Who doesn't love a day at the museum? You see beautiful works of art and leave the museum feeling completely inspired! Don't want to lose said inspiration? Here's a surefire way to create your own personal collection of works at home that will breathe life into your space and make you an art collector!
All About You
Make sure that you choose pieces that reflect who you are. This will help strengthen your collection as it grows. Think of what colors and art genres you like and remember to trust your gut. You don't need a reason to like a piece. Connecting and being drawn to the piece is all the reason that you need!
Do Your Research
There are so many amazing websites and apps that can help beginner's navigate the art world. My personal favorites are See Saw, The Journal and Artsy.
See Saw is an app for your phone that helps you organize in-person trips to galleries in your city. This can help you become familiar with the curators, art dealers and galleries in your hood. The Journal is a great resource for discovering artists and learning more about their work.
Out of my three recommendations, Artsy is my favorite -- there's so much that you can do in one place! On this amazing site, you can learn about artists, purchase pieces, participate in live auctions and get information about exhibitions, fairs and museums all over the world.
Know Your Budget
Although I just cried inside about the live Kerry James Marshall piece being auctioned via Artsy for 35k, that kind of money is not needed to own works of art. Understand what you can afford and stick to that. You will be surprised to see all of the pieces that you can buy without breaking the bank.
Make Your Purchase Official
No matter how much your piece costs, you should have a certificate of authenticity that comes with it. This will help you understand the value and origins of your artwork.
Once you start, you can't stop. Be sure to install your pieces as soon as possible. You will be so content coming home and knowing that you've invested your money in a piece that will last forever.
Will you be investing in any pieces anytime soon?