I am a maker of art, but does that mean I have a house FULL of amazing original art? Not yet, but I’m working on it.
Here is what I have so far:
A painting of Tuscany that my mother-in-law bought while on vacation in Italy. She gave it to me for Christmas one year:
And an awesome print by a professor that I had while attending Houghton College–Jillian Sokso.
The story of how I got this print is really great. I took a printmaking class with Jillian and for the last assignment we were to make ten prints based on a song that we loved. When the prints were finished, the ten of us (9 students plus Jillian) each drew a number. The number that you picked was the number print (out of ten) you got from each student. I drew #1! So I got everyone’s first print, which is the best one to have. **Sidenote: When choosing prints as a collector’s item, you want the lowest number of the edition. For example, if there are 150 prints, it is better to have number 53/150 than it is to have 138/150.**
I also have this box that my great-grandfather made. It was given to me when my great-grandma died.
Many people ask if I have a lot of my own art hanging in my house, and the answer is NO! For one thing, it’s better to have your art in a gallery where it has more of a chance to earn you money. I currently don’t have any work in a gallery, but I still won’t hang a lot of my paintings up because I critique them every time I pass. I would never get any rest if I had a house full of my own paintings. However, one of my paintings has a permanent place in my home:
My husband took this picture of a sunrise one morning from his parent’s roof. He had stayed up all night praying about whether or not he should attend college. It’s not my best piece by any means, but for me it is a symbol of God’s nearness in spite of uncertainty. I painted it for Eric in December 2006, which was the same month we got engaged, and gave it to him for Christmas.
So there it is. My tiny collection of art. Do any of you have a precious piece of art in your household? I’d love to hear about it!