A new drawing Em’ did today in three stages of progress. I think the idea is the puppet was tired of having someone else always pulling her strings so the fairy came by with her scissors and set her free. What do you think?
So, we tried the Etsy, Artfire, deviantART and other things over the past couple of years and here’s what we thought of the experience. As always your mileage may vary but, again this is our experience with such sites. When you build your online presence on someone else’s site the relationship is always more to the benefit of the someone else than it is to you.
Violet wanted a wood burned sign to give as a housewarming gift to her nephew and his wife who had just purchased a piece of land that they planned to develop into a place to be nature friendly to man and wild beast. They named their new place ‘Lake Bliss’ and she told us that they were both fond of butterflies and hummingbirds so at first the plan was to put both onto the sign.
But on further conversations it was learned that the land was home to some wild hogs which run around in the brush on the property. So it was decided that a butterfly on the snout of a wild hog would be a more appropriate depiction of the ambiance of the property. Troy picked out a piece of reclaimed wood of about the right size, cut it, sanded it and delivered to Em. Soon thereafter Emily went to work sketching the design out with arched lettering and the basic outline of the design. She wanted to capture the image Violet described just right so everyone would be happy with the end result.
Just before the beginning of November, when our dear friend was ready to pick the new sign up to give to her nephew and family Troy called and arranged to meet her for pickup in Grapevine, Texas. When their new gift arrived they were elated and sent us this wonderful picture of them standing beside it mounted on their wall. Thank you Violet for thinking of us .
Well, aside from the obvious that artists have to eat too and if they can’t make a living with their art they might give it up and go toil away at some other task, never to share their art with the world again. Okay, maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but it could happen! Seriously though…
Maybe you have an idea for an art project that needs an artist’s vision to make it come alive. Or you want to give a personal touch to a gift for someone special in your life. Perhaps you have an empty wall that would be delightful with some decor that reflects who you are or what you would like to aspire to? Could your business, organization or upcoming event use some eye-catching artwork to get peoples attention?
Alan Bamberger art consultant, advisor, author, independent appraiser and site principal of ArtBusiness.com once shared this wonderful list of reasons to own art in an article entitled “Why Should People Buy and Own Art?” on his site.
So you see, there are many good reasons to hire an artist and to buy and own art.