This would seem a blog post that is self-serving. Please stay with me. Several weeks ago, I asked a studio visitor to tell me his favorite type of art. He replied that he liked the Impressionists and that he had several reproductions of work by Monet on his walls at home. I was saddened by his answer. Don't get me wrong. I am happy that people have nice things to look at in their homes. I just don't understand why they would have reproductions of long dead artists when they can support those who are alive. I know so many talented artists that have work in a wide range of prices, so price needn't be a sticking point. Maybe we just need to think of the benefits of supporting a living artist. Here are 6 reasons to think about:
1. You are getting a very personal, one-of-a-kind piece. You will not likely go into someone else's home and see the exact same thing. Some artists (me included) sell reproductions of their art, but there is only one original. If you buy a reproduction from the artist, you are still not likely to see the work on your friend's walls. To see my print offerings, check out my print shop here.
Reaching—Burke Lake, 36x24 inches, Pastel, ©Lynn Goldstein, Private Collection
2. You may be able to have something that can transport you to a place you would like to be. This can be the case with representational work or abstract work. You can even commission art that is of a place that you enjoy. To see the process of a commission I completed with the buyer's desires in mind, take a look here. You may also contact me with a request for a commissioned piece here.
Commissioned painting, 24x36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, Private Collection
3. You will have something that you love, and that will move with you when you leave the place where you are presently living, unlike the paint color or countertops. The artwork will bring back positive memories and evoke feelings in you for years to come.
4. Art heals. This is huge in today's world that seems to be shredding at the seams. In fact, one of my missions is to help people feel peaceful while viewing my work.
5. If you buy from a local artist, you are helping the local economy. As a self-employed small business owner, I pay a boatload of taxes that help fund our libraries, schools, road projects, etc.
6. You are helping an artist continue to do what they love by helping to support them in the thing that they do best. I can't tell you how happy my artist friends and I are when someone buys our work. They beam and so do I. You can too!
7. Finally, if an artist makes it BIG, you were there at the beginning. How great would it be to tell your friends that you own work by a big 'ole famous artist?
Please let me know if you have more reasons to add to the list. I would love to see them in the comments below!
1/10/2020 05:00:32 pm
You did a great job of explaining why it is important to support local artists because you are also helping to improve the economy of the area you live in. My wife and I want to move into a new apartment soon, but we don't have too many things to decorate the walls of our living space with. It seems like it would be a good idea for us to find a local artist we can purchase some paintings from.
1/10/2020 05:19:50 pm
Thanks so much for taking a look at my blogpost. I truly appreciate your reading and taking the time to contact me. Good luck with your move, and I hope that you find art that you love. In the age of the internet, you don't have to buy only from local artists either. You may buy from any artist who happens to be selling online. I would welcome making a commission or having you purchase a reproduction or an original from me, for sure! I'm in the process of revamping my website to make that easier for visitors to my site. If you would like to know when the new website goes live, simply sign up for my emails by scrolling to the bottom of the page and signing up. Thanks again. Lynn
6/11/2021 04:09:50 am
6/20/2022 06:26:33 am
What an exquisite article! Your post is very helpful right now. Thank you for sharing this informative one. If you are looking for coupon codes and deals just visit coupon plus deals dot com.
11/23/2022 09:13:34 am
I am happy that people have nice things to look at in their homes. I just don't understand why they would have reproductions of long dead artists when they can support those who are alive. Thank you for sharing your great post!
12/1/2022 10:27:04 am
It was most captivating when you shared that living artists can provide you with a one-of-a-kind piece. My friend wants to decorate her room with print art. I think it's best for her to opt for limited edition print art to make it more personal.
12/1/2022 11:52:53 am
Thank you for reading my blog and taking time to respond. She may want to look at screen prints, lithographs, or other forms of original art. My Japanese prints are original woodblock prints, for example. Some limited edition reproductions are made using digital printers, and they are a different animal. They can be beautiful, but they will not be worth as much in the long run as original prints are. Of course, if she loves the image, and it brings her joy, that is worth something as well. 😉 Hope this is helpful.
Leave a Reply.