Diane Wallace Art Blog
It's that time of year when everyone is looking for gifts. Are you ready? I'm getting to the home stretch. A few more gifts for hubby's stocking and I should be good.
I've taken to making a lot of my Christmas presents from photos I've taken of my artwork. Notecards for the people I work with, calendars for family members, and I use photos of my paintings, with some hand embellishment, to make my Christmas cards.
I'm usually hesitant to give an actual painting, unless it's a painting of their animal. Most friends and family enjoy the gifts of my calendars and cards (or at least that's what they tell me). But, for some reason I don't want to give a gift that people might feel they "have" to display when I come to their home.
I feel that art is such a personal choice, and it would be a bit egotistical to think I know what someone would want to hang on their wall and look at everyday. Friends have prints, or photos on their walls that I couldn't live with, but for them these expressions are extremely pleasing. It's part of the reason I get angry at artists and critics who put down certain successful artists. When they do that, I feel they're in essence putting down the people who enjoy those artists' work - once again perpetuating the snotty artist image.
So, how'd I get going on this rant?!? I've been too busy to paint this last week or so, so I guess I have to get my frustration out someway!
But to all who celebrate Christmas and this time of year....Enjoy