on about why I do art, but my question was “why should we buy art?”

The two questions are linked in may ways. Artists tend to brush, sketch, draw, and pour their heart and soul into their work. There’s really no better feeling than seeing a painting come out in the way you wanted it to go. I can vouch for feeling elated after a successful day in the studio. Owning a piece is also owning that good feeling!

Here’s some other good reasons to buy original art:

  • Paintings are unique, one of a kind experiences, versus mass market prints. One of my neighbors had the same print in their living room that we had in our bathroom. I took ours down shortly after I discovered this. My hope is to create a unique home experience. I slowly started getting rid of my mass market items and replaced them with original art.
  • Original art gives you the opportunity to have a deeper discussion with others about the piece and what drew you to that work. 
  • An original work of art reflects, enhances and sometimes even magnifies the personality of the individual who owns it.
  • Investment possibilities – while there are no guarantees, original artwork often retains its value or will increase its value over time.

Why do you buy art?

Holiday gifts

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This ArtAment will be available for sale at Livermore ArtWalk – October 14. These cute mini canvases with original artwork are the perfect addition to your holiday decor. My favorite complementary colors are the purple and gold combo. It’s the most vibrant (in my opinion). I’ll keep you all posted on the different ArtAments that will be available for sale.

Fig Love

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I saw figs in Trader Joe’s this weekend and just had to get them. Luckily, I am the only one in my home who loves this kick ass fruit. (all for me!) As I painted them, I was struck by the many subtle colors and tones in there. I’ll keep doing research on these yummy subjects – ah, the sacrifices of an artist!

Finishing touches…

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I was just in the studio this Friday morning. It feels great to be home after 1 1/2 weeks in New York. We had an amazing time in Buffalo and NYC. It’s nice to have the day to do as I wish.

This safety pin is part of my “sewing” series and it was also part of my “what the fuck is happening to our County series?!”  People were wearing safety pins to let others know that you are a safe being (to combat the increase in hate crimes since the election). Doing art, reading, and getting a good work out helps me deal with the ugliness in the world.

 

 

 

 

Are your going to Alameda County Fair?

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It was a fun afternoon at the Alameda County Fair – my daughter played bari sax at the horse race stadium with her middle school band. It was such a wonderful year of music at her middle school – I feel so fortunate that we are part of the music community.

Today was a perfectly beautiful day – not too hot! We headed over to the adult art area and found my painting on display. I don’t know if I will ever get use to this experience of seeing my art in some place other than my studio or home.

Overall, it was a beautiful day!