The first, and most important step to becoming a collector, is to love what you collect. Especially when buying art, make sure that the work of art touches you. If your heart begins to race and you start to feel a warm sensation all over...don't panic. It just means that this is the piece for you. Take into consideration that this work of art will most likely hang in your home for a long time. Find that piece that you will never tire of...a work of art that will bring a smile to your face on the gloomiest of Mondays. You may want to start collecting images based on a particular theme such as music, family, romance, etc. Visit your local library, bookstore or internet and find out about the different styles of art; the various mediums used, and the great masters techniques.Attend art fairs and exhibitions: Art fairs and exhibitions are a great way to see a wide variety of art in one place. This is a great opportunity to meet artists and gallery owners, and to see works in person before you buy.
Visit galleries: Galleries are an excellent place to see and purchase art. You can speak with the gallery owner or curator to learn more about the artists and works they represent.
Online resources: There are many online resources available for art collectors, including websites and online marketplaces. You can find a wealth of information on art history, techniques, and current market trends.
Seek advice: If you are unsure about a piece of art, don't hesitate to seek advice from a trusted friend, family member, or art professional. They can offer a fresh perspective and help you make an informed decision.
Collecting art can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. With these tips, you can start building a collection that reflects your personal style and interests. Happy collecting!