Maggie O'Neill's paintings are so pretty and feminine, but I love the fierceness of the woman in this painting. She looks like a Sun Goddess. You certainly would have to like some bold color stories to put this work on your walls.
Art matters, and sense of possibility art provides to the world is so important. I try to let my kids be their own artists, and create what they want and not what I want it to be. I don't care that they become great artists only that they believe in their own creativity. We try to stay close to art, whether in the museum, in the street, or anywhere we come across and example of someone's self-expression.
Here are a few ways you can get closer to art:
1) Get Lydia Barry Kutko's great new book, Art Style Guide
2) Support politicians who support the arts (Obama does)
3) Check out these good organizations:
National Endowment for the Arts
Americans for the Arts
Springboard for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts
4) Visit your local museums! Artcylopedia.com has a treasure trove of locations in their database. Without people supporting them, they wouldn't be able to bring you the wonderful views of life that only art can provide.
Art is a nice outlet for the urge to acquire, and it goes a long way in helping you design your environment--who doesn't love a fabulous painting as the focal point of a room? If you're like me, you may be a little intimidated by the idea of buying art. Remember art doesn't have to be expensive, or even purchased. You can make lots of things into perfectly striking pieces of art right there in your very own home. Believe me, before I dreamed up the projects in my Eco Chic Home book, never would I have considered myself even verging on being an artist. But now I feel like I can actually create art--and the best kind of art for me just happens to be utilitarian objects around my home that are also aesthetically pleasing. I'm easy like that. See you later!