A Closer Look at Collectors

art collectorsIn a previous post, we discussed the type of collector who collects art to help with their décor. There are a few other types of collectors that I see on a regular basis. One of those types is the collector who collects art because they consider it to be an item of prestige. Another is the person that collects because they have a deep love and appreciation for art itself. And, then, there are those that are a combination of these types. In this article, I will be looking at those who see art as a type of prestige, those who merely love art, and those who fit in the combination category.


People who see artwork as items of prestige will tend to follow one or more artists and know a lot about them. They will likely know any awards that have been won by the artist and how much their art typically goes for. This kind of collectors will purchase artwork from artists whose names are well known. This kind artwork is typically expensive. They tend to feed their egos by being able to buy art that others cannot afford. Hence, items of prestige. They will, in some cases, purchase artwork that is considered mediocre from an artist who is highly acclaimed just to have it. They will avoid buying high-quality art from an artist that is not well-known simply because the art is not as high in demand.


My favorite type of collectors or those who purchase the art because it is something they truly love. They want to buy art that speaks to them. It doesn’t make any difference to them who created it, the color palette, the size, or anything else. They just know they love the peace and want to buy it.


And then you have the collectors who are a combination of types. Perhaps they love art and want to buy something that speaks to them, but the only art they look at is that that is created by a well-known artist. Another scenario is when a collector finds several paintings of prestige that he likes but, instead of choosing the one he likes best, he purchases one that fits in with the room where it would go.


As you can see, there are many different types of collectors in the world of art. Which kind are you?

Communicating Through Art

paint brushesThese days, communication tends to take place through blogs, twitter, emails, texts, and the likes. These ways are both efficient and effective. We can communicate with people more often and faster. Are we truly saying the things we need to be saying, though? Is there a message being missed? Are we slowly losing the ability to communicate beyond what we type?


To this day, I still enjoy writing letters, the real kind. I was taught by my mother to send real cards and thank you notes through the mail. When I take the time to write by hand, I give more thought to what I am saying before I write it. It is not as easy to delete and rewrite a letter when it is in my handwriting. The actual handwriting can say a lot about your message as well. Did I hurry when writing it or was I deliver it? Did I keep it neat or was I sloppy? In other words, did I give my letter a lot of thought and care, or did I rush through it?


When possible, I prefer to talk to my friends face-to-face. This allows me to see their smile or frown and hear the inflections of their voice. I can touch them softly and see the expression on her face. These things go beyond mere words. They can show us the true feelings of someone and make us feel what they are feeling. The communication becomes an experience and tells us so much more.


This is like the painting that goes beyond words.


Artists communicate with their art. The message they portray comes not only from the image they painted, but how they painted it. Their brushstrokes, techniques, color choices, and their style, these are like the touches and smiles we see in a face-to-face conversation. It is the way the viewer hears what the artist wants to say, allowing the viewer to experience the art personally.


Art is a form of conversation without using words yet, if done well, it communicates clearly. Words can be very important, but the message behind the words is just as important. The next time you look at a piece of art, really pay attention to how it speaks to you.