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Wall Decorating Tips from Laura Gaskill: An Art-Buying Guide for Beginners

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Wall Decorating Tips from Laura Gaskill: An Art-Buying Guide for Beginners

By:  February 8, 2013
Starting a collection of art that speaks to you is a worthy goal, but it may seem out of reach … and more than a little confusing. Where do you begin? What is the difference between an original work, a limited-edition print and a poster? Where do you shop for art — especially if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a single piece? We will tackle these questions and more in this handy art-buying guide, including resources for collecting on a smaller budget.

Explore your taste. Before diving in and making a purchase, spend some time getting to know what sort of work you respond to. Make weekend dates to browse local art museums and galleries, pick up an art magazine or flip through a stack of art books.

Are there certain styles, colors or subjects that draw you in? Do you gravitate toward black and white photography, modern abstract paintings, still lifes? Note what you love. Exploring and observing will build confidence, not to mention expose you to new styles and artists you might never have found otherwise.

Types of Art

Original art (and why it costs so much). Original work includes any art that is one of a kind: original paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Why the high price? To draw a parallel to the literary world, imagine if J.K. Rowling could sell only one copy of the Harry Potter series — how much do you think that would be worth?

An artist can profit only once from the sale of an original work, such as a painting on canvas; then it’s gone. Even if the work grows in value over time, it is the collector who profits. If you understand that, it makes sense for original pieces to have a higher price than prints or reproductions.

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Prints. A true print, while not one of a kind, is still an original work of art. The artist uses any one of a number of methods to create an original image on a surface like wood, rubber, stone or metal, applies color and then creates a print on paper.

Print types include engravings, lithographs, screen prints, aquatints, linocuts and woodblock prints.

Limited-edition prints. If the artist sets a limit for the number of prints he or she will make with a given image, that is known as a limited edition. Of course, today the lines are being blurred, with artists using digital media to create original works, and a piece may be called a limited-edition print even if it was created or reproduced digitally — that is, it’s not one of the types listed earlier.

Term to know: A run includes all prints made from a given work. For instance, “a run of 50” means the artist created 50 limited-edition prints from the original piece.

Posters and reproductions. When an artist creates an original work and reproduces it (usually digitally) without limiting the run, it is a poster, or a reproduction. Posters are a great way to explore art, since they are so budget friendly — once you build up a bit of a collection, you could even swap out art seasonally.

Fine art photography. Since photographs by their very nature are easily reproduced, it is up to the photographer to limit the number of prints created with a certain image. Generally, the fewer prints available, the higher the price.

Where to Shop

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The basics. There is nothing like seeing art firsthand, especially when you are still training your eye and learning about your taste. Student sales at art schools, auctions, antiques fairs and local galleries are all excellent places to start your search. Use your own judgment and don’t ever feel pressured to buy something.

Finding affordable art. The world of art buying has become much more democratic in recent years, thanks in great part to the influence of online retailers and auction sites offering well-curated art collections, available no matter where you are and at every price point.

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Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

By:  Published June 8, 2013

A piece of original art can make a room, be treasured for years and be passed down for generations. And it can be surprisingly affordable or very expensive. Why do some types cost more than others? “Artwork has to be one of the hardest things to price,” says Kate Singleton, founder of Arthound. “There’s no standard framework as there is for a pair of jeans or a bottle of champagne. Major factors come into play.”

The artist, gallery, medium, style and rarity of a piece all can impact how much it costs. And if you come upon a one-of-a-kind work you love, it may be worth just about any price to you.

Interested in using the power of art to power your interior design? Here are three experts’ tips to think about before you shop. …Read More!

 

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Wall Decorating Tip By Brian Patrick Flynn: Make a Big Statement with Oversized Art

 

Wall Decorating Tip By Brian Patrick Flynn: Make a Big Statement with Oversized Art

By: Brian Patrick Flynn Published March 2, 2011

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of art only to bring it home and find it’s hard to appreciate from a distance? Both I and my wallet are quite familiar with this. Thanks to a $940 mistake involving a gorgeous piece of pop art my toilet got very lucky, as the colorful piece is now perched proudly right above it for everyone to see as they wash their hands. Not exactly what I had in mind back at the gallery.

Something I’ve learned to appreciate is the value of oversized art. From 5- by 9-foot black-and-white photos to 8-foot sculptures, rooms sporting large-scale art prove that bigger is often better. If you’re on the fence about bringing home a particular piece but afraid it will chomp up your entire room and swallow it, take a look at these spaces and think again.

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Wall Decorating Tip By Gabrielle Di Stefano: 7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art

Wall Decorating Tip By Gabrielle Di Stefano: 7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art

By: Published on September 15, 2013

Art engages us, stirs our soul and creates debate, but it is often the final piece in a room. Although art is usually saved for last, the right piece of art can tie all the other elements in a space together. When used in a surprising place, art can be thrilling. When we least expect it, a colorful depiction from a child’s imagination in a mudroom or a thought-provoking landscape over a kitchen bench delights us.

Use one of these creative placement ideas to make your much-loved artwork even more enjoyable.

1. Patios. Outdoors may not be the most obvious place for a painting, but if it is well protected from the elements, why not? This bright toucan painting really livens up this porch.

Design tip: When you’re hanging artwork in an area with an 8-foot high ceiling, the middle of the picture should be approximately 5 feet off the floor.

2. Bathrooms. Bathrooms should be places of serenity and luxury. A beautiful piece of art will only enhance that indulgent experience.

Design tip: In wet areas place your artwork under glass to avoid damage from water and steam.

3. Kitchens. It is ideal to have a window at your kitchen sink. But if you don’t have that luxury (or you would prefer the extra cupboard space instead), take photographs of some favorite personal places and have them screen-printed onto glass cabinet doors.

Design tip: Try grouping empty frames, mirrors or family photos. Symmetrical groupings add balance, formality and a sense of calmness.

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Wall Decorating Tip By Becky Harris: 10 Ways Photos Can Make a Room

 

10 Ways Photos Can Make a Room

By:  Published on September 14, 2011

Photos are a wonderful way to adorn your walls, whether you’re into Richard Misrach, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, funny old photos found at flea markets or showing off the best shots you took of your vacation or kids. There are endless ways to group and arrange them; here are a few great ones.

Tip 1. One large-scale photograph. This striking landscape dominates the wall; the sky, clouds, and top of the tree make a strong impact on the color scheme and mood of the room. … Read Full Article

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