"How to create a personalized art collection" (1 of 6 articles) © D.Price 2009 - 2011 


Developing Sensitivity To COLLECTION Paths

At some point you will find yourself coming to terms with the essence of your artistic attraction. You will recognize that you are being drawn toward a certain collection path. Follow that artist! See where she/he takes you. One way that can work surprisingly well is if you select according to a particular artist. Somewhere along your path to finding art work which is personally appealing, you no doubt learned or will learn and remember a particular artist's name.

There are striking images which can be made even in an artist's early stages of development. Works from the earlier "phases" may be relatively less costly or may have been produced in a less costly manner. In any case, an image can be quite captivating as well as quite reasonably priced.

We all know what is reasonable and what is expensive is relative to one's income so I can't help you there. I can say: If you have the money, there is no better investment than in art. If you are definitely in love with a particular work, buy it outright, or even on time. As long as it can be or can become anywhere close to being afforded, make your budgetary adjustments and don't let it get away. 

At any rate, when you find an artist who is on a path that interests you, follow that artist's development. You may find inspiring "phases" along the way which continue to intrigue you. You could find yourself enjoying a wall or a whole room that "catalogs" an artist's growth. Yes, that could result in a fascinating, illuminating and inspiring collection.

Actually, often an artist is already very accomplished and may already have gone through many developmental phases. Ask questions and read his/her biography/history. Know something about the artist but pay more attention to the art itself. Van Gogh never presented himself or his work well, yet, look at the millions it is worth today. Modigliani rarely sold any works during his life time but today he is famous and his works are worth a fortune. So it is with others of the past.

So it can be with some living artists of today. By the same token, some works which are quite highly regarded today, may fail to be acclaimed in the markets of tomorrow. That is why I say consider where the artist is in his/her career of today but don't be too cautious. Claim any prize that claims your heart.. As the artwork dances on your wall each day, find delight in it, carry on those conversations with it and let it help you feel whole within your environment. Tomorrow is not promised.

Another way to choose is to be inclined toward a special subject. You may like landscapes, still-life, people portraits, animal portraits, seascapes, farmhouses, lighthouses or whatever. It may, in today's vernacular, "float your boat" to gather around you the artistic portrayals of your favorite subjects. Just as people can collect various objects to create a "collection", paintings of particular subjects can form a "collection".

Of course there are styles that set apart some choices. Generally speaking, there are:

  • abstract ("I can't figure out what is in that picture, for the life of me! But I just love the colors);

  • semi-abstract ("I love that design and those colors and I do see something in there.)

  • representational ("Wow, that almost looks real. That's just the way I remember it.)

  • photo-realistic ("Are you sure that is painted and not a photograph?")

Just remember, appealing art does not have to be from the great past. Artists of the present would like your attention too, thank you. The world is full of choices and you may even choose to check out http://www.artbuyprice.com.

My article # 6 will deal with: Thoughtfully HANGING your chosen art.  

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Doris Price, painter, printmaker
Soft guidance for the hard choice of finding art especially for YOU.
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