Art That Speaks to You

Art That Speaks to You

When choosing new art for your home, there are many different things to consider: subject matter, size, color and style of the artwork. Many times people buy art for purely decorative purposes to complement a room. What happens when they later fall in love with a piece of art that truly moves them and they are now out of wall space or it doesn't "fit" into their décor?

Why not take a piece of art that resonates with you and incorporate it into your décor rather than find art to fit your room? In the past, art that was hung on the wall had a purpose. It told a story.

Whether the subject was a beloved family member or relative, an honored dignitary, a special moment in time, or a beautiful place that one would long to go to, it would capture you when you looked at it. The painting would transport you into another time and place.

Art that speaks to me stops me in my path and captures me and I just want to stare at it for hours. That is the kind of art I like to have in my house. For example, one of my favorite artists is Norman Rockwell. Every time I look at one of his paintings, I am transported to that time and all of the characters in the painting feel so familiar to me. These are moments that fill you with joy and remind you what life is really all about.

There are many wonderful artists that create art that speaks to you. The famous Impressionistic artist Claude Monet painted his favorite thing in life which was his garden. You look at "Pathway in Monet's Garden of Giverny" and you just want to go there (which I have.)

Vincent Van Gough's series of Sunflower paintings are equally striking. I decided to go to the town where he painted them and I stood on top of a hill and saw all of the sunflowers that inspired him. It was breathtaking.

It's not that I'm against art that is chosen to complement a room because I personally enjoy decorating. I love the whole idea of design and creating a beautiful space with just the perfect combination of colors and textures. However, when it comes to selecting art for my home, it's always that piece that speaks to me, not the one that went well with the couch.

Categories: Art, Decorating, Artist, Paintings

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