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7 Most Common Mistakes In Buying An Oil Painting

Art reproductions are a fantastic investment for enhancing the interior of your home, but purchasing them as a beginner can be a mistake. You might feel as if you’ve walked into a club where you don’t belong. But don’t worry; you’re not alone.

Purchasing an original work of art should be an exciting adventure in and of itself, but many people approach it with trepidation and nervousness. On the contrary, it should always feel like you’re discovering and connecting with a work of art you really want. It should be something that causes you to pause and stare in awe.

They will work wonders to make this whole process less nerve-racking and a lot easier if you keep a few basic points in mind!

We’ve compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid when purchasing an oil painting on canvas.

1. Turn A Blind Eye To The Placement Of The Painting

The first mistake most people make is starting their search for their favorite painting without first deciding on a location.

Consider the following scenario: you have finally found the perfect oil painting. You’ve already imagined it on the wall of your living room, and it appears flawless in your mind, so pulsating and full of color!

But wait, when you finally get it home, you realize— ah! It’s far too small. Worse, it appears alone on that massive living room wall. Furthermore, the colors do not complement each other or your living space. Now that handmade art piece just looks out of place with your existing decor.

Pro Tip: It’s always a good idea to think about where you’re going to hang an oil painting ahead of time. It not only assists you in finding your ideal artwork (in practical terms), but it also ensures that it blends perfectly with your wall!

2. Overlooking the Artist

While it is undeniably true that it is difficult to resist that breathtaking piece of handmade art right in front of you, many people overlook some critical aspects of the painters themselves.

It is always a good idea to look into the artist’s educational background because it can help you define their overall knowledge of the subject. Furthermore, it is prudent to conduct preliminary research to determine whether the artist has a history of exhibitions or has ever received an award from a recognized institution, as this provides stronger evidence of their true artistic talent.

Finally, while it may appear impressive for an artist to be skilled in a variety of mediums and subject matters, keep in mind that some of history’s most celebrated artists were masters of a single specialty.

Check to see if they have a consistent portfolio, which is an indication of a more mature artist who is proud of their craft and has a distinct style.

3. Purchasing Online from Just Anywhere

In today’s fast-paced world, we frequently buy art online from any old company or individual without first researching who they are and what kind of customer service they offer. It is critical to exercise caution when shopping online.

Always look for verified testimonials from previous customers. Look for companies with a track record of producing high-quality oil paintings on canvas!

Pro tip: If you intend to purchase famous art reproductions at an online auction, pay close attention to the seller’s genuine feedback (if available). Before making a purchase, do your research and learn as much as you can about the company.

4. Choosing the Most Economical Delivery Method When Ordering Online

You’re going to spend a significant amount of money on the painting you like, aren’t you? So, why try to save money on shipping when it may jeopardize its safety?

If you are going to order your artwork online via mail, it is best to choose the safest possible shipping method that includes tracking whenever possible. While it is true that it may put a dent in your wallet, it ensures that your painting will arrive in pristine condition and gives you peace of mind knowing that your favorite art piece will arrive in its best, pristine condition.

5. Not Trusting Your Instincts

There is no doubt that purchasing an artistic reproduction of a popular ‘painting’ can be a safe bet.

People frequently fail to make decisions based on their own hearts, instead opting for something they believe others will think is great. However, you must understand that you will be responsible for the work for many years to come!

Remember that it is critical to select something that you genuinely enjoy. Something that you will enjoy looking at almost every day, rather than something that someone else will enjoy looking at.

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6. Purchasing An Unframed Original

If you’re going to buy an original painting, make sure the frame matches the look of it; otherwise, it can make a big difference in how people judge your taste instead of looking at what you’re trying to show off. There are many different styles and designs for frames, so make sure to spend some time browsing around websites before making any decisions because if they don’t, chances are they’ll end up buying something terrible that doesn’t match no matter where they go, ruining their chances of ever catching anyone’s eye again.

7. Purchasing A Painting For Which No Information Is Available

It’s a problem if you want to buy an oil painting but can’t find out anything about it before you buy. Asking someone knowledgeable who may have some idea or knowledge on what they’re talking about when referring to this piece is your best bet. How do you know if it’s worth buying if no one knows anything about it? It could also mean that no one has ever heard of the artist, implying that there is limited value and profit!

Are You Looking for Contemporary Art to Complement Your Home?

The Marshall Gallery, located in Scottsdale’s Historic Arts District, has been the center of contemporary art since its founding in 1998. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery hosts several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Here you will find exceptional art presented in an open and relaxed gallery space, which is perfect for browsing the ever-changing collection. Explore on your own, or allow our expert art consultants to offer complimentary assistance to find the perfect addition to your own collection. Looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s decor? Visit us in person or browse our online art store!