A photo of a truck carting a large tub of “Fresh Water” rendered into a digital watercolor using the Waterlogue app.
Part of my ongoing Instagram series #dailytruck, which are best seen on my Tumblr here.
Our street was repaved last weekend and all this transpired out my living room window.
The road grinder
Bulldozer scooping up debris
Smaller road grinder
Road painting (why?)
Solving a problem under the shady tree
Laying the asphalt
Laying more asphalt
Every morning, I peer out the kitchen window to see what the sky is like.
Possible options include:
marine layer (dense low morning clouds)
and my favorite — lurid sunrises
First and foremost, please collect things that you love. Art that speaks to your heart. Hoarding art as investment pieces — what fun is that? Bragging rights? Pshaw.
OK, OK. I’m making some assumptions here.
You are new to collecting.
You don’t have oodles of cash, but you want to go “the next step” beyond that band (or Audrey quote) poster.
You want your walls to express YOU, and not look like all the insta-famous homes that you’ve seen.
How do you find art that’s unique?
You’re reading this on some sort of digital device, so let’s start online!
There are many sites where artists upload work for display and sale. Saatchi Art, ArtSlant, Etsy (to name a few), and my favorite, Society6 (where I have three separate shops: Anne M Bray, SpyGirl, Pattern Recognition). It can be daunting trying to find art amidst the thousands of artists showcasing their work, here is a great article from Society6 on ways to search for art on their site. Society6 operates as a service bureau for artists, printing their images on all sorts of substrates, (including paper and canvas) then shipping the work directly to you, the buyer.
Most galleries have an online presence, some, like Gallery 1988, make it easy to shop from your computer. Others, like TAG (my gallery) showcase selections of their artists’ work, you will then need to contact the gallery by phone or email to make your purchase.
In your quest, you may find an artist you’d like to follow — check to see if they have a website, blog, Facebook page, and/or Instagram (they should!). Personally, I love having fans — find my social links at the top of the right sidebar. Additionally, less established artists are not adverse to direct sales — as long as you’re a serious buyer. Contact her/him and ask!
In Part 2, I’ll offer some suggested “bricks-and-mortar” places to find art to build your collection. Much art must be seen in person for full impact.
[This article was inspired by pitches from Artsy and Invaluable. Invaluable has a new blog, “In Good Taste”, and recently featured an article, How to Start a Fine Art Collection, explaining some vital tips for budding collectors.]
Smoke from the Santa Clarita fire (39 miles north) cast a eerie pall over the entire day yesterday.
After class at Otis, I went up to the roof of the parking garage for a good gawk.
The sun was a cherry red ball, an ominous apparition.