Wednesday, October 15, 2014

13 Online Sources for Affordable Art


I wish I had the kind of disposable income that allowed me to walk into my favorite galleries and buy the work that I love right off the walls, but let's get real, that's just not gonna happen anytime soon. So instead I will rely on the next best (affordable) thing: the internet.

Buying art on the internet has really improved in the last five years. You can now find quality work from great unknown artists who you may not have found otherwise as well as prints of well-known established faves. So go grab a cup of joe, take a seat and start browsing.

Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reproduction Print Sales Impact Artists in a Big Way

The commercialization of the art business by big business is nowhere more evident than in the marketing of reproduction prints, particularly giclees (computer prints of digital files) by entities billing themselves as fine art publishing companies. These reproductions are typically advertised as signed limited edition "fine art" prints and can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The great majority, however, are nothing more than computer printouts of scans or photographs of paintings, watercolors, or works of art in other mediums (as opposed to digital works of art created by digital artists entirely or in part on computers which ARE considered to be originals). Repro print artists usually have nothing to do with producing these editions, their only participation being signing their names which takes maybe thirty seconds or so per print at most. And that's supposed to be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars? No way. But the people hawking these reproductions sure want you to think so and sure manage to talk plenty of people believing it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Art of Business: Print Buying Made Simpler

The best way to avoid the unpleasant surprises of print buying is to spend a little time on the business side of the relationship before laying down the specs for the job.

If you ever get a chance, don't pass up the opportunity to attend a seminar or talk given by Dick Gorelick, president of Gorelick and Associates. Dick is a 25 year veteran of the industry both as a buyer and seller, and his firm surveys some 25,000 print buyers a year, so he's got a pulse on the print market like few others.
I had a chance to hear Dick speak recently on tips for buying printing services, and you could almost hear the "amens" muttered in the crowd. He has some tips worth passing on, though these thoughts are but a sampling of what he offers in his talks.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Making Giclee or Art Prints

Think about all the time and effort you put into a painting. And then the joy of selling it. Trouble is, when it is gone, it is gone. And you have to start all over again. Now imagine selling it over and over again, at a reduced price so that many others can share your work, with minimum effort and high long-term returns. That is what can happen if you make prints your paintings. The methods available today are very sophisticated, and easy, with minimum outlay.
Making Giclee or Art Prints


Why should I buy an art or Giclee print rather than an original?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ten Tips For Better Picture Framing

Ten Do's and Don'ts of Picture Hanging

To help you get the “hang” of artful arranging, the following are some positive pointers on picture grouping. REMEMBER! Your front door talks about you to everyone who passes by... your walls gossip about you to all your friends. Walls are the largest single feature in any room! Be sure yours make a positive statement by careful selection of your artwork, framing and hanging!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Practical Framing Tips

The first thing to know about framing is that it should make the art look good.  

Good presentation enhances the art; bad presentation can kill it. Choices of presentation should provide a background that draws the observer's eye to the art, but should not overpower or compete with the art.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Solutions at Home - Philadelphia Magazine

Framed and Fabulous

Start with the art. Then celbrate it, showcase it,
and make your walls sing.

Written by ELAINE ROGERS

With swirls of color and poignant images seemingly created out of thin air, paintings and even posters elicit emotions in powerful ways. And artwork that speaks to our heart urges us to place it where others can share.
"Art is an emotional purchase," says Suzanne Gallagher, founder of Walldesgndivea.com. " We buy it because we love it and respond to the color and how it makes us feel. And then we say, " Now what am I going to do with it?"

How to Frame a Picture Like a Pro

Pat McNulty is a landscape and wildlife photographer. He has extensive experience integrating framed images into home décor and shares some of the hard-won lessons he’s learned along the way. 


Monday, January 17, 2011

4 Ways To Structure Your Multifamily Deal With The Seller

Another thing you need to keep in mind along with the four ways to structure your multifamily apartment deal with a seller is that there are two types of sellers. You have previous sellers that you can work with as well as sellers from marketing.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Investing: 5 Lead Generation Resources For Finding Motivated Sellers

Lead Generation is at the heart and soul of any business and it is no different with multifamily apartment investing. Are you at a loss as to how to track down sellers of multifamily properties? There are five solid resources for finding motivated sellers. These five sources are direct mail, brokers, www.loopnet.com, bird dogs and other venues.