If you've seen pictures of my home or read my posts about wall art you probably know how much I adore filling my home with beautiful artwork that I've collected. I tend to be drawn to watercolors of landmarks, but I'm also in love with abstract art, especially in blues and pinks.
During college I took an elective called Cultural Studies, which was actually a class on arts, philosophy and literature of the late 1800's through the early 1900's. I wasn't crazy about the philosophy part, but I adored the arts and literature portions. I was fascinated by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, but I was particularly taken by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and the idea of living in Paris in the 1920's. For class we read the book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, and I became enthralled with the stories of life in Paris at this time. Matisse and Picasso hung out with the Americans Toklas and Stein (who was an extensive art collector at the time). They also ran in the same circles as Ernest Hemingway (Stein claims she introduced him to bullfighting and thus inspired his book The Sun Also Rises) and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you liked the movie Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson I highly suggest this book. It provides the entire back-story of this whole group. (On a side note...I've decided that to celebrate my departure from the Army in August (yay!) I'm going to go to Europe for a month. Even though I've been to Paris twice before I feel it calling me back, so I'll likely spend a whole week there. I am beyond excited!)
Magical huh? Love how it lights up with twinkling lights on the hour every night.
That's a bit of a roundabout way of saying that I really love art, and the stories behind the artwork, and I would much rather purchase something that goes to further some one's artistic career than buy a piece of art at Hobby Lobby or Target. While reading the recent issue of Domino Magazine I read about the website artfullywalls.com and finally got a chance to check it out. All of the art is created by artists who are extremely talented, and you can even read about the artists and get to know where your art is coming from. I quickly fell in love with many of the pieces, and may go ahead and buy them even though I have no extra space on my walls at the moment. Here are some of my favorites: