This great drawing was on the wall of an indie coffee house in San Antonio, Texas. (For those of you down in that neck of the woods, it was Local Coffee.)
I could have served you up a photo of the balloon man — but that wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting. (Photos can be fascinating — I’m not knocking photography!)
Sadly, I didn’t get the name of the artist. None of the artwork on that bulletin board was for sale (and the drawings were fairly small).
You can get art for your walls for way less money than you think. Here are some ideas for creatively obtaining real art to add more life to your living space:
- Visit your local high school. There’s bound to be artwork in the display cases and on the walls. If you like the work of a particular artist, ask the art teacher if you can commission a special piece of art by that young artist.
- Tour your town’s arts district. If your city is too small to have any galleries, be prepared the next time you visit the big city. Do research to find the area with the highest concentration of galleries.
- Avoid expensive big name artist galleries in posh touristy towns. (Yes, Aspen, I’m thinking of you.) Large metropolitan areas often have an arts district where you can visit a wide array of galleries.
- Find out when and where community artists have their annual or semi-annual shows.
- Make friends with an artist. They may sell you some of their “out-takes” art for less than their top-shelf works.
- If you know someone with latent artistic skill, encourage them to get back into their craft — and share some with you!
Go forth and get good art.