“I’m not an art collector”

That’s all right. You don’t have to be a millionaire or own only Picassos and Matisses like the big art collectors do. You see a painting and it captivates you. You see an interesting story in it. The colors mesmerize you. You can’t peel your eyes away from it. You are drawn to buy it and hang it where you can see it everyday. These reactions mean you have the heart of a collector. Anyone can love and appreciate art. You can own one painting or many, by one artist or many. Whatever makes your heart sing.

People like you encourage artists to create new art and to experiment with their style. And due to your appreciation and patronage, artists can grow and further beautify the world.

Originals or prints?

Original art is an excellent, one-of-a-kind investment. The nuances of the actual paint and water on watercolor paper just cannot be replicated with even the best giclée prints. If you are on a budget, prints are an excellent way to fill your walls with artwork. The giclée printing process uses specialized inks and nozzles in a controlled environment to create archival-quality reproductions. But an original painting by an artist can increase in value as the artist develops his/her craft, skill, and reputation. If there is demand for prints of a particular painting, it actually increases the value of the original. So, whenever you are able to afford it, buying an original is always a good investment.

Watercolors, oils, & acrylics

Watercolors are often given third place behind oils and acrylics because it is a common notion that they are “easy,” “kid’s paints,” and/or “for botanical and nature illustrations only.” None of that is true. They may be “easy” in the sense that they don’t require a lot of specialized materials. All you really need is paper, brush, water, and pigment to work all sorts of magic. Yet, many professional artists agree that watercolor is the hardest medium of the three. Why is that?

The first reason is, unlike oils & acrylics, you cannot cover your mistakes because watercolors are transparent and not opaque. This means that through painting multiple layers (think colorful layers of cellophane), colors become vibrant and defined. Once a color is put on paper, it affects the mood of the entire, finished painting. So, each stroke and color must be carefully thought out before putting brush to paper.

The second reason is watercolors are very unpredictable. A painting is a carefully-synchronized dance between the amount of water, the amount of pigment, the type of paper, environmental humidity, and the artist’s vision. The biggest ‘x’ factor is water, which makes the medium very unpredictable and difficult to control. So, all watercolor artists have to be willing to “go with the flow,” literally, and discover how to harmonize the will of the wet paint with the will of the artist. So, although oils and acrylics are challenging in their own ways, watercolor is an extremely difficult medium to master technically.