The guidelines contained in this article will help you make a more informed decision when it comes to purchasing original art.

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For the purposes of this article I am going to be using the medium of oil painting as an example and since I am an oil painter, you will know that you’re getting good information.

When you spot a piece of art that you’re interested in, you want to examine it as best as you can. First look at the staples around the edges of the canvas. Make sure they are pretty evenly spaced all the way around the painting and that there are staples close to the corners and on every corner KAWS FAR FAR DOWN Painting for sale. All of the staples should be firmly and all the way into the canvas and stretcher bar. Sloppy stapling will allow the canvas to loosen and sag over time; this will also give you an indication about the artist’s integrity to quality.

See if you can look at the back of the painting to make sure there are “keys” in all the corners. These “keys” are thin wedges of wood or plastic that can be adjusted in order to keep the painted canvas snug and taught. You can buy these very cheaply for a dollar or so, or the frame shop could supply them. But the point is, the artist should have them in there. Also inspect the wood stretcher bars and make sure none of them have any splits or cracks. These are another item that is not very expensive, but a good artist would make sure they are perfect.

Look at the canvas as well. See if you can tell how thick or thin it is. A thicker canvas is better because that means it will last a few hundred years or so. If it looks like really, really thin canvas, think twice about spending a lot on the painting, because it may not last a long time. An important question to ask the artist is if they gesso/prepare their own canvas. If they do, then you’re dealing with an artist who really goes the extra mile on their art. This also means the painting will last a lot longer.

The pre-stretched canvas purchased at retail stores is not always the best. There are some good brands, but when you’re out looking at art, you’re not going to have a comparison guide on you, and I don’t think one exists. The point is to get an idea on what that painting is painted on. If it’s a retail pre-stretched canvas, it still could be adequate, but just really examine it like I mentioned above. If you have a great painting on inferior canvas its not going to last as long, and you should not pay a lot of money for it in that case. The painting should have hooks and wire already mounted on the back for hanging.

How much to pay for a piece of art starts with your budget and factors in the quality of the painting and how it was prepared as indicated above, as well as how much you really like it. What value you place on the image itself is really up to you. But my advice or criteria for this, is that an oil painting should pull you out of your element. Anyone can have pretty pictures hanging up in there home or wherever. But a piece of art should have the ability to get your attention, draw you in, take you out of your element, open up your imagination and allow your mind to drift. A painting like this is very difficult to paint and worth every dollar the artist is asking for, as long as they are being reasonable in their asking price.

If we are talking about a significant amount of money, then you will want to get the artists contact information, let them know you are interested in the painting and give them your contact information. Then make arrangements to hire an experienced art dealer to examine the painting and help you determine an appropriate offer. If it’s under $500.00 then you can use my guidelines to help you determine what you will spend or offer the artist. But for those price ranges, the painting should be well prepared, have certificates of authenticity signed by the artist.

The artists painted signature should be clear and legible on the painting. For paintings that have a high degree of image quality, depth, and natural lighting, take much longer to do and therefore, more valuable.

Paintings that have simple image quality, not much depth and faked lighting don’t take very long to make, so I would not spend too much on the painting. Another very visible clue is how the detail holds up the closer you get to the painting. I was always frustrated to see a painting from far away or a thumb nail on the internet that looked fantastic, but the closer you got, the illusion quickly falls apart due to lack of detail. That means the image was not rendered out nearly as far as it could have been and did not take long to paint. You should see detail in the shadow areas of the painting and in the bright parts of the painting.

Impressionist paintings date back to well over a century. It is something that Monet actually begun with his painting Impression, Sunrise. A critic coined the term and in no time it became a form of painting that many artists have done over the past century.

Impressionist painting involves allowing your audience to see the painting in the same way that you see it. You will find that they are able to give off the impression of light in a way that gives the painting so much more depth than a regular painting normally has.

This form of painting is something that has inspired many artists to attempt to do the same. The secret is short brushstrokes as it is something that helps give the illusion of light and helps the audience to see the painting in a whole new way. One of the brilliant things about impressionist paintings is that people will often find themselves taking a second or a third glance, thinking that perhaps they missed something in the first look. People love to look at these paintings because of how life like and real they look.

Impressionist paintings can be of anything. However, they are more often than not taken of things that are outside. This is because it gives the artist so much more to play with with the light and depth of the overall painting. You will notice that when the paintings take place inside that the subject themselves have light and shadows cast upon them in several different layers. This is a much easier task to be done whenever the painting is done outside.