Why a Custom Artwork Will Elevate Your Home

Do you have a favorite place? A destination that stirs up feelings of excitement, nostalgia, or happiness? Do you have a special moment you want to commemorate, such as a pregnancy or marriage? Or maybe you want to honor your family’s cultural heritage. All of these are perfect reasons to commission a custom painting for your home. Owning a commissioned artwork will elevate your home by infusing it with the importance of the subject, a beautiful perpetual reminder of what’s important to you!

 
There’s an inherent joy that comes from owning something made by hand because you know the artist touched and cared for the work themselves.

There’s an inherent joy that comes from owning something made by hand because you know the artist touched and cared for the work themselves.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Art from Chain Stores

Before I describe the value of a commissioned work, I need to address something that really irritates me: Big stores selling mass produced art.

To be fair, it is faster and cheaper to get art at some big chain store like Ikea or Target than it is getting an artwork direct from the artist. While buying a cheap art print that was made in a factory may add some value to your space, it won’t have any significance to you. A mass produced artwork won’t add a positive presence to your space because of its origin. Art from a factory has no energy or spark of emotion to offer your home.

I’ve heard this saying a few times lately, and I think it really rings true:

”Each time you open your wallet, you are casting a vote.”

Each dollar we spend supports a cause, whether we realize it or not. By spending money on a mass produced artwork from a big chain store, it’s like saying “I think it’s great that it’s from a factory in China!” or maybe even “I love supporting corporate stakeholders!” That just isn’t the kind of energy that goes into cultivating a positive home.

We deserve better. By curating our homes to represent our values, experiences, and identities, we naturally create a positive presence. This can be done in many ways.

The Value of a Custom Artwork

By commissioning an artwork to be displayed in your home, you are making an investment. Perhaps not as large of an investment as your property or car, but you are casting a vote. This vote is completely different than the factory-made artwork vote mentioned above. When you support an artist by commissioning a custom piece, you are saying “I want the best for my home” and “I value talent and originality.”

A commissioned painting is the best for your home for many reasons. Primarily, you get to decide the size, colors, and subject matter. You can make sure it will suit your space and most importantly, it will mean something to you. To give you a better idea of what I mean, read my examples below:


The Painting Inspired by a Culture

My clients wanted a custom artwork for their entryway. They are a multicultural couple living as expats in China. They met and fell in love in China, and it means a lot to them as their home and cultural heritage. It was no surprise that they wanted to commission a painting in my abstract style that evokes the feeling of China in an un-stereotypical way. They liked how some traditional Chinese brush paintings go across several panels. I was able to create a painting for them that spanned across four pieces of paper to evoke that traditional feeling. I included the color red as the main focus for the chrysanthemum blossoms, which the client wanted because of the significance chrysanthemums hold in Chinese culture. Another nod to traditional Chinese art was my choice of washes of black and gray ink for the background. I added some very subtle pattern in the background to express the essence of traditional bamboo screens. Lastly, I added a little bling in the form of gold mica to reflect the light and add more dimension, another request from the client. They plan to have the artwork framed and hung as the first thing people see when they enter their home.

 
The red chrysanthemum inspired painting created to represent several facets of Chinese culture.

The red chrysanthemum inspired painting created to represent several facets of Chinese culture.

 
 
Custom painting commission by Katrina Slade
Custom painting commission by Katrina Slade
 

The Painting to Celebrate New Life

Client wanted to surprise her friend who was expecting her first child, so she reached out for a custom painting commission. What an amazing and thoughtful friend! She wanted the painting to represent growth, life, wonder, joy, and excitement. Using the sonogram and these feelings as inspiration, I created an abstract painting that hinted at all of these elements in the use of energetic brushstrokes. The center of the painting shows a very slight culling line, which hints at the form of the baby in the womb. It’s subtle and full of positive vibes. The client loved it.

 
Custom painting for client who wanted to represent the joy and wonder of new life.

Custom painting for client who wanted to represent the joy and wonder of new life.

Detail view of the painting

Detail view of the painting

 

These are just two examples of paintings that could never be found in a store. They have a significant meaning to the client, and will be cherished for years to come. The artwork will never go out of style, and it will always fit in their homes.

Cultivate a Positive Home

Having a commissioned one-of-a-kind painting on the wall truly elevates your home. It brings a positive presence to the space in the form of positive association. When you see the artwork, you will remember the significance it has to you. Those warm feelings will be sparked every time it crosses your sight.

Take a minute to think about your life. What is important to you? A time from your past? A place you love? Your heritage, or perhaps a loved one? Any of these could be the starting point for a truly incredible work of art to add a positive presence to your home.

Want to know more about commissioning a custom artwork that is perfect for you? Read about the commission process by clicking the button below:

If you still want to know more, be sure to check out the page on my site where I go into more detail about commissioning a painting.