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Buying Art Work For Personal Pleasure

Buying Art Work For Personal Pleasure

Buy art that you love! Purchase pieces that suit your taste and lifestyle. Buy it purely for the pleasure it will give you each time you look at it.

Take your time; it's not a race to the finish line. Spend your free time going to physical galleries to absorb what is on display. Check out online galleries and auction sites on a regular basis. Doing this will help sort out your own personal preferences. Over time you will find emerging patterns that begin to define your tastes and build a personal reference library relating to your favourite artists, mediums and styles.To get you started, here are some some short descriptions of the styles you may come across in your travels.

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Photo Realism: Very precise/accurate details/lifelike/photographic in nature. 

photo realismRealism: Looks mostly real, especially from a distance. Up close the viewer sees how the illusion was created using colour, light and shadow.

realism art mona lisaPainterly: Maintains some realism but incorporates texture and brush strokes.

cheese and strawberry paintingImpressionism: Often scenes of 'real life'.  Colours tend to be layered into illusions that give an impression rather than real or factual details of the subject.

Wicker Emporium ImpressionismExpressionism/Fauvism: Although on the surface it may depict a 'face' or a 'person' the choices of colour and use of lines are used as tools to express opinions, emotions or opinions. The choices may or may not be factual and the artist has likely used artistic license to express him/herself.

Man sitting on chairAbstraction: Not quite real. Not quite abstract. The style falls between the two.  Often depicting the bones of reality under a veil of emotion or atmosphere.

abstraction paintingAbstract: Intentionally non-representational. It is more about colour, texture, materials and composition. Good abstract art can intentionally excite or subdue the senses.

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Vanessa graduated from the Holland College Centre of Creative Arts and has been working with photography ever since. She has photographed adults, children and babies all over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. On her travels around the world she was captivated by architecture. After taking a marketing course Vanessa began to fully understand the ultimate strength and messaging power of strong imagery. She has combined her photography skills with a love of all things delicious and beautiful to help business people market and advertise their wares and services.

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