How Art Can Change Your Life

May 24, 2016

I’ve never been a big art collector, mainly because of lack of funding 😉 But when I have a favourite artist, after a couple of years I usually decide to invest in a painting or print. I don’t know whether you personally are a collector of art, but you must have an interest…to be reading this! My question to you is…what is your favourite piece of art you ever invested in?…and why? Do you think art can change your life?

My favourite art piece that I’ve purchased is Charmaine Olivia’s “Ocean” and it was a limited edition print, studio piece. I have it hanging above my office desk where I do all my admin work e.g. writing blog posts 😉 Every time I look up, she is there and she makes me feel like a stronger woman.

“Don't worry about a thing,every little thing is gonna be alright”

I love how art in the home can have this huge effect on our emotions. That’s why I’m so passionate about people investing in it, rather than buying wholesale art from the local store. There are so many amazing independent artists who are struggling to make their artist dreams come true, and their work is truly amazing. The best place to search for independent artists who sell their work is Etsy, Instagram, Pinterest are just to name a few. It’s such a beautiful process buying directly from the artist too. It’s much more of a special connection than buying from a gallery. I usually include a little handwritten thank you note with each order which keeps it lovely and personal.

I think this process of finding and connecting with the artist, and displaying your favourite works, is what makes the difference between a house and a home. Being surrounded by things you find beautiful can ultimately improve your happiness and contentment. I know this to be true from first-hand experience. When I have an emotional connection to a painting, I find myself staring at it without realising. Afterwards I feel uplifted and inspired, almost like my button has hit reset. The fact that my artwork can do that to others is truly humbling and an amazing honour. This is one of the main reasons I choose to sell my work. So that it can be enjoyed and even help with emotional & mental wellbeing. This is the most powerful way that art can change your life.

So next time you see a piece of art that you connect with, don’t walk away.

Katie xCrashing (1)

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  • Reply Vanessa Piggott May 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Katie. Absolutely agree with your comments. You know that I have several of your paintings and they have exactly that effect on me. I have been taught recently the art of mindfulness and one exercise is “Your Safe Place” and I use your paintings extensively in that. It is a wonderful gift that you have and in hope that many artists like yourself continue to create special moments of beauty for us all.

    • Reply Katie Jobling May 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Aww thanks so much Ness 🙂 I have been trying mindfulness to and find something pretty to look into helps so much. I’m so glad they have that effect! Thank you

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