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Improving Your Art Collecting Skills

Improving Your Art Collecting Skills

Being able to collect good art is one exceptional

talent. Although you may think good art collectors are

born, this is not the case at all. The truth is, the

skill of collecting art can actually be learned! Yes,

and that is one good news for you. So, if you want to

improve further with your collecting skills, here are

some things that you can do to attain such goal.

Get Some Exposure

Getting some exposure on different disciplines of art

is one way to enhance your collecting skills. There

are a lot of national and international art expos and

art fairs that you can attend to. Try attending such

kinds of events to broaden your horizon on different

kinds of art disciplines and forms.

This is also one way to discover not so well-known

aesthetic pieces that have potential on getting a huge

value in the future. However, most importantly, it is

one way to see artworks that can move you and probably

be part of your collection in the near future. Know

Your Kind

Although collecting art can be a personal endeavour

for you, there is nothing wrong with talking to other

art collectors and knowing more about them. In fact,

doing this can be beneficial to you, since you can

learn more about how other collectors started and what

other helpful information they can give you.

They can also give you recommendations like galleries

to visit, events to go to, artists to see works of and

other art related things. Some art collectors even

have clubs or organizations that you can join in.

Read On!

Reading in any aspect can take your knowledge another

level. Thus, reading books about art history and art

collections would definitely improve your skill.

There’s a lot to learn with collecting that you can

actually find not only by looking at pictures, but

also through reading texts about so.

Reading old published literature on the subject is

good, since you can learn the basics of the field and

the essentials of collecting. However, it would still

be better if you are up-to-date with your reading

materials. If you want something fresh and new

regularly, then subscribing to some art magazines

would do the trick!

Magazines, just like books, are helpful resources

where you can learn more about collecting and

collections. However, these magazines standout since

their content are always up to date and new, unlike

with books that may contain faced-out and irrelevant


Reviews: Seeing Another’s Perspective

Seeing art in the perspective of another person is bad

at all. Remember that art is relative, thus, something

may be beautiful in your eyes, yet ugly for another’s

and vice versa. That is why you should learn to

utilize reviews done by international or local art

critics and channel them into something positive.

Instead of being too much influenced by what they say,

try learning from them and see if what they say about

the artwork is true. You should also learn some points

on how they critic a piece, since being able to critic

is yet an important skill to develop collecting

skills. Get Some Help

A little bit of guidance would not hurt if you are

really interested on learning how to make a great art

collection. You can work with a professional art

consultant / art advisor, if you please since for sure

they know what they are doing. They can also teach you

about collecting and even guide you to the whole

process of buying art.

You can find more of my Art at Etsy Gallery


Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Art Collecting: A Beginners Guide
Art collection is a very stimulating and inspiring
hobby for all. It isn’t just for the rich and famous,
but even regular everyday people too. There are
various forms of art that you can choose from,
especially since art’s definition can greatly vary
from one person to another. However, it doesn’t really
matter whatever its form is, you’re the one to make
the call on which is attractive and how much are you
willing to spend for such piece.
To Go For Prints Or Originals?
In the art world, some people may look down on others
due to their different tastes in picking out art. For
instance, there are those people who only buy original
works and would never even consider buying prints.
However, you should take note that if you’re just
starting to collect art and is doing this for
enjoyment then originals are not really necessary to
buy, especially if they’re way out of your budget.
There is really nothing wrong with buying prints. In
fact, these are one superb way to have framed art that
would look lovely on your wall, just like how an
original would look, but at a way lower price.
Although here, you would not be having the same
texture as to the original work; since originals
usually show dimension and texture, while prints
won’t. However, well printed artworks are not settling
of course.
In fact, a lot of art collectors have art prints by
different artists, which were fairly bought
inexpensively from the Internet, galleries and art
fairs. Amazingly, such pieces still look tasteful and
classy, instead of cheap looking like what most people
All Framed Up
Once you spot an original or print that you like, you
have the option to frame it by yourself or get
somebody else to do it for you. Generally, you can
find frames in a vast price range, starting from
cheaper metal frames to ornate and hand carved wooden
frames costing you a fortune.
With regard to using mats, which is another way of
framing your picture inside its frame by the use of
papers or illustration boards, you should take note
that such could detract your print. If you don’t know
how to frame, then you should get your piece and get
it framed first. While doing so, observe how they’d
offer you different mats and frame styles.
You don’t have to hasten up when picking out the mat
you want to use. In fact, you should take your time
and deliberate on it carefully, since the mat and
frame color combinations can have a great effect on
how well or bad your artwork would look. You should
also consider how the frame would fit-in in whatever
place you’ll put it, like your home or your office.
If you want a clean and contemporary look, it’s
recommended that you use the Nielsen brushed metal
frames, which are not only cheap but are still elegant
looking too. These usually come in different colors.
Nevertheless, it’s safe to go for black or bronze.
If you’ll be placing them in a gallery, bronze would
also do well, especially since it wouldn’t cost you
too much. After all, most people that buy art from
galleries would have the art they bought re-framed in
able for it to match their home décor.
If more of a wood type of person, you can also get
wooden frames that are naturally stained. Cherry and
mahogany are the most preferred styles when it comes
to wooden frames, since their deep and reddish color
bring an elegant look to any artwork.