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Advice For Creating Your Own Collection Of Artwork

Author : Joseph Payne

Submitted : 2010-05-21 21:16:36    Word Count : 811    Popularity:   56

Tags:   Portrait, Dog Portrait, painting, art , artwork, paint, drawings, artist, photos, pet portraits

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Does your home reflect your love of artwork, with sculptures and paintings displayed all around? If this seems like you, then you're probably conscious of the kinds of things you like having around. But, if you are just getting into the field of art collecting and are looking to display your style and passion for color and patterns, purchasing art is an excellent way to achieve your goals. It's also a very fun pastime! How do you decide what you might like to buy, and if you find something you like, how do you know what to pay? These questions sometimes even plague the most sophisticated art buyer.

You must learn to trust your own taste, you will be the one displaying and enjoying this art every day. Finding a painting or piece of art that expresses your tastes and feelings is a window into yourself. Choosing pieces that are truly reflective of your personality, and not ones that other people tell you to choose, is the biggest obstacle in your way. Buying art that feels socially safe is far from a satisfying personal experience. You'll feel the most appreciation and satisfaction with your purchase when it's something that you truly love and respond to, rather than a reflection of what your friends own.

Initially, you'll need to figure out the amount of money you can invest. You also need to ask yourself questions about where you are buying the artwork for - your home, your office or a special location - this will really set the tone in the artwork you will be selecting. If it's a spot on your living room wall that cries out for a landscape and you know the dimensions the spot can handle, then you're all set and can go shopping.

If you are lucky enough to already know an artist whose work you enjoy, the choice is easy and all you need to worry about is finding a piece that will work in the area you want to showcase it. An excellent option for art shoppers on a budget is to opt for a painting reproduction, or perhaps a poster, which can be framed nicely for $25 to $50, and will add a lively touch to your empty wall space. Now, if you have more to spend your options become much more varied. You can select from sculptures, 3D art, watercolors, oil-based art, realistic art, modern art, representational art, or pieces that use several forms of media. There are many available choices, all offering amazing options.

For pieces that are extremely expensive, you should do your research and check several outlets before you decide you want to spend the money. Because of the nature of art retail, you should necessarily expect to be able to employ your bargaining skills when it comes time to make a purchase. You can make an offer on an item you feel you must have that is priced out of your range, but just don't expect a big reduction.

Many people feel that shopping for artwork is an intimidating endeavor and have no idea how to go about shopping for art. This is why it is vital that you view artwork in terms of what you like, not what you think you should like. When visiting regional art shows, be sure to speak with the artists whose pieces inspire you; ask questions such as the process involved in creating the piece, when it was created, etc. You will realize that artists are very excited to talk about all of the details they put into their art, and they take pleasure in hearing people's feedback, especially when they are truly interested in their craft.

Something that you will have to consider if you are married is finding artwork that both the husband and wife enjoy and are proud to display. In this case, compromising is not recommended. Instead, you might want to purchase a piece for yourself and a piece for your spouse. If this proves to be impossible, you're better off just buying a couch and a mirror. Not too long ago most people living in the United States would mount a mirror and several family pictures on their living room wall, and that was all they did. Today many more people are enjoying self expression and wish to offer a varied display of images for the enjoyment of their guests and themselves. Having an art collection is an excellent pastime that brings a lot of joy and heartfelt conversations to your household.

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