Make no mistake, but everyone’s tastes are different. Whether it is art, clothing, music, food, you name it and we each have our own individual style. While this is the way God created us, to be unique, it can also ruffle a few feathers, so to speak. Our uniqueness gives the world great variety and color and it would be a truly boring place if we were all the same! Whats more, we all have our own opinions, especially when it comes to art.
People buy art for many reasons, maybe a piece has their favorite color, or it matches the sofa in the living room. Perhaps the subject matter reminds them of a special place, or a particular event or person in their life. Whatever the reason, it is their reason and yes, they have to live with it. I am often asked by friends or family what I think about a piece of art they are contemplating purchasing. I may not care for it for whatever reason, but I try to help them make sure it is quality materials, and asking where they might be displaying it (as a general rule, paintings should not be in direct sunlight). If pressed about whether or not I like it, I explain that it isn’t about what I think but what they think and how they feel about the piece.
Recently, a friend of mine brought over a painting for me to look at that she had purchased at a thrift store for $1. It would look good in the kitchen of her new apartment. She was so excited about her find, but before she showed it to me, she explained that it was of a rooster and when she saw the piece it reminded her of a rooster I painted on a mural a few years ago. She had always loved that rooster, so this painting really touched her. She said that it was ‘not like the way you paint’, and thought possibly a child or a beginning artist had painted it. I told her that was okay, and if she liked it, that was all that mattered. Upon seeing it, I agreed that perhaps a child or beginner could have painted it, and explained that it was a point and time in that artist’s life, style and ability, and the art she chooses for her home doesn’t have to be like what I paint.
I asked her if she liked it and of course, she did. I replied that is what really matters, and truthfully, it is all that really matters, the fact that she liked it. I explained to her that I have seen a lot of art that I didn’t particularly care for, but that doesn’t mean that someone else shouldn’t like it or buy it. Furthermore, if she found something she really liked for a dollar, then more power to her! She phoned me later to tell me she had asked a couple of other people what they thought, and they said the rooster was too skinny, that the painting had a lot of issues. With that, she donated it back to the thrift store and is on the hunt for something else. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
I hope you are surrounded by artwork and things that you love that bring back fond memories. It really doesn’t matter who did it, how much you paid for it, etc. The bottom line is, do you like it?