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3 Types Of Art Worth Collecting For Your Home

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types Of Art Worth Collecting For Your Home

Going to an art shop like Gallery Phillip gives you access to many different styles of beautiful works that would look lovely in your home. If you can’t decide between a modern still life, a whimsical watercolor, or a bold oil painting, then you can feel overwhelmed by your options. Not only are there wonderful paintings and photographs to choose from, but often statues and figures as well. When it comes to choosing art in an art shop, here are 3 types worth collecting for your home. Aboriginal art What makes Aboriginal art so whimsical and amazing besides its bold patterns and vivid hues is that each piece is likely to tell a story. The Aboriginal tribes of Australia use their art form (notable by the many tiny dots that make up the whole image) to educate their youth and tell the story of when they believe the world was created. Thus, each piece is likely to contain whorls and swirls of bright color and native animal imagery that is delightful for display in the home. Original Aboriginal art was created on bark, but this style has faded over time. You can find this kind of colorful work on canvas and even in statues or figurines. Folk art Folk art is all about a nearly childlike creativity, using dramatic shapes and vivid hues to create whimsical creatures and landscapes. Originating as a style of art by peasants, folk art is a wonderful type of art to collect because pieces vary in design from country to country, and even from artist to artist, and each style lends to an innocent flair and dreamlike quality that brings serenity to the home. Folk art can be found on a variety of mediums, from rugs to watercolor painting, and more. Abstract art If you are more entertained by the brush stroke than you are the final work of art, or if you want a piece that can be interpreted in many ways, consider abstract art for your home’s collection. Abstract art follows its own rules for definition and interpretation and can be expressed in a variety of ways. From simple lines to bold blocks of color to almost imperceptible interpretations of people and landscapes, abstract art is popular because it carries so many meanings in one work of art, all of which can be considered correct. When you visit your local art shop to add pieces to your home, consider adding Aboriginal, folk, or even abstract styles to your collection. You will love the beautiful hues, variety of styles from different artists, and the stories each work can ultimately...

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Appraising Your Antiques: Getting More For Less

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Appraising Your Antiques: Getting More For Less

If you have a painting you’ve inherited, or a large group of old dolls, you’re probably wondering how much they are worth. Antiques are particularly unique since most are handmade and they typically only exist in limited numbers. Some people pay top dollar to have a professional appraise, or assess an item’s worth. For those of you who don’t want to shell out the extra cash but the curiosity of your item’s value is gnawing at you, there are some ways you can have that unusual lamp your grandmother left you appraised for less. Check Your Local Auction House Many auction houses are happy to offer free appraisals, as long as you agree to sell your item using their services. This can be a good way to sell your item after you’ve determined its value, but you should only do this if you plan to sell it. Otherwise, the auction house will most likely charge you an appraisal fee. If you do decide to use the auction house, keep in mind that there are no guarantees that the item will sell at or above its appraised value. In addition, most auction houses take a fee off the top of your final sale, typically ten percent. Try a Show Often, antiques dealers will get together and host large antiques shows. These are meant to give sellers and buyers an opportunity to see what is available and serves as free advertising for the antique stores. Many will offer free appraisals for people up to a certain number of customers per day. Try to get there early and find out if you can get an appraisal from as many different antique stores as possible. This is a great way to get a real feel for the true value of your item. You may be surprised at the difference in appraisal amounts between stores, or you may leave feeling satisfied that you have a solid number in mind when it comes to selling your antique. Before the Appraisal Before you decide to take your antique items in for appraisal, try to get an idea of how old the item is, where it came from, and any history about it. If you have documentation and paperwork, you should always bring this with you. Having a paper trail can really add to the value of an antique. If there is an interesting story behind the item, make sure you tell the appraiser, as this can also sometimes increase the value. You should also have a set amount in mind if you’re considering selling your antiques and if they appraise for much lower, it may be best to just keep them and enjoy them a bit longer. To learn more, contact a business like Davis & Associates-Marc...

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Seven Sea Creatures Commonly Seen In Totemic Art

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The totemic art of Western Canada and Southeastern Alaska is rich in imagery from the sea. Dolphins, orcas, blue whales, and salmon all play important roles in carvings, paintings, and totem poles. The following are seven creatures of the sea commonly seen in the totemic art of the Haida and Tlingit tribes of British Columbia and the islands of Southeast Alaska. Salmon Salmon symbolizes strength, survival, inspiration, and renewal. A piece of artwork featuring a salmon or several salmon is an excellent choice to give to a loved one who is navigating a challenging passage in life. It is also appropriate as a gift to those who are about to become parents for the first time. It can also be given simply because the recipient loves salmon. Orca Orcas symbolize extreme strength and wisdom and are often found in totemic art designed as gifts to tribal leaders. It is also often given to those who have proven their skill in the seas by bringing home abundant catches. Sea Otter Sea otters are symbolic of feminine power and also depict joy, sharing, and helpfulness. They are often seen on totemic art created for young teen girls who are about to embark on their journey toward womanhood. They make excellent gifts to any girl of this age. Seal Seals symbolize creativity and passion and make excellent gifts for artists and writers. They are also sometimes used to depict intelligence and curiosity, particularly if these traits have been proven to be instrumental in solving problems for the family or tribe. Shark Sharks are the ultimate symbol of prowess as a hunter and make an appropriate gift for those who have consistently proven themselves in this capacity. They are also sometimes used to indicate remorselessness and adaptability, particularly when related to matters of survival. Blue Whale The big blue whales of the northern seas symbolize ancient wisdom and are frequently given to elders who act in some capacity in tribal government. The may also be used to symbolize extreme endurance and are sometimes given to those who travel as a talisman to keep them safe on their journeys. Halibut Halibut symbolizes protection and stability, and artwork depicting it is frequently given to those who are good providers for their families. This type of native art is sometimes given as a gift to young men who have recently married and are on the verge of beginning families of their...

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