We're getting near the present giving season again...and I've already got it all sorted out!
I decided to give each of the grandchildren 3 things:
something sensible (clothes usually - incredibly LARGE ones!),
something sweet that they'll enjoy (yes, Mom has given the okay) and then..
.an artwork...to start their own personal art collection.
When my girls reached 21, I didn't give them jewelry or a bright red sports car (ha!), but rather a painting by the artist of their choice (local, living... not Picasso or Monet!). Art lasts for ever. The ring I was given for my 21st wore out in a few years...most people don't even remember what they were given to mark an important anniversary.
Many presents that children get these days are quickly used up - one way or another: broken, out dated, shrunk, eaten...but a good artwork will live on.
I think it's important to introduce young people early on to the idea of collecting art; it's an important habit to have. Much more important than collecting shoes, or movies or popular music or having the latest fad thing everyone else has.
There are so many things to be gained from an art collection.
When you move apartments, or houses, you can be instantly at home once you've hung your favorite art pieces on the wall.
Art that will not only make you feel at home, but also make you feel good in some way every time you look at it.
It will help you remember a favorite place or person or pet,.
It will add beauty, it may make you laugh. It will make you feel better!
Now what else but Art (and yes I include music!) will do those things? Some may say - well "maybe a million dollars.." but in fact studies show that once you've got all the basics taken care of (and, yes, that is important) beyond that more money does not make you happy. Look at all those miserable millionaires you know! Does the Trump ever look happy??
Comments? I'd love to know what you think.
I'm off to the studio to make more art...after a nice cup of tea, of course.
If you have been, thanks for reading!