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Subject:  Re: Huh? Date:  3/22/2004  10:28 AM
Author:  Hunzi Number:  453 of 1490

Posters, yes, cheap art, no. ;-)

Art posters on the cheap. Better? ;-)

I very nearly replied to the original post but couldn't quite find the words. This is sort of the idea, but it's semi-unfocused, and not really a commentary on the posters as much as my thoughts on art in general.

I think having art in the home is important. If posters are the only way you can do it, or are your preference, cool. Somewhere along the way however, I decided that original art is worth the money.

Looking around my house, you'd probably never guess that. I don't really have any posters, (except for the one in the bathroom, because the humidity in there wouldn't be good for anything else, unless I can find or maybe even paint myself, a little thought that's been rattling around in my head), but I do have a couple of signed prints of some kind and a couple of paintings (one of which is probably only fit to be hung in a toolshed, and I'm so ready to say goodbye to it, but it is the first piece of art I ever bought).

I'll never be able own an original Picasso, but I'd rather live with a blank wall longer and save a little cash and buy the perfect painting from a local artist. (Or as displayed in my office, the perfect paintings were original artwork of my then 4yr old, framed and hung), and I have another self portrait of hers created at age 8, I plan to hang soon.

I actually have a couple of paintings on my wishlist. One of the Fools I made friends with via these boards is quite talented, and I'd kill to own one (actually several) of her works, and there's this incredible painting on display at a local restaurant that I drool over each time we visit. I have the price for that one rattling around in the back of my head. One of these days I may have to go to the restaurant with a tape measure to be sure it's not too big for the spot I keep seeing it in my head (or actually on my bedroom wall).

Art is just one of those little things that for me is worth the money, but that doesn't mean that art posters on the cheap aren't.

Always ;-)
Hunzi



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