I think that a lot more people would buy art except they are not sure how to do it. I am going to offer some tips that may make you more comfortable with the process.
But first, here are the reasons that people are unsure about buying art.
The top mistaken ideas that people have that make them hesitate about buying art are: it is too expensive; they are unsure if they will buy something “good”; they are not an art collector (owning art is for rich people); not enough wall space or worried about decorating issues (does it go with the couch?); they think it is too much of an Indulgence; they are Intimidated – they are not “knowledgeable” enough.
Art as gift
Since we are coming up to the gift giving season, I wanted to make some quick remarks on buying art for someone else as a gift.
Since the key “How to Buy art” premise is buy something that YOU really like, it can be really hard to buy for someone else unless you overheard them say that they adore a specific artwork. After all, you don’t want your gift to end up in the attic or in a garage sale.
So I recommend purchasing art themed gifts at lower price points or purchase “useful” art. Here are some examples: calendars featuring original art; set of greeting cards from a local artist; wearable art – jewelry, hand woven scarves and other accessories; books about or with art; small pieces of art (6 x 6 inches or smaller); something you made yourself.
Now for yourself, go buy a nice original.
Let’s quickly dispel those list of doubts and get rid of your but.
Step 1. Get rid of your fears / Decide that it is important
Art is more than a decoration. As it says on my website “Owning art is like having a vacation on your wall.” It is something that you will see often and will raise your spirits.
Not a collector / “rich”? Make beauty a priority in your life. Surrounding yourself with beautiful things tells yourself and the world that you are worth it. Yes, why not indulge yourself?
As to worries about that you will not pick something “good”, that is nonsense because when you make the decision to own art and wait until you find something that you must have, it will not matter what others think. This art is for you. See step 3 for more on this.
Step 2. Set a budget
Can’t afford it?
You should set a budget to what you can afford but it is likely more than you might think.
An art purchase is not a monthly expense. It is not a commodity. You are not just looking for the cheapest choice.
If you buy the right art it will last a lifetime. People will spend thousands on a couch which may last 5 to 15 years. A similar statement can be made about major appliances.
The average American spent $2564 on Entertainment in 2103, and $775 a year on “vices”. (https://www.valuepenguin.com/average-household-budget.) So there are likely areas where you can make small cuts in order to create an art fund.
Stay within your budget but remember true value of art and the worth of having something that you are proud to own.
Step 3. Find something that really speaks to you
You want to Love it. You want to see it every day.
The right pieces of artwork will outlast most other things you buy – your furniture, a car, cappuccino. (And maybe some of your friendships.)
People often say “it just really speaks to me” or “I just had to have it” when they encountered the right artwork.
A good piece of art makes you feel an emotional connection to it – it moves you. Like falling in love, it will be hard to get out of your mind (but it will never ask you to pick up your socks).
It may invoke memories of places, people or a period in your life. It is beautiful to you or thought provoking. It may be as simple as you like the colors.
If you are not sure what you like, visit galleries and art fairs. Check out art books and websites.
If you already own some art, look for similar pieces. Perhaps you are most captured by the type of media (watercolor, oil or collage). You can also look for art from an artist you enjoy or someone who has similar style. Perhaps the topic of the painting is what resonates with you.
When you have some idea of what you are looking for, look for something that is a reflection of you.
The question to ask when selecting art is “How does a particular piece of art make me feel?”
Step 4. Talk with the artist if you can.
Building a connection with the artist can make you feel more confident in your purchase. An artist’s story or the story behind a particular piece of art can solidify the connection you feel with the art.
If the artist is not present, many galleries will know about the artist and can fill you in. Or contact the artist from their website or use contact info on their business card.
Step 5. Have an idea to the size and location
OK. Art is not just a decoration, but it does need to go someplace. If the art doesn’t match the sofa, you can often work with this by changing the frame. (Or maybe it is time to get a new sofa anyway).
Many times when you pick art that really speak to you, the space the art belongs will become clear to you.
If you don’t have a lot of space and want to buy more, consider swapping out the work that you do display, changing it every couple of months.
Step 6. Go for it!
You know she’s the one. Time to ask her out.
Take a deep breath and take out the checkbook/credit card or click the buy button. Now don’t you feel a thrill?
Why have you bought art?
Why have you shied away from buying an art work?
Van Gogh dollar: Robert Dowd’s Vincent Dollar, Pop Art Money