When my husband and I first got married and started to decorate our house we made a deal with each other. We didn't want to buy pictures in store that anyone can buy and hang them in our house. We wanted something special, something that reflected our personality, not anyone and everyone elses.
Okay, that was our challenge, where do get pictures from then? Luckily our answer was solved for us. About two months after we got married, friends of ours got married and their wedding was to be in Vermont where they met. If you don't know Vermont, there is a very large art community there. While we were there for the weekend we stopped by an art festival with a few friends. It was that weekend we bought our very first work of art. The picture was small, but not tiny. That when we decided that was how we would decorate our house. We would only buy our pictures at art festival or galleries. Expensive right. Actually if you shop around and know your budget it is very doable.
Fifteen years later we have bought enough to satifisy our walls. Actually we were done a few years ago, but we still love to look. A few are very special to us. One reminds us of a house we stayed in and took care of early in our marriage. It hangs in our living room. It's one of our favorites, another hangs above our fireplace of an old colonial with a horse and carriage outside. It caught both of our eyes at the Ball and Claw in Newport, RI. Then we have three antique maps hanging together, one for each state we have lived in. This was also purchased at an art festivel. I love old maps, they have a history to them that is enchanting to me.
Here are a few artist which might be of interest to you, and if you can go to their galleries or blog page, please do. Every starving artist needs a fan base, it doesn't matter if you are an artist, or writer, everyone loves a leg up. I promise the art is beautful.