Things To Know Before You Start
Buying Art
When you go to buy your art don't buy a piece
because of the artist's name.  Don't buy a Picasso
because it's a Picasso, that's simply buying Gucci for
your walls. Look for art which makes a soul connection
with you; art which makes you happy, makes you nostalgic,
or carries you away to a different place. When you have
this, you have a piece worth thinking about.
It's important to note things in the art world are not
priced by the cubic inch or by weight. There are however,
certain types of artwork some artists will value higher than
others. The general rule is, larger paintings will sell for more
money than smaller paintings, detailed and difficult to
execute paintings will usually sell for more than simpler
pieces. This is not a hundred percent rule, but more of a
90% of the time rule.
When it comes to the techniques used by an artist, if
there is something which calls out to you, ask about it. If
not, you don't have to read three books on art techniques.
The techniques are not important. The meaning is not really
here; it's much like asking how many nuts and bolts does a
L a m b o r g h i n i  have?  In the end, the answer doesn't
matter, what matters are the aesthetics flowing out of it.
Beware of replicas you may see offered from
businesses such as the Franklin Mint and other mail order
"art" dealers. These places will sell limited editions but the
artist is never involved and has never signed the
"art." This drastically affects the value of the piece. This is
why replicas are sold between twenty and two hundred
dollars. Replicas are limited editions, but they have no true
monetary value and do not gain in appreciation.