Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The ONE Thing to Consider When Buying Art

So, you have a spot on the wall that is crying out for artwork, but you are not sure where to start in deciding what to buy. There are so many options today, in all price ranges. Here are a few to consider:

— You may buy a reproduction. This is a cost effective alternative to original art, and with newer technologies, you do not have to resort to buying posters from your local big box store. You may support a living artist. Artwork can be printed on canvas, on paper, or even on metal. When purchasing from an artist, you know,  you are more likely to get something that has been individually created to your taste. To see my print shop, check it out here.

— You may buy a piece of glass art designed to hang on the wall. This will add dimension that can be beautiful and interesting.

"Nebula," Kilnformed Glass, 18 x 17 x 2.5 inches, © Sandi Martina $475

— If you enjoy the idea of dimensional treatments for your walls, another option is a fine art quilt. These can be absolutely beautiful to display.

"Into the Woods," Mixed Media-Fabric, Acrylic Paint, Thread, 24 x 18 inches, © Viviane Milholen $1800 
— Maybe you prefer ceramics. Well, there are ceramic pieces that hang on the wall as well. Here is a great example of a whimsical ceramics piece that is intended to hang. 

"Wonder Woman Jug," Handbuilt Stoneware with Underglaze Detailing. 8 x 3 x 1.5 inches, 
© Lilianne Milgrom $175

— Finally, you may purchase an original painting. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor or collage are tried and true objects to grace your walls.

"Spokes--Autumn," Pastel, 36 x 24 inches, ©Lynn Goldstein $2100
... But... how do you decide? Here is my advice. Buy what you LOVE. The wall colors, the light fixtures, and the flooring will stay in your home when you move out, but the artwork can move with you. So, if you have an emotional response to a work, and you love it, that's the piece to buy. If money is an issue, see if you can arrange time payments. Most artists that I know are happy to accommodate you. 

What are the reasons that you buy (or haven't bought) art? I'd love to know. Leave a comment below.

1 comment:

  1. This is outstanding and unique art work. I especially liked that mixed media fabric work which is a very new idea for me.