Monthly Archives: April 2011

Do you want to buy reproduction art?

Imagine this! Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ adorning your drawing-room walls, radiating warmth and sunshine; the yellows lightening up the walls, never-failing to add an element of cheer to the place!

Vincent van Gogh's, 'Sunflowers'

Or how would you like to add that instant touch of elegance to your drawing-room walls with Ravi Verma’s, ‘Lady with the lamp’ – the beautiful lady’s face lightened up by the lamp, adding to the regalia of the moment! Oh! What a beauty!

Raja Ravi Verma's, 'Lady with the lamp'

And how would you like to see Raphael’s, ‘Woman with the veil’ add the element of ethereal peace and calm to your place!

Raphael's, 'Woman with the veil'

And if the classic beautys aren’t your style, add Edvard Munch’s, ‘The Scream’ to your walls to complement your modern decor!

Edvard Munch's, 'The Scream'

A few days ago, I wrote about why buying art isn’t easy and why it needs courage and conviction. However, an easy solution to this conundrum is buying reproduction art. Painstakingly created by talented artists, reproductions of masterpieces by some of the most famous painters of all times, reproduction art, is the easiest way to start your art collection without worrying about going wrong. Reproduction art does come with its own merits – they are easy to find, relatively cheaper than original art and you will without doubt find the perfect art that captures your soul!

However, much as I adore these famous creations, I am a stickler to original art. When every single action of mine, every single day of my life, distinguishes me from the crowd and gives me my own unique identity, why should the art on my living room wall scream reproductionnnnnnnnnn? I want the art on my wall to stand out from the crowd, have its own unique identity and be exclusive. People pausing to stop in their tracks to admire a reproduction of ‘Mona Lisa’ is not the same as when they stop to admire with inquisitive eyes, an original art. Am not criticizing reproduction art or saying they shouldn’t be bought, but if you are like me and want to create your own space, then patronize the local artists and start your original art collection today!

Until next time….

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Look! The murals are talking to you!

Photo by Mariela D

Walking through the city
I stumble upon an alley
With colorful murals and graffiti
O!!! I have arrived at Balmy!!!!!!

Located in the Mission district neighborhood, the murals apparently date back to the 1970s as artists’ expressed their outrage over human rights and political abuses in Latin America. Today, apart from the history lessons, there are juvenile and playful cartoonish murals too that balance the intensity of the immigrant-themed murals.

A peek into the treasure trove at Balmy Alley!!

A huge thank you to Mariela, Carlos, Jessica, Lina, Tony and Margie for these lovely pictures.

I’ve lived in the Bay Area for a few years but didn’t know of this place until recently a friend pointed me this way. Next time you visit the Bay Area, don’t forget to take a stroll down Balmy Alley, enjoy the colorful murals and patronize local art!

Until next time…..

Will you take this painting home?

Buying a piece of art isn’t easy. It needs courage and conviction because the first question that pops into my head when I want to buy an artwork is, “What will my friends/family think and say when they see this?” I don’t want to be embarrassed by the art that hangs on my wall! And it is intimidating to walk into a gallery to look at a piece of art, let alone buy it. How many times have you walked into an art gallery, paused to look at a painting and hoped and prayed that the artist or art dealer  won’t come and start talking to you about it because you don’t want to appear like a fool? Happens to me every time!

When a painting catches my eye and I fall in love with it, it is not because I could articulate the techniques used by the artist – it is because *I* feel an emotional connection to what *I* see depicted in the painting. I can relate to the art I want to hang on my wall, look at it every single day, show it off to my friends, talk at length about what the painting means to *me* and it is as simple as that.

I stumbled upon the painting posted here when I was looking at some original art work. Titled, ‘Joyous Tears,’ this is a painting by a Seattle artist, Willow Heath. The woman in the picture with tears down her eyes immediately stuck a chord with me. I don’t know the techniques Willow used to create this magical painting but I don’t need to know any of that to hang this on my wall, stare at its magnificence and say to my friends, “Isn’t she beautiful? Look how realistic the tears look? And the flowers…..”

You can find more of Willow Heath’s paintings @ http://www.willowheath.com

Until next time…….

Better than Mona Lisa?

The mysterious smile of Mona Lisa has beguiled viewers for centuries and is considered the most famous painting in the world. Artists and art lovers around the world rave about the aerial perspective Leanardo introduced, the dramatic contrasts of light and dark, the sensuous curves of the woman’s hair and clothing created through sfumato, etc… etc….

And then last week, I run into a series of pictures posted by a facebook friend depicting rural Indian women. I am neither an artist nor a critique to talk intelligently about the techniques used. But I don’t need to understand any of those to say that this painting was mesmerizing.

With a genteel smile on her face, every single detail on her face and clothing exotically captured, I wouldn’t hold you guilty if at first look you thought this was a photograph!

Watch out for more pictures from this series that I found. And if the original artist crosses my blog or anyone reading this knows the artist, please get in touch with me for I want to make sure the artist gets the recognition well deserved.

Until next time……

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