When Art Likes You Back

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Original Post on Huffington Post

Sometimes when buying art or even looking to buy a piece of art it’s not about how much it costs or who painted it.

It’s whether it will like being in your house. Will it settle in its surroundings and follow your gaze?

The article writer, John Seed asked a collector “What do you enjoy most about living with art?”

Without hesitation, he offered this description: “When the house is quiet, and everyone else is sleeping I like to go out into the dining room, turn on the lights and talk to the paintings. The ones that I like the most always have something to say to me. It’s as if they like me back.”

Pieces of art should enhance an area and create a talking point. They should make you feel happy and intrigued every time you look at them.

As a professor of Art and Art History John Seed also teaches young students and has some wise advise for them when asked what type of art they should “like”

” Taste in art is personal, and although it takes work to develop and bloom, it is innate: not learned ..letting others tell you what you should like in art strikes me as rather like having someone else to choose a spouse for you. “

When was the last time you slowed down to look closely and appreciate something? The other day I forgot to breathe properly as I was so busy.

“In a fast-moving, fast-looking media/consumerist society art can be an antidote that can wakes us up to slowness–to passion– and nudges our innate taste into wakefulness. Great art transcends the particularities of time, place and culture: it can break through limits and cultural assumptions if you let it.”

I will leave you with one last quote – but the whole article is really worth a read.

“The next time you are around a work of art, shut out everyone and everything else and open yourself up to it. Talk to the work of art and see if it talks back. If it likes you and you like it, nothing else matters.”

What was the last piece of art that grabbed your attention?

How Art Collectors Use Instagram

Original Article Link

I came across this article a while ago and thought it was a very interesting change in dynamics. Art lovers are no longer needing to rely on galleries to find great art. They can stumble across someone themselves on instagram (or social media) and become an art collector while knowing more about the artist and processes.

Here are some interesting parts of the article.

A survey found “..51.5% have purchased works from artists they originally discovered through Instagram.”

“Our sample included only collectors who are active Instagram users, and therefore represent the early adopters of Instagram as a tool for collecting art. That said, these are some dedicated folks: Almost half have 100+ works in their collections. A majority (55%) collect primarily emerging art, while 45% identified and themselves as contemporary art collectors.”

“Around 61% of collectors consistently look at an artist’s hashtag.”

“Instagram is best viewed as a marketing tool as opposed to a sales tool. It is great for finding out about an artist’s most recent body of work, or learning of a gallery’s latest exhibition, or getting behind the scenes takes on the inner workings of the art world.”


I personally love Instagram as it is so visual and I can reach anyone through my use of hashtags. Do you have Instagram? What do you think about buying art (items) through a person you found on Instagram?


*Featured image from Death to Stock Photos



Could you spot a fake piece of art?

Original Article – Business Insider Written by James Pheby

I love this idea – Put a fake painting in a gallery and make it a competition for the visitors to spot the fake.

“The experiment was the brainchild of American artist Doug Fishbone, who wanted to “throw down the gauntlet” to museum-goers and make them look more closely at the great works.”

This is something I have been making myself do. Too many times I have been to an exhibition only to leave it 10 minutes later. Did I really see the works ? Why did I like them/ not like them? That is the idea behind Slow Art Day also. To make people slow down and actually look at a painting; it’s colours, impressions and general aura about them.

“As well as examining the type of canvas used, how it was prepared, the brushwork and what type of pigments and varnish were employed, the experts rely on the artist’s innate creativity to identify the fakes.”

It was the aura as to why the fake was picked out. It looked industrialized and new. The original has a “luminous quality about [it]”

I would love this to happen here in Melbourne!

Fake Chinese Painting in London Gallery
© AFP Ben Stansall


I found this image on the amazing place called the internet. I have been having some artblocks that I need to work out but I think my main problem is starting.
Have you had any blocks – writing or painting or anything? How did you overcome it?

(Picture links to artists website – It is in Russian so someone somewhere has translated the below into English)
artblock schkaty