A home that's full of art creates an artful home and one that spurs great conversation and encourages visitors' return.
As with any great collection it always starts with one piece. That one special work that steals the breath and reminds the viewer that they crave more substantial concerns than ringtones and overpriced coffee.
We crave things that will outlast us...it is elemental to want to witness some part of a legacy. And through our vision and foresight become a part of it. Ask any collector why he collects and you will see passion, determination, and romance spill out from every pore. And why not? Our collections and our art tell our story.
|Gua Tewet, the tree of life, Borneo,Indonesia.|
My First Breyer Horse (not the actual one)
When the doorbell rang, I peered out the window to see the brown UPS truck.
I soared down all 4 flights of stairs to grab the box. I couldn't wait to open those Breyer horse boxes and close my eyes to breathe in that new Breyer horse smell...a true collector at age 7!
There are incredible collectors out there, collecting amazing things...
|Ray Bandar, 50 years of collecting thousands of animal bones.http://worldduh.com/2012/11/01/the-bone-collector-man-amasses-creepy-collection-of-over-7000-animal-skulls-and-bones/|
My husband and I hear the call to collect and we are drawn to art, masks (a sampling of our collection pictured below),...
unusual ceramic pieces and mugs...
and a scary amount of books...
Nowadays Rich and I find ourselves on the other side of the table... surprised by collectors' appreciation for our work. It's refreshing to hear how many people want to add original art to their home collections.
People of all ages are enjoying art at relatively affordable prices. I'm always thrilled to hear a young collector tell us that they've been saving in order to purchase their first piece of original art.
An avid art collector recently sent a wonderful email to us, an excerpt of what Laura wrote:
"My private world has become more beautiful with each new artistic voice that comes into my home, much like a chiseled crystal that refracts seemingly colorless light into rainbows as it turns."
Her words are like poetry to us!
R U New to buying art?
Consider the following:
*Start by learning what you like
*Read about art and art collecting (libraries have great resources)
*Visit museums and galleries
*Get gallery guides
*Talk to gallery personnel
* Go to art openings
*Talk to other collectors
*Get involved in the local/regional art scene (volunteer)
*Attend art fairs
*join an online art forum
*go on an art lovers vacation
*always buy work that you love
*buy work that moves you
*learn about the artist
(this can be as simple as googling the name
or as involved as contacting dealers and more)
To help you get started on your next art vacation, a few helpful links to Gallery Guides follow:
Santa FE, NM:
Every Fall in Portland you can tour artist studios:
And if you do travel to the fair city of Roses on an art vacation, please contact us to schedule a studio visit:
If you are stuck at home and can't make it out to view art live, the internet has so many art sites for collecting art...
We have an etsy shop (and there are thousands of artists on Etsy, too)
Visit our shop:
You can convo us directly from our Etsy shop and we are happy to visit with art enthusiasts from all over the globe.
Collectors fill in the gap between the piece and its' destiny. When we finish a piece...we move on. Hopefully the collector moves in and sees a life for the piece. It is a beautiful relief!
Our collections bring the sweetest flowers to remind us to stop and breathe in...
|Detail from, "You Always Bring The Sweetest Flowers"|
by Richard Cutshall
Post by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall