Everyone has a passion and special talents.
Not everyone knows what they are of course, but everyone has something that they were born to love. I love to paint! I love to create! My crazy-irrational brain likes to make crazy-irrational things! That’s me. That’s what I like to do. And there are many people like me. When it comes to making a living, nothing sounds quite as agreeable as being an artist(in whatever sense of the word). I bet you know why that’s unfortunate for me. Starving artist is a mainstream term for crazy people like us.
This may come off as shameless self-promotion, but keep in mind I’m speaking in general terms. Buying art from individuals has many perks! Here are just a few:
There’s nothing else like it.
Or in the case of buying numbered prints, there are very few like it. Don’t be afraid to be one of the first to buy. Those first addition babies are worth the most!
It’s an investment.
C’mon, buy it while it’s cheap! Someday, it might be worth a bunch. Okay, or just buy it because you love it! Stop gawking. Gawk at it whilst it hangs from your living room wall.
Example 1A. Living room wall.
You’re buying a shiny, brand new family heirloom.
I bet yourself starting to pick up the trickle down effect. It’s science! Buying art is like buying your great grand kiddies a CD(certified deposit). As time goes by, value accumulates. Sentimental as well as monitory. Someday, that artist will die in rags, but their art will be worth wheel barrels of cash. Hey, that’s just the reality, but it’s fruitful for the kiddies! Geesh, you are so selfless.
Local artists are local, thus your money will go to feeding the community.
Just like shopping at the local grocery, or eating at the local sandwich shop(sorry, minds always on food) your money will be funneled back in a way that will benefit you. Taxes will be paid to benefit roads, schools, blah blah blah. Money will be spent around town, adding to the economic stability of your surroundings. You get the gist, communities are like the recycling logo. Everything just swirls around and around and…Just keep your dollars away from Walmart. Spoiler Alert: they’re living, breathing, fire-spitting evil…
You’re supporting dreams.
No one heads down this scary, dark path with any ideas about getting rich. Following dreams over cash flow is a majorly terrifying achievement. Mad respect to those who make it out alive. This may come as a surprise to you(or not) but the ratio for art apposed to aspiring artist IS NOT EQUAL. The demand is super low. The aspiring is super high. If you are financial able and you love a piece of art work, go for it! I guarantee, this is one purchase you will make in a life time that you will not regret. It ranks somewhere between with buying a carseat for your infant, and buying an iPod(or other portable music device).
Next time you’re looking to spruce up your living space, spare those poor Chinese children and skip the Target clearance aisle. Put your money towards an investment in humanity, and get yourself something one of a kind. This goes for music, film, performance, books, WHATEVER. If you like or are touched by something or someone, respond. That’s what we do, and that’s what life is about.
I don’t like to spell/grammar check my writing, so excuse my rare mistakes.