Looking through a interior decor magazine recently, I noticed that their artwork was… boring. I’m sure it interested someone – but to me it seemed repetitive. Most of the pictures were rather monochromatic. Each page’s “paintings” looked like they had simply rearranged the artwork on the wall and put new furniture in front of it; in spite of the fact that they were different images! The goal of this artwork seemed to be to “fill up” a spot on the wall and never given more than a passing glance again. I check the price – – Oh my goodness! Why would anyone spend that amount to put purchase something so yawn inducing to be hung on their wall? Something that might also be purchased by their neighbor, and their neighbor, and someone on the other coast of the country?

When it comes to art – choose items that really mean something. The items you post on your wall should be reflections of your values, goals and dreams. Purchasing mass-produced items instead of originals reminds me of a “short” movie I enjoyed recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Jf7ylp518

You have a choice: support artists who create images that will inspire you, make you smile, and artwork that will bring joy for years to come.

Please don’t copy an artist’s work!

I am sure you have heard the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. However, if you are making copies of a living artists work – did you know you are infringing on their copyright?

By law, the copyright of visual artwork, even after it is sold, is owned by the artist. After the death of the artist their heirs inherit this privilege. This inherent copyright process is in place to help protect creators with the hope that they will be able to provide enough income for themselves to continue producing beautiful work. In our current technological age it is now very easy to take a good photo and have a large print made of an artist’s masterpiece for your own enjoyment… however, that would be stealing.

This concept has most decidedly been eroded in todays digital era when people tend to indiscriminately “share” music, photos of artwork, and even humiliating images of other people.

If this concept seems irrational to you, please consider this: If you went to work every day – paying out of your own pocket for your appropriate wardrobe, the materials and tools you use at your job, and the food you need to give you energy to continue working, and then someone else took credit for your work, how would you feel? How long would you be able to continue?

Respecting the copyright artists have on their work is as important as protecting your possessions. If someone steals your car – it would be appropriate for you call the police. This is the same as stealing work from an artist. No – they did not “Make it up” out of thin air: They worked at it – thought about it, gathered the tools and materials necessary and expended their time to create that masterpiece. We here at Fine Night Gallery thank you for admiring and respecting their property.

Oil Paintings

Oil paintings are typically created on canvas or stiff boards, to which gesso has been applied. For the most part oil paint is noted for its slow drying time, which allows for blending of the colors on the canvas at the time of painting.

Oil paint has been a very popular medium for many years… though some artists have come to realize that chemicals released during the painting process can be detrimental to an artist’s mental health. Perhaps that explains a few of the more well-known examples of “crazy artists”?

This material is an excellent choice for artist who enjoy “plein air” painting. (Painting on-site). Colors can blend nicely to produce striking and enduring landscape paintings.

Watercolor paintings

Watercolor paintings are uniquely luminous paintings. Most often (though not always) the lightest areas of the painting are where there is little or no paint applied. Typically watercolor paintings are created on specially designed paper. Lighter weight versions of watercolor paper have the unusual characteristic of shrinking and sometimes buckling if not prepared appropriately.

The water on the paper spreads the applied paint – sometimes in unexpected ways. Though the paint can, in some cases, be picked up again, it often leaves behind a trace or stain of having been there.

Watercolor paintings should be matted for framing… as glass left to touch the surface of the painting could damage the paper or the paint.

These unique properties of watercolor make this a challenging media that some artist prefer, while others steer well away from.

Collecting Artwork

It is the nature of humans to collect things. Sometimes those collections have little meaning to the individuals surrounding the collector. This is not true however, if the collection consists of art. Over history, many cherished collections have eventually become revered enough to become shared possessions housed in elaborate build locations we call museums.

Art can, in some ways, be thought of as defining the society that it comes from – on the other side of the spectrum some scholars believe that art is actually a reflection of where a society is going. These scholars see in the artwork a predictive element. While we aren’t going to claim that our artists have any “prophetic” nature – it is certainly true that if one surrounds oneself with inspirational images, the images can propel a person to be their best.

No matter which of the opinions about what importance art has, (or perhaps even if you hold a unique opinion), throughout history many great thinkers and achievers have collected art.

The process of building a collection of unique art, reflective of your beliefs, may seem an overwhelming task. With that in mind, let us assure you that even “great collectors” who’s lifelong pursuits ended up becoming the foundation of museums changed their interests over time. If at the moment you are in the middle of a rather bleak winter space, you may be looking for a work of art that reminds you of warm summer sun to come. If you are concerned about not knowing which work to purchase, because you are unsure of it’s “importance” – remember that many famous artists created works which you have never heard of, but that, after a period of time became the star of a collection.

Over the next few months we will be providing helpful articles regarding the process of collecting art.

Please contact us if you have any specific questions. We would be happy to help you.