It is an oil painting by Tina Honerkamp of onion blooms or alum plants. It has beautiful darks and lights with the subject presented going in and out of focus. The slender stalks are lit by soft sunlight. the heads of the plants glow. They lean suggesting movement. Their reflection in the window hint of depth. I fell in love when I saw it. There was an alum plant outside our bedroom window this year and I loved it too.
This is not the type of thing I paint or even think to paint but wish I could. I don't hang my own work in my home because I cannot avoid seeing the flaws. My work reminds me of the mood I was in when I painted it or it reminds me of how far I think I need to go and I feel weary. Time spent away from my paintings helps me regard them more favorably. Seeing one in someone's home always surprises me in a good way.
I buy other artists work because it inspires me, or causes me to feel an emotion or draws me in to think about it and the person behind the brush or camera, the wheel on which the clay is turning, the chisel or the lathe. I buy other artists work because people buy my work and I know how good that feels. I talked with some people who seemed surprised I would invest in the work of other artists - I was flattered that they thought my work good and somehow that because of that would not need to own other artists work.
If I stop painting altogether I will always need to see other artist's work and I will always remember those purchases I did not make and wish I had.
I buy with my heart. The name of the artist does not matter to me. The emotional connection the artist had with the subject is what matters because I can see it. It translates through their work and allows me to bring my own reaction to this tiny glimpse into their heart.
Buy original art because of what it says to you. The investment is an emotional one and well worth the price.