How to start your own art collection

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Paintings of mine in the house of a collector

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso
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Do you love art? To me, great art ist he most important thing in giving a house atmosphere and personal style. A painting is like a window that looks out into another world and adds perspective and more dimensions to your daily surroundings. A piece of art is also like a friend who makes you feel welcome, who invites you to appreciate life and look at things from a different angle. Everyone should have some art in their lives. And the best way to celebrate art is, to start your own collectiom. Collectors are happy people, they say. Have  you ever thought about it? Here are some tips to get you started.



              

Happy circles series


 Look for something you love and trust your own taste.
So if you start looking for art, look for something that inspires you.t Soemthing, you want to live with, something that makes your heart sing. Something that speaks to you and makes you happy. As a beginner, it’s a mistake to buy a piece of art primarily as an investment – especially if you don’t have large sums to spend.
Be confident and learn to trust your intuition and your tase. Art is something very personal, and what is right for one person, must not be right for anpther. Don’t get intimidated by the feeling of „but i know nothing about art“. Find something you love and develop from there.



Paintings of mine in different surroundings



Make friends with the art world
 
Go to exhibitions, art galleries, art fairs and visit studios of arists you or some friends of yours might know. Art fairs are a good way too, to see, what is out there, but they can be overwhelming.  As art fairs are very hip at the moment, a lot of smaller ones are out there next tot he major ones. Andi t is here that you might make amazing and affordable finds.
Also, if you visit artists in their studio, they might make you an extra good prize.

               
 

My painter friend Sabina Wörner in her studio in Cologne with an american indian friend

  
Visiting "Fine Art" fair in Cologne

 

Think about the space you have on your walls  

As a beginner, your art collection is not meant to build a new museum but for your own walls, so think about the space you have, before you step out and buy something.

Even if  art should not be seen just as a decoration of your home, it is important, that it fits in somehow. That it hast he right size and proportions for your walls, the colours and style you feel good with and that creates the atmosphere you want.
Creating a gallery wall is a good idea to showcase framed prints, drawings and smaller paintings in an unteresting mix. 
Gallery wall impressions from Pinterest

Look at originals if possible
The internet is a vast source of art – not just to look at it and learn about it, but also to buy it. It’s like a vast buffet of almost anything you can think of. While the internet is a great way to find affordable prints, special  editions and photography,  take care:
As far as original oil or acrylic paintings are concerned., there can a big difference between a photo and the actual piece of art. So, if you buy an original painting, better not buy it from a web-shop, but from an art gallery or from an artist directly. Look at the piece itself, not at the picture o fit, or you might be disappointed. 
One of my paintings in a collectors house

  
Train your eyes and expand your knowledge
Training your eyes and your intuition might take years, but finding a future star is pure excitement and every art collector dreams of getting something for a bargain, that one day brings a fortune.. Slowly build up your knowlwdge on art and sometimes do some background research on the artists you like . Have they been featured in any exhibitions? Have they won any competitions or prizes? Have they been written about in any books or journals? 

Protect your artwork

Most paintings. prints and drawings are deicate  - and can quickly be damaged and thus loose value. Expensive Works on paper should ideally be framed with ultraviolet light-resistance glass.
Find more information on how to start your own fine art collection here:



Happy Colours



Spring is nature’s way of saying, "Let’s party!" 
Robin Williams

Sunshine on my desk, birdsong in our garden and a mix of flowers that spreads over on to my paper.
Experomenting with bold, right colors, botanical sketches and figures painted in a more detailed and naturalistic fashion.

Easter is just around the corner now and for me it feels like a time of enewal and fresh energy. Yesterday, i saw a beautiful moon rising and i hope it brings transformation,  joyous energy and peace for all of us! Yes spring - let's party!

Morning Sun


You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
Matisse 

Just a glimpse at what i'm working on, giving the colour room and space to expand, to breathe.While nature still shivers under cold winds, tropical shades are warming my soul. 

Recently, i've been teaching some courses, working in a mixed-media collage technique, which is womderful to work through blocks and discover your creative potential. More about this in the next post. Have a fantastic rest of the week lovelies!



Bold, Bright, Beautiful


Sometimes when I'm having a colour moment I think to myself, okay what would be the most disgusting colour to add here? Sometimes that 'disgusting' can turn out to be 'surprising' and 'completely gorgeous'. 
Angela A'Court

As spring is already "in the making" and sunshiny air mixed with birdsong floats into my rooms - my collour palette switches to brighter and softer shades too. The abstract floral paintings above are almost finished now.

And  "almost finished"often is, at least for me - the most difficult phase in getting a piece of work done. Because, adding a little bit of the wrong shape or colour, can change the whole thing. Since i'm painting from intuition, the time and the mood must be right, to achieve harmony and perfection.

Bold moves, in this case, are often the best moves, for they add a surprise moment, where something flows in, that is better than what i could have thought of.

Can this be applied to real life as well? I think so, at least, if there are descisions to make. So - be bold, bright and beautiful lovelies - the godess of luck just can't resisit you then!

The Yellow Cat Painting



What the garden whispered to me on a yellow summers day ...

A painting of my little feline friend, venturing out into the garden on a summers day. Light dappling through leaves and branches, flowers exhaling scent, petals falling down from the trees, berries glowing un the shades of rose bushes.
Tiny insects dancing in a sunny haze, a bird  singing somewhere high up. Maybe not to high, maybe aware of velvety paws approaching over an emerald lawn ...
After all this cat, dangerous to feathered friends as he might be, sometimes just liked to roll around beneath the tulips and daffodils, lazy and tipsy from all the ebautifull colours and snells that surround him.
It's still winter here in germany, but earth is preparing for spring. nd spring already started here in my studio, More glimpses of what i'm working on in my next post.



Creative Mix




Love these words by steve Jobs - so true!
Lots of things are going on in my inner and outer life now, just like in these little paperworks here!
Will tell you more about everything that happens soon and wish you some fabulous days ahead.
Remember: Creativity can be applied to all matters - and life stays fresh if you look at old things in a new way!

A fresh start


I love fresh starts like birthdays and new years, but I also love the idea that we can get up every morning and start over.

A new year, a new cycle, full of possibilities, like a white, fresh canvas ... isn't it exciting?
We had a very busy and social time around christmas and now, January seems to start kind of slowly, quietly. I am in preparation mode, still pondering about all the things i want to do. Paintings, courses, designs, a book? I believe that, when we nourish our roots, juices will rise in time, and plants will start to grow. A recent painting that fits the mood of the moment, inspired by a beautiful rose quartz i have on my desk, and and the element of water. 
Hope you're having a gentle, easy and positive start to your january and look forward to visit you soon!


Dearest friends around the blogsphere, i hope you're having warm and vibrant holidays, filled to the brim with all the things, that make your heart smile!  See you back soon and keep sparkling!

The color of my mood is ...


The garden of my mind ....

spills over into my studio, and  brightens winter days with the sunshine i'm missing!

 I do love these vibrant yellows, golds and oranges, although of course i also love the pre-chrostmas season. It's currently quite warm here in germany, but we rarely see the sun and the blue sky is veiled by thick layers of white,foggy clouds. The world seems crazy right now,  and so in need of light, love and peace please!

We've recently been to Berlin to celebrate the first official song release by one of my favorite artists ever,  not just because he's our youngest son ;) His artist name is "Schlindwein" and the song is called "Higher" - and it just takes you higher ...and higher .... have a look here and dance with me:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Higher/dp/B018NN08SE


Cold Weather- Warm Colors






It's true, paintings do generate light if colors are used in the right way, and the vibrations of color can literally warm us, cool us, make us feel safe and happy. The new paintings above carry the rich and tropical shades i crave for right now. 
Christmas time has officially started and i wish you a lovely week, filled with the smell of cinnamon, apples, oranges and wintergreen twigs!