Our dog section continues to grow. I am just finding so much fun stuff to add to it. We found some apropos vintage flashcards that made a whimsical piece of art, staying with our ‘art’ theme of the last few days.
I wrote an installment on the Watson Kennedy website a year or so ago, about buying art. After watching the film ‘Herb & Dorothy’ I went back and re-read it. Here it is.
One of the easiest ways to make your home truly personal, is to fill it with artwork you love & have collected over time. To me, very few things are more personal or telling about a person’s personality, than the art they have in their home.
Buying art can be overwhelming and at times intimidating. My advice on this is to think out of the box a bit, and don’t feel like the only way to buy art is at a gallery.
*Art schools have auctions where the students sell their artwork. This is a great way to support the arts, and also get artwork at reasonable prices.
*Lots of retail shops such as mine also carry a variety of artwork, so the experience of shopping for a piece is far less intimidating.
*Many beginning artists have shows in studio space they share with other artists, so attending studio shows is a great way to add to your art collection, while also helping out a novice artist.
*Be on the look-out when you travel. Buying art on a vacation is one of the most lovely ways to remember a trip. One of our very first pieces was purchased in New York from an artist selling on the street. Over the years I have kept up with her work, and have bought more pieces of hers from shows she has exhibited in over the years.
*Artwork is not reserved only for things that hang on the wall. Think sculpture, ephemera art, pottery.
Art is truly personal. Buy what stirs an emotion. I think too many times, people worry about whether their art will be liked by others. Buy what you love, as you are the one who will be living with it each day.
Buying and living with art is a pleasure we have embraced from early on. We have purchased pieces by all the ways I mentioned above, as well as from galleries. As Dorothy said in the documentary “if it stops being fun, then we would stop collecting” which I think are perfect words of advice. Have fun!
I watched the most charming and inspiring documentary yesterday, while TPS took Bailey for their ritual Sunday afternoon walk. ‘Herb & Dorothy’ is about a love affair–between 2 people, as well as their combined love and passion for art, artists and collecting. This film came out in 2008, and I had read a bunch about it, as well as the Vogel story over the years, but had yet to see it. I can not tell you how much I enjoyed every moment.
The back story. Herb and Dorothy Vogel live in a one bedroom, rent controlled apartment in Manhattan. He was a postal worker and she a librarian. After they married, they decided they would live simply on her salary, and they would buy and collect art from his. They amassed one of the world’s most important collections of Minimalist and Conceptual art.
Put this film on your list and watch it when you want to uplift your spirit. I am still buzzing from the happiness that it brought.
Hugo Guinness is an artist, and a very lovely fellow, who lives with his wife (also an amazing artist) and daughters in Brooklyn. He has become quite famous for his singular image linoleum cut prints, as well as his one of a kind paintings. I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Hugo over the last few years, from an introduction by my friend Rita Konig. On one of my trips this year to New York, I went to Hugo’s home/studio. I love to see the spaces where artists create. From that visit, I chose many of Hugo’s one of a kind works to sell, in addition to the iconic lino works we have now carried for several years. Here is a sampling.
There you go! I hope you liked the mini show. That is only a small sampling we have of Hugo’s work. If you would like pricing on any of the above pieces, or want to see more, please give us a ring at the shop or send me an e-mail.
Our beloved Nancy, who was a member of the Watson Kennedy retail family (well actually, she still is, because once a member, always a member) recently moved to San Francisco. Her husband was offered a cool new job at a tech start-up, so off they went. We were all excited for them, and for the next chapter in their journey together to unfold. Nancy is an amazing artist. Yesterday, she sent us a painting of Bailey, as a gift. What an amazing gift! We love it. She captured the essence and expression of Bailey perfectly. It is spot on. The smaller framed piece in the photo is what she took the image from for the painting.
Before she left Seattle, we chatted briefly about us offering her services of pet portrait painting. I am happy to report, we now are. If it interests you, all I need is your favorite photo of your pet e-mailed to me. Nancy will do the painting, and send it directly to you. The starting price is $895 for the size she painted Bailey, but she can also do much larger canvases, as well. It really is a great gift idea for that special someone or a lovely way to have a remembrance of your own pet.
I was interviewed yesterday for an upcoming article about the Watson Kennedy shops for Where magazine. The editor could not have been cooler, and she asked a slew of questions that were right on the mark. “Where do I get my inspiration” was at the top of the list. My answer was that I really get my inspiration daily and everywhere. I try and stay open to all situations, be in the moment, and keep my eyes open to all things around me. Later in the day I was out & about and snapped a few shots that inspired me.
A word about the post I wrote yesterday. I got to the shop and Pam asked me what I had written about. I told her I wrote about the house of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith that was featured in Architectural Digest. She then mentioned that word of them splitting up was all over the news. I feel terribly. My comments were directed at the AD article, not them personally. I had no idea of them potentially splitting up. What weird timing that I would choose to write about that yesterday. I wish them the best, and hope the news is untrue.
It was a non-stop last day of buying at the show. 83 orders in a little over 3 days, which means the shops & website will be overflowing with new goods beginning very soon. I did not click away any photos yesterday, as I was a man on a mission to finish everything I needed to do and see everyone I needed to see. The above and below photo are of one of the most spectacular things I saw, which I did the very first day, and have not been able to get it out if my head, because it was so stunning. The artist recreated a branch of barnacles that was amazingly life like but done in glass. Breathtaking.
The day was mostly spent hanging art that we have been acquiring over the last 6 months. It is so very fun to see the wall come together. We have a similar wall of art in our home in the city, and I thought it would be cool to somewhat recreate the look of it in the new space.
Hope to see you tomorrow if you can stop in. The temporary wall comes down later this eve, and it will be a late night of finishing all of the final details. I am getting soooo excited for it all to be complete!
It indeed was a full day of display yesterday, as my body creaks and my muscles moan as I get up from bed. Tired, a good tired, from a long day of moving, switching things around, hanging artwork, changing out lamps, and doing all the small tasks to get the shop put back in tip top shape.
My store in the Pike Place Market has glass windows on all 4 sides, with a stellar view of the water and Market activity to the West. Only challenge, is there is really little to no wall space. With the expansion of the shop down the street, I thought the Market shop could use a little freshening too.
We had a platform built so we could hang more artwork. It also allows for a window display, but instead of having it face out, I thought it would work better for the space to have it face inward. It will allow customers to walk right up to it, and to look at the product closely. I am so happy with how it all turned out. Please stop in next time you are in the area and let me know what you think.
Now off to the island for a few days of rest & relaxation, before we tackle the finishing touches of the new space. I think I see a Bloody Mary in my near future…