I know it's been a while since I posted anything here but I've been busy working on a project that has taken a considerable amount of time and focus. Today I have decided to give you a sneak peek into something that is near and dear to me. I love ART! I never buy anything to take up wall space. The result is a small art collection that I started around 1999.
This is my first purchase that I bought my freshman year in college.
The details: Life Study by Anthony Crickmay
It's a copy of a photograph on poster material that I had framed. I loved it so much I bought 2 of them just in case.
The cost: 10 bucks
What I love about it: The picture is sexy without being vulgar. The woman is leaning on the man and the curve of her hip and the ripple of his muscles seem to meld together. It's as if they are one. This hangs in my bedroom.
I bought this piece when I moved into my first home.
The details: Dizzy Gillepsie by Bruni
This is also a copy from an original that I bought from artdotcom somewhere around 2002.
The cost: I really don't remember but I think it was around $200.00
What I love about it: I never saw Dizzy Gillepsie play when he was alive but this piece makes me feel like I can hear his horn. Someday I would love to own an original from Bruni.
This is a purchase I made somewhere in 2008 directly from the artist after moving into my second home.
The details: Afro Chick by Jesse Battle
I saw this online and had to have it. One of my virtual natural hair divas posted the information for her husband Jesse and I couldn't get this picture out of my mind. I knew I had to have it in my collection.
The cost: I believe it was around $500.00 but I really don't remember. You shouldn't see this in anyone's house.
What I love about it: First and foremost I love the Afro. Secondly the colors are so vibrant but this picture doesn't do it justice. I stop, stare, and smile every time I pass this picture in my house.
This is a purchase I made in 2009 from Target.
The details: DJ by David Garibaldi
I saw this in Target and kept staring at it over and over. I would stand there for several minutes frustrating my kids because I couldn't decide if I really wanted to buy it. Every week I would go back and do the same thing. Finally I bought it.
The cost: Around $60.00
What I love about it: I feel like I'm at a party when I look at it. She's cool and spirited and I believe if she was an actual female DJ she could compete with the big boys.
This is a purchase I made in 2009 from the artist directly.
The details: Can't Miss by LaShun Beal
LaShun went to my church and his artwork used to hang on the church walls. He's known for his female form but honestly his signature female has never moved me. But when I saw this, I had to have it!! I picked out the frame and put this one on layaway LOL!!! It's huge and hangs in my 2nd floor play area.
The cost: $500.00 I think
What I love about it: The colors are so vibrant, it's huge, and the little boy looks so determined. I really believe he's concentrating sooo hard.
This is a purchase I made in March 2011 from the artist directly.
The details: Ray Charles by Damond Malloy
I met Damond at a networking event and his artwork was hanging all around as decor in a cafe/club that I can't remember the name of right now. At any rate, the Ray Charles print stayed on my mind. So I contacted him after the event. We met at a grocery store and I bought it, just like that. It's one of several and I knew that it wasn't an original when I bought it.
The cost: $100.00
What I love about it: I pretty much love everything. I love the black and white, the size, and the detail of the keys on the piano reflected in Ray's glasses. Who didn't love Ray Charles anyway? This piece is extra cool and I haven't picked out a frame for it yet. I plan to interview Damond for my blog which will give you more details about him, his medium and process for his creations, as well as how to purchase his artwork if you're interested.
The cost: Free
The cost: Free
So do you have something you enjoy that's your guilty pleasure? Tell me about it!