Monday, August 18, 2014

Why do people buy art?

My new art: “The Opposites” and “The Big Dipper”

 The big dipper

I was recently asking myself one interesting question: Why do people buy art? What are they looking for when choosing an artwork for their homes and offices? Art is a very personal thing for both an artist and a buyer. As an artist, I put my heart and soul into every painting I create and when my passion is met with buyer's love of my art there is a match, there is a purchase. 

Most of the time people buy my art because they love my style of painting and a subject matter. My style is unique and my subject matter is nature: tree of life, love birds, animals and gardens. My art collectors also often comment on my use of colors and texture. I use vivid, colorful color palette. 

In other words, people like what they SEE and can identify with a subject matter. Art is so visual in nature that I often think that searching for art on the web using keywords is a strange and counter-intuitive thing to do. Most people, including myself, wouldn't even know what to search for. Maybe colors? Maybe size? My point is that we need to SEE art!

People buy art to decorate their homes and offices and the artwork's colors and style are very important in this situation. Paintings and prints are part of the overall feel and look of the interior design. Artists like myself love to create custom artwork for interior decorators and designers.

Art collectors buy art as an investment and many people buy art as gifts.

Why do you buy art? I am very interested to know. Please share it with us.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

New Cat Painting!

This is my NEW original acrylic painting on canvas depicting a Cat named Julian with cattitude. Fun, whimsical artwork for the entire family. This painting makes a very unique and fun gift as well as provides a great topic of conversation. Fantastic kids room decor!

Check out more of my art here: HJM Art Gallery

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring Giveaway: WIN My "Three Wishes" Giclee Print!

And the winner is: Cat Lombardo! Congratulations!

This giveaway is closed. The winner will be announced in the next few days. Thank you very much for entering and for your wonderful comments about my art!

Time for a Giveaway! $20 Value!

To enter this giveaway, you need to leave a comment under this post indicating your favorite painting or print from HJM Art Gallery shop, sign up for my newsletter and follow this blog. 

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This giveaway is open to residents of USA only. If you are not a resident of USA, you can still enter, however shipping fees will apply to ship to your country (I will invoice shipping fees via paypal). The winning number will be generated using generator. Make sure to include your contact e-mail in your comment under this post to be notified if you win.
Start Time: May 4, 2014
End Time: May 14, 2014 at midnight

About this fantastic print:
Artist: Helen Janow Miqueo
Title: "Three Wishes" 
Size: 8"x10"
Print ONLY (no mat or frame)


This tree print is printed using Epson's archival ultrachrome pigmented inks, which are guaranteed not to fade for at least 100+ years under glass, on a 100% cotton rag, museum quality, acid-free, archival, bright white Velvet Fine Art Paper. My prints are smudge resistant, long lasting, and fade resistant! 

 Thank you so very much for participating and appreciating my art! Helen :-)

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

As Mother’s Day approaches, it's important to show our moms our love and appreciation for everything they have done for us over the years. There are many traditional gifts that you can give: flowers, greeting card, jewelry etc. But I would like you to consider a non-traditional gift of art. I know that art is a very personal experience and this makes it a perfect Mother's Day Gift! We want our gift to be personal since we know our moms better than anyone else in the entire world!

I recently listed a few beautiful new original paintings in my HJM Art Gallery shop that I think could be perfect, unique gifts. They are one of a kind artworks. In addition, you can get them right now at 15% off - Mother's Day Shop-Wide Sale! (ends May 8, 2014). Also take a look at my high quality giclee prints, which are created from my original art. Happy Mother's Day! Helen

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt - Etsy Finds

In this post I am sharing my fantastic Easter Eggs finds from my fellow Etsy sellers. Take a look at these original, creative ideas!

Love these birch bark eggs, love their very unusual rustic look! Beautiful, spring home decorating idea!

This birds nest Soap should be on everyone's wish list! Made from natural moisturizing shea butter soap and mild exfoliating of natural fruit fiber speckles.

Beautiful hand painted Easter Eggs! The eggs are decorated using a wax pinhead, which is the oldest and most widely used technique.


What an original idea! Chalkboard painted Easter Egg inside a hand-stamped muslin storage bag with chalk. Be creative: write, erase, repeat! Have fun!

I just couldn't resist these adorable egg hunters!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whimsical Art Demystified

I am describing my art as "whimsical art". But what the term "whimsical" really means? According to the dictionary, it "1. characterized by imagination and whimsy--fanciful; 2. playful or odd, especially in an endearing way; 3. unpredictable." 

"Whimsical is formed from the archaic word whim-wham, which was a frivolous kind of knickknack, usually bought on an impulse. The related noun whim refers to an impulse. Whimsical is often a compliment used to describe a person who is carefree and makes decisions on impulse....." Whimsical is also synonymous with capricious.

Artists and art academia use the term "whimsical art" to describe works of art that are fun, fanciful, playful, colorful, vibrant, engaging, eclectic, ornamental and imaginative. The art often has a child-like quality to it and primary color palette is often dominant.

I like to think about my whimsical art as a "surreal art" with the playful, colorful overtones. Whimsical artists are depicting the world through their imagination and their artwork can take the viewer to the unexpected, imaginary places.

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