BUYING ART-HOW TO CHOOSE

Deciding what to buy to be tricky business. While no one can tell exactly what piece of art is going to resonate with an individual so that they fall in love with it, just going out into the world of art without a plan can be totally overwhelming and paralyzing. So I am here to help you plan how to go about the search in three easy steps and find the perfect work of art.

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This painting fits the panel behind the chair perfectly! “Dream” in acrylic on paper.

1.  LOOK AT THE SPACE
Most of the time, people have in mind where they would like to place a new piece of artwork. It might be a space over sofa, in an office lobby, or in a small entry. It is key to look at how much space you have so that you will buy a piece of artwork that is in good proportion to the place where you’re going to hang it. If you have a wonderful painting that is too large for your space, it will look crowded and squeezed. By the same token, if you find a delicate, diminutive piece to put over your sofa, it will look lost and insignificant.

 

 

 

 

2.  DECIDE ON THE SUBJECT

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This depiction of an Italian village brought back memories, so close to the owner’s heart.

Some people know that they want to look up and see a road in the countryside in a landscape painting. Others love to see paintings of people. You may love the ambiguity of nonobjective abstracts that leave it to the viewer to decide what they are. As you search for your painting choice, having a sense of what you would like to see depicted will make your search easier.

 

 

 

 

 

3. STYLE…IT SETS THE MOOD

Many people have specific preferences as to what style or period of painting they prefer. If you love the old masters, something in oil paint with yellow and gray tones will be right up your alley. If you prefer modern lines and vivid colors, you will select a very different kind of art. More than anything, this will set the mood that your artwork will create. You needn’t worry about matching your interior decor. Mixing styles within the space will help enliven it, bring more interest into the room and attention to your beautiful new aquisition of art.

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Make a statement with a large abstract! “Cycle” acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.

Now you are ready to go out into the world of art buying with a plan of 1, 2,3! If you have any questions or comments about your art hunting, please put them in the comments below. Enjoy the hunt! You will see many beautiful things along the way and, I am certain, find just the piece or pieces that you will love for many years.

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About karenfriedland

I am a visual artist-- painter, sculptor, photographer-- coloring the world. My travels take me to many places around the world and I love connecting with others at home and on my trips. I am also a teacher (art), business person and creativity and business coach. My website is: www.ArtistKaren.com. I am so glad you have visited my blog!
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