What is “art”? It seems in today’s society anything can be called art. For the most part this is not a bad thing. In fact two of the art pieces that claim residence with me include a 40-something-year-old hornet’s nest retrieved from my grandparent’s garage and a collection of vintage glass soda bottles. Laugh if you want, its art, at least for me! My guess is that I’m not the only one with a menagerie like this.
Art can really be anything from a Renoir painting to a hornet’s nest but it shouldn’t be just anything. Art should be personal. The art that you bring into your home, office, bedroom, or dorm should be a reflection of who you are as a person, what captures your imagination, and what inspires you. Art doesn’t have to be expensive either. It doesn’t have to be traditional, or extreme. It just has to be you. It has to be personal. The hornet’s nest is personal to me because it reminds me of my grandparents and it is something that I admired for years hanging in their garage before it came home with me. The bottles show my love for history and everyday items from the past.
While many purchase or inherit art, these aren’t the only options. Making your own art is a definite option as well. You don’t have to be an “artist” to do it either. You just have to have a bit of patience and imagination. If you like paintings then try your hand at some. Canvasses can be bought at any craft store and acrylic paints are inexpensive and come in a multitude of colors. If you have a left over piece of fabric or quilt that you love have it framed. If you have children choose a few pieces of their school or camp artwork and have it framed. If framing is out of the question try decoupage it to a canvas for something more mod looking.
To recap in one thought: art can be anything you want, but to have real meaning it needs to be personal.
Some places in the Nashville area to find art:
If you’re unfamiliar with traditional art such as painting, sculpture or photography you might attend the “Art Crawl”. It’s the first Saturday of every month. Follow this link for dates and times: http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first_saturday_art_crawl.php
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