Art of Collecting
The best bonus for being an artist is being able to barter with other artists. When I was in college, I made my first barter with an art teacher. He brought me into his downtown Minneapolis studio and told me to pick one piece of artwork. It was so exciting to walk through this towering enchanted forest of colorful sculptures knowing I was going to be able to take one home with me. The hard part was deciding which one. Thirty-three years later, I still have the sculpture and it still brings me joy.
Whenever I sell a piece of art, I try to support other artists. Living with art brings energy into your home. Next to nature, it’s the best thing. It’s the difference between having thoughts on your wall as opposed to just decoration. I always say if your collection is worth more than your house then you’re in a good home.
My opinions aside, there is an increasing amount of scientific evidence (https://www.healing-power-of-art.org/art-and-the-brain/) suggesting that art enhances brain function. It supposedly can affect brain wave patterns, emotions and the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels.