With Mother’s Day quickly approaching this weekend, you might be in a state of gift-giving panic: last year you forgot and the year before that you sent a cheesy card, so this year you’ve got your work cut out for you? Or just trying to make Mom feel special with a truly unique gift? Whether you want to share a personal interest, or just try to look like the best child in the family, celebrating by giving the gift of original artwork is the perfect way to show your love!
A piece of art is oh so much better than a Hallmark card, but it doesn’t have to be more difficult to pick out. Ok, maybe a little bit more difficult. But the thought and effort you put into the real consideration of choosing that perfect painting or photograph will shine through in a way that it just can’t in some generic note. Plus, an artwork will last a lifetime longer than the pile of cards or sad bouquet that will likely be thrown out a few days later.
What’s that you say? The closest thing to art in your mom’s house is your kindergarten macaroni collages? No matter! Introducing her to more sophisticated (no offense to your 4 year-old self!) work could be the perfect way to embark on a shared exploration together! Worried about finding something that you know she’ll actually want to put on the wall? Artsicle is the best place to begin your search, with subject, medium, and size search filters to get you started on the right track. If you have a mother with discerning tastes, you can start with something you know she likes—skiing, reading, the color green—and get creative from there.
For the traditional appreciator of beauty, try one of Norma Greenwood’s gorgeous floral oil paintings or Jeffery Cutaiar’s more abstracted still lifes, which can serve as modern takes on the obligatory Mother’s Day bouquet.
If your Mom’s got a slightly edgier style, either to her home or herself, pop-inspired works might suit her better. Take a look at Dan Bina’s collection, which combines old school style with a contemporary voice to achieve a total sense of cool. Deanna Lee’s collection is also perfect for any Mom with a funky side--the quirky patterns and bright colors make a fun highlight for any space.
Is Mom a nature-lover? John Azelvandre’s beautiful tree and landscape paintings might be the perfect fit. Connecting with her interests in the form of art really shows thoughtfulness—a great alternative to the cliched coffee-table book.
If the woman of the hour has a penchant for philanthropy, perhaps a piece from the Nuru Project is for her. The new addition to Artsicle is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds to the communities that serve as the subjects of these awe-inspiring photographs.
Browse the rest of the Mother’s Day Collection for more ideas!
Whatever you decide on, a gift of original artwork will be sure to show Mom how much you care on her special day. If you’re not convinced, there’s probably still time to order one of those fruit baskets...