“With Love”

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Valentine’s Day is coming up in February so I am posting a lovely painting of two roses.  It is available by clicking here to go to my online gallery which has details including price, size, and free shipping!

If you are beginning to collect art, you might consider collecting one or two special categories.  Florals, for example, or landscapes are always popular.  You can have a wonderful collection of paintings of all different types of flowers or you can specialize in roses, or pansies, or leaves!  I have friends who collect paintings of dogs  and a friend-of-a friend has built an entire collection of small paintings of turtles!   Love what you collect and you can’t go wrong!

Queen of the Garden

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This painting is 8 x 10.    I like to think that small paintings are 8 x 10 and under.  Many artists paint even smaller works–those that are called miniature are often 2- 1/2 ” x 3- 3/8″.  I have even seen tiny works  1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″  by artist Karen Libecap in her book “The Big Book of Tiny Art.”  I don’t think that I could ever work that small, but I am experimenting with 5×7″ sizes.  You can see a few of my 5 x7″ paintings by looking at my animal category in my on line art gallery Dailypaint works.  Click here to go see.

Cat on a Quilt

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This painting is 8 x 10 is part of a series of cats and dogs I have painted.  To see others click here. I have offered pet portraits as a donation to the Pulaski County Humane Society for a number of years and will be showing you some of them later this year.  Two commissioned portraits  sold at their November fund raiser, Reigning Cats and Dogs.  The Humane Society is a wonderful organization and a no kill shelter that operates entirely on donations.

Here are a few ideas to think about as you begin or develop your art collection.   Think Small!!  Why should you start a collection of small paintings?  Small paints are easy to carry, to move, or to mail.  They are more affordable.  You don’t need a big space to showcase your collection.   You can easily hand many small paintings in one area, making that area a focal point for a room .   Frames for small paintings are often easy to find and less expensive than frames for large paintings.  Next week I will write a bit more about small paintings.

Falling Leaves

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This painting, on stretched canvas is already sold but I wanted to show it to you! You can see other paintings in my online art gallery by clicking here.

Since it is the beginning of January perhaps you are thinking of doing something new .  Maybe you are interested in art.

Why should you collect art?  I think collecting things is built into our human nature!  Our ancestors were hunter-gathers and those instincts are still with us!  The hunt for an object of beauty that attracts our attention  and then bringing it into our homes is part of our nature.

Next week I will give you a few ideas to think about if you wish to begin an art collection.