New Year's resolutions are supposed to make us happy, right? Then why are you stressing out about losing weight, working out more, drinking less, etc.? We seem to be so focused on our post-holiday muffin tops right now that we've forgotten about exercising that lump between our ears. This year, let’s resolve to stimulate the creative side of our brains and bring a little more beauty into our lives. Let’s give our eyes a break from the harsh glow of the computer screen and give it something to truly feast upon—a stunning new piece of art.

Whether you have a specific style or subject matter in mind, the start of a new year is the ideal time to strike up a conversation with an artist about commissioning the perfect piece of artwork for you. At a time of fleeting trends and short-lived diets, introducing something with permanence into your life is so fulfilling.

Although it looks gorgeous gracing your walls, personalized artwork can be more than mere decoration. It can be the highlight of your next dinner party, a beautiful way to capture a precious memory, or an unforgettable gift for a loved one. Imagine your commissioned artwork being the first thing your new baby sees when you introduce them to their art-filled nursery.

We strive to make the process of commissioning artwork as easy as possible—read our how-to guide to see just how simple it is! Our art concierge is even on-hand right now to help answer any of your questions.

From all of us at The Commissioned, we wish you a happy and art-filled 2016!