We've all had them and we've all given them. This Christmas I'm asking you to banish Socks, Jocks and Chocs. For that matter we can include ties, plastic toys, flimsy assemble-it-yourself items, games and pretty much any other gift you can think of that will break, be discarded or thrown out by the middle of January to that list. I am going to advocate, rather, in favour of looking a little deeper for something that will have a better used by date than December 25th.
While I'm partly tongue in cheek here, I also have a semi-serious point.
As an artist, I've had lots of compliments about my work. In fact I joke that if I was paid in compliments, I'd be rich!! Don't get me wrong, compliments are great and I really appreciate them. Compliments, however generous and flattering, don't sustain you or allow you to keep making great art.
The biggest compliment you can pay any artist, is to purchase some of their work. This doesn't have to be the biggest or most expensive piece. Artists of all kinds, especially artists local to you, offer so much more through their art. Their love, effort and creativity gets poured into each piece and provides insight into people, places and experiences. There is a personal touch to an artist's work that you can never get through a mass produced item.
My brother in law paints fantastic aerosol pictures and has been experimenting with other mediums. My friend Julia makes incredible personalised children's dolls with her own hands. Visiting market stalls, I see wonderful creativity at work all the time from candles to fudge. You probably know at least one other artist in your own world.
So this year, my challenge to you, is to move away from the high street and delve into the work and worlds of artists. Find one you can connect with and support them through purchasing some of their work. I promise you won't regret it! And go on, you can pick up a little chocolate as well.
This past year I have been walking lots for a variety of reasons. Many of the miles I've covered throughout the year have been stepped in the Peak District. Of course, my camera has been in hand for nearly all of them. From ridiculously high winds, snow, mud, water and sunshine I've seen some amazing sights and experienced the natural world in a close up way. From bluebells lining the path near Danebridge, almost literally 'skating' up Chrome Hill, freezing in the pre dawn cold to getting blown off the top of Mam Tor, they are memories I've got for life. I've brought a collection of images together into my first calendar. I am immensely proud of this art, as it represents a journey and a wonderful part of the world I have grown to love.
The Matthew Couper Photography 2018 Calendar is a limited print run of my landscape photography work in the Peak District. I'd love for it to make it onto your wall, or the wall of someone who's dear to you. Every image tells a story, every image holds a memory and you can share in this through having a copy of your own.
Here's a little promo video about the calendar...
If you'd like to purchase a calendar, you can do so by clicking on this link. Calendars are £10 each. Free postage. Limited quantities, so first come, first served. When they're gone, they're gone!
Like to purchase a greeting card? You can find them on this link. Greeting Cards are on offer for £3 each or £10 for the whole series. Free postage for a limited time.
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Get Christmas wrapped up with a unique gift from Matthew Couper Photography and support a local artist.