• Larissa Wild

Want to Have an Art Collection and Don't know Where to Start?

Start here by getting a better understanding of what you are looking at.

It's easy enough to say that you love or hate a painting, but do you know why?

In many ways it's like wine....you know what you like when you taste it, but you have no idea how to ask for something similar. Or maybe you do know, and you can relate to this analogy between art and wine...

If you have ever had trouble understanding and identifying what you like about a painting, read on! There is a way to solve this problem and it is as simple as combining the subjective words with the objective ones, so that you can see substance behind why you like something. Seeing a little deeper into why you connect with a piece can spark the curiosity that ignites a lifelong passion for collecting art.

To give you examples of subjective phrases when it comes to explaining art:

1. “It makes you feel like you could just step into the forest”

2. “It’s a very dramatic statement piece”

3. “This piece is just so beautiful”

4. “The texture is gorgeous”

Any kind of adjective really….

These words can be true, but they are stronger with substance behind them. If you connect the ‘intelligence’ of the artwork to the feelings that you have, you start looking deeper and feel even more connected to the story of the artwork. Here are some objective statements that deepen the story as to why you might feel this way about the artwork:

1. “The perspective in this piece, where the artist used strong lines going back to a vanishing point in the middle of the piece, places the viewer in an immersive position where they feel they are a part of the landscape.”

2. “The use of a strong natural light source coming from behind breaks down the color spectrum in a way that creates drama. The artist has intentionally focused on complimentary opposite colors so you get that dramatic effect you are observing.”

3. “The painter has created harmony by utilizing mostly light colors. Even though many different hues are used, there is a sense of harmony as most of the colors are in the light value range.”

4. “The texture creates its’ own landscape of light and dark and allows the piece to take on different feelings as the light changes through the day.”

If you’d like more tools to be able to talk more objectively about art, download my free cheat sheet on The Seven Secrets to Talking About Paintings Like a Pro. I’ve distilled my knowledge from working in museums, directing art galleries, appraising artwork and consulting with private clients into a usable format, and I’d love to be able to share these tips with you, to help elevate your understanding of art. Click here to get your copy today!

Larissa Wild, ISA CAPP

ISA Certified Appraiser of Personal Property

970 470 1552


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