Jeff Perrott, Gone Gone Gone, 96 x 84 inches, oil in linen, 2011. Courtesy LaMontagne Gallery
Most people tell us they buy art when they are on vacation and “have time” to look at things. Since our daily lives are filled with jobs, kids, meetings, and grocery shopping, this makes for a lot of empty walls. The fact is it makes total sense for people to want their art purchases to be special and have meaning, and to connect that meaning to a shared experience. The art we choose is personal, and yet when it’s on the walls of our home, it’s public for everyone to see, we feel it’s so “easy to make a mistake”. So buying art can have a lot riding on it – it’s a shared experience, it’s a personal reflection, it’s a lot of money. So easy to see how the fun quickly turns to stress and nothing is bought.
So think about this – let’s say there’s an empty wall in your life that you wish you could fill. Before you go looking for something for the space, or even talking about what might “go well” there, take some time to think about feelings, memories, or associations you might want to commemorate visually. Who knows? You might just find the most surprising and unexpected connection with an image that makes you think of some wonderful, shocking, hilarious, amazing, colorful, shared experience.