Sunday, October 3, 2010

Top Ten Reasons To Buy Contemporary Art

The idea that contemporary art is a luxury reserved only for the rich is simply passe. My sweet Austin-based Artist friend Debbie Carroll shared this great little blog post and I think it's great reminder that ART IS FOR EVERYONE!

The Golden Afternoon
12" x 16" x 1.5"
Acrylic and Mixed on Canvas
This painting is available for sale, please contact me at

I love being an artist.

I also love top ten lists, soooooo

Ladies and Gentlemen, with a wink at Dave Letterman, here are the:
Top TEN reasons to buy original contemporary art

10. Bring yourself into your d├ęcor. Surround yourself with art that speaks to you and of you. You are unique, so why would you settle for the PierWhatever/BullseyeBox carbon copy stuff?

9. Assure your place in civilization by supporting the Arts. Bonus: by buying from local (and there are fabulously talented people in your community) artists, you stimulate the local economy directly.

8. Develop your own collection. Art is lots cooler to collect than stamps or coins and when you collect contemporary art, you can collect artists as friends- and we are a very cool group.

7. Make your neighbors jealous. All of them will wish they had your self-confidence and sense of style!

6. Connect with your deeper self. Buy original work that speaks to you emotionally, not because it matches the couch. (NOTE: It’s okay if it happens to match.)

5. Feel less like a cubicle-dweller and more human by surrounding yourself with art born of real live passion and creativity – art made because the artist was moved to do it, not paid by the brushstroke.

4. Tap into the mystery of the muse. There is something magical that happens within artists that often pushes them beyond their initial vision; share that wonder.

3. Learn something new. Exercising your mind is healthy and realizing you are developing your eye for quality, style, talent while you’re having fun looking at art is a real kick.

2. Honor your inner creative spirit. We all have the need to express ourselves. Twitter, Link’d In, board meetings, and lawyers are not sufficient. Express yourself visually by living with art you love. Get back in touch with your own creative self.

1. Delight in the presence of art that “you get” and realize that the art “gets you!”

(this post comes from Paula Lewis of Scorched Eyebrow Studio)


  1. Thanks for the mention Gina! Wish I could take credit for writing the top ten, but am glad someone came up with this list!

  2. This is great!!!! Thanks for sharing Gina. And Debbie thanks for the TOP TEN.
    Missing my fellow female artists.
    Michelle Stroescu

  3. Miss you ladies! Hope the summer has treated you well. When are we doing another group show somewhere? That needs to be an annual thing. :)


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