LET'S GO SHOPPING FOR ARTWORK
Artwork brings drama and color to any home. These tips and terms will help you find and display pieces you'll love for a lifetime.
When it comes to selecting artwork for your home, one design danger is selecting a piece that's cliche. Don't worry about matching the sofa and avoid sales by mass marketers ,because these "paintings" may be actually assembly-line knockoffs of quality pictures or pictures that look like original painting that are nothing more than paper prints transferred to canvas with “look-a-like” brush strokes or computer copies printed on a ink jet printer.
To find worthy pieces, we suggests visiting local show by artists, art walks , art festivals and art association galleries . It's terrific because you can usually meet the artists and find out more details about their work. You can wander through and see what you fall in love with and how it will work in your home.
The important thing to remember is that you are buying the art and it might not be presented correctly for your home. The Artist or Gallery where you found the artwork doesn"t know your house and may not have framed it correctly to fit into your home. That should not change your mind about the artwork, because we can make what changes that are needed.
Listed below are some more tips to assist you become an art-smart buyer in no time.
Pay attention to how you feel when you look at a painting. "I think the most important thing is to find a subject matter that has meaning to you," Robin advises.
Don't purchase a piece of artwork because it matches or because someone says it's an "important" piece of art. Instead, buy a great piece that you love and build the room around it. If you listen to your own internal and external reactions, you'll know when you find the right piece.
As you visit various venues, talk to the gallery owners -- most are happy to offer advice and information to help you become more informed. Chat with the artists at special gallery showings and at art festivals. Ask questions about the artist's chosen subject, inspiration, and technique. If you buy the piece, you'll appreciate it even more.
One note about prices: This isn't a flea market -- you're paying for an artist's expertise and labor. Don't try to bargain with a gallery owner or an artist or you risk insulting them. An artist may eventually discount older works to make room for new ones, but it's best to wait for the artist or owner to present this offer.
Read books on art and join art clubs in mediums that interest you -- whether it is sculpture, textiles, paintings, or prints. You'll soon discover what you are most drawn to in paintings, for example. Is it landscapes? Still life? People? Do you love realism, surrealism, or abstract art? Over time, you'll recognize your favorites.
Know common terms used in the art world to help you in your treasure hunts. The medium, for example, is the material the artist uses to produce the work, such as clay, fabric, or oil, watercolor, or acrylic paints. Paintings may be done on canvas, wood, or paper in a single type of paint or a combination.
Now you are ready.