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Choosing Art To Decorate Your Home With

Choosing Art To Decorate Your Home With

When you go about decorating your house, you’ll have many different things to consider. It can be hard to add enough accessories to fill up your walls and surfaces to make them seem less desolate. Once option is to buy art to hang on your walls. The right painting would be a tasteful addition to your wall, giving you artistic value as well as decorative value. Most people don’t know the first thing about buying art. If that is true of you as well, then read on as I go over some basics of purchasing art.

Some people have certain “favorite” artistic works that they have always admired or enjoyed. In this situation, it would be a good idea to look for a replica. You can get an exact photocopy of the original, or you can even find a hand-painted copy with the personal touch of another artist. As long as you know the title of the painting, you can search online at auction sites, or for art dealers who have copies that you can buy. Buying art on the internet is relatively cheap, as long as you don’t have them ship a frame. A frame increases postage greatly.

If you buy copies of famous art, you are supporting businesses that do nothing but copy art. For many people, this is unacceptable. If you’d like to support some real artists, you should purchase original paintings. You can go to art shows, galleries, festivals, or many other places to find paintings. There are many festivals that invite hundreds of amateur artists who show off their paintings that are for sale. You shouldn’t attend with your mind set on getting a painting. Instead, you should walk around at your own leisure and enjoy all of the art. If you see something that really strikes you and is within your price range, then buy it. But don’t be afraid to go home empty-handed.

Buying art is fairly easy to do, and once you get started you may find that it is hard to quit. When you hang a beautiful painting on your wall, it adds so much to the room. It gives your house a whole new level of aesthetic value. So even if you’ve never been interested in art before, you should start to look at some of the options that are available to you. Attend art festivals, talk to painters, and visit galleries. You’ll find that along with the items you purchase, you’re also getting involved in a vibrant and interesting lifestyle with lots of cool people!

 

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Buying Art For Fun And Profit

Buying Art For Fun And Profit

If you appreciate art, investing in it can be a fun and profitable way to learn more about the subject and make some money as well. This is the kind of field where you really have to enjoy it to be any good at it. This is true of most things, but you can, for example, make money at trading items like pork bellies in the futures market without knowing or caring about the product at all. In the long run, you are always better off doing business in areas that interest you, but with art it's especially crucial. When you browse auction listings online, go to a live auction, or perhaps rummage through someone's basement during a house sale, you simpy must have the "art bug" to maintain interest and gain any expertise.

There are, of course, many categories to choose from in art. There are many periods, locations, styles and media and you may have a very specific area of focus or take a more general approach. It is usually good to specialize at least to some degree or you will be overwhelmed by the myriad of objects to choose from. Personally, I have a liking for antique paintings, which is itself a very wide field. Antique can mean just about anything that is 19th Century or earlier (though some might include early 20th Century, depending on your definition of "antique"). There are also American, European, Asian and artists from every other corner of the world.

First of all, you may be wondering if art is a good investment. This is practically as impossible to answer as asking whether real estate or the stock market are good investments. In all these cases, the answer depends entirely on what, exactly, you are investing in. It also, alas, depends on market factors that cannot be predicted. With art, as with other investments, there are safer and more speculative choices. If you buy a well listed artist (one of your first investments, if you are at all serious, should be a reference book of artists and paintings, or perhaps an online subscription to a service with these listings), the value of your painting (I'm assuming you are buying paintings for the purpose of this article, but the same would be true of prints or sculptures) is almost certainly going to only rise, or, at worst, remain stable. With lesser known, or unknown artists you are always taking a bit of a risk. That's why one of the first rules of buying art is that, even if you are looking at it as an investment, only buy something you will enjoy owning, in case you end up in possession of it for a very long time!

There is another kind of risk involved when buying art. That is authenticity. There is, unfortunately, a great deal of ambiguity in the art world. There is also, even more sadly, a fair amount of outright fraud. As with autographs, not all signed paintings were actually signed by the artist whose name appears on them. There are many skilled forgers out there. There are also techniques to make works of art appear much older than they really are. Aside from outright fraud, there is also a vast gray area when it comes to selling art, especially at auctions, whether online or live. Many works, for example, are described "in the style of," "attributed to" or "...school." Sometimes these words have little or no meaning and are merely a silver-tongued auctioneer's way to make an unimportant work of art sound exciting. If you are spending small to modest sums of money -say anything from under $100 to a couple of thousand dollars on works of art, you have to face the fact that the rule is pretty much caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). If you are dealing with high-end auction houses, this kind of maneuver is less common, but by no means unknown. At least in these cases, you are more likely to be able to trace the provenance of the art. You will also have to spend more money, of course.

My own experience in the art world, I must confess, is at the lower end. I enjoy searching for unexpected treasures at yard sales, country auctions (though even these are now often attended by slick dealers) and second-hand stores. Naturally, if you are paying very little for your "investment." caution becomes less of an issue. The odds of finding anything worthwhile, especially today, when everyone is looking for a treasure to sell on Ebay, are rather depressing. Still, if you looking for good art investments, the rule is to keep your eyes open at all times.

Online auctions can be a fun and convenient way to shop for art. The dangers here are probably no more extreme than anywhere else, though you might think otherwise. People worry about the honesty of online dealers, fake bids (e.g. bids made by the seller using alternate IDs or by friends to jack up the price), but the same thing happens at live auctions. The rule is, be careful if you are spending any significant (to you) amount of money. This means, but is certainly not limited to, checking out the seller's feedback rating. Read any negative comments. Also, be sure to read the item's description very carefully. Some sellers are very skilled at misleading potential buyers without telling any outright lies. For example, some dealers sell antique *style* paintings in period frames (or period style frames). They may describe the painting, for example, as an English fox hunt scene, or a portrait of an 18th Century lady or gentleman. This does not mean that the painting itself comes from these periods. It could have been painted last month! Be sure to check the guarantee or refund policy of sellers. I've observed that most sellers who use the kind of tactics I've just described are also very explicit about offering no guarantees or refunds. Incidentally, most live auctions have similar stipulations if you read the find print when you buy something. Once again, caveat emptor!

I am certainly not trying to frighten potential investors in the art market, only point out some common tricks of the trade. If you are new to the field, start off small. Find an area that intrigues you and make small purchases. Do research in your specialty, or general area of interest. Read books and magazines that pertain to it. After making these relatively small purchases, see how quickly you can turn them over and if you make a profit. No matter how experienced you are, you will find that sometimes you will make mistakes and lose money. Other times you will break even or merely make or lose a few dollars. But you will also have those very rewarding windfalls that make it all worthwhile. It's best not to approach the art market expecting to make a killing, especially on any given purchase. That's how people end up overpaying and overbidding. Use your rational mind and intuition equally. Hopefully, over time, you will have acquired a skill and a bit of an education into the fascinating world of art!

 

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Preserving And Protecting Your Beloved Oil Paintings

Preserving And Protecting Your Beloved Oil Paintings

You may have just purchased your first oil painting, to add that touch of style to your study, living room, or bedroom. Oil paintings are beautiful additions to the house, and are great conversation pieces as well. They can also be a good investment, but for any of these draws of the oil painting to remain true they must be taken care of in a proper manner. Here are some simple steps in the preservation of the value and appearance of your new oil painting.

Always check the location where you intend to place your piece. Always avoid any area that is prone to extreme heat or cold, or humidity. This includes places like over the fireplace and in a front room that isn’t normally heated. Also keep in mind that prolonged sunlight will cause the paint to fade, and choose the location accordingly.

A layer of dust will also spoil the painting, as it will tend to dry the oil colors out and therefore fade the piece. Dust your painting regularly, but remember not to use surface cleaners. A dry and soft cloth will suffice.

When moving the piece from location to location, whether to a different room or a different building, make sure lay a flat piece of cardboard, a mat, or other firm material on both the front and the back of the picture, and then wrap it in Styrofoam or bubble wrap. Remember that moisture build up will damage the piece, so if it must be left wrapped up for a long period of time store it in a dry place.

If your painting is damage despite your best efforts, do not try to retouch or repair it yourself. Instead, bring it to a professional conservator who can do the job properly.

Following these instructions will aid you in keeping your oil painting in top condition, and making sure it will continue to give you enjoyment for years.

 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Hang Your Art

Step-by-Step Guide to Hang Your Art

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Art Market: The Myth of Art and Business

Art Market: The Myth of Art and Business

When we are talking about the art market, there are a lot of myths that have been around for many years now. From time to time, you hear up those stories about an artist who was painting in his studio and how someone magically discovered him and made him famous.

There are all kinds of artists out there. While some are making a living from selling their paintings and artworks directly on eBay, others believe that they don't need to actually be more than simple mediocre to sell. However, if you hear a marketing consultant speaking, they will tell an artist, either a good or a mediocre one, that if he hires him he will be able to sell all his paintings.

So, where is the truth? Do artists need to be good at what they do? Are marketing consultants that good that they can sell all artworks even if they are worthless?

The truth is that even though you already heard the old idea that "good art sells itself", it simply isn't true. First of all, there is no such thing as "good art". An artist may have done a beautiful work and just because it isn't consensual with the mainstream, he may not make a lot of sales. Or his artworks may not be as commercial as others.

The point is that an artist needs to take his own steps to become known in the art industry. Art is meant to be shared, to be talked about, and to be appreciated. And if artists don't take this step, no one will ever know he was an artist in the first place.

Another idea that we mentioned above and that is a really big myth is the one where an artist puts his paintings for sale on eBay and he will start making a lot of money because his paintings are being seen by millions of people. The truth is that artists can still make some money selling their artworks on eBay and other similar websites. However, it will not probably be worth it. Even though he might sell a couple of his paintings, this is not a sustainable business. When someone searches for artworks, for example, or paintings, he will be competing directly with other painters, on the same page.

The point is that artists do need to make an effort to become known, to show their art whenever and wherever they can.

So, how can artists succeed these days? The truth is that the best approach artists need to make is to get in touch directly with internet art galleries. More and more people are buying art online and these numbers tend to increase in the next few years.

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What Type of Art Buyer Are You?

What Type of Art Buyer Are You?

When you like art and are considering buying art, you need to know that you fall into one of four mainly categories of art buyer types. They are the art buyers who use art simply as wall decor, art buyers who believe owning art gives them prestige, art buyers who just love artworks, and art buyers who love artworks but also believe that this gives them a certain prestige.

So, let's take a closer look at each one of the buyer art types to see which one is a match for you:

#1: Art buyers who just use art to wall decor:

Someone who simply uses art as a mean to have a good wall decor is very common.  These are the kind of people who can ask an artist of he can change the color scheme of his painting to match their living room. Other commentaries that you can hear this type of art buyers make relate with the size of a painting. For example, they just enter on an art gallery and ask to see the paintings that have a specific measurement.

For this type of art buyers, the quality and the subject of the artworks aren't the most important. The crucial thing for them is that they are buying art that will fit exactly on their measurements and that it matches the color scheme of the room. Even though some of these buyers know how to recognize quality, others don't.

#2: Art buyers who believe owning art gives them prestige:

You can bet you'll hear these buyers claim countless times that they own a work by some artist and that he already had an exhibition at a fancy art gallery. They will know all about the artist's life and work and they will be glad to share with everyone who can listens.

What these art buyers do is that when they are buying art, they only search for the names they recognize. It really doesn't matter if the artist is dead or alive. The most important thing is that it is in high demand, which makes the artworks they buy extremely expensive. For them, buying a painting of someone who is being mentioned as the next top artist feeds their ego and it's just the same as if they have bought the artist himself.

These types of art buyers can even buy a low quality painting just because it is from a famous artist.

#3: Art buyers who just love artworks:

These kinds of art buyers are usually the ones preferred by the artists. They are simply looking for buying art they love just because they love it. They like to open their eyes in the morning and look at the beautiful painting they discovered in an internet art gallery or an art poster they discovered somewhere else.

The artist who created the artworks really doesn't ring any bells for them. The only thing that matters is what the artwork is saying to them.

#4: Art buyers who love artworks but also believe that this gives them a certain prestige:

The fact that an art buyer only buys artworks that he loves doesn't imply that he doesn't feel that buying art gives him a certain prestige. The main difference regarding to the art buyer who only buys artworks for the prestige is that this type of buyer actually loves the artworks. So, he will be buying art that speaks to him when it is from a highly recognizable artist.

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Why You Should Buy Artworks Online

Why You Should Buy Artworks Online

There are no questions about the fact that more and more people are turning to the online world to do everything. From shopping to contacting their friends, paying bills and staying updated on their hobbies, the internet is crucial. And this is also true in what concerns with artworks.

Visual artists finally found a place where they can show their work. So, it's not surprising that you can now find numerous internet art galleries and it has become extremely easy to buy art online. 

Both newcomers, as well as experienced art collectors, are taking advantage of internet art galleries to find original artworks and ordering them for delivery just like they do with regular furniture. So, instead of going to different art galleries, art buyers are using the internet to find the best artworks, pay for them and have them delivered at the comfort of their own homes. And in case they're not happy with the purchase, they can always return it.

While traditionally there have been many different ways to buy artworks from going to different galleries, get to know art dealers, or simply participating in art auctions, all this takes time and the worst thing is that you may not even find the artwork that you have been looking for.

However, when you use the internet to buy artworks, you can easily search for what you're looking for and check a lot more internet art galleries in an hour than you would visit traditional art galleries in one day. And just not to mention the fact that when you are buying art online, you'll easily come across with artworks from different countries that may well suit your taste.

One of the things that you also don't need to worry about is the payment. Most internet art galleries have secure online payments that allow you to pay for the artwork using your debit or credit card, or even using your Paypal account.

The truth is that more and more artists are using the internet to show their works and putting it available to people around the world. Just like when you're buying art on a traditional art gallery, you'll get to know the details about the paintings and the artists. On an internet art gallery, you'll also have access to this kind of information.

Most traditional art galleries have been known for their out-of-date valuation methods as well as for the lack of transparency. However, most internet art galleries won't be able to do this since the competition is harder. After all, art buyers can easily go from one gallery to the other in just a few seconds when they don't like what they see.

 

At wydr you can find art from thousands of artists from around the world. Transparent pricing, great quality, free shipping. Get inspired!

 

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How to Display Your Art at Home

How to Display Your Art at Home

Now that you already have all the artworks at home, you're ready to start with the wall decor. However, before you even start picking up the hangers and the hammer, you need to figure out exactly how you're going to display your paintings, photographs, and art posters.

There are a lot of places that you can have all your artworks that you probably didn't even consider. So, here are some ideas to make your home shine.

#1: On the bookshelf

One of the most overlooked spaces for having your artworks in on a bookshelf. They are the perfect place to have unique prints and framed photographs. And they will easily become the centerpiece of your room. 

#2: On the cabinet

When you look at your cabinet, you'll see that you probably chose your favorite objects to be displayed there. However, why not have a special photography there instead with a beautiful frame?

#3: On the mantel

One of the best places that you have to display art is the mantel over your home's fireplace. And one of the best things is that you can even take advantage of the shelf to line them up. You can either have several smaller painting aligned or you can have a bigger painting.

#4: Expect the Unexpected

One of the rooms that most people don't even remember about doing wall decor is the bathroom. But why can't you add some beautiful art pieces here? You can use some unframed oil paintings, some framed photographs, or even some art posters.

#5:  Transitional Spaces

Transitional spaces such as office nooks and hallways are also a great place to display your artworks. Even though most people tend to forget about these spaces, the truth is that when you use them for having some artwork they will go into the flow with the rest of your home.

#6: Enliven Your Entry

Your entry door will give your guests the first impression of your home as well as about you and your tastes. So, make sure that you select some beautiful artworks to display here.

#7: Find the Right Frames

One of the best ways that you have to enhance your smaller art pieces is to display them on high-quality and even dramatic frames. Just make sure they make the artwork stand out.

#8: Variation of Style

You probably have some unused space at home that you just don't know what to do with it. So, you just leave it there, without any kind of wall decor or furniture. However, even these small corners and forgotten places can be completely transformed by using your art pieces.

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13 Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating With Art

13 Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating With Art

When you love buying art, there isn't really anything worse than looking at empty walls. However, wall decor can be a bit tricky, especially if you have never done it before. So, here are 13 Do's and Don'ts that will save you a lot of time and effort:

Do's:

-Do hang artworks on every room in your home, Don't forget about the bathroom or the kitchen.

-Do use picture-hanging hooks instead of using screws or nails. The main advantage is that they are able to support more weight and you can always use two when you want to remain level.

-Do treat each one of your artworks independently when you are hanging them.

-Do plan out a photography wall in advance. The best thing you can do is to place them on the floor in front of the wall that you are about to hang them on and just play around with different displays to see which one you prefer.

-Do lean some of your artworks against a wall in some specific places. This can be done on a mantle or on a console table. They will look extremely stylish.

-Do use a focal point for each room in your home. Defining the artwork that you are going to turn into the centerpiece will allow you to visualize how everything is going to look when you're done.

Don'ts:

-Don't think that art needs to be expensive. There's a lot of great art on sale as well as affordable art everywhere. From photography to paintings, from art posters to any other kind of wall decor that you like, you can have it all in your home, as long as you're happy with the result.

-Don't hang artwork too high or too low. The eye level should be at the center of your artwork, not at the top or at the bottom.

-Don't hang a tiny artwork on a big wall. If you really want to have that special piece of art hang that specific wall, consider getting a frame with a large mat.

-Don't do it all by yourself. The best thing you can do is to call a friend to help you out. One of you will hold the artwork in place while the other can step back and check if the position is the right one.

-Don't ever hang artworks with a large distance between them. As a rule of thumb, use two inches on each way.

-Don't forget about balance. If there is something that won't look good in your wall decor is if you have all the larger artworks in one side and all the smaller ones on the other side.

-Don't be squared. Even though symmetry can look great since they create a sense of calm and order, in some rooms, you may want to shake things up a bit. Just look at your furniture. In case it is already symmetric, create some asymmetry when you're doing your wall decor.

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Art Buying: Top 5 Advice from Art Collectors

Art Buying: Top 5 Advice from Art Collectors

When you want to start buying art for your collection, you may not be well aware of everything that is involved. The truth is that when buying art is important to invest in learning and developing your skills as well as your relationships along the way.

Either if you're looking to buy affordable art, photography, or any kind of wall decor, make sure that you follow these 5 tips:

#1: Know Your Tastes

One of the best things that you can do when you're buying art is to buy what you like. However, with so many different art on sale you need to make sure that you visit museums, galleries, art fairs, internet art galleries, and websites like ours to determine what you really like.

#2: Know the Market

When you want to start your own art collection, it's important to understand what is valuable in the art world to make sure that you get a fair price. The best place to start is by looking at internet art galleries, reading art collecting books, auction catalogs, among others.

#3: Build Relationships

Relationships are an important part of the art world. After all, when you know an internet art gallery or a curator, for example, you may get some previous access to information about new trends and new artists.

#4: Set a Budget

When you are looking to start a new art collection, you need to have a budget. Even though there will be artworks that are so special that you just got to have them even if they surpass your budget, having one will make sure that you are careful when it's time to buy art online.

#5: Attending Art Auctions

Even though you can buy art online, you may want to attend to some art auctions as well. In this case, the first times that you attend one, make sure that don't start bidding right away. This is one of those places where art lovers can easily be taken over by their emotions and you probably won't even remember about your budget. So, when you get some more confidence on what you are doing, you can then start bidding slowly only on the artworks that are really special for you.

Even though most people think that being an art collector is something that is only available for rich people, this isn't true. Atleast, not anymore. You can now easily buy art online on different art galleries at affordable prices.

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