The photo my husband took outside the Pompidou centre works so much better in the bar area than the bathroom!! It's perfect!! Why didn't I try this sooner?
I moved Killarney* (twin images by Karen Curry) from the bar to under the stairs - so moody!
I bought a small Peter Andrew photo. I need to get it framed. We contemplated buying an ultra large photo after viewing them at Pikto, however, when I saw a 9x14 was available and affordable, I went for that instead.
We are making up our minds as to which large photo by Sean Galbraith we want to invest in. His booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition drew me in (tractor beam). Everything else at the show faded away...I didn't notice another piece of art after seeing his photos. I am in awe of his talent. His subject, decayed abandoned buildings, provokes.
Buying a Sean Galbraith will be the most we have spent on art...it gives me a bit of a tummy ache, even though I know that prices for art can sky rocket from here. Gertrude Stein said to buy pictures, not clothes (or something). Can I commit to that? No, probably not (definitely not)...
Why is art ok? Because the artist is being paid, and can keep creating. Because I am still energized by art we purchased 4 years ago...it doesn't get stale, my reaction to it doesn't stay the same, but I still SEE it...unlike the many things we spent money on when we renovated that I take for granted now. Because each piece will forever be associated with a certain time in my life...it's like putting up little markers on my personal timeline...
*Karen Curry calls this series "Avenues to Stillness"...large panoramic photographs, "elements of remote, natural landscapes" (Source)