OK, so here I go.....
I was so busy the last 6 or more months that without Zoloft and my dear BEAL friends, St. Gretchen, St. Maggie, St. Kim, St. Marilyn, St. Charlie, St. Helen, St. Rita, St Lynn and many others, I wouldn't have survived. I can't say enough about how much I love these people.
And this is my opening to my blog tonight. You will not get the connection because there isn't one.
Charlie Paris had Maggie and I went over one night to his house to show us his 'etchings', and much more. He has varous art from local and some not-so-local artists. What fun! He was so proud of his collection and he should be. It is a rich collection of various kinds of art styles and artists. I mentioned that he has an expensive collection there but he seemed more swayed by the excellence of the art, rather than the value of the pieces.
And I don't know if it was that gallery talk and tour or just because I love every kiind of art and the thought of owning even just one, thrilled me to pieces. So, when I was at Don Kline's Gallery, I saw a quaint print of a basket of apples by Lisa Darrow. It reminded me of my mother and her facination with apples (and squirrels) so I bought it. I was thrilled with my purchase, not just because it was painted by a friend of mine, but because now I HAVE A COLLECTION! Holy Cow! OK, albiet, a small collection (one to be exact), but it was a start.
So at a show at the Station I bought a cat portrait for my grandson for his new bedroom. I started just buying some prints. They didn't cost too much and I could mat and frame them and hang them in the house so I could ooooooo and ahhhhhhh over them and know I have someone's tallent right IN FRONT OF ME. What a thill and it was also a thrill to share them with art friends who knew the artiat and their work.
The more I bought, the better I felt. I started off with some small, mat-less pieces by virtually nameless artists. So what? I would tell my self. Everyone has a special talent and who knows, the artist might be famous some day and as long as I like it, who else matters.
Then I got a little guttzy and bought a few more valuble pieces. I don't know for sure if they would be valuble to any one but me but my excitment outweighed any caution I was about to toss to the wind. Some artists are willing to sell their work in installments. I have bought several that way.
Now, the point I am trying to make here is, take a chance. If you like a piece of art - buy it! Don't go broke in the process but there are various ways to collect art. The barter system for example: trade art, trade potatoes for arl. Trade a watercolor for an oil. Knit a sweater for sculpture. There are gobs of ways to go about it, and you just might find an artist who is thrilled to have that one painting that speaks to him and is willng to make a deal.
Just remember that most people like art in one form or another. Sometimes you just have to introduce the beauty of art to the right person, who will understand it or think that they do. It also helps the community to be involved in art shows and exhibitions. You might not have money to buy a gallery full but remember one piece at a time is a worthwhile investment. Have you heard the lastest art investment?
$81.9 million for a Rothko, No. Ten, 1958
$56.2 million for a Warhohl, Colored Mona Lisas, 1964
$141.3 million for a Giacometti, L'homme au doigt, 1947
$104 million for a Picasso, Boy with a Pipe, 2004
So, Picasso, put that in your pipe and smoke it!