Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What does "luxury" represent?

This is a question that's been popping in and out of my thoughts over the past few weeks. What does luxury represent and what might its link to art be?
So I googled "luxury". Interestingly...I found some trends.
First off...I had no idea there were multiple periodicals dedicated to the subject. Here's just a few: www.luxuryhomemagazine.com, www.luxurylv.com, www.modernluxury.com, www.robbreport.com, and on and on the list goes.
As I sorted through many of these sites I was looking for a common thread...specifically does art fall into this category? Without a doubt!!!
The common items I saw linked with the term "luxury" were as follows in no specific order, nor is this list anywhere NEAR complete...this is just a sampling of what I found.
Luxury equals: Yachts (boating), large homes (real estate), exotic travel (adventure), private jets (aviation), high-end automobiles, watches (jewelry), cigars & spirits, wine and ART!!
I am MOST intrigued that art is always a part of the topic of luxury. Yet, after looking through many many websites that told me what luxury was...it dawned on me...."wait a minute. These 'luxury' items are what I'm being SOLD are 'luxury' items. Hold on...are those items what I, ME, truly feel are luxurious to me?? I have a lot of art! Yet I don't consider it a luxury item.
So let's break this down a bit more. Dictionary definition: a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity OR free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being.
For me, art doesn't fit into this category of a luxury item as defined above...unless of course we're talking about an original Picasso or Renoir (pricing in the millions). Art is a NECESSITY item to me. And there's so many price ranges in the art world to choose from.
I'm curious what your thoughts might be about this. Is art a luxury? Is it a necessity? Or is art something only the uber-wealthy purchase? Is the fact that art is considered "untouchable" in the minds of so many keeping you from owning an original piece of art? (Is that like some sort of false advertising to keep everyone from owning art??) Art is for EVERYONE!
My own personal mental jury is still out deliberating the final verdict concerning what is "a luxury to me"...
Until then...check out some affordable art!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Justice and Liberty for All

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives serving the United States as a service member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard.
In honor of those who have lost their lives I've painted two new paintings.
Rest in Peace, you are not forgotten!

Click here to view "Justice and Liberty for All" and "Stars and Stripes Forever"

Both of these paintings are painted on old barn wood from the big red barn on the farm I grew up. Nothing more representative of American than the farm.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fresh out of the studio!!

I'm excited to announce FOUR new painting releases! I had a lot of fun painting in hues of green this go-round...along with some blue bases. The one here shown on the left I've titled, "Dance to the beat of your own drum" since this has been a topic on my mind lately...how appropriate eh?

To view this piece as well as check out other original art that's still available
click here

oh and I also just published the latest enewsletter! If you're not getting these by email...it's simple to sign up. Just go here.

In the mean time...visit www.racheldickson.com for all the latest!