September 7, 2008 by 8junebugs

Alicia and I hit up Eastern Market today, looking for…well, whatever. Looking for Interesting Things. Looking for craftsmanship. Looking for a good reason to get out of the house and enjoy a cloud-free day without humidity.

Ladies and gents, I hit the jackpot. There was an artist who offered — OFFERED — to sell me an original work for more than 50% off. Maybe he hates the colors, maybe his cat walked on it while it was still wet…whatever. I was already half in love with the painting and the deal was too good to resist. It’s acrylic on canvas in the chunky style I love — the kind of painting that feels like a relief map. It’s also representative of my life, in a way, and I love how the vibrant colors make it match every room except my bedroom.

It also looks a little like DC’s on fire, which, come on, is a little provocative.

It doesn’t need framing — I picked up some mounting hardware this afternoon and will hang it on The Big Empty Brown Wall in my living room. It’s a bit small for that spot, but I’m okay with that.

And because one good turn deserves another, I picked up a smaller print from the same artist. I think this one belongs in the dining room, above the wine rack. I’m a little dazzled by the colors.

On our way out, we paused at a photographer’s booth and I picked up something for my office. I saw it in a white matte and was able to resist, but then we found it in orange and I was sunk. But it’s sort of perfect for my career and lifestyle and decor. If you can’t see the caption, it reads “What the internet really looks like.”

Like I said. Perfect.

Hooray for art! Especially original art I love for a price I can afford. Can’t wait for Art on the Avenue next month…


2 thoughts on “Art-o-matic

  1. Amy says:

    That’s it … I have to go to eastern market now. Been meaning to forever but then I had kids … 🙂

    LOVE both … all three actually, but especially the paintings!

  2. 8junebugs says:

    Aren’t they neat? I’m happy.

    The little print is also stretched canvas and has some texture to it. I’m not sure how he did that, but it looks pricier than it is.

    The only thing I wish I could have afforded to bring home is one of the massive mirrors framed with painted tin ceiling tiles — they may sound strange, but they’re gorgeous.

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