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What to look for when buying the Artwork

Few things in the United States are as beautiful and breathtaking as the New England coastline, and there is perhaps no better way to portray this shoreline or the oceans dynamic splendor than with an oil painting. In the best seascape art you can feel the breeze, hear the seagulls and see the depth of the water; but it takes an extremely talented and experienced artist to recreate this sense on canvas. Throughout history artists like English J. M. W. Turner and American born Winslow Homer have captured the magical essence of our earth’s oceans and tributaries with their unique abilities, brush stroke techniques and use of color.  For most art lovers, the affordability of original artwork by classic artists is unfortunately untouchable, but the good news is there are many talented and passionate artists with works of art available and affordable for all budgets.  Following are several thoughts you should keep in mind when purchasing art.Know what you are purchasing – always make sure you understand exactly what you’re purchasing. Take a note of what kind of material the artwork is created on (canvas, watercolor paper, wood, etc), as well as what kind of medium was used (oil painting, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, ink). If you are unable to determine this by looking, don’t be afraid to ask the artist or dealer what it is.Buy what you like – as long as it is within your budget (see below), feel free to purchase art which reflects your interests and personality instead of worrying about styles or trends. Buy paintings that match your current interior – when shopping for art for a specific part of your home, try to keep in mind the color scheme, current decorations and the style of furniture utilized in your home, be it contemporary or conservative. Never exceed your budget – it’s important to remember what your exact budget is at all times. If there are funds leftover after an initial art purchase, think of saving your funds for that must-have sunset painting you’ve had your eye on as you next investment.Questions to Ask the Seller: Who is the artist – many times you will encounter the artist themselves selling their own original paintings and prints, but other times you may be dealing with a reseller or dealer. Is the artwork signed and or numbered – original works of art are typically signed by the artist.  If a signature is not readily visible, ask about the signature and if it is original artwork or a reproduction.  If it is a reproduction, inquire if the print is a limited edition (therefore numbered) as these are typically worth more than a simple print reproduction. Ask for contact information – if you like the artist’s works don’t be afraid to ask for a business card, email, website or a gallery where their art is on display. Having the ability to see more of the artist’s work can give you a better sense of who the artist is and what motivates them.Best Places to Hang Seascape Art:Deciding on where to place your new art can be an even more difficult task than deciding on what piece to buy; but there are some rooms that are better suited to one particular painting or another.Living room – A showcase piece of artwork typically is on display in this room as this space is valued as an area of importance for most owners.Den/Great room – the most lived in room of the house (besides the kitchen), should display your most favorite paintings or prints as it is the place that sees the most action.Kitchen – typically the heart of every home should present art that satisfy the needs of the heart and soul of its owners as any culinary masterpiece satisfies the stomach.Bathroom – this room is a place of personal hygiene, self-image and quietude.  Artwork should reflect the personality and rationale of the persons using this room.Bedroom – another private living area of the home which should truly reflect the personalities of the people who live there. Thoughtful, serene and age appropriate artwork is best utilized in this room of rest and personal reflection.

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