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Art Collection 101

Author : Mary Harper

Submitted : 2010-05-21 21:28:35    Word Count : 810    Popularity:   59

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

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Do you already surround yourself with a home full of sculptures and paintings? If this seems like you, then you're probably conscious of the kinds of things you like having around. Or perhaps you've never purchased artwork before, and you're interested in using art to display your aesthetic preferences and appreciation of creativity. Buying art can be an inspiring, exciting activity! It's also a very fun pastime! So want are the criteria I need to apply when choosing a piece of art? Now that I've found something I want how much should I be willing to pay for it? Even seasoned collectors often encounter these questions when shopping for new pieces.

The process of discovering your own interests in artwork, and trusting your taste and preferences, is its own adventure. When you pick out a sculpture or a painting, you're expressing your true self. Perhaps the most difficult thing about starting an art collection is to not be pressured to buy just what's popular at the moment. Buying art that feels socially safe is far from a satisfying personal experience. When you pick out a piece that is distinct from your friends' art collection and connects to you on a personal level, you will feel as though you have truly expressed yourself.

Though a large part of starting an art collection is deciding on a budget. After that you need to decide whether you are buying art with a display area in mind, or if you are going to choose your pieces based on your feelings for the content and expression of the work. For example, if you want to buy a piece to go on a certain wall or in a specific space, you will be limited by how much room is available to hang or place the artwork.

If you have a particular artist in mind, then you only need to find a painting in their repertoire that is the exact size you need. In the case, that you are looking for art to simply make your walls or tables seem less bare, and have a budget of no more than $50, you should think about purchasing a copy of a piece of art that intrigues you. If your budget doesn't have these boundaries, your choices will expand significantly. Choosing the art medium: oil painting, watercolors, representational, abstract, wall art or three dimensional. There's so much out there to explore, it may be a long hunt!

If you call in love with an artwork that seems to carry a large price tag, look around and compare prices. Learn more about the piece until you're comfortable paying the asking price. Original artwork is not the type of thing where you'll find great bargains, despite the fact that many businesses are currently competing for your money. You can always put in an offer under the asking price, but huge price reductions don't happen often.

Often you'll hear budding art collectors talk about how it's so hard to choose a painting and how shopping for art is overwhelming. The key truly is to find a piece of art that you really and honestly like and avoid that pressure to choose something based on the opinions of your friends, family and the general public. You should consider visiting regional art shows where you can meet with artists and ask questions concerning how the artwork was created; was there an inspiration to it, or if there is a story behind it. Most artists are thrilled to see people interested in the details behind their efforts and are interested in what sorts of opinions interested parties may offer about their work.

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. If you don't like something you don't want to look at it every day - and the same goes for your partner. If you disagree you should each choose something that makes you happy. When this is not possible, it may be best to buy a new sofa and hang a mirror! Previously in the U.S., many people would decorate their walls with only mirrors and maybe some family portraits. Today more and more people are appreciating art wall hangings so that they and their guests can enjoy some wonderful imagery. Collecting artwork is a wonderful hobby and brings joy and good conversation into a home.

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