It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s certainly true in the cases of art, especially paintings, sculptures, and music. What one person loves, another hates, or just does not have any reaction whatsoever to. What is a work of art and what is just a thing can be debated, as the very definition of art is sometimes not even agreed upon.
For me, art is any creative piece of work that evokes an emotional reaction. That’s the very first thing I look for in paintings, posters, or photos that I consider to decorate the walls of any home or office I spend a lot of time in. I look at the piece and just check in with myself to see if it is generating any kind of feeling.
Of course something that evokes a particularly negative response isn’t likely to wind up being a part of my collection, but what I personally look for in an art piece isn’t always a positive feeling or something that makes me feel great just looking at it. If I have to look at something almost every day, then I don’t want it to be too happy. That could get old quick.
For the most part, what I tend to look for in an art piece is something that is just more pleasant, perhaps beautiful, or even something that is just comforting. These are the kinds of art pieces that I like to decorate with.
I find myself drawn to Thomas Kincaid’s work quite often. I was lucky enough to be on a cruise ship a few years ago that was sporting a small collection of his paintings in their gallery. Sadly, I didn’t have the resources at the time to be a part of the auction for those pieces, but I did take the time to stroll through the hallway with those pieces when I could. His vibrant colors and gorgeous imagery seem to make his paintings alive and engaging, yet without being overwhelming.
Nature landscapes, particularly of tropical beaches or Rocky Mountain landscapes are always hanging in my home. Even if weather or season keeps me indoors for periods of time, they serve as reminders that I will some day or hour again go out and enjoy sunshine or travel to other places.
There are many pieces of art that I enjoy looking at, but what I will spend money on to own and hang in my home or office is quite a narrower selection of work.