I.love.art. I adore a good abstract, but am also drawn to a classic Monet or Van Gogh. I even consider my little blog to be my own piece of artwork. I spend hours (too many) tweaking it, refining it and molding it. Hint. Hint. (More on that very soon). Of course there is always a heart-wrenching price tag attached to any desirable piece.
I am all about the cheap and easy, but it also has to look good of course. I decided to fill our new home with art that I’ve either created or purchased for dirt cheap.
Here are a few of my own creations
With glass of favorite red wine in hand I painted this picture in less than 40 minutes. My inspiration for it was Vincent van Gogh’s “Almond Blossom.” This project was apx $11 (the cost of some sample jars of AS Chalk Paint).
Ahhh, I still love this drawing I did several (aka 25!) years ago. I wish I could say this was a self-portrait (in my dreams!) but it’s from a shampoo ad in some magazine. This picture had been hiding for at least 25 years in my old portfolio until my daughter found it. She wanted to look at my artwork and I was happy to share it with her. When she asked me why I didn’t have it up on our wall I said, “You know what, I don’t know!” It now adorns a side table in our dining room along with the painting above. This project was free!
I painted this watercolor…um…I have no clue when! I think I painted this five or six years ago when my girl was napping. This is now hanging in our living room. This painting was free!
Being married to a legal alien German I thought it fitting to include a touch of “home” for him (although the way the German flag is hanging in this poster frame is VERY incorrect he tells me.) The flag was a gift my in-laws brought for our kids last year when they came to visit from Germany. This project was free!
Now onto my kids’ rooms…
I purchased the chip letters at Home Depot for around $5.00. I glued them onto a canvas I had then painted it all this soft lavender (the color I thought I was going to paint my girl’s room).
The abstract painting below that is a paint-by-numbers kit I bought for my girl recently and she had her own idea what that meant. I have to say I love her interpretation much better.
The 3-D paper butterflies were an Etsy purchase.
My son also likes to try his hand at creating a masterpiece. I painted a cheap canvas red and gave it to him and said, “Go crazy!” This is his little interpretation. This project was free!
I am in the process of re doing his room. I wanted to give my sports-junkie little man some inspirational artwork so I scoured the internet for some cheap prints of one of my favorite artists of all time. Know who it is? NORMAN ROCKWELL! His work is timeless and epitomizes Americana. I was lucky enough to score 4 of his sports prints for $15+$5 shipping off eBay. When they arrived I was so excited and knew I had “nailed it” for my son’s room.
These are the prints that I purchased:
Fun for a little boy’s room, huh?
I guess if I have a point to this post it’s that you can create art too. Free art. It’s all around you and inside your head just itching to pop out! I hid my work for over 20 years until it took my beautiful 6 year old to inspire me to put myself out there. Ok, it’s only displayed in our house, but it’s a huge deal to me when we have people over and they ask “who drew that portrait “or “who painted that piece.” Art is very personal, subjective and means different things to different people. So why not surround yourself with things that inspire you and make you happy? I finally did just that.