What is art?
As my mother once told me, “Art is a matter of interpretation.” Art can be expressed as music, photography, painting, sculpting, and so much more.
As we build our home and craft it into what we want it to be, I wanted to give us the gift of a fine art piece. But I wanted it to mean something to us. So I reached out to my ever talented neighbor, Elena Karavodin, and commissioned her to take one of my favorite photos of my children when my youngest was three weeks old and turn it into a painting. To say the results were wonderful would be an understatement.
Below is the photo that I gave her to work with.
As you can see I had already put my own creative spin on the image – the color was de-saturated and cropped tight in an elegant frame. The two of them nestled on my daughter’s bed cuddling was completely serene. So it was a no brain-er for me that this was the image I would give Elena.
She kept the colors cool but a little more saturated for a pop of color. And over the course of the next couple months she worked with me to get the piece just right.
I found the result to be amazing. She was able to capture such great detail, right up to my daughters little turned up nose and even her precious kitty that she sleeps with every night. And my son’s lovely full lips just scream, “kiss me!”
The goal for this painting was to have a meaningful piece of art that we could hang in our bedroom with our more intimate family photos around it. But when I gave it to my husband on Christmas Eve he shared that he felt it would be shame to have it up there where no one could see it. So our first piece of fine art hangs proudly in our living room and will be a cherished memento for years and decades to come.
So while many think of “fine art” as Van Gogh or Monet, I think of Elena Karavodin and the priceless custom piece she did for us. For all parents, I highly suggest you consider doing something like this with your children. With a good artist at the helm, the feeling you get seeing the finished product is all but euphoric.