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  • Lake Bliss Commission

    Pyrography Sign - This Was A Commission Piece Done In 2011Lake Bliss Pyrography Sign

    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 .

  • Why Hire An Artist?

    Cloud Dragon by Emily Dewbre-Young
    Cloud Dragon by Emily Dewbre-Young

    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.

    • Art is environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and easy to maintain. It does not increase global warming, use fossil fuels, or need to be serviced on a regular basis, and it’s certainly not just another expendable destined for the landfill.
    • Art is a powerful form of expression not only for the artists who create it, but also for those who own it. Art allows people to express their individuality, and to represent deeply held beliefs, feelings, convictions or philosophies in socially (and visually) redeeming ways.
    • Art encourages people to ask questions, to take brief moments out of our busy lives to reflect on ideas other than how to make more money faster or how to get over on the competition.
    • Art improves quality of life. All you have to do is think about the difference between a room with bare walls and one with walls full of art.
    • Art inspires people to think about and even visualize ways that life might one day be better than it is now.
    • Art stimulates the expression and interchange of thoughts, feelings, and ideas among total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other.
    • Children are fascinated with art. Art makes children ask questions, encourages them to fantasize and imagine, and expends their perceptions of reality. Art teaches children how to be creative and have fun with life.
    • Art transforms and personalizes the places where we live and work. Art can evolve lifeless interiors– homes as well as offices– into unique, beautiful and engaging environments.
    • For those so inclined, art can be used to signify wealth, success or power, and can even be used to intimidate. For example, imagine a CEO’s office appointed with a big bold, vibrant, dynamic painting hanging on the wall directly behind his desk, and two imposing larger-than-life sculptures, one at either side of the desk. Anyone who sits and meets with this individual must also contend with his art.
    • An original work of art is not only visually appealing, but it also communicates the personality, abilities, creativity, inspiration, attitudes, and at best, the brilliance and genius of the artist who created it. And people who own art are able to experience and be uplifted by these qualities on an ongoing basis.
    • An original work of art reflects, enhances and even magnifies the personality of the individual who owns it.
    • Art attracts attention on global as well as personal levels. An impressive or extensive personal art collection can be likened in microcosm to that of a great museum, and certainly increases the esteem of that individual among his or her peers. In fact, many of the great personal art collections end up in museums.
    • Art makes people proud to live, work, and play where they do. They point to their museums, public monuments, and cultural institutions with pride.
    • For those of you buyers who like to profit from your art, people decide where to spend their time (and money) based on the types or amounts of art they know or expect to encounter. For example, commercial spaces such as restaurants, hotels, and meeting places can be more or less interesting and attractive to patrons depending on the art they have on display (or lack of it).
    • Across the country and around the world, artists move into troubled or blighted neighborhoods or parts of cities and revitalize them with their artistry. Their creative expression increases property values, new businesses move in, and the overall quality of life improves immeasurably. Sooner or later, the public at large discovers these wondrous transformations, and in some cases, people actually travel thousands of miles to visit these oases, spend time there, and of course, buy art.

    So you see, there are many good reasons to hire an artist and to buy and own art.