Firsts are always tricky. The first day of school had us clinging to Mommy’s leg. Our first attempt at cooking had us rereading the recipe five to ten times to make sure we were following it correctly. Our first kiss had us hesitant and red-faced. Firsts are difficult because we are afraid of making the wrong decision. We do not yet understand what to do and therefore cannot do it in confidence. The same is with purchasing the first piece of art. We should know a few things while purchasing our first piece of art.
When it comes to purchasing your first art piece, you may experience some apprehension due to the questions you have about the art. To help alleviate this fear, I have created a few tips for purchasing your first art piece. So, here is the list of things to know before purchasing your first piece of art.
1. Explore What Interests You
The first step to purchasing art is to explore and understand your own likes and dislikes. Before you purchase, you should clearly identify your motive for doing so and how the artwork relates to you personally. One way to become familiar with different forms of art is to subscribe to an art magazine or to visit art galleries. Doing research about art before you purchase will narrow your options and help you make a wise choice. Don’t hesitate to talk to art collectors and artists because they will guide you and help you comprehend the world of art.
2. Determine Why You’re Interested
Once you know what art attracts you, try to determine why. What similarities does one piece have that with another piece? What emotions are present when you view art? Understanding your emotional connection with art is vital to determining what art is best for you. In order to do this, you must first understand yourself and what appeals to you.
3. Question the Placement
When considering the purchase of a particular art piece, it is always good to consider where you will be placing it. Consider your wall space and how the piece will look in your home. Although the artwork may be beautiful, if it is awkwardly hung or surrounded by décor that weakens its prominence, it will not look as lovely.
4. Remember Your Budget
I wish I could tell you to ignore the budget when purchasing your first art piece. Unfortunately, the price is something we must consider. Decide the amount you are willing to spend and think about any additional costs like shipping and installation. Many buyers shy away from asking for discounts at galleries, but there is no shame in asking for a friendly discount if you are buying from a dealer or an art gallery.
5. Stay Calm
The last thing to remember when buying your first art piece is to relax and not rush. Usually, a rushed decision is regretted later. Since the artwork is a special purchase, always take time to think about it fully before deciding.
When it comes to buying art, time is required to research and consider the many elements involved. If you take the process slowly and follow the tips listed in this article, you will be able to face your first art purchase with confidence. Happy buying!