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Some thoughts on art in the home & workplace:
There is energy in original art; it jumps off the wall (feng shei). Everything relates. Light and color accentuate art creating a sense of serenity and/or excitement.
Often art is isolated on a wall; it aches to be connected to the room. Paintings must relate to their environment. This is accomplished through grouping. Paintings may be placed in groups of three, six, or even nine in a square. If they differ in size, they can still be placed in groups. Large paintings relate to wall size, windows, furniture, etc. Wall color or even wallpaper (sometimes) can complement.
The Golden Mean is a good rule of thumb.
One should not look UP at a lone painting or painting group. Look with eyes centered.
How can I start a collection?
First, trust your instincts and second, stay with original art which speaks to you. Variety in size and medium make for increased energy in your space.
What is the difference between an original and a reproduction?
An original is one-of-a-kind and is unique. Reproductions or mass produced copies have no energy. Signed and numbered prints are not considered reproductions.
How is price determined?
Price derives from size, medium, and demand. Some mediums require greater skill. For example, a large watercolor requires special skill partly because speed is demanded. The paper surface dances with pigment and absorbs in various ways.
Both acrylic and oil harden (or cure) as they dry, so the painting surface is important. Paint, canvas/paper, & brushes are expensive and this impacts the painting cost. Each medium blends in different ways; even different manufacturers influence results. Mixed media includes any medium plus ink, pencil, pastel, or oil pastel.
Art in home and workplace:
Original art defines taste and maintains a sense of style. Art should stand on its own and not fight for place with too many colors and patterns. Frames are important and should be recognized as an extension of the art. They should be in balance with the art in size and appearance. Framed art has a "finished" quality.