If you're starting a new life post-divorce, you have a wonderful chance to coordinate your taste in art with your choice of other décor. The art you collect should move you, inspire you, and excite you.
By Geoffrey Bonnycastle
While there are many things to think about when choosing art for your home, the first consideration should be your own interests and tastes. The art you collect should move you, inspire you, and excite you.
After that, price will usually dictate your choices. Original art can be found at all prices, depending where you look for it. Outdoor art fairs often have affordable works of high quality. In larger cities, art walkabouts and open studio events, usually held once a year, are great ways to meet artists and buy art outside the galleries.
Most art galleries offer work suitable for a wide range of budgets, so don't be afraid to talk to the gallery staff if you see something you like.
Often a gallery whose walls are hung with their most expensive work will have affordable pieces by the same artists in storage, or will notify you when something in your budget becomes available. Sketches and drawings are usually very well priced.
Fine art reproductions are another great way to begin a collection when original art is beyond your means. Reproductions come in signed and numbered limited editions or in unlimited editions (sometimes called "open editions").
If you're starting a new life, you have a wonderful chance to coordinate your taste in art with your choice of other décor. Even if you have a home already filled with furniture, consider saving up for one good piece of art that will serve as an anchor for your future collection. Remember: the best collections are the product of a lifelong passion.