It’s September and this means the holidays are TOMORROW. I’ve said it before: Labor Day hits, and I feel like my blood pressure just doesn’t return to normal until January, even though each year, I pledge to do it differently next year. If you are like me, you tend to get stuck on presents for your in-laws and your parents. What to get? Today, I have a great idea to share.
When my grandmother passed away, some of the most treasured items among her possessions were the paintings of her home. There were a variety, and I think oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums were all on display. Why not give this type of gift to the next generation up, a generation down, or while we’re at it, to yourself?
There are a number of ways to go, but today I wanted to highlight five affordable artists who paint house portraits by commission ranging from $100-$285. As the price goes up (which usually means choosing a larger size), consider sharing the gift with siblings. Who doesn’t want a sibling to call with the perfect gift? All you have to do is write the check and mark this one off your list!
All of these artists accept commissions from outside their cities. Reach out to the one whose work speaks to you the most for more information:
Mark Tabler Art: www.marktablerart.com
Based in Louisville, Mark uses homemade ink, which gives clients the ability to choose black ink or a brown ink (made from black walnuts). Past clients give him high marks. Prices start at $145 for a 6×9.
Kelly Williams: www.kellyswilliams.com
Kelly Williams is a Nashville native who has returned to her hometown after earning a BA from Vassar College and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has recently taken the plunge and left her “day job” to focus exclusively on her art. House portraits in oil start at $250 for an 8×8.
House portraits make great gifts for family, friends and self! My pre-holiday stress level is already lower knowing I have a meaningful gift planned for those hard-to-shop-for loved ones.