Who says that collecting art has to be expensive? Whether you look in an unexpected place, buy a print instead of the original, or just get lucky — keep your mind open and it will only improve your collection and enhance your life. Even if the piece doesn’t have the most expensive price tag or the biggest name attached to it, the only thing that really matters is that the art speaks to you and that you find it interesting.
What do you want to look at day after day?
You could buy something little for that weird blank spot in your home:
Or a handmade treasure from a thrift shop (this was $4.95):
Never underestimate the power of Etsy. I love Clare Rosean’s work but can’t afford one of her originals right now, so I bought a print instead for only $10. There are lots of artists on Etsy that have prints available.
Or your local college student art exhibition, which is where I found this original ceramic piece for only $15.
So remember throughout the year, even if you don’t have a huge budget, you can still find good art for your collection. Or maybe you are just starting a collection? Either way, make it your New Years resolution to go out and find artists and artwork that inspires you, support their work in even a small way, and help make 2011 the best year ever for both the artists and yourself.