Awww, yeah! Original art is my jaaaaaaaaam. I do have a few limited signed prints from special artists whose original works I cannot afford, but otherwise it's all original, one-of-a-kind stuff, baby! It's fun trawling the world, looking for new or old amazing, unique art (that I can afford). I've got stuff piled and stacked and stuffed all over the house, waiting to be framed (I have to save up for each framing, as framing usually costs a ton more than the art itself) or hanged (i.e., waiting for me to find more room on my walls without having to take everything off and make four dozen new holes). NOW LEMME SHOW OFF SOME OF MY NEWEST PIECES KPLZTHNXYAY.
A few months ago I bought this awesome painting that, with a little research, I found was of the first French airship launch at Meudon, by a French illustrator who did work on Jules Verne books. I adore it because it looks like some random steampunk alt-hist fantasy book cover but actually illustrates a historic event. The artist was probably there watching, sketching, preparing for this painting. So cool!
This one, I just got back from the framers with it, so it's still wrapped in plastic. I found it at an estate sale for next to nothing, trapped in a hideous frame and filthy. The photo doesn't do it justice, but the layers and globs and cuts and just ridiculously amazing textures of the oils in this painting turn what seems a boring winter village idyll into a shattered icicle and lumpen slush nightmare of winter. It makes me think of how Kay would see the world after his eyes have been magic-glazed by the Snow Queen, all oppressively lush and thick and hazed yet so very, very cold.
And these two are from some random artist at a comicon. One is an original watercolour and the other is a signed print. I could only afford one original. But I framed the both of them to match and they look so amazing together that it just doesn't matter which is which--they're ominously beautiful and complimentary, with one austere and cold and the other rich and luscious, but both DEATH.