Ten days and counting. Here it is. A ton of forced socializing with its attendant hangovers, frazzled nerves and time constraints, and that's before the... dum-da-dum-dum... the dreaded MALL. How to not get caught up in the mind-numbing, lemming-like, demoralizing, financially devastating pursuit of gimmee, gimmee, gimmee and give, give, give till it hurts?
Here's another, better idea. Get your weary carcass to an art gallery and give the gift of a piece of art. Not only will you avoid the crush of ill-tempered zombies, you'll be giving something unique and meaningful. Meaningful!! How much of that do you find in that commercial wasteland known as The Mall?
|Anita Nelson's perfect little paintings.|
Here are some pieces of ART (not from China, but handmade right here in Houston) priced at $120 or below. So forget the juicers, the necktie, the predictable plastic STUFF... this year start something new. Make it something special, something personal, something thoughtful and meaningful, something that isn't mass produced. Take a stand and take back Christmas.
|Cookie Wells' evocative faces|
|Tumblers by Bally Studio|
|Joel Anderson's clever tiles combining the periodic table with popular phrases (know an engineer or scientist?)|
Here's the dealio... the how-to of buying art-as-a-gift.
- You have a friend and you want to get them something special. Right. Where to start.
- What are your friend's special interests or hobbies? Competitive dog grooming, naked bacon frying, gardening, sailing?... Sure it sounds basic, but to make a gift of art work, it should resonate with the recipient...
|If this is your friend's dog, they may have |
a preference for something colorful
- If the friend has no hobbies, what sort of work do they do? Fortune cookie writer, bee keeper, fashion designer?...
- One more question about your friend... what is their style? Consider how they've decorated. Only you can suss out whether the receiver prefers abstract, realism, minimalism, maximalism (okay, I just made that last one up)...
- Set a price in your head... your maximum budget, and stick to it.
- Now head to Archway Gallery. (Get a grip... of course I'm going to plug my gallery!) Get thee to the calm oasis of Archway where we've put up a plethora of reasonably priced beautiful pieces for your Christmas cheer.
|Another of Anita Nelson's tiny perfect paintings of animals and birds|
|More tumblers from Bally Studios|
|Harold Joiner's calming landscapes|
|And one of my five floral studies available now at Archway|
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope your Christmas shopping goes smoothly.
Art online: www.SaatchiArt.com
Archway Gallery: www.ArchwayGallery.com