The first, and most important step to becoming a collector, is to love what you collect. Especially when buying art, make sure that the work of art touches you. If your heart begins to race and you start to feel a warm sensation all over…don’t panic. It just means that this is the piece for you. Take into consideration that this work of art will most likely hang in your home for a long time. Find that piece that you will never tire of…a work of art that will bring a smile to your face on the gloomiest of Mondays. You may want to start collecting images based on a particular theme such as music, family, romance, etc. Visit your local library, bookstore or internet and find out about the different styles of art; the various mediums used, and the great masters techniques. On a rainy afternoon, pay a visit to a local gallery or museum…and just sit there and stare at that painting that seems to captivate you. Examine the meaning of the piece. Put yourself in the artist’s shoes and imagine his or her muse. You’ll find that most art goes deeper than the canvas.
Those in the Know
Art galleries are an excellent venue for shaping your collection. Gallery owners often know about up and coming artists, events, and trends. They can help you invest your money in quality art as well as educate you on art terminology. Acquiring art is one thing. Preserving and displaying your art is another. Art galleries are the source to go to for tips on protecting your investment.
Never feel embarrassed to ask an artist or gallery owner questions about art. Most artists thrive on the opportunities to speak to someone about their work. Each artist is unique and approaches the canvas differently. Ask the artist what his inspiration is; What technique he uses; How long does it take him to do a piece. Ask him why one painting costs more than another. Gallery exhibits and art trade shows are an excellent venue to meet the artist and find out what goes into the creation of your favorite work of art.