I always notice boxes in stores. Every box has an artist somewhere in the process, whether it's Tony the Tiger breakfast cereal or generic air fresheners. I've been known to go through all of the Kleenex boxes on the top shelf to find the prettiest pattern to keep on my desk. I feel like my purchase rewards the best artist, even though artists aren't paid commission, but maybe the best artists get appreciated a little more by their employers?
I sometimes get annoyed that "commercial" art is less valued than "fine" art. Okay, maybe stripes aren't going to get people very excited at an art gallery, but illustrators make beautiful art with a lot more restrictions and headaches than someone who paints whatever they want to paint. Norman Rockwell, N. C. Wyeth, and many more illustrators were remarkable artists, "even though" they were illustrators.
I was visiting friends recently and noticed a Charley Harper book. I happily looked through his images and was inspired, comforted, intrigued, and more as I thought about how much his art influenced my childhood environment. How much of his work was commercial, and how much fine, and what difference did it make? Good art is good for everyone, no matter if it's a zoo poster or a one-of-a-kind painting. In fact, I'm enough of a populist to think the more people with the poster, the better it is for our whole society.
Another friend came to my house for the first time. I'll admit, I can be a bit self-conscious about first-time visits because once in a while I notice that my home is eccentric and eclectic (and usually messy). In other words, different than the ways most people decorate. I don't own a beige wall or a properly fluffed accent pillow. It's just easier to meet at a restaurant than to host people. At the same time, it always fascinates me to see what other people notice when they come over. Yeah, large painting on the floor will get noticed, but beyond that, where do their eyes land?
|This stripe pattern was also|
used as a tower of boxes