|Steve Henderson Fine Art
August 26, 2013
Bold Elegance in Fine Art
What You Want, Matters
Gathering Thoughts -- available as an original oil painting, a signed limited edition print, and an open edition print
"One of the things I enjoy most about dealing directly with art collectors and clients is . . . dealing directly with people. Each and every person who buys a painting has a story, a reason behind why they choose what they do, a specific wall for the artwork, a compelling reason to keep coming back to a painting.
"The individuality of each person who contacts us never ceases to amaze or encourage me.
"'I've been thinking about this painting for months,' one person told me. 'I keep looking at it on the website, keep imagining it on my wall. I can't get it out of my mind and I want it.'
"Those are sweet words for an artist to hear.
"Just as satisfying, however, is the drive, the determination, the perseverance of the person we're talking to. In a society that strongly emphasizes conformity, fitting in, and standardization, it is a privilege working with people who know what they want and aren't ashamed to go about getting it.
"Obviously, there's a right motivation about this and a wrong one -- seeking world dominance at the expense of other, innocent people's right to live their lives peaceably, isn't a good way to go about things.
"But that's what I'm not talking about. I'm talking about people -- individual people from all walks of life -- responding to something that touches them, in this case, one of my paintings, whether it's an original, a signed limited edition print, an open edition print, or a poster.
"Some of them unabashedly buy a piece because it matches the color of their living room furniture; this pleases them, and the painting complements the overall decor.
"Others are looking for a specific shape or size of canvas, along with the image. Still others purchase because a work reminds them of a place in their childhood or some other memory.
"Regardless of the reasons, they are comfortable with them, and they purchase and artwork for all the right reasons: because they want it, and it makes them happy.
"From the time we are young children we are told not to think too much about ourselves, our wants, our needs, our opinions -- to focus, instead, on others.
"And while it is good, and very necessary, to focus on others, we don't do this at the expense of checking in with ourselves.
"You matter. What you think, how you think, what pleases you, what makes you laugh, what makes you cry. The more comfortable you are with who you are, the more likely you will make decisions that are right for you."
The Importance of Small Businesses
Thoughts from This Woman Writes, Steve's Manager and Mate
Hard Work reaps a rich harvest inspirational poster, based upon the original oil painting, Homeland 3, which is sold and on the walls of a healthcare facility. See the full array of inspirational posters at Steve Henderson Fine Art
"My sandals are falling apart. Not the leather ones that the dog chewed up; structurally, those shoes were fine. No, these are sandals that I purchased from a reputable store with a big-chain name, the kind of place I’m supposed to be able to trust.
"And yes, theoretically, I could return the product, but in real life I can’t. I bought them two months ago, I no longer have the receipt (who saves all of their receipts for a year?), and I don’t want to deal with the people who work at this place on the phone or in person."
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Christmas is Coming
Little Angel Bright -- Original Oil Painting and Signed Limited Edition Print
Steve is thinking a lot about Christmas these days as he works on Santa-themed paintings for his originals line, signed limited edition prints, and licensing opportunities. As part of our Christmas thinking, we will be posting blogs on the Steve Henderson Fine Art website with ideas for Christmas gifts.
As Steve says, "I want to be part of your holidays, and we'll do what we can to make artwork a part of your gift giving options, whether you are giving those gifts to others or to yourself. Fine art makes a fine gift."
This week's blog, Christmas Gift Idea -- Money Saving Book, tackles the whole issue of Christmas, and spending money, head on, by encouraging you to look into Carolyn's book, Live Happily on Less. The whole principle on living happily on less isn't spending less money, but spending the money that you do spend, wisely and well.