Donna and I are having trouble.

You see, I bought this adorable house, and we moved into it about two weeks ago. In the living room, there is a wall that is perfectly-sized for a large piece of art. The space is probably 4.5 x 4.5 ft, and we painted the wall a deep green color (I believe the color was Holly Green, for those who are interested). We’ve spent a few days discussing what might end up on that wall, and we came pretty quickly to the same conclusion: rather than spending $20 on a cheap poster and another $20 on a crappy frame from Target, we agreed to spend some time looking at original pieces of art – photographs, canvases, whatever. We like the idea of supporting artists who are producing original and exciting work, as we are trying to do just that with our writing.

It turns out, though, that we have hugely different aesthetics. I don’t know enough about art to really clarify or classify it accurately, but I can say this: we both like very different versions of “moody” art. I like photographs and paintings that are sort of dark, black-and-white, broody, lonely. Donna likes the more romantic version of moody, I think. Some examples:

I like this. She likes this.
I countered with this. I think she liked it, but not enough.

I tried StumbleUpon today – I have “photography” listed in my interests on SU, and sure enough, I found something I like:

Kevin Van Aelst, who takes some amazing photographs.
My favorites (so far):
Circulatory System (Heart On Your Sleeve)
Right Thumb

Clearly, I like nerdy art, too.

The question now is: what are the chances these photographs are anything near affordable? This dude has done editorial work for some major media outlets, and as much as I like supporting artists who are alive and working, I am broke-ass artist myself. So hm.