BEHIND THE SCENES
I taught the 3rd Paint-a-Wish class last Tuesday at the Gallery! I hold 1.5-2 hr classes once a month....
Questions related to buying art prints and paintings always seem to pop into my email inbox...which prints work best in a certain space, if you can mix original pieces with prints (YES!), if a painting would match (insert item here), whether the 8x10 painting would be better than the 20x20, etc. There's no right or wrong way to start your art collection, but, given I'm a bit of an art fanatic, I thought I'd share my advice on art buying. Here are 5 tricks to shop by...
TIPS FOR BUYING ARTWORK:
Find something that speaks to you. This is the one I find most important. If you see artwork and don't feel something, then it's probably not be a "forever" purchase. If my first thought is "OMG," "obsessed," "those colors!" or "I'm hanging this here!" then it'll probably wind up in my shopping cart (as it should). I might ponder a purchase if time allows, but I think you should always value your gut reaction. Make sure it's something you're excited about!
The art you purchase should be a reflection of your home and style. They should share the same personality, you know?! I like to buy art that I can relate to, evokes a sense of happiness, or relaxes me. Don't get me wrong--I love art that really makes me think, or is, perhaps, even a little dark (Goya's Saturn, anyone?). I'm just saying I don't want to hang them on my walls because I want my home to be a cheery place.
Shop with a price range in mind, but don't let the numbers the deciding factor. I'm all for a good budget, but I don't think numbers should be a major part of the decision here. Art is an investment; you can keep it forever and even pass it down to family members. That's also why I always choose to invest in quality, lasting frames (like the ones I sell on my site) too.
Pay attention to the quality and details. This is a tricky one---especially if you don't know much about art. If you can see it in person, you'll be able to make quality judgements easily, so this rule is really something you only need to be aware of when you buy online, specifically on venues like Etsy, Ebay, etc. If you're unsure of the materials, google them to see or email to inquire. A few questions to think about are "where is the item printed or made?" "what materials were used?" or "does this need a frame or is it ready to hang?" All of these factors contribute to overall value, so look before you leap. I personally choose to print my art professionally printed on bright white rag paper that has archival, lasting qualities.
Get to know the artist. This is perhaps more of a suggestion, but getting the background or a story behind your piece will instantly make it more special. You'll just feel more connected to the art. Plus, with the internet, it's sooo easy to find more info. about the artists on your radar! If you want, you can learn more about me here.