8 REASONS TO HAVE ART IN YOUR HOME

Seattle, Washington

WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE ART IN THIER HOUSE

Whether you’re a new home owner or in your “forever home” (which doesn’t exist because life plans change), art can transform the space. Art is another piece of furniture used to make a house a home. The benefits of wall art are many, so finding the right pieces is important for your home decor. Art has a way of increasing happiness and reducing stress, to name a few.

Without art, your home doesn’t have character. Just a bunch of furniture with no conversation starters. Hanging fine art prints on your walls is a way to start conversations about where the photo was taken or who the artist is. Maybe it’s a cultural piece about your ancestors. So many reasons to have art in your home.

Crashing waves at Cape Disapppointment State Park with the lighthouse.

As the waves of Cape Disappointment State Park reflect off the wall, they get hit by incoming waves and create massive columns of water. During the big storms in winter, Cape Disappointment will never disappoint. You have to be careful because as the high tide comes in, the waves can crash over the rock wall and cause severe injury if you are too close. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse creates a perfect backdrop for the large waves. The Lighthouse became the 8th active light on the west coast when it was first fired up on October 15, 1856.

THE ROLE OF ARTS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Several studies have shown that the arts improve cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes throughout a lifespan. Because art accesses different parts of the brain, people learn to problem solve better than others without art. Being a visual medium, complex ideas or formats are easier to understand than numbers and letters. This isn’t rue for everyone as people learn in different ways. I’m an example of this. I learn by doing and not reading. When I was in high school, I took an art class every year. Although I was in school learning, art class was relaxing and gave me a chance to express myself. Expression is an important part of developing a young person’s mind.

ART MAKES A HOME MORE HUMAN

How many machines do you have in your home? It seems our homes are becoming more robotic. With computers, cell phones, Siri, Alexa, and countless others, the human touch of a home is disappearing. Whether it’s a painting or fine art photograph, focus on the art and figure out who the artist is as a person. What’s the reason for the composition? Maybe you met the artist at an art fair and they told the story of the peice. Look deeper into the art and create your own story. Make a personal connection that only you know.

4 silos in a field in the Palouse region of Washington State

The glow of sunrise in the Palouse, Washington while standing on Steptoe Butte. The sunlight cast a warm glow as it rises across the fields with 4 silos and a lone tree. The warm light, the darker shadows all combine to create the contrast of light and dark in the Tuscany of Washington. Limited edition of 100 prints available.

ART MAKES MEMORIES

Not only does visual art improve memory according to research, but it can bring back wonderful memories of places and time. How often do you see a fine art print while on vacation? Maybe you’re in Seaside, Oregon eating ice cream walking to the beach. You stop at a gallery and see a perfect fine art photograph for an empty wall at home. Every time you see that print on the wall, you’re transported back to Seaside, Oregon eating ice cream. The memory of vacation will help reduce stress from a hard day at work. So two benefits at once. Sign me up for more art on the walls at home.

ART MAKES A ROOM FEEL FINISHED

Although empty walls aren’t bad, the room looks functional but not finished. That’s great for a psychiatric ward, but not your home. Installing art finishes a room and makes it more comfortable. It breathes life into the room and makes us more human. You should install art in every room of a house to tie everything together. A room is not finished until art is on the wall.

ART IS RELAXING

Art is a stress reliever and can reduce depression. After a long day at work, coming home to blank walls or staring at the television doesn’t calm a person down. Blank walls are just lame and the television usually has news. I gave up on the news a few years back because it’s so depressing. Whether you’re creating or viewing art, the brain releases dopamines which make us happier. It provides a distraction from the stresses of everyday life and gives your brain a break from normal thoughts.

long exposure of a crashing wave on the beach in california.

Sitting on the beach waiting for sunset watching the waves crash against the shore line. I thought about a video I watched where the photographer was using a telephoto lens and long exposure to capture the movement. Thought I would give a try and it worked out well. I took about 100 photos just to get 1 good one but I had nothing else to do while waiting for sunset. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

ART FOSTERS CREATIVITY

Art allows children and adults to design and create new ideas. Creative individuals notice more in the environment that most people overlook. This allows the person to make connections between unrelated information. Children need to take creative risks to grow as an individual. Art provides the foundation for thinking outside the box. They become critical thinkers and problem solvers from an early age. The same is true for adults. Try taking an art class and witness how it changes your thinking skills. Not only creating art, but studying the art prints on your wall can foster the same critical thinking skills.

A CONVERSATION STARTER

How many times have conversations started because of the art in your home? For myself, it happens everytime someone stops by. As the artist for all the prints in my home, it’s great because I know the story behind piece. While most people are only interested in where the image was taken, it’s easy to go more into the story. Having art in every room allows the converations to continue no matter where you are in the home. Each piece tells a story that can be interesting to most visitors.

redwood trees and rhododendron flowers blooming in Jedediah Smith redwood grove.

The months of May and June the Redwoods National and State Parks have blooming Rhododendrons mixed in with the trees. The redwood trees are among the tallest in the world reaching heights of 200 to 240 feet. The Redwood trees are mostly found in Northern California like Damnation Creek, Jedediah Smith, and Lady Bird Johnson Groves. Limited edition of 100 prints available.

BUY FROM LOCAL ARTISTS

Throughout the spring and summer, art fairs and festivals happen every month. A great way to add art to your home is going to the art fairs and buy directly from the artist. This gives you a personal connection to the artist and learn the story behind the piece. Buying through a gallery will add an additional 50% on the price for gallery profits. Once you get to know the artist’s style, they may have more pieces you want to add to your home gallery.

CONCLUSION

The benefits of wall art are endless. Examine a piece of art in your home and let your mind get creative. Think about the feelings, the reason you made the purchase, the sense of calm, etc. Every art piece has a different story to tell or a conversation to start. Let the art do the talking and make sure you’re listening. Everyone has some form of art in their homes. Checkout these fine art galleries for amazing prints by Randy Bott Photography.

Palm trees and fountain at the Inn at Death Valley hotel.

While there is not much green vegetation in Death Valley National Park, the Inn at Death Valley has some nice palm trees. Palm trees are excellent infrared photography subjects. Taken with the 550 nm super color infrared filter on a full spectrum converted camera from Life Pixel Infrared. Limited Edition of 50 prints available.

panorama view from step toe butte with a lone barn near Colfax, Washington

A panoramic photograph from Steptoe Butte in Colfax, Washington. The golden light washing across the rolling fields of green and yellow just before sunset. A lone barn hiding in the shade. Steptoe Butte is tall hill in the middle of the Palouse area with sweeping views across the region. Limited edition of 100 prints available.