Heading into week 6 in the For The Love of Christmas Gift-Giving season, at Solo Living, we have been considering the gift of Art. For us, art is one of those gifts that can be truly timeless and forever. To that end, we have seen sales of Art have been continuing throughout this challenging year with virtual auctions growing and as social distancing guidelines continue.
I think everyone agrees; we miss our beautiful galleries, museums and art events. And so, this is the back-drop to Week 6 of our Christmas Gift-Giving countdown. You can catch up with our gift-giving inspiration at our Shop. You’ll find we are counting down the weeks in our 12-week Gift-Giving series.
Art is a huge part of humanity, and while we may be challenged to visit and view art in real life, we can consider a gift of art as an alternative to these visits can bring joy to both the giver and receiver.
I suggest not to dwell on whether you consider yourself to have talent in the field. At the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMOMA), displays a poignant quote from Susan Sontag in its photography rooms: “it is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph, only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones”.
If you are taking on the project of creating art for friends or loved ones, this gift-giving season, I imagine it can only be more interesting, more relevant and more mysterious for the receiver. At the same time, it will also be a fascinating creative journey of discovery and reflection for you, the artist.
If you have never ventured into your local art store, you will find a treasure trove of inspiration, sometimes over many floors and usually with experts to guide and support your purchases.
If this feels a little intimidating, foundational painting sets can be useful as a starting point. Canvas or materials can usually be bought as a set. If like me, a framework of support for your art Christmas gift-giving project and gifts would be welcome (maybe even necessary).
First up, continuing from last week’s Love of Christmas Gift Giving Pet themes, and a favourite of mine, are these adorable art sets for pets. It could be a gift for your pet (and you☺) or another, but I think everyone would love these.
These sets are great gifts in themselves, with the charming bonus of a charitable donation to the NHS with each purchase. Although taking the extra time to create the artwork can be even more meaningful than a bought piece. There will inevitably be scope for bespoke touches if your creativity flows as you work through the project.
It can be a good way to start practising your artist’s signature!
If you are really not confident about a success story with these kits, (I absolutely empathise here!), then there is an alternative approach. You send a picture to this Company, and the kit arrives, with canvas and photo. Leaving you to choose a background colour and with a really high chance of a good outcome coupled with an individual feel for your gift.
In the northern hemisphere, the gift-giving season sits in the winter months. So these cactus art projects can remind everyone of sunnier days- and also be part of an alternative decoration theme if the look inspires you.
However, if you have already taken on one of our inspiring Knitwear and Jewellery projects from Week 1and 3 in our 12 Week Gift-Giving countdown, you may not have the time to spare! If this is you, but you love the idea of gifting art at this time of year, this abstract painting could become a foundational piece. Or, add to a collection while being a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ in people’s living environment especially as many of us are spending more time at home.
While supporting the creative industries and artists at the same time.
Next week in our, For The Love of Christmas Gift-Giving countdown we will be continuing with a visual arts theme. We will feature some more specialised and bespoke decoration planning for a really special 2020 Gift-Giving season.
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12 Weeks Of Christmas Gift-Giving Inspiration